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ACEC Engineering Awards Luncheon

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ACEC Engineering Awards Luncheon

I attended the 25th annual ACEC Engineering Awards luncheon on Monday, March 11, 2013, along with one of my partners Ralph Power. The event was well attended, as this was the 1st year (as far as I can remember) that it was conducted as a lunch event. Last year’s event was held on a Saturday night (as it always had been), and it appeared to me that it was losing attendees.

Reid Duffy (of Duffy’s Diner fame) co-presented for the 19th time, along with Pat Long of Indiana Concrete Pavement. Reid Duffy’s comments and interpretation of the projects always brings humor to the event. The big winners were mostly bridges, sewage treatment projects, and roads (although a healthcare project and an airport project also won several of the major awards). The Grand Project Award went to Michael Baker Jr., Inc. for their work on the Sherman Minton Bridge after it was shut down due to serious safety problems that were discovered. This important bridge linking New Albany to Louisville was put back in service in just over 5 months after it was shut down. Overall the event showcased local engineers’ abilities to resolve issues and implement solutions related to Indiana’s infrastructure needs. I am sure next years event will be equally as impressive, and will again be held over lunch!

Indiana Subcontractor’s Association Networking Event of the Year

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Indiana Subcontractor’s Association Networking Event of the Year

I attended the Indiana Subcontractors Association’s (ISA) Networking Event of the Year on February 21, 2013.  The event’s luncheon speakers discussed the four generation eras (like Baby Boomers and Gen Xers) in our business today and how each one approaches the world of business. It is not your dad’s business environment anymore!

The tradeshow portion featured contractors, vendors, Owners, and design professionals like us here at Applied Engineering Services. Through the network pavilions, I got a chance for some real one-on-one with Owners and other design professionals. It was wonderful to see a lot of great friends all in one place, as well as some new faces.

That’s part of what makes this business fun! All for now!