Drawing from experience, ASCE members living in areas hit by last year's hurricanes offer advice to civil engineers now dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Read their advice.
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Teams value CEOs who make brave shifts in strategy and focus on developing team members, writes Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Employees also want clear statements about your principles and values, as well as seeing how you live those even when pressured to act otherwise, she writes.
A cost overrun at the Plant Vogtle expansion in Georgia has led some state lawmakers to ask Georgia Power and its project partners to cap costs to help limit the financial burden to utility customers. Partners Dalton Utilities, MEAG Power and Oglethorpe Power are expected to decide later this month whether they will continue their work on the expansion.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is looking at modifying its $2.5 billion transit expansion plan, including a potential funding reduction for a light rail line and elimination of a proposed bus line. The money could be redistributed among other projects along Atlanta Beltline, but no decision has been made yet.
Project overruns from joint ventures, traffic congestion, overloaded contractors and a lack of bid accuracy have contributed to the Washington State Department of Transportation spending $1.3 billion more on projects than planned over the past 30 years. Since 2017, 40% of awarded bids have come in at more than 10% above the estimate from engineers.
A Georgia Ports Authority official says the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge over the Savannah River will need to be replaced to accommodate larger ships. A $973 million project to deepen the Savannah River is underway, and the port authority hopes that will contribute to its goal to increase Savannah's container cargo capacity by 45% over the next decade.
Important conversations have a lot of variables to keep tabs on, and one action that can help is creating a framework, writes David Hiatt. "[T]he conversation should have an agreed upon purpose, confirmation of the time allotted, agreed upon agendas and expectations of people engaged in the conversation, and a goal or outcome at the end of the conversation," he writes.
Puerto Rican architects and designers have joined forces with advocacy group Enlace Project to install stronger roofs in Cano Martin Pena, which suffers from the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Efforts have also extended throughout the island to rebuild it through resiliency planning, renewable energy systems, new housing types, better construction techniques, new businesses and closer collaboration with policymakers.
Washington state transportation officials should provide the necessary funding to finish the Interstate 405 master plan, write Victor Bishop and Todd Woosley. The plan calls for the construction of lanes between Bellevue and Renton, as well as interchange improvements and the addition of more general-purpose lanes.
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