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Finding Your First Job at an AEC Firm

By |2018-09-11T20:04:46-04:00April 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

As a college graduate, landing your first job is a big to-do. There’s the hassle of filling out redundant application information for multiple companies, the exciting initial phone screenings, and (with any luck) a few in-person interviews. But the path to a great first position is not traveled by the seat of one’s pants. So how do you ensure that you are hitting the mark when beginning your search?

ENR Webinar: RS&H’s Tim Witsil presents the latest on visualization

By |2018-08-03T17:31:29-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The challenge architects and engineers often face is how to thoroughly present plans that show their vision. For years, designers, contractors and owners had to rely on two-dimensional drawings to convey their ideas. Everything changed with the arrival of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD). Even today’s 3D renderings come up short when trying to [...]

Preparing Your Tolls Infrastructure for an Uncertain Future

By |2018-08-03T14:20:46-04:00February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

There are many current initiatives driving technological advancements in the tolling industry that will affect the future of toll technology infrastructure, such as Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I). It’s imperative that transportation authorities design and implement infrastructure that will accommodate future advancements. If agencies don’t plan properly, they will be at risk of losing time and money, as well as not improving congestion within their communities.

Screening to Pick the Right Project Delivery Method

By |2018-12-13T15:14:50-04:00February 8th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

While conducting the high-level screening, public agencies should review key criteria and questions related to the scope and nature, risk levels, value to the agency and the financial/technical feasibility of the candidate project.

How to evaluate P3 models for tolls projects

By |2018-11-02T09:17:35-04:00January 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The financing of transportation projects using toll revenues has long been the province of toll agencies. With the increasing use and recognized benefits of tolled managed lanes, state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies are more engaged in adopting innovative project approaches that apply the tolling principle and the ability to leverage toll revenues to advance much needed capacity improvement projects.

New Approaches to Ease America’s Transportation Funding Gap

By |2018-11-02T09:18:13-04:00January 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The need for increased investment in the nation’s infrastructure has been well documented. A 2016 infrastructure report prepared by the American Society of Civil Engineers assigned failing grades to virtually every category of public infrastructure in the US.

4 Reasons Why System Integrator & Contractor Coordination Will Enhance Managed Lane Projects

By |2018-12-13T15:03:18-04:00November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Managed lane projects are being developed nationwide as cost-effective congestion management relief tools. When developing an RFP, the agency should require close coordination between the toll system integrator and the design-build contractor. On many projects, the system integrator is hired under a separate contract from that of the contractor. But that could be [...]

The Case for the Free Market in Mitigation Banking

By |2018-11-02T08:22:18-04:00November 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

The mitigation market as it exists today has its good qualities, but there are some drawbacks too. I’d like to propose some ideas and open a dialog about ways we can try to improve our industry. In many places in the U.S., the mitigation market suffers from a small seller/small buyer problem, usually [...]