Expert Interview Series: Bill Rushing About the Latest Tools and Equipment for Surveyors

While things like global positioning systems (GPS) and computerized geographic information systems (GIS) have revolutionized surveying, the basic principles of surveying remain the same: accurate measurement of a point and authoritative, in-field verification of that spot. Bill Rushing, vice president R&D with Berntsen, says “Even with advances in technology those principles and the need for…

Designing the Quietest Place in the World

What’s quieter than any quiet that you know? That’s not a trick question. We have our own ideas about what’s really quiet. Sometimes being under a still body of water, like a swimming pool, can give the sensation of total quiet. And some noise-canceling headphones do the same. But engineers at Eckel Noise Control Technologies…

5 Keys To Earning More As An Architect This Year

Prosperity for career architects is a relative term. Many architects feel that they pay is so low that they’d just as soon call themselves “artisanal building designers”. But average compensation for architects (employed ones, anyway) is on the rise, and is expected to continue through 2017. The 2015 AIA Compensation Survey, released in October, includes…

Would You Build a High Rise Using Wood?

When you imagine the world’s tallest modern wood structure, could you envision a commercial building? It’s got its limitations, but new technology means that wood has a brand new lease on design and construction life. The University of Northern British Columbia is home to this surprising building. And while the rest of the world still…

Extracting Energy from Industrial Waste

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s why Dresser Rand and Ener Core are collaborating to harvest fuel from garbage. Industrial waste comes in many forms, but it’s waste gases that these companies are interested in. They’re not usable as-is. But with the refinements, they could be one more source…