Ancient Concept, Modern Context
For several centuries, Bibliotheca Alexandrina was the cultural center of the Western world. It was built by the heirs of Alexander the Great some 2,400 years ago and burned, some say...

Geotechnical Surgery: A Case History

Delicate Procedure
In 1997 the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), located in downtown Baltimore, began addressing a need for expanded health care facilities within the city. But the existing facilities...

The Many Faces of RCC
The Chinese government, under an aggressive move to boost its hydroelectric power output, is building an extensive system of dams nationwide. Chinese engineers have developed innovative...

Smart Online Structural Monitoring and Diagnosis
(abstract only) This paper describes the observation matrix as innovative monitoring and diagnosis: (1) The matrix elements of the observation matrix multiplied by its transposed serve...

Blast Mitigation Research and Technology Transfer
Terrorists continue to use bombs as a weapon of choice. Recent bombings targeted against the United States, such as the World Trade Center, Murrah Federal Building, Khobar Towers, and...

High Resolution Pressure Measurements on Roofs of Low Buildings
Describing an instrumented module which was built with extremely high pressure tap density to use as a component of a roof or wall....

Update of Serviceability Design Considerations for Low-Rise Steel Buildings
In 1990, the American Institute of Steel Construction published Servicability Design Considerations for Low-Rise Buildings by James M. Fisher and Michael A. West. This document was published...

Leadership and Management in Engineering
Leadership and Management in Engineering, a publication of the Committee on Professional Practice, examines contemporary issues and principles of leadership and management. The focus is on understanding...

Teams and Teamwork: The Potential
Deliberate efforts to develop teamwork in most work groups can clearly improve productivity, communication, schedule maintenance, cost control, work quality, individual satisfaction, and...

What Are Teams and Where Do We Find Them?
The word team may be defined as a group of people, each with different skills and often with different tasks, who work together toward a common project, service, or goal with a meshing...

Benefits and Value of a Team Approach
Many still equate teamwork simply with feeling good or being the right thing to do. Yet leaders who have made the effort to develop teamwork in their work groups have noticed some interesting...

Common Misconceptions about Teams
There are some widely held myths and misconceptions that can and do thwart leaders and groups who would like to be part of a team. Because these misconceptions set up false expectations,...

Leader and Team Member Roles
Groups may consist of people who have similar or very different roles or tasks. A group may not be required to work as a coordinated or integrated unit, such as a group of dentists, attorneys,...

Stages of Group Development
Most groups have a natural potential for growth and development over time toward becoming high-performing teams. Tuckman, Francis and Young and others have noted that groups may progress...

How to Develop Further as a Team
Once they understand that things can be different, many teams and leaders decide they'd like to see what's involved in developing further as a team. The drive...

Most Important Team Tools
One of the major reasons some teams do well and other groups struggle is that effective teams learn to use, and actually do use, a few tools that improve their problem-solving skills and...

How Not to Foster Team Development
I almost didn't write this chapter. But every week brings to light new situations in which executives, leaders, groups, and members, sometimes well intended, actually hinder...

Responsibilities of Individual Team Members
Price Pritchett has written a useful, practical, and compact handbook for team members that addresses a great need in the teamwork literature. As he says in Teamwork: The Team Member Handbook...

Team Development Through Feedback
Groups and teams need to be effective in whatever they're doing; they need to achieve their mission or purpose. Just as important, every team or group needs to be seen as...

 

 

 

 

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