Conflict: Handling Differences in Groups and Teams
Many group leaders and members say they have a terrible problem with conflict in their groups, meetings, and discussions. Conflict is indeed a significant problem in many types of organizations,...

Teams Are the Best Development Vehicles
Any natural team or work group provides an excellent vehicle for learning and cross-training among group members and for development of individual members as well as the organization:...

Project Team Leadership
In the research lab, design office, fabricating shop, or on construction site, it is the project manager (PM) who must pull diverse talents and personalities into a project team. Depending...

Residential Land Development Practices
A Textbook on Development Land Into Finished Lots
This manual is the first of its type to instruct the reader on residential land development practices. This step-by-step description of the land development process is based on the professional...

Avoiding Overload
Working for yourself can bring a rewarding sense of independence, but it can also be hectic as you try to be all things to all people. Engineers who start their own companies often find...

A Sound Assembly
In downtown Salt Lake City, the new 1.5 million sq ft (140 000 m²) conference center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) faced design issues that include height restrictions,...

Designing a Web Site
With the advent of prepackaged software programs that practically set up a Web site by themselves, small engineering firms may assume that designing and operating a Web site is a snap....

Above Them All
The design for what would be the next world's tallest building relies on a 1,550 ft (472 m) high concrete core that will give occupants of the top floors of the building unimpeded...

Designing Better Managers
Designers traditionally have been hired for their technical and creative skills, but in the current tight labor market, they are increasingly taking on the role of project manager, especially...

Application of Water Column Dampers to Control Motions of the Wall Centre, Vancouver
The Wall Centre, a 450 foot tall high-rise tower currently under construction in downtown Vancouver will be the highest building to be constructed in that city. Wind tunnel testing indicated...

Conditional Priority at Controlled Intersections to Improve Public Transport Punctuality
The market share of public transport depends highly on the travel time ratio to private transport. The public transport travel time includes among other elements waiting times at stops...

Development of Innovative Transit Services Using Market Research Techniques
The private sector has used market research techniques to determine the characteristics of their markets and marketing to develop and encourage the use of their products and/or services....

Third World Markets: Anticipating the Risks
The market for construction in lesser-developed nations is estimated at $750 billion. Clearly, these nations represent an important emerging market for engineering and construction firms,...

Recommended Resources
In the February issue of Civil Engineering (Pages 66-67) we asked owners of small business to tell us their favorite business Web sites. Those...

Building a Sound Company Culture
For small companies just starting out, the priorities are often generating business and completing the work on time, on budget, and in accordance with applicable standards. In the process...

Pursuing Past-Due Accounts
Small engineering firms often do not have a full-time staff member dedicated to collecting on past due accounts, yet it is small business that can be most damaged by unpaid bills. Experts...

Small Firms Check In
Civil Engineering surveyed small business owners and employees to provide baseline information about who these entrepreneurs are, how their...

Engineering Your Future
The Non-Technical Side of Professional Practice in Engineering and Other Technical Fields
This book is an essential career tool for engineering and technical students or young professionals. Walesh, drawing from his 35 years of experience, provides valuable advice and instruction...

Preventing Burnout
Times are good and you have more work than you can handle. That's an enviable position to be in, correct? Maybe not, according to business experts and small engineering firms....

Beach Town Cleanup
The Avila Beach remediation project in California required the demolition of numerous structures and part of the beach in order to remove more than 200,000 cu yd (153,000 m³) of contaminated...

 

 

 

 

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