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On Being an Instructor

Note: I originally wrote this on June 5, 2022 – It’s worth sharing now…. Having just hit “Submit” on the semester final grades, I thought it would be a good time to open the laptop […]

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Sunday….

I know that I should have been honoring the Lord’s Day by resting today, but I had a lot of chores to complete as we have some work being done around our house tomorrow. Not […]

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New Drone Bill Legislation in Illinois

Interesting development in the Illinois Senate as a proposed bill is making its way through the review process. Senate Bill SB2849 proposes to allow Illinois municipalities to write local legislation to “…adopt reasonable rules…” related […]

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Tracking Open Job Issues (Version 2.0)

One of the key attributes of a good construction engineer is the ability to keep track of what is going on. Open loops. Tasks needing attention. What problems need solving. Who is solving them. I’ve […]

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Keep Paying It Forward

If you’ve been around the surveying world for the past few decades, you can appreciate how far and how fast the industry’s adoption of technology has changed the way we work. The instruments, the data […]

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Am I On the Right Path(s)?

You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects. Gary Keller, from “The One Thing” Mike Pertz captured this book excerpt from “The One Thing” by […]

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Rigging in Construction

I always enjoy reading articles that are just a bit outside of my day-to-day duties. I thought this article on rigging fit the bill. It’s good to hit the Refresh button occasionally, even if it’s […]

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Weekly Debrief – November 11, 2023

As I was debriefing this past week (and really, much of this past month…), it occurred to me that I ought to consider sharing my personal “Lessons Learned” with the crew, thinking & hoping that […]

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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 [...]

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