Cory Powers, CPD, is an associate vice president at HGA Architects and Engineers office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. HGA is a top-10 national health care design firm with additional practices in energy and infrastructure, corporate, arts and higher education. Cory has a B.S in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is a licensed master plumber and certified in plumbing design (CPD). He has been a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) since 2008, previously serving as president of the ASPE Wisconsin chapter. Powers is currently an engineering project manager working on complex projects across the country. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2019, it is more likely that the last communication with your best friend was through a screen rather than face to face. This is not an article on millennials; rather, I want you to consider how you’re communicating on your projects today versus five or 10 years ago.
It’s an expression parents have heard millions of times: “Dad! I have to go to the bathroom.” A sudden flash of panic hits your face. Your brain immediately goes into overdrive to begin your assessment of the situation.
The most famous innovative time in our history is the industrial revolution. The mid- to late-1700s was the start of innovation becoming the norm in business and competition. Many world industries were astounded by the idea of a machine completing tasks once done by hand.
Conceptual estimating is more of an art than a science. It’s impossible to predict everything that might occur on a project but make sure to communicate your design vision with the entire team to avoid as much value engineering as you can.