Caring for PT buildings
Strategies for repairing, protecting, and monitoring unbonded post-tensioned slabs By Gerald A. Dalrymple, P.E.Use of post-tensioned concrete has been popular for decades.The earliest versions of posttensioning systems included paper-wrapped and button head systems. These systems relied on the paper wrapped around the steel strand to prevent bonding of the concrete to the steel strands. The […]
Prospects for civil engineering firms
The 2006 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design and Construction Firms, published by ZweigWhite and released last month, is an excellent resource for civil engineering firms trying to plan and budget for the coming year. Managing Editor Christopher Klein and Editors Elaine Kornbau and Franceen Shaughnessy provide the best available intelligence on what’s happening in the key markets served by the AEC industry, as well examine business trends, identifying the threats and opportunities that will impact the AEC business in 2006.
The Louisiana shoreline faced significant challenges even before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit last September. Two areas in particular require immediate attention if they are to survive and continue to provide the Gulf Coast, as well as the rest of the nation, with the range of natural resource benefits we have come to depend upon.
Hand-crafted appearance Keystone Retaining Wall Systems— Keystone Century Wall uses three sizes of units to provide the distinctive appearance and character of a random-patterned, hand-crafted, natural stone wall with the stuctural integrity, performance, and environmental friendliness of concrete. The Century Wall is designed for taller wall structures and heavy-loading conditions.According to the company, a patented […]
Continuous flow intersections
Running late? Chances are you’ve been stuck in heavy traffic or maneuvered your way through a congested intersection at least once during the past week. The number of congested intersections nationwide is on the rise, and congested intersections tend to get worse over time.
A financial or human transaction?
In the consulting engineering business, how often have we heard, People are our most important asset” or Our assets walk out the door each evening”? These comments are indeed true. So why do firms in this industry persist in viewing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as merely a financial transaction, agonizing over the price, as if a 5 percent difference will define success?
Management that minimizes risk
The term loss prevention” isn’t used as much today as it used to be.
People still take steps to reduce their risks, of course, but loss prevention seems pass. Besides, loss prevention is self-contradictory because it’s impossible to prevent losses. To err is human,” after all, and we all are mortals.