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Business Insights Solutions for the A/E Industry peer information sharing, problem solving and networking, they allow members (HR, IT and finance firm leaders and directors) to examine common problems, benchmark processes, share experiences and network with their peers in an informal, roundtable format. They also have active online communities. The next in-person forum meetings will be held September 28 and 29 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. Visit for more information and to register. CASE National Practice Guideline On Project and Business Risk PIXONE/THINKSTOCK T Drones Not Yet on Engineering Industry's Radar U nmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, potentially have numerous applications, from newsgathering to pizza delivery. Engineers, however, are not that excited about them, according to results from the latest ACEC Engineering Business Index (EBI). Only 15 percent of Member Firm leaders plan to incorporate UAVs into their operations over the next year, compared to nearly 70 percent who see no need for UAVs at this time. Concerns over the practicality of UAVs in the engineering practice, along with uncertain federal guidelines, were most often mentioned in respondent comments. "I think the potential is a little overstated at this point," said one respondent. "We are using static installed remote cameras for inspection and ground-based mobile LiDAR for survey, which both work very well. Not sure we need drones for improved efficiency." For the complete EBI summary, visit publications/engineering-business-index. ACEC HR, IT and Finance Forums To Meet in New Orleans A 44 CEC forum workshops help members make sense of current concerns and emerging trends impacting the A/E workplace. Featuring two days of peer-to- ENGINEERING INC. JULY / AUGUST 2015 he CASE National Practice Guideline on project and business risk is now available. This guideline is intended to help structural engineering companies manage the risks associated with projects and business practices. Organized in two sections- Project Risk Management and Business Practices Risk Management-the guide provides valuable tools and insights to help structural engineers mitigate the risks faced in daily practice. To download the guideline, visit getting-involved/guidelines-committee, and click the "National Practice Guideline on Project and Business Risk" link. FOR MORE BUSINESS INSIGHTS ■ Better Business Planning ■ Factoring Executive Compensation ■ Cyberattacks and Data Security ■ High-Impact Proposal Writing ■ And much more... Go to: ACEC's Business Resources and Education Department provides comprehensive and onlineaccessible business management education. Visit ACEC's online educational events calendar at or bookstore at, or call 202-347-7474, ext. 324, for further information.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - July/August 2015

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2015
From ACEC to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Secrets of the Centenarians
State of the Industry
Reshaping Cities
2015 Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Member Firms
Girl Empower
2015 Fall Conference
Guest Column
Guest Column
Guest Column
Business Insights
Members in the News
Mergers and Acquisitions

Engineering Inc. - July/August 2015