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Engineering Minimalism

When is the last time you did some house cleaning? Some purging. Boxing & bagging and donating? It is liberating on one hand to see things getting cleaned. It is also frustrating seeing my hourly […]

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2021 National Work Zone Awareness Week

The statistics are daunting: In 2019, 135 construction workers lost their lives in construction work zones. I work in work zones. My co-workers work in work zones. Our clients and the contractors we work with […]

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BONUS EPISODE-Talking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

So for most of you, this website and the Civil Engineering Show Podcast focus on my thoughts, stories and toolbox shares of my work as a civil & construction engineer. But, that can’t be all […]

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Episode 16 – Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is one of those skills that, for myself, I probably take for granted. My mind works very practically. I like to work with my hands. I don’t like asking for help. I like […]

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Episode 15 – Basics for the Win

How many tools do you really need (figuratively speaking, of course) to be effective in your work? How complicated are your systems? Do you spend more time updating spreadsheets, typing up emails or trying to […]

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 [...]