Alexander von Humboldt and Building a Better Bridge

Today’s scientists, engineers and resource managers know that a project’s success depends on a variety of factors, including the analysis of several environmental parameters. We know that the natural systems we are analyzing are complex. We know that water temperature, flow velocity, substrate type and other variables affect habitat for fish and other organisms. We […]

LiDAR Makes Waves in Engineering

Out with human surveying teams slogging across a project site to map a floodplain and in with slick UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle or drone) performing photogrammetry and collecting millions of elevation points in a matter of minutes. With the growing sophistication and cost-efficiencies of UAVs, the technologies of photogrammetry, lidar (Light detection and ranging) and […]

Hail to an Engineer Who Did It All

Legend has it that on January 12, 1828 during the construction of the Thames Tunnel in London, England, everything was fine—until it wasn’t. When the water started coming in there was little possibility for escape. This was the first project in the world to attempt to tunnel under a navigable waterway and it was a […]

Robot Engineers? You May Lose Your White-Collar Job To a Robot Sooner than You Think

You may lose your white-collar job to a robot sooner than you think. According to the IDC (International Data Corporation), a global provider of market intelligence and analysis, big changes in the U.S. workforce will happen quickly and at a scale you would never have expected. The IDC’s report, “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions” […]

Six Traits of a Good Engineer (And the Engineers, Inventors and Geniuses that Had Them)

Robust Math Skills Engineers know that mathematical relationships form the building blocks of all that we see in nature. The famous British mathematician, engineer and computer scientist, Alan Turing, was so talented in math as a child that he could solve advanced math problems with little to no exposure to introductory calculus. He went on […]

Tales in Geography: Early Methods in Surveying

An engineer’s ability to tackle a complex modeling project requires accurate and reliable baseline data. Centuries of discovery, research, and human ingenuity have produced data in the form of LIDAR, satellite imagery, digital elevation terrain data, GIS and more. But, this huge variety of data has not always been available. As this historic blog series […]