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Bishop Baron-Holy Saturday, 2022

Bishop Baron had a very impactful message today: Therefore, we have to stop living in the intellectual and spiritual space of death. We have to stop living intellectually in a world dominated by death and […]

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March, 2022 Reading Stack

There’s no better conversation starter you can with someone, simply by asking them, “What are you reading?” This is one of those stacks where I really don’t want to get to the end of any […]

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Your Career Arc

Episode 22 – It’s nice to be back with you all!! The couple-of-month hiatus is past, just too much else going on… A couple of weeks ago, those of us at our company received our […]

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Back in the Classroom!

I’ve got a pretty cool update that I thought was worth sharing-I accepted a position at Joliet Junior College as an adjunct instructor, teaching a course in Construction Surveying and Layout. As many of you […]

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Message for the Day: Keeping Records

As Hal Moore served as a Regimental Operations Officer in Korea, he assumed numerous duties in that role that required home to adapt and adjust to the assignment. One of these duties included keeping daily […]

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Taking Initiative

Episode 21 – How many times do we find ourselves on-site, or in the field office, where we see something that we think could be improved? It could be a process that our team uses, […]

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Preparing for the Operation

Episode 20 – How well are you preparing for the work day? Are you putting in the “mental reps” prior to heading out to the site to meet with your crews? Are you prepared to […]

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Broken Mary

One of the cooler things you get to do when you run your own website is that you can write about whatever you want without the fear of having some entity taking it down because […]

Honoring Firefighters

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    Asking the Simple Question – The Solution

    In my previous article (CLICK HERE to read it), I described the maturation of a piling bearing capacity issue that we had on a recent railroad bridge project. Let’s dive into getting the issues resolved. [...]
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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 [...]
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    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, [...]
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    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 [...]
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    It’s More than a Line

    I wanted to write a post discussing a design issue that we encountered out here on our site. MicroStation, AutoCADD and the like are the daily tools of choice for almost all designers, and no [...]
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    The Risk of Traffic – Final Chapter

    So as I’ve developed in the last 2 posts, traffic control on a construction project exposes just about everyone involved in the process to RISK. A motorcycle accident in 2008 sent me through the legal [...]
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    The Risk of Traffic – Part 2

    As I developed in my last post, engineers in construction are often-times thrust into situations of RISK that, in many instances, are completely beyond their direct control. I’m going to take you on a tour [...]