Business Briefs: Engineers/Surveyors in the News
Rose Weissman has joined Kleinfelder, Inc., in the firm’s Newburgh, N.Y., office as senior project manager. Weissman has more than 18 years of experience as an environmental professional. She has worked extensively with the Environmental Protection Agency on Region 2 priority sites in the continental United States and Caribbean, as well as with the Army Corps of Engineers in remote areas of Alaska, assessing military lands to be returned to Native Alaskan Corporations.
Todd S. Hill, P.E., has been named principal engineer/project manager at MACTEC Engineering & Consulting in Kennesaw, Ga. He is managing a number of key civil/site design and regional mixed-use development projects. Hill has served as senior project manager and project manager for large civil engineering firms in Atlanta. He managed teams of engineers and designers preparing civil/site plans for commercial, office, institutional, and municipal projects.
Weston Solutions, Inc., has appointed Alan Solow as COO. Solow joined Weston in 1985 and has served as senior vice president and division manager since 1998. As COO, he will be responsible for implementing best practices across the company, drawing on past roles as project manager, project director, and division manager.
Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc., has appointed Brian L. Wood as division manager, surveys. Wood is responsible for coordinating federal surveying work company-wide, and all surveying operations in the headquarters office in Laurel, Md., including federal, state, and municipal government projects and private sector projects.
Intellectual Property in Civil Engineering
Intellectual property law is still an evolving concept, due especially to the wide variety of forms of expression that are prevalent today. A civil engineering firm is not immune from the many intellectual property laws that currently exist, and there are times when knowing the law will be crucial to your business.
Turning Down Work Without Burning Any Bridges
> Being open, honest, and helpful increases an A/E firm’s chances of securing future projects from clients even after they turn down work from them initially.
While every A/E firm wants to secure as much business as possible, this goal is difficult to achieve. At the same time, firm leaders realize that every time they turn down a prospective client, they risk losing out on future, repeat business. That’s why, when turning down business, it’s necessary to maintain that delicate relationship with the client so that a firm doesn’t lose out on future business.
Pecks Wisdom on Developing Engineering Judgment
After reading the recently published Geo-Strata article, "Advice to a Young Engineer" by Ralph B. Peck, Ph.D., P.E., Hon. M.ASCE, I thought that the points that he directed toward young engineers in developing engineering judgment apply to all engineers in all disciplines. Let me explain why.
Environmental Cleanup Market Grows 6 Percent
According to a recent survey from the San Diego, Calif.-based Environmental Business International, Inc. (EBI), publisher of Environmental Business Journal, the U.S. market for remediating hazardous waste sites and other "impaired" or brownfield properties enjoyed a healthy growth rate of 6 percent during 2005.