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Science Bound Parent Meeting

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Science Bound Parent Meeting

Applied Engineering Services is a long-time partner of the Science Bound program, a Purdue University/Indianapolis Public Schools partnership where a student who successfully completes the program is given the opportunity for paid tuition at Purdue University. We have supported Science Bound for nearly a decade as an advisory board member, at the annual career fair, through summer internships of rising high school seniors, and financially.

Recently, I met with the parents of Science Bound students to describe what it takes to be an engineer. We discussed the various types of engineers, the importance of writing, spelling, and communications skills in addition to the typical math and science courses, good study habits and time management, and the importance of being a leader through extracurricular activities.

The meeting wrapped up with a discussion on the commitment required to be successful in the engineering program at Purdue University (ranked 6th in the nation and 26th in the word for engineering schools according to US News and Word Report). Engineering school requires hard studies and every student has to want it/earn it. Getting practical experience during college, through internships and co-op programs, is also a must for the graduating engineer.

Ralph Power is an Owner and Principal at Applied Engineering Services.

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Day in the Life of a Principal

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Day in the Life of a Principal

Have you ever wondered what our engineers actually do all day?

This year, we’re sharing some details through our “Day in the Life”
series. Each quarter, we will feature someone in a different position
within the firm who will provide insight into their typical day. Third
quarter is showcasing one of our Principals, Ralph Power, P.E.,
an electrical engineer who joined Applied in 1999.

7:00 AM

A rare day of being in the office all day instead of at project sites and owner meetings. I arrived at the office early to sort through the e-mails from the previous day and overnight. The e-mails with quick action items (another e-mail to request info, information look-up, coordination, etc.) are addressed and filed away. The emails that will take time to research are left to address later in the day.

7:45 AM

After receiving comments on a recent engineering services proposal, I revised / updated the proposal and sent it back to our architectural design partner for the project.

8:45 AM

I reviewed the preliminary third party cost opinion for a project to make sure it is in line with our drawings. My review lead to the discovery that some items were not included. I also adjusted some quantities and unit costs. I summarized my findings and sent an e-mail to our architectural design partner.

10:00 AM

My partners and I scheduled annual review meetings with a couple of our project engineers. We met with them separately to discuss past performance and set goals for the next year.

11:45 AM

I grabbed a quick lunch by myself today. I like having a chance to get out of the office for a brief re-charge.

12:30 PM

I’m back in the office from lunch and check in with each of my partners for any updates or new news that I should know about.

12:45 PM

We have an upcoming BIM/Revit training scheduled, so I coordinated with our lead computer specialist regarding scheduling beginning courses for our first-time users and advanced courses for our experienced users.

1:00 PM

I am manning Applied’s booth at the MAPPA conference, so I met with our marketing coordinator to discuss handouts, giveaway items, sponsorship opportunities, and logistics.

3:00 PM

I sat in on a conference call with one of our civil design partners about a new utilities engineering project. We discussed scope, schedule, and budget, then next steps for Applied to get our proposal to them.

3:30 PM

An architect we often partner with called me about a new project opportunity. We discussed scope, schedule, and budget. I told him we are interested in learning more and asked him to send background info. Due to desired timeframe for the proposal and knowing I will be out of town, I asked John Yoder (another Principal) if he can take the lead on writing our proposal.

4:00 PM

I met with my partner, Dave St. John, to discuss our upcoming interview for a major renovation project on a higher education campus. We determined our talking points for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing portions of this architecturally-led interview. I sent the architect our talking points for inclusion into the PowerPoint presentation.

4:30 PM

I spent the last hour of the day reviewing e-mails, addressing papers on my desk, and preparing to go home for the evening.

5:30 PM

Time to head home for the day.

When the power goes out is not the time to learn your emergency system has failed!

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When the power goes out is not the time to learn your emergency system has failed!

Ralph Power, P.E., attended a professional development seminar on Emergency Generator Reliability.  The primary message? When the power goes out is not the time to learn your emergency system has failed.

All of the following impact generator reliability: generator design (products) and the project-specific design (system), initial testing (commissioning with full transfer of intended load is recommended at start-up) and periodic testing per code afterwards; inspection and regularly-scheduled preventative maintenance of the installed generator system; and the training / qualifications of the system’s operators.

Generator systems age over time and use, resulting in loosening of connections due to vibration, contaminates in the fuel, and corrosion. Regular inspection and scheduled preventative maintenance is a must, as is monthly transfer and testing under real transferred load. Most standby generator problems are discovered during this routine maintenance and load testing. It is, after all, a mechanical system with starting, fuel, cooling, exhaust, alternator, and control systems.

The engineering of a generator power system for your facility is paramount to address the initial reliability of your system, followed by routine testing and preventative maintenance for long-term reliability.

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!