Engineering Inc. - March/April 2005 - (Page 3)

ASK MEMBERS What has been your most difficult engineering challenge, and how did you meet it? In 2001, a fully leased, As CEO of a 200-person con- four-story office build- sulting firm, my biggest chal- ing in Florida was to lenge has been time manage- be evacuated by the ment. Juggling client city's fire marshal due demands, project demands, to the formation of personnel issues, as well as two sinkholes, one of family, is a constant struggle. which was under the In overcoming this challenge I building. During their continual cover- found success by taking the following key steps: A reoccurring challenge age, the local media broadcast that the 1 set priorities family, staff, clients; 2 pay throughout my career has building was failing and sinking. I attention to upfront planning, which results in been the perception by was anointed the spokesperson by the major time savings on the back side; 3 delegate, my peers that Construc- city and building owner representative which will not always lead to perfection, but tion Management CM since the local property management most people don't expect perfection it's impor- is not a pure engineer- company was ill-equipped to address the tant to surround yourself with good people ; 4 ing profession. I spend a serious technical issues concerning the be decisive make informed, quick decisions; lot of time justifying my building's safety. I held multiple press and 5 enjoy life. If you're happy at what you do, profession and the need conferences and media interviews while you tend to be more efficient. to be a registered PE as directing the sinkhole remediation. Dur- David Pond well as a certified CM. I ing this process, the media became an W.K. Dickson & Co., Inc. found that the key to asset instead of a liability in restoring the Charlotte, N.C. overcoming the percep- tenant's and public's confidence in the tion is educating my peers building's safety. It was shortly repaired in the various disciplines and reoccupied. within CM and proving Ernest A. Cox, III to them the value the CM Ardaman & Associates, Inc. One of my biggest challenges brings to the design team. Orlando, Fla. is finding a balance between Christopher J. Griffith regulatory requirements and KCI Technologies, Inc. scientific data. As engineers Hunt Valley, Md. and scientists, we tend to NEXT ISSUE require sufficient data to sup- port any regulatory action, Ask Members Question: particularly when compliance could cost the public a fair amount of money. Yet many techni- What do you believe is the cal issues will not be resolved without large engineering industry's most investments in research, so we must decide using important role in society? a blend of engineering judgment and a gut To be eligible to have your opinion feeling for the best regulatory option to protect appear in the next issue of public health. As ongoing participants in the Engineering Inc., please submit your process, continual balancing of real knowledge response 75 words maximum against presumed benefits is essential to crafting along with a high-resolution, electronic responsible regulations. color head shot to: Staff Editor Sarah Clark Andrea Keeney at akeeney@acec.org HDR, Inc. by April 4, 2005. Denver, Colo. 3 M a r c h l April 2005 ENGINEERING INC.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - March/April 2005

Table of Contents
From ACEC To You
Ask Members
News & Notes
Market Watch
Legislative Action
COVER STORY: A Perfect Legal Storm
Interview With F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
Is There an Engineer in the House
The ABCs Of ESOPS
ACEC/PAC Donations Break All-Time Record
ACEC Roundtable
Members In the News
One on One

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