July 8, 2019

I’ve received this question from several civil engineering professionals recently. If you’re not familiar with the terms “percent billable” or “utilization rate,” they are typically...
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May 28, 2019

I recently received this question during a webinar I was conducting for ASCE on the topic of preparing for your annual performance review. First, I will say that your transition from civil...
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May 9, 2019

The Civil Engineering Roundtable showcases insights from a cross-section of ASCE members on a variety of industry topics. As spring transitions to summer, it’s the start of that most exciting of...
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April 17, 2019

How do you motivate engineers so that they want to step up and take ownership of their work, instead of being content with just being along for the ride? This was a question I received recently...
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March 28, 2019

Before I dive into an answer to this question, let’s take it one step at a time for those civil engineering professionals who aren’t clear on what advocacy means. From a basic level, we find...
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March 25, 2019

Are you wondering why you need soft skills as a civil engineer? The Workplace Learning Report, which LinkedIn published last year after surveying 4,000 professionals globally, showed that the top...
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February 12, 2019

This is a question that I get from civil engineering students almost daily. Should they seek full-time employment immediately after completing their undergraduate studies or pursue a master’s...
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January 16, 2019

Students and young civil engineers are faced with many challenges, and they are constantly learning new things, meeting new people, and making decisions. It’s a bit like drinking from a firehose....
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January 16, 2019

“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.” – Maya Angelou The riskiest career move is not taking one. So why do we try our best...
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January 8, 2019

It's the perfect New Year's resolution. It improves your physical fitness. Saves you money. Helps the environment. What activity could do all of these things? Riding your bike more often, of...
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