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Asking the Simple Questions – The Problem

“Ego clouds and disrupts everything: the planning process, the ability to take good advice, and the ability to accept constructive criticism. It can even stifle someone’s sense of self-preservation. Often, the most difficult ego to ...

Managing Suspended Solids in Construction Site Runoff

If I’ve experienced any significant shift in the construction industry in the last 25 years, jobsite erosion control is on the top of the list. Mitigation of sediment-related issues has gone from what used to be an ignored, non-existent ...

Project Manager’s Toolbox- The Open Issue Tracking Sheet

Let’s talk about managing construction-related issues.   Whoa. That’s a broad brush stroke, isn’t it? OK, let’s try to break that down a bit.   Stop and think for a minute: How many issues can & do pop-up in ...

Project Manager’s Toolbox – Arm Rest Tracking Sheet

My dad is a consummate list maker. Lists of jobs to do around the house. Lists of TV shows. Grocery lists. Lists of beer he likes. I am a list maker, no doubt. When it comes to getting things done, I inherited it from my dad.   Everyone has ...

Bridge Overhang Fillet Calculations

If you are a bridge engineer and you hear the term “negative filet,” you typically start shaking uncontrollably. It’s one of those natural reactions when your senses tell you that Something Isn’t Right.   In this ...

When Slopes Fail – Part 2

In this, Part 2 of my series on slope stability & erosion control failures, I want to dissect another jobsite failure that one of our projects suffered through a couple of years ago. The conditions, failure mechanism and correction methods ...

When Slopes Fail – Part 1

There are some people I know, when talking about their “college days,” who can recite chapters & verses of classes they took. They can remember class numbers, people in the class, problems they solved, the most miniscule details ...

Prime Coat Calculations for IDOT

About a year ago, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) changed the way they measure & pay for bituminous prime coat. What used to be a simple computation became complicated (just like everything in construction anymore….). The ...

Project Manager’s Toolbox-The Dashboard

So, in a past life, I started working on my MBA. Yup. It was the early 90’s, the stock market was raging, the economy was solid, and EVERYBODY wanted an MBA. EVERYBODY wanted to climb the ladder, get in a corner office, be Bud Fox.   ...

Trying to Find a Great Civil Engineering Blog

Taking the leap and starting a blog was, initially, a difficult step for me. For a long time, I’ve had the desire to write, just never had the time. Correction: Never MADE the time….   Our household has been going through a few ...