Consulting Specifying Engineer Jan/Feb 2015-CSE : Page-9

Editor’s Viewpoint 1111 W. 22nd St. Suite 250, Oak Brook, IL 60523 630-571-4070 Fax 630-214-4504 CONTENT SPECIALISTS/EDITORIAL AMARA ROZGUS, Editor in Chief/Content Manager 630-571-4070 x2211, AMANDA PELLICCIONE, Director of Research 630-571-4070 x2209, MICHAEL SMITH, Creative Director 630-779-8910, ERIC R. EISSLER, Production Coordinator 630-571-4070 x2224, Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ANIL AHUJA, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, President, CCJM Engineers, Chicago PETER ALSPACH, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Seattle J. PATRICK BANSE, PE, LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston JERRY BAUERS, PE, National Program Executive, Outcome Construction Services LLC, Kansas City, Mo. MICHAEL CHOW, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Powell, Ohio JASON GERKE, PE, LEED AP BD+C, C X A, Mechanical Engineer, GRAEF, Milwaukee JOSHUA D. GREENE, PE Vice President, RJA Group Inc., Chicago RAYMOND GRILL, PE, FSFPE, Principal, Arup, Washington, D.C. DANNA JENSEN, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, ccrd partners, Dallas WILLIAM KOFFEL, PE, FSFPE President, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md. WILLIAM KOSIK, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, Principal Data Center Energy Technologist, HP Technology Services, Chicago KENNETH KUTSMEDA, PE, LEED AP, Engineering Design Principal, Jacobs Engineering Group, Philadelphia KEITH LANE, PE, RCDD, LC, LEED AP, President, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Seattle JULIANNE LAUE, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP Senior MEP Engineer, Center for Sustainable Energy, Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis KENNETH L. LOVORN, PE, President, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh DAVID LOWREY Chief Fire Marshal, Boulder (Colo.) Fire Rescue MICHAEL MAR, PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago BRIAN MARTIN, PE, Electrical Engineer, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore. DWAYNE G. MILLER, PE, RCDD, AEE CPQ Chief Executive Officer, JBA Consulting Engineers, Hong Kong SYED PEERAN, PE, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, CDM Smith Inc., Cambridge, Mass. BRIAN A. RENER, PE, LEED AP, Associate, SmithGroupJJR, Chicago RANDY SCHRECENGOST, PE, CEM, Austin Operations Group Manager and Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stanley Consultants, Austin, Texas GERALD VERSLUYS, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, Fla. MIKE WALTERS, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Confluenc, Madison, Wis. F Stay ahead of the curve or the most part, everyone knows the recipe to run a successful business. Have a high-quality yet affordable product. Hire talented people that will make you look good. Create partnerships with like-minded businesses that will help you succeed. Be a leader in the industry. Make sure customers are happy, encouraging them to return. Stay on top of the latest tech-nology and trends. Market the firm to show off all of these attributes. Who has time for all of that, though? Several engineers I’ve spo-ken to over the past few months are spread too thin—they have too much work and not enough talented people to handle the job. They are struggling to keep on top of projects already in process, let alone develop new busi-ness for the future. They have job openings that are tough to fill with the right talent. They don’t have time to attend conferences or in-person educa-tion sessions because they’re already traveling too much for client meetings. They haven’t kept up with the latest trends in engineering technology or developments to help them streamline current processes. In short, they’re treading water. There isn’t a silver bullet for the engineer to take in all this informa-tion to help ensure the business stays strong. Sure, publications like this one help. Reviewing research and under-standing trends can help ensure the engineering team is staying on top of the industry. Education sessions—like webcasts and lunch-and-learns with equipment vendors—can shed light on technology trends. Keeping profes-sional networks up-to-date ensures regular interaction with both clients and partners. To help develop your business fur-ther—whether you’re a five-person engineering firm or a multibillion-dollar behemoth—we’ve gathered three things to help you do your job a little better in 2015: 1. Future of Engineering: This new column, found at the back of the print publication, will focus on one item each month that you should be aware of. Sometimes it will be technology (like it is this month); other times it will be about legislation or codes and stan-dards. This forward-looking column will discuss a concept that engineers should be familiar with. Thought lead-ers are invited to submit. 2. Career Smart: Though this sec-tion isn’t new, the team of columnists has reviewed research and determined what business development topics you need most. Read past columns at 3. Research: Our research team gath-ers data on specific engineering disci-plines and on general topics of interest to this audience. Regular reports (see page 11 and will help you stay on top of recent trends in particular portions of the industry. Consulting-Specifying Engineer • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 9

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