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engineeringInc. JULY/AUGUST 2007 ● Table of conTenTs FEATURES Vol. 18, No. 4 12 riskY eNgiNeeriNg An in-depth look at how engineering firms manage personal and professional risk when working in extreme conditions. By Maureen Conley 18 23 28 32 36 38 2007 ProFessioNAL LiABiLiTY surveY Steady rates have professional liability carriers willing to underwrite new projects, but officials are unsure how long the trend will last. By Maureen Conley roADsiDe TeChNoLogY ACEC firms use technology to help state and local transportation officials more effectively communicate with motorists, respond to traffic accidents and administer crowded roadways. By Dana Wilke Massachusetts turnpike authority 2007 CoNveNTioN wrAP-uP Record-setting Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., highlighted by all-time high ACEC/pAC fundraising and successful Capitol Hill lobbying. 2007–2008 exCom COVER STORY The Big Dig How the most ambitious construction project in recent memory is transforming one of the nation’s largest, most historic urban centers. By Samuel Greengard 12 members of the Council’s 2007–2008 Executive Committee weigh in on critical engineering challenges facing the U.S. today. 2007 FALL CoNFereNCe Primer The Council’s Fall Conference in maui is right around the corner. make your plans today. DEpARTmENTS From ACeC To You New ACEC Industry Trends Survey reveals important business practice information on member firms. 2 mArkeT wATCh 7 China flexes its muscle as an emerging economic power. LegisLATive ACTioN 10 Support grows for repeal of federal 3 percent mandate; ACEC to fight anticontractor provisions in defense bill. BusiNess iNsighTs 40 How to build a successful mentoring program. TeChNoLogY The benefits of Building Information modeling. 42 10 News & NoTes 4 ACEC Life/Health Insurance Trust chooses new health care provider; engineer shortage member firms’ top concern; U.S. firms slow to meet new e-discovery rules. memBers iN 43 The News URS Corp. acquires Washington Group; Greenhorne & O’mara taps new president. oNe oN oNe CASE’s Chris poland addresses new challenges. 48 CoVer: Top ImAGe; roberT e. KLeIN/Ap ImAGeS, boTTom ImAGe; ALLAN bAxTer/GeTTY ImAGeS Engineering Inc. promotes the advocacy and business interests of ACEC by offering news, legislative analysis and business practice information to member firms, clients, opinion leaders and policy makers. The articles and editorials appearing in this magazine do not represent an official ACEC position or policy unless specifically identified as doing so.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2007

Call for Entries
From ACEC to You
News & Notes
Market Watch
Legislative Action
The Big Dig
Risky Engineering
2007 Professional Liability Survey
Institute For Business Management Fall 2007 Course Catalog
Roadside Technology
2007 Convention Wrap-Up
2007-2008 Excom
2007 Fall Conference Primer
Business Insights
Members in the News
One on One

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2007