Harry O. Ward, PE, is a registered professional engineer, a state licensed contractor and certified in machine control. He is president of Harken-Reidar (www.harken-reidar.com), a new infrastructure solutions company. He has been a member of the engineering faculty at George Mason University since 1997. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple weeks ago, Eagle Point announced that it will no longer sell its civil engineering and surveying software after the 2012 release. This means that in approximately one year, Eagle Point products as we have known them will cease to exist. Instead, Eagle Point will become a “national dealer” of sorts for Civil 3D, bundling its Pinnacle solutions as part of the Civil 3D purchase. The company’s Web site says it will be “standardizing on Civil 3D as our development platform.” So what does this mean for Eagle Point software users?
Building information modeling (BIM) is here and coming up strong. Architects are asking for BIM models from engineering and surveying firms. The engineers don’t add much to this task since we are usually happy if we can deliver a clean 3D data file. So it falls into the realm of the surveyor to provide this service.
Investing in yourself through education increases your knowledge of current technologies and will allow you to hit the ground running in a new position. What’s more, it shows flexibility and an ability to take on new challenges.
After each recession in the past two decades, we were doomed to a pitiful stagnation-or, at best, a slow-growth economy-until a major catalyst kicked in and unprecedented levels of prosperity resulted. Clearly, what we need is another major catalyst, and I think I know exactly what it will be.
As I have traveled cross country in the past couple of weeks, from Los Angeles to New England, I have continued to hear doom and gloom about layoffs, cut paychecks, reduced benefits and cut hours. Although the effect of the recession is staggering in its depth, breadth and sadness, I want to proclaim that it is good news in the long run-not necessarily for those individuals affected, but for the economy and the companies involved.
There is a lot of talk these days about how the economy is doing. Are we at the bottom? Is the situation beginning to turn around? In the development business, the surveyor has long been the economic bellwether.
I just heard a surveyor say that he wishes he had never become a surveyor. This licensed fellow has been unemployed for a year and a half and is doing part-time work and odd jobs to pay the bills. In fact, he is now repairing lawn mowers and said he is making more money than he did as a surveyor.
Georgia is a tough market for firms that rely on land development. In some cases, companies that were 80 people deep last year are now at 40, and a rebound is not in sight. But as firms have cut back on their workforce, they have sought ways to increase productivity-largely through the improved use of existing equipment and software.
In the May issue of POB, find out how survey teams used multiple technologies to aid public safety and speed up flood response in Midland County, Michigan, after a freakish storm dropped more than seven inches of water on the area in just 36 hours.