Hot markets in 2007
According to the 2007 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms, a new report from ZweigWhite, health care, higher education, and water/wastewater will be among the hottest markets for design and construction firms in 2007, while the parks and recreation, government, and financial markets are expected to struggle.
Based on a market-by-market analysis, the 2007 AEC Industry Outlook identifies 10 hot markets to watch in 2007. The top five markets include the following:
Levees destroyed in the South. Structural failures in the Big Dig tunnel. Buildings collapsing around the world caused by poor design or overloading. Accidents at construction sites. Snarling traffic jams. Poor road conditions. Under-funded infrastructure that puts public health at risk.
Quite a list of issues for which engineers-civil engineers especially-have been taking blame over the past several years. It is not hard at all to see how we might be fighting an uphill battle to attract new college graduates to our profession. We have had nearly as many episodes of bad publicity as Congress, and we have just as tough a battle to convince the public that we know what we’re doing.
Small A/E firms face big IT challenges
New data show that even the smallest firms in the architecture and engineering industry can’t escape the increasing need for data and file storage. According to ZweigWhite’s 2006-2007 Small Firm Survey of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms, firms with fewer than 25 employees are now up to a median of 18.8 gigabytes of online disk storage space per employee, and firms with 25 to 49 employees have a median of 7.0 gigabytes per person.