FIDIC provides COVID-19 guidance to engineering firms

FIDIC is a global organization with 102 Member Associations representing countries from all regions of the world. In English, the name of the organization translates to the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, and it comprises national organizations representing over 40,000 firms throughout the world. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the US Member... Continue Reading →

AIA provides COVID-19 advice

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently published information and conducted webinars on how architecture firms should be managing their business and professional risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources are a joint effort of the AIA Risk Management Committee and its Contract Documents program. The Contract Documents program created, “How AIA contracts address issues... Continue Reading →

Look to your contracts and OSHA during the pandemic

The design and construction industry is no exception to the concerns over safety and the efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus). Design firms, their clients, and contractors working on projects should evaluate the physical and economic risks that the coronavirus outbreak could pose for their projects and take proactive measures. The virus... Continue Reading →

Avoid contract default when COVID-19 strikes

Design firms have two major challenges as COVID-19, or the coronavirus, continues to spread. The primary challenge is keeping employees as safe as possible. But the other challenge is strictly financial: what happens when a design firm cannot provide services because of the epidemic or government constraints in response to the pandemic?Look at Your ContractsAddressing... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus can put every firm at risk

While the coronavirus outbreak originated in China, it has the potential to become an international crisis. Design firms whose employees are in China, have traveled to China, or are in contact with anyone from an infected area need to take immediate precautions for employee safety. OSHA requires that employers maintain a safe workplace. Beyond the... Continue Reading →

Big data in the design industry

Over the last few years we've heard the term "big data" bandied about as a development that will change the economy. It is easy to see why. We are living in an era where the processing power of everyday devices is enormous. A cell phone often has as much raw processing power as a laptop... Continue Reading →

Rethinking the things we thought about wood

A recent article from David Roberts on Vox resurfaces the benefits of using mass timber (aka, “cross- laminated timber” (CLT)). Over the last century, the design and construction industry has leaned away from wood, especially for non-residential construction, and moved toward more manufactured materials, such as steel, concrete, and iron, in the name of safety.... Continue Reading →

A rising tide lifts all boats

We’re Big The design and construction industry in the US is big, totaling over 6% of the US GDP and around 12% of global GDP. In 2018 alone, $1.29 trillion was spent on construction, and more than 700,000 firms employed over 7 million people. And we are the largest consumer of raw materials of any... Continue Reading →

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