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IU Kokomo Golf Outing

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IU Kokomo Golf Outing

We recently supported Indiana University Kokomo at their annual golf outing at the Wildcat Creek Golf Course. Applied served as an event sponsor as well as a participant, fielding a seasoned foursome consisting of Frank St. John, John Yoder, Tim Anderson, and Dave Marshall. A damp start gave way to mild temperatures that saw players changing from jackets to sunglasses as the sun came out midway through the outing. We had a good showing coming into the clubhouse at 4 under par, but alas finished well off of the podium. Although the team struggled with lackluster performance on some of the shorter par 3 holes, they struck well and true on the longer fairways. All in all, it was a great day to be out on the links supporting Indiana University.

Applied’s work can be seen on the Kokomo campus in the Nursing Simulation Labs in the East Building and in the current renovation of the campus’ Main Building.

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Photos courtesy of Dave Marshall and IU Kokomo

 

IUPUI Events

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IUPUI Events

I attended several IUPUI events (a quarterly DIAC meeting and the Dallara announcement) last week, and I continue to be impressed by the students, Dean, staff, and faculty at the IUPUI School of Engineering & Technology. I am currently fortunate to serve as the Chair of the DIAC (Dean’s Industrial Advisory Council), which is composed of many accomplished individuals from more than 30 companies and facilities, mostly from central Indiana. The DIAC typically meets four times per year and is composed of four subcommittees, which are all working to enhance the relationships between the DIAC member companies and the School of Engineering & Technology students and faculty. You can visit the DIAC website to learn more about the members and the mission.

I believe that three recent events/announcements continue to prove that the school is on the right path:

  • A Siemens grant (announced on May 20) of in-kind software Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for IUPUI research and student use is a major gift representing more than $500 million in value. Students and faculty will be allowed to use this proprietary software learn more about the “real world” of product development.
  • The dedication of the new Dallara driving simulator at the Dallara IndyCar Factory at the Speedway on May 22. This event was attended by numerous dignitaries including Governor Pence, IMS President Mark Miles, Mr. Gian Paolo Dallara, and David Russomanno, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. IUPUI’s motorsports degree program (part of the School of Engineering & Technology) is very involved with the Dallara facility and its mission.
  • The award on May 19 of a nearly $500 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of a research and training program for high school STEM teachers within low income school districts in the Metro area. This will hopefully help to encourage under-represented high school students to enroll in science and engineering college degree programs.

The new IUPUI is not your father’s IUPUI! You are truly missing out on the transformation if you have neither visited the campus nor interacted with students and faculty recently. Feel free to contact me if you wish to know more.

ACEC Spring Conference

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ACEC Spring Conference

Thoughts while flying home from the ACEC Spring Conference in Washington, DC
April 23, 2013, 5:00pm

The Good

A great presentation by Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor-at-Large at Fortune, emphasized that business models used by firms in many industries have a much shorter shelf life than in the past. All firms should evaluate their business model and modify it to adapt to changing conditions. He presented four key tips that successful companies use:

1. Innovate your business model.
2. Manage your business for value.
3. Invest in human capital.
4. Align with your customers.

There was good attendance at the Small Firm Council and CAMEE meetings, which yielded thoughtful discussions concerning healthcare costs, transition plans, company cars, satellite offices, technical tool development, Bachelor’s Plus 30, etc. The firms attending these meetings are very willing to help one another with sharing knowledge and experience for all to use.

The Not-So-Good

The following are my comments and observations from a variety of other sessions I attended.

Capitol Hill remains toxic. Federal and state funding for water, energy, and transportation (infrastructure) all have budget issues. Transportation has a fiscal cliff looming in 2015 if the budget is not adjusted. There are a number of bills in the works, including ones that allow public/private partnerships that could help alleviate funding issues.

Qualifications-based selection (QBS), while still widely utilized by the federal sector, appears to be under attack at the state level and is certainly in decline in the private sector. A question was raised: Is the bid process to obtain engineering services an ethical practice for licensed engineers? The registration boards in several states do not allow bidding for professional engineering services. This is a question for all of us to ponder.

Comments overheard in sessions, breakfasts, and luncheons seem to confirm that business and profitability for ACEC member firms could be better. Everyone is hoping for an improvement in funding and the economy.

Bottom Line

All in all it was an informative and interesting conference! I look forward to attending future ACEC events.

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!