5 keys to building successful engineering relationships

Civil engineering is nothing without context.

That means community.

And community means communication.

But how can civil engineers successfully form successful relationships with the members of the communities their projects serve?

ASCE Orange County Younger Member Forum Past-President Jazzy Principe, A.M.ASCE, a project manager and executive advisor at Jacobs, offered some tips for building successful engineering relationships Jan. 26 as part of ASCE Younger Member Week, a weeklong series of professional development and networking events for young engineers.


Here are Principe’s five keys to building successful engineering relationships:

1. Be a good listener

Practice active listeningTake mental or …

Drift sculpture elegantly marries structural engineering, art

London-based artist and designer Gerry Judah’s sculptures have earned a reputation the world over for fluid designs that integrate well into the landscape. Drift, a sculpture located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, is one such sculpture that was installed in 2020. It boasts similar fluidity to some of Judah’s earlier designs, while presenting a 6.3 m high, 13 m long twisting, writhing silhouette all its own. (In Civil Engineering, see, for example, “Sculpture Pays Homage to the Written Word,” September 2019, pages 34-35, and “New Zealand Sculpture Reaches for the Sky,” April 2018, pages 24-25.)

With sculptures that

What toys inspired your civil engineering career?

Today, Jan. 28, marks National LEGO Day in the United States, which makes it something very close to a national holiday among civil engineers.

“Although I did not connect it to civil engineering at the time, I loved playing with LEGOs as a little kid. I especially loved the Harry Potter sets since it connected to my love of reading while still letting me build random creations for my mini-figures,” said Danielle Schroeder, EIT, A.M.ASCE, associate bridge engineer, Pennoni, in a discussion about the toys that inspired civil engineering careers on ASCE Collaborate.

She was not alone.

Clearly, not

Slideshow: Shanghai school ‘village’ welcomes library, theaters

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The new library and theater designed for the new Qingpu Pinghe International School in Shanghai has opened. Dubbed the “Bibliotheater,” the 5,372 sq m building, designed by Beijing-based OPEN Architecture, combines an expansive library, a generous 500-seat auditorium-style theater, and a cozy 150-seat black box theater into one aesthetically playful building.


New hall opens at Las Vegas Convention Center

When the Las Vegas Convention Center was first built in the late 1950s, it sported a large, distinctive dome, which resembled a flying saucer. But over the ensuing decades the dome was replaced by a campus of functional but generic convention halls. So when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority — the public agency that runs the convention center and oversees tourism efforts in the valley — first began looking at a significant renovation in the 2000s, crafting a more iconic visual presence for this key driver of the city’s economy was a priority.

That task fell to

In 2020, U.S. and Canadian Homebuilding Fought the Pandemic and Prevailed

Housing starts in the U.S. and Canada plunged during the several months of late winter and early spring of last year, when the coronavirus arrived in North America as an almost entirely unknown but frightening force. At the time, employment suffered a huge hit and there was an expectation by most analysts that new homebuilding activity would be suspended for a long spell.

Pioneering engineer Delon Hampton dies at 87

Delon Hampton, esteemed academic, founder of a firm bearing his name that has grown for 48 years, and at the outset of the 21st century, ASCE’s first Black president, has died. He was 87.


From impoverished days in Chicago to expansion of his firm Delon Hampton & Associates Chartered into a multimillion-dollar engineering company with seven offices, his success inspired many in the field as well as students in the classroom.

“He was a geotechnical engineer and he was truly down to earth,” said ASCE 2021 President Jean-Louis Briaud. “As our first Black president, his example will serve