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5 Tips for Obtaining Timely Project Permits and Approvals
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5 Tips for Obtaining Timely Project Permits and Approvals

JTVCcG9zdF9wdWJsaXNoZWQlNUQlM0NiciUyMCUyRiUzRSUwQVNoYW5ub24lMjBNY05laWxsOver the past two decades, I have been fortunate to participate in the planning of several large-scale infrastructure programs, from renewable energy to new major transit systems. Having worked for both a regulatory agency and as a consultant, I have seen all facets of infrastructure projects from start to finish. Based on this experience, I…

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Shaping the Future: Professional Development in the AEC Industry
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Shaping the Future: Professional Development in the AEC Industry

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Paving the Way for Equity in Infrastructure: Our Workforce
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Paving the Way for Equity in Infrastructure: Our Workforce

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms have a critical role to play when it comes to promoting equity in the built environment.

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5 Steps to Protect Against Cyber Threats
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5 Steps to Protect Against Cyber Threats

Learn the five steps for identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and addressing an organization’s cybersecurity and data privacy threats.

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Building Successful Partnerships With Transportation Agencies Through Program Management

Building Successful Partnerships With Transportation Agencies Through Program Management

Learn from successful program managers who work with transportation agencies to build smart transportation systems together.

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Barrett On His Tenure as American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Chair
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Barrett On His Tenure as American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Chair

JTVCcG9zdF9wdWJsaXNoZWQlNUQlM0NiciUyMCUyRiUzRSUwQUFydCUyMEJhcnJldHQlMkMlMjBQRQ==On May 22, 2022, Art Barrett American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at their annual Spring Convention and Legislative Summit. As a 40-year veteran of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, Art brought his vast knowledge and experience to the role, stewarding the organization through challenges and successes while meeting with thousands of professional organization members…

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How Structural Engineers Maintain Dam Safety and Vitality
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How Structural Engineers Maintain Dam Safety and Vitality

Maintaining the structural integrity of dams is a complex process that begins with a comprehensive analysis. Structural engineers employ various methods to assess stability and safety and determine the need for dam rehabilitation and repair.

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The Importance of Unbuilt Architecture
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The Importance of Unbuilt Architecture

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DEI&B Terms in the Workplace: A Guide to Using Them with Care
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DEI&B Terms in the Workplace: A Guide to Using Them with Care

At Gannett Fleming, we know the words we choose matter. Our commitment to DEI&B includes building and nurturing a workplace culture where everyone is respected.

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4-Step Guide to a Successful Dam and Levee Risk Analysis Workshop
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4-Step Guide to a Successful Dam and Levee Risk Analysis Workshop

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Strategies and Tools for Managing Wet Weather Flow Issues

Strategies and Tools for Managing Wet Weather Flow Issues

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Rehabilitation of the Route 139 Hoboken Viaduct: A Case Study in Accelerated Bridge Construction
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Rehabilitation of the Route 139 Hoboken Viaduct: A Case Study in Accelerated Bridge Construction

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