September 8, 2020

Transportation is a lot different in 2020 than it was in 2019, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key question now is what changes wrought by the coronavirus will still be affecting transit...
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June 18, 2020

ASCE members participated in a third survey this spring to assess pandemic-related effects on the civil engineering industry. The COVID-19 Impact and Implementation Survey, compiled by Industry...
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October 8, 2019

It usually starts with a daydream. “What if instead of working for my boss, I was the boss? What if I was the one making all the decisions? Maybe I could start my own company.” For 99 percent...
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December 12, 2018

We all know the joke about the difference between the extroverted and the introverted engineer when they talk to someone. Introverted engineers look at their shoes, and extroverted engineers look at...
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August 9, 2018

Randy P. Wall, P.E., M.ASCE, is a vice president for the Western Branch of ASCE's Montana Section. He is the president of the Engineering Leadership Institute, consulting with firms to create...
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May 31, 2018

I get this question often from civil engineers who understand that in order to progress in their careers, they’ll need to take on more client communication, but are not sure how to prepare for...
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March 23, 2017

For many entrepreneurial engineers, failure is part of the business. Forbes estimates that 90 percent of startups fail, many of them before the business even has the chance to fully launch. While...
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December 15, 2016

I recently got an interesting question from a civil engineer who owns a small civil engineering company. I will call him Joe to keep him anonymous and let you know that his business consists of only...
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November 16, 2016

Yes, every civil engineer should learn about business development. That concludes this post… Just kidding. First of all, let me define business development for those civil engineers who are not...
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August 23, 2016

A 2015 report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor finds that 27 million working-age Americans, nearly 14 percent, are starting or running new businesses. While more and more businesses begin...
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