Civil engineers – HC Ingenieria http://hcingenieria.com/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:25:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hcingenieria.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-20.png Civil engineers – HC Ingenieria http://hcingenieria.com/ 32 32 PNG’s first railway engineer wants to start https://hcingenieria.com/pngs-first-railway-engineer-wants-to-start/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:25:29 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/pngs-first-railway-engineer-wants-to-start/ BY BARNEY OREREborere@spp.com.pg Following our recent three-part series on the railway history of Papua New Guinea, it is a pleasure to introduce railway enthusiasts, business, industry, government and the people of PNG to some one whose story is encouraging; a gentleman who is a real expert in the field of railways. He is not only […]]]>

BY BARNEY ORERE
borere@spp.com.pg

Following our recent three-part series on the railway history of Papua New Guinea, it is a pleasure to introduce railway enthusiasts, business, industry, government and the people of PNG to some one whose story is encouraging; a gentleman who is a real expert in the field of railways.

He is not only one of a kind in PNG with railroad knowledge and skill, but also the best of the best in the world.

The gentleman I am talking about is Robert Agen, a Unitech graduate civil engineer from Sinasina-Yongomugl district in Chimbu.

Mr Agen agreed to speak to the Post-Courier to offer more information on the railway field, his expertise and what can be achieved.

But the railroad is not something that can be started with pickaxes and shovels. Even if this mode of transport is revolutionary, it will require government support, massive cooperation with foreign partners and the starting point; the capital is likely to reach the four to five billion kina threshold in its ability to generate internal revenue.

Developing the network will take decades and to begin with, he hopes to enter the NCDC. This is a very important opportunity to begin the greatest change in the nation.

We have to start somewhere and NCD will be the starting point with the trams.

PNG’s first railway engineer feels he has what it takes, including the all-important revenue base of the National Capital District Commission which needs to be increased as a precondition.

The railroad will be a game changer for the economy, improve lives, modernize our city and create thousands and thousands of jobs.

After graduating from Unitech Lae, Agen worked for the French oil and gas exploration company Schlumberger, which exposed him abroad and thus his journey to becoming a railway expert began. . Here’s a step-by-step description of how it all started.

By the end of this story, it will be clear that Robert Agen is not the only hope PNG has so far in the introduction and development of the country’s rail network, but he has his heart set on it. The reader will clearly see that he is the man for the job.

TRACK RECORD
With Schlumberger, Agen mainly worked in Texas (Gulf of Mexico). At the time, few engineering PNGs went overseas, so he was a trailblazer for an oilfield service company that counted Chevron, ExxonMobil and Texaco among its clients.

Agen stayed there for three years but personal reasons forced him to leave and go to Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC), in transit between Port Moresby and Cooma in New South Wales, Australia.

It was while at SMEC that he received an offer to study for his Masters and went to Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England (UK). While doing the last semester of the master’s program, Agen began looking for jobs in Europe and North America.

He received responses from North American engineering groups and UK-based engineering consultancies. Prospects of going to the US were affected by 9/11 and he focused more on finding employment in the UK, which earned him his first stint with Civil/Railways Engineering Consultancy, a company based in Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK after London.

Birmingham, Mr Agen explained, is located in the West Midlands. He got the job as a project engineer at a company called First Engineering PLC (a public listed company). This was to be the start of his exposure to railway engineering.

MAIN ROLE
Then he won his first promotion as a senior engineer at Engineering Consultancy at White Young & Green Consultancy, still in Birmingham. He stayed there for a few years before being invited to join Network Rail where his job was to look after Kings Cross station from London to York – an 880km stretch of railway along the entire coast of England and included ring lines to towns such as Lincoln, Sheffield, Leeds and Hull; in total more than a thousand kilometers of rail network.

Network Rail has entrusted our man Chimbu with the responsibility of checking, approving and awarding contracts to rail contractors in the East Coast territory.

The division he worked for was ST&E (signalling, telecommunications and electrification projects) with the North East London Territory or LNET where he remained until 2013.

From 2014, Agen returned to the private sector, meaning he returned to design and engineering. So he was again employed by a private railway company Siemens, a German engineering conglomerate, a high-tech company that recently made a move into railway construction in England.

“That’s where I got a big promotion in terms of my railroad career. The job title was Head of Engineering Works with 82 people who reported to me (project managers, design engineers, construction engineers and works supervisors with the workers,” said Mr. Agen.

Fifa
Right after Siemens, he returned to PNG for family reasons and found himself helping the PNG Sports Foundation to build and deliver the infrastructure works (mini stadiums) for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup. FIFA 2016.

After eight weeks delivering the FIFA World Cup, he returned to his signaling and telecommunications project in Banbury, Oxfordshire. 2017 was election year, so he returned to PNG to compete for the regional seat. He is once again in the running for the NCD regional seat in this year’s national general election.

“If I hadn’t come to deliver the works of FIFA U20 I wouldn’t even be standing for election because I was comfortable with my life in the UK having lived there for over 20 years” , did he declare.

“But I saw the need for me to help in the development of our capital where I grew up and where I went to school (St Peter Erima and De La Salle Bomana). I wanted to give something back to the city by modernizing it and providing world-class infrastructure to the people of the city.

“When I returned to the UK after FIFA I was disturbed; I felt like I was being selfish, not thinking of my family, my friends and everyone else.

Here I lived a comfortable life and the way people lived in poverty really worried me. I saw that people were socially marginalized; the level of poverty was appalling and I felt I had to do something about it.

His Irish boss, Siemens managing director Gary Payne, reluctantly agreed to let Agen return to PNG but said; if he ever returned to the UK, there would be a job waiting for him at Siemens. “I know that offer still stands to this day,” he added. Mr Agen has permanent resident status in the UK.

TO PLAN
Before constructing a railway line linking NCD to Central Province or the Gulf of Papua or across the Owen Stanley Range to the North; even Lae – we have to do two things, he advised.
1) Increase the internal revenue base of NCDC to four or five billion kina per year
2) We must form strategic alliances with international agencies willing to help the PNG government and the NCDC build railways.

“I have a clear vision of where I want to take our city over the next 30-50 years and the process will begin with growing and expanding NCDC’s internal revenue base.

When we reach this point, we can start talking about streetcar lines connecting the suburbs of our city, and then we expand to major railways connecting Port Moresby to other provinces.

Of the two prerequisites listed (above), Mr. Agen said he had very specific innovative ideas to increase the revenue base of NCDC.

“As we need highly specialized railway engineering technocrats, these types of professionals are readily available to me because of the relationships I have built with them over 20 years. Many are just a phone call away. They tell me; when I want to build a railroad let them know – they are more than happy to come and help me.

TECHNOLOGY
“I have lived and worked in the country where the industrial revolution took place and I know the impact of the railways on the transformation of the British economy.

With railways you can transport hundreds of containers in a single trip whereas with trucks you are limited to one or two. Imagine riding up into the Highlands, the return trip will bring sacks of kaukau and coffee back to the coast.”

Unlike roads and highways, the design and construction of railways involved different engineering/technical disciplines (electrical, mechanical, structural, civil and permanent engineering – track, tunnel engineering and construction engineering), said Mr Agen.

Communication/electronics was vital as technology was needed for the train driver with controls at main stations Communication was also important for level crossings – vehicles and motorists crossing the tracks – when it was safe .

In the next episode, we will cover the engineering and construction cost of railways, employment and economic opportunities in the railway industry. Keep monitoring this space.

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Better living through engineering | Entertainment/Life https://hcingenieria.com/better-living-through-engineering-entertainment-life/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/better-living-through-engineering-entertainment-life/ Claire Vining Morrison • Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. deLesseps Story Morrison III • Graduated from the Isidore Newman School • Studied at Texas Christian University The summer months will see a continuation of classes for Miss Claire Vining Morrison as she takes classes at the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue her goal […]]]>

Claire Vining Morrison

• Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. deLesseps Story Morrison III

• Graduated from the Isidore Newman School

• Studied at Texas Christian University

The summer months will see a continuation of classes for Miss Claire Vining Morrison as she takes classes at the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue her goal of becoming a civil engineer, helping to find solutions “to the storage of water, having carbon negative ‘living’ and working on other ways to help the environment through engineering.”

She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. deLesseps Story Morrison III. His mother is the former Paige Elizabeth Stribling.

At Newman, she was the founder and president of Crochet for a Cause, a member of the basketball team, and a volunteer at the LA/SPCA Animal Shelter. She took advanced studio art classes. She was an international student guide and traveled to Thailand and several other countries around the world.

At the University of Fort Worth, Texas, she is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Women in Science and Engineering, Alpha Delta Pi, and the intermural ultimate Frisbee team. She also volunteers with the Humane Society of North Texas.

She has completed an internship in the engineering sector and worked with a veterinary clinic and in the childcare and art industries.

As a sous-deb, she was in the courses of the squires, the Pierrettes, Apollo, the Harlequins and a princess in the Grand Bal d’Osiris.

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Director among four appointments to the technical team at Anwyl Homes https://hcingenieria.com/director-among-four-appointments-to-the-technical-team-at-anwyl-homes/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 05:12:46 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/director-among-four-appointments-to-the-technical-team-at-anwyl-homes/ NEW Technical Director Chris Brady will lead a new technical department in the Cheshire and North Wales region of Anwyl Homes, which has been strengthened by the appointment of four experienced staff. Based at Anwyl’s Flintshire headquarters in St David’s Park, Ewloe, the other new hires – engineering manager Lorna Carlisle, senior development engineer Ryan […]]]>

NEW Technical Director Chris Brady will lead a new technical department in the Cheshire and North Wales region of Anwyl Homes, which has been strengthened by the appointment of four experienced staff.

Based at Anwyl’s Flintshire headquarters in St David’s Park, Ewloe, the other new hires – engineering manager Lorna Carlisle, senior development engineer Ryan Dodd and development engineer Simon Maxwell – will come to reinforce the existing technical team.

Having worked for various engineering consultants for nearly 30 years, including Atkins, WSP and most recently CampbellReith Consulting Engineers for 14 years, Chris brings a wealth of design and consultancy experience to the team.

Chris, from Chester, has a degree in Civil Engineering and is also a Chartered Civil Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has worked extensively in development planning for both public and private sector clients during his career and transitioned from a consulting role to working for a developer in 2021. He said, “I’ve always had the passion to work for a developer. As a consultant, one is often involved in a small piece of a project, but the developer role allows ownership of the project from start to finish. I love being able to manage and deliver projects to completion and being part of a process that makes a real difference in the lives of our clients.

Chris already relishes the challenges of delivering large-scale housing developments and is also keen to nurture the careers of his team members. He added: “I enjoy coaching and supporting a team, seeing people develop and expand their abilities and experience.”

Lorna Carlisle, from Mold, started her career 20 years ago in an engineering consultancy, designing infrastructure for new developments. She holds an HND in Civil Engineering and since 2006 has worked with a number of home builders, most recently Duchy Homes.

Lorna said, “I enjoy the intricacies involved in engineering and understand what developing a site entails. I love to see development from concept to delivery and always strive to deliver better design. My main focus going forward will be to help with land valuations to ensure we can successfully bid and acquire new sites. »

Senior Development Engineer Ryan Dodd, of Wirral, has previously worked for several home builders and engineering consultancies. He began his career as a technical intern at the Wirral Council, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was Head of Technical Services.

Ryan, who has an HNC in Civil Engineering, said: ‘I have worked for a number of home builders from small private companies to large automatons and finally now Anwyl who since my first few weeks has been by far the best company I worked for. . The company looks like a PLC, with well-organized working principles, but it has the freedom to be a private company with a lot of ambition.

“I really enjoy the daily challenges of the residential construction industry and it’s rewarding to see the hard work of the team take shape on site. I don’t think there is a single day that is the same as the last and it keeps you on your toes.

Newly appointed development engineer Simon Maxwell, from Buckley, graduated with an honors degree in civil engineering 10 years ago, after attending university as a mature student. After stints with Flintshire County Council, Capita and Mott Macdonald Bentley, he joined Anwyl Partnerships three years ago before moving to the Anwyl Homes division.

He said: “I look forward to working with the wider construction team to realize our current developments. I want to gain experience in the early development stages of any future development and use my civil engineering knowledge to add value. »

Phil Dolan, Managing Director of Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “The appointments of Chris, Lorna, Simon and Ryan have strengthened our technical department and all four bring extensive experience in the construction of houses to their new roles. These are much appreciated new additions to the business and I am confident that the team will provide much needed support as we seek to further develop our business over the next 12 months and beyond.

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North Anchorage Assembly Candidate Q&A: Cliff Baker https://hcingenieria.com/north-anchorage-assembly-candidate-qa-cliff-baker/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:20:02 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/north-anchorage-assembly-candidate-qa-cliff-baker/ By Anchorage Daily News Updated: 14 a few minutes ago Published: 34 a few minutes ago Cliff Baker is a candidate for the Anchorage North Assembly seat in 2022. (Photo provided by candidate) The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates for Anchorage Assembly for District 1, North Anchorage to answer a series of questions. Read them […]]]>
By Anchorage Daily News

Updated: 14 a few minutes ago Published: 34 a few minutes ago

The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates for Anchorage Assembly for District 1, North Anchorage to answer a series of questions. Read them all here.

Cliff Baker | Age: 71 | Occupation: Retired

Candidate background:

I am a disabled veteran. I have an associate’s degree in surveying and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Engineering Technician for the Alaska Department of Transportation. Two and a half year professional surveyor/project development team leader for the Department of Natural Resources. Owner of Integrity Surveys for twelve and a half years. Twenty-five-year-old Past President of the Soldotna Rotary Club and Deputy Governor of Rotary District 5010. Helped with polio vaccinations in Ivory Coast, Africa; village water in Mexico; and started the Rotary to Rural Alaska Health project. Served on Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board of Directors for 5 years, Chairman 4 years; Alaska Architect, Engineer and Land Surveying Board, 8 years; National Society of Professional Surveyors, 10 years; National Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, 15 years. Past President of the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors, the Alaska Professional Design Council, and the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference.

Why are you running?

I believe we need to restore empathy to government; the Assembly and the administration must work together for the municipality.

What qualifies you to represent District 1, North Anchorage in the Assembly?

I was a small business owner for 25 years and a member of the Alaska Public Employees Association for 17.5 years. I have worked throughout the state of Alaska and have served on several boards and committees. This experience allowed me to interact with a wide range of cultures and a very diverse population. I believe I have the ability to help bridge the gap between the Assembly and the administration.

What is the biggest issue facing North Anchorage? How would you approach it?

Traffic/pedestrian/bicycle safety. There are too many accidents between vehicles and pedestrians/cyclists, especially at intersections. Many motorists accelerate for a yellow light and run red lights quite often. Cameras should be used to capture vehicles running red lights and citations should be issued. Sidewalks must be maintained throughout the winter to provide a safe place to walk.

Name one thing the Anchorage Assembly and/or Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson has accomplished in the past year that you support, and why.

Job qualifications are essential for Section Managers to run an effective municipality, and I believe the Assembly has been diligent in ensuring that qualification requirements are met. I am encouraged that the Assembly and the administration are finally working together on a compromise for the homeless.

What is your vision of what North Anchorage will look like in 10 years? What specific actions would you take with the Assembly to help realize this vision?

I would like to see a revitalized downtown, encourage new businesses and residents in the area, improve pedestrian/cycling corridors throughout North Anchorage connecting existing trails, making downtown a premier destination for commuting, gather and live.

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Tyne Bridge overnight closures begin as engineers carry out structural surveys https://hcingenieria.com/tyne-bridge-overnight-closures-begin-as-engineers-carry-out-structural-surveys/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 04:33:59 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/tyne-bridge-overnight-closures-begin-as-engineers-carry-out-structural-surveys/ Weeks of overnight closures of Newcastle’s historic Tyne Bridge begin today as engineers carry out comprehensive structural surveys to assess renovation needs. Tyne Bridge will be closed every evening between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from today, June 13, until July 1. These inspections are a pre-requisite for the council to access the £35.3m funding […]]]>

Weeks of overnight closures of Newcastle’s historic Tyne Bridge begin today as engineers carry out comprehensive structural surveys to assess renovation needs.

Tyne Bridge will be closed every evening between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from today, June 13, until July 1. These inspections are a pre-requisite for the council to access the £35.3m funding for the bridge refurbishment pledged by the Department for Transport (DfT) earlier this month.

The grade II listed bridge over the River Tyne has not been maintained for over two decades, despite the paint used only having an expected lifespan of 15-20 years. Local councilors have appealed to the government for funds to save it from its “appalling state” as light spots of rust and peeling paint have become common.

Transport for the North and Newcastle City Council submitted a joint funding bid to the DfT in 2019, but it remained in stasis until June 2022 when the DfT approved a £35m grant for the renovation of the bridge and the central highway. A total of around £41.4million will be needed for the whole scheme, with Newcastle and Gateshead councils expected to make up the shortfall.

In December 2021, Newcastle Council’s principal engineer, Alastair Swan, told the Newcastle Gateshead Joint Bridge Committee that he had “no immediate concerns” about the integrity of the bridge, but the comprehensive inspections afforded by nighttime closures will provide a more detailed overview of the state of the structure.

All is well, renovation and maintenance should start later this year and last about two years. This package of work will include a full repaint, concrete repairs, drainage improvements, masonry and masonry repairs, waterproofing and resurfacing of the bridge deck, parapet protection and replacement of bridge joints. These works will maintain the structures’ carrying capacity and ensure the longevity of the route by reducing the need for ongoing ad hoc maintenance works.

As there is a population of kittiwakes living on the bridge, work will be carefully managed in consultation with wildlife groups to ensure that work on the main towers takes place outside of the breeding season and with provisions for nesting provided throughout the work.

Work on the Central Motorway is scheduled to start in 2023 and last until 2026. This will entail improvements along the route to the Tyne Bridge, including resurfacing and waterproofing of the viaduct and bridges, concrete repairs and drainage and new traffic lights and signals.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial work on the Tyne Bridge.

“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so that we can assess its condition and the extent of work needed to finalize project costs and plans to fully restore and renovate this major structure.

“As we need to inspect the full span of the bridge, nighttime closures will be required on the bridge and the roads below, so engineers can safely complete this work.”

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American Water Unit (AWK) Acquires Hardin Village Assets – June 8, 2022 https://hcingenieria.com/american-water-unit-awk-acquires-hardin-village-assets-june-8-2022/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:03:22 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/american-water-unit-awk-acquires-hardin-village-assets-june-8-2022/ American Water Works Company (AWK Quick QuoteAWK – Free Report) recently announced that its subsidiary, Illinois American Water, has acquired the assets of the Village of Hardin, IL, water and wastewater system. This acquisition will add 435 water customers and 405 wastewater customers to the company’s 1.3 million existing customers. This acquisition further expanded Illinois […]]]>

American Water Works Company (AWK Free Report) recently announced that its subsidiary, Illinois American Water, has acquired the assets of the Village of Hardin, IL, water and wastewater system. This acquisition will add 435 water customers and 405 wastewater customers to the company’s 1.3 million existing customers.

This acquisition further expanded Illinois American Water’s operations in Illinois and is worth $3.3 million. The American Water unit is committed to investing $3 million to improve the existing water and wastewater infrastructure in the Village of Hardin and ensure high quality services to its customers.

Illinois American Water expanded its operations in Illinois through acquisitions. Since 2020, Illinois American Water has added nearly 26,000 new customer connections to its customer base across Illinois through acquisitions. The company has made plans and will implement them to improve water and wastewater services for its new customers.

Acquisitions in the fragmented water industry

The US water and wastewater industry is quite fragmented. Much of the infrastructure used to deliver services has aged and is approaching the end of its useful life. Repair delays lead to pipeline breaks and a waste of valuable resources.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, currently more than 51,000 community water systems and 16,000 community sanitation systems in the United States provide water solutions to customers. According to the findings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, water main breaks occur every two minutes in the United States due to the aging of existing water infrastructure. Pipeline ruptures waste 6 billion gallons of drinking water every day and add to the loss of water service operators.

The acquisition of small units by larger utilities ensures the investments needed to upgrade infrastructure and continue high-quality services for customers. American Water Works continues to expand its market presence through strategic acquisitions. In 2021, the company grew its customer base by 20,000 through 23 acquisitions completed in six states.

Other companies in the water sector, which are expanding their activities through acquisitions, are Essential utilities (WTRG free report) and California Water Utility Group (CWT free report).

In the six-year period ended December 31, 2021, Essential Utilities expanded its utility business by completing numerous water and wastewater acquisitions, which in turn added 94,000 new customers . In the first quarter of 2022, the company completed an acquisition, which added 11,000 customers.

Essential Utilities’ long-term earnings growth is currently pegged at 6.1%. Zacks consensus estimate for WTRG earnings in 2022 implies 6.6% year-over-year growth.

California Water Service recently received approval to acquire the water system assets of Skylonda Mutual Water Company. The acquisition is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions. In April 2022, another California Water Service unit, New Mexico Water Service, completed the acquisition of Morningstar Water System from Animas Valley Land and Water, LLC, which added 2,000 water connections.

The Zacks consensus estimate for California Water Service earnings in 2023 implies 9.3% year-over-year growth.

Price performance

Shares of AWK have gained 7.6% in the past month compared to the industry’s 7.4% rally.

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Zacks rank and key choice

American Water currently has a Zacks rank of #2 (buy). Another prominent title in the same space is Consolidated Water Co Ltd. (CWCO Free report) currently having a Zacks rank #2.

Consolidated Water has delivered an average surprise of 36.5% over the past four quarters. The Zacks consensus estimate for Consolidated Water’s 2022 earnings rose 26.4% to 67 cents over the past 60 days.

Consolidated Water’s long-term earnings growth is currently pegged at 8%. The CWCO’s current dividend yield is 2.4%.

You can see the full list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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Do engineers have an advantage in the civil service exam https://hcingenieria.com/do-engineers-have-an-advantage-in-the-civil-service-exam/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 13:39:00 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/do-engineers-have-an-advantage-in-the-civil-service-exam/ Even as women swept the stakes in the UPSC Civil Service Examinations (CSE) 2021, with 10 of the top 25 being women, what surprised was the glaring absence of engineers in both first rows. Shruti Sharma, a history graduate and number one on the merit list, and Ankita Agarwal, an economics graduate and IRS officer […]]]>
Even as women swept the stakes in the UPSC Civil Service Examinations (CSE) 2021, with 10 of the top 25 being women, what surprised was the glaring absence of engineers in both first rows. Shruti Sharma, a history graduate and number one on the merit list, and Ankita Agarwal, an economics graduate and IRS officer in the 2020 batch, are alumni of St Stephen’s College, DU. It is as if tradition has been reversed, since the UPSC CSE has long been dominated by engineers.

A look at the last decade indicates that with the exception of two (AIR 1 2011 Shena Agarwal and AIR 1 2015 Tina Dabi), all UPSC CSE toppers belonged to the discipline of engineering. In the results of CSE 2020, the top 3 ranks were engineers and in the top 15 ranks, there were 8 engineers. The CSE 2019 result saw 11 engineers in the top 15. Relatively fewer – i.e. 7 of the top 15 – were engineers in the CSE 2018. In the CSE 2017, 11 of the top 15 ranking holders were engineers; CSE 2016 also saw 9 engineers in the top 15. Thus, this year’s result marks a break in this trend. However, except for the top 2, the next 3 ranking holders in the top 5 are engineers. In fact, among the top 15 ranking holders, there are up to 9 engineers,” says Pranay Agarwal, Director, IAS Gurukul.

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Part of the reason why engineers at UPSC hold the top ranks is their rigorous academic training and the multitude of competitive exams such as JEE Main and Advanced that prepare them even before college. “They also have a hands-on approach to problem solving,” adds Agarwal. Many of them begin their preparation right after graduation, but others leave their corporate careers to devote themselves full-time to the preparation process. “It is true that the private sector generally offers a higher salary than what a civil servant earns at home. But a career in public service offers a much better chance of job satisfaction,” says Agarwal.

In the case of Gamini Singhla, AIR 3, 2022, whose parents are Himachal Pradesh government doctors, it was the same sentiment that drew her to the profession. She gave up a job offer on campus to pursue her dream of becoming an IAS officer. “Engineering gave me enough time to prepare myself, that’s why I could concentrate on my studies, although any dedicated person, whatever their field, can excel in public service”, says the graduate in computer science from a major engineering school in Punjab.

Yasharth Shekhar, AIR 12, 2022, echoes a similar view. “To a large extent, track record does not determine success. Hard work and focus on key areas does. Geography as an optional subject is usually considered by engineers, but I did well (306/500) given my background in the humanities,” says the St Stephen’s College graduate whose background in economics helped him. prepared to understand the scientific nature of things while focusing on writing. better answers with practice catapulted him into the top 20.

JK Dadoo, a retired IAS officer, agrees: “The better prepared and nervous candidates will win. After all, the CSE is attempted by about 3 lakh applicants out of which about 2,000 students are selected. The scales are balanced, although engineers tend to do better if they study math/physics, which pays more than humanities. »

Aggregated data indicates that most engineers opt for humanities as electives. “At CSE 2019, 63.1% of recommended candidates were engineers and only 24.2% were from the humanities. But 82.6% of the optional subjects chosen by the recommended candidates were related to humanities, and only 4.7% of the recommended candidates had an engineering subject as an option,” says Agarwal.

The trend of previous years is similar. “Optional subjects in the humanities require a timetable ranging from around 4 months for a subject like sociology or philosophy to around 8 months for a subject like political science. Engineering electives, on the other hand, require a longer commitment. Secondly, better resources such as competent teachers, exam-specific study materials are readily available for optional humanities, but not for engineering subjects. More importantly, UPSC only offers three engineering subjects (civil, electrical, and mechanical) in the list of optional choices. Engineers in other fields, such as computer engineering or petroleum engineering, then prefer to opt for a subject in the humanities instead of those which are equally foreign to them,” says Agarwal, adding that aspirants can choose n matter as long as they can adapt and follow. the right exam strategy.

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The Mandan Expressway is permanently reduced from four lanes to two. https://hcingenieria.com/the-mandan-expressway-is-permanently-reduced-from-four-lanes-to-two/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 18:41:30 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/the-mandan-expressway-is-permanently-reduced-from-four-lanes-to-two/ There’s “road diet” on West Main Street! There’s the roundabout on Collins! Now, what’s up with the 1806 freeway? Mandan will bear the brunt of major road works this summer. Memorial Highway (The Strip) will begin a multi-year project from 2022. You can take a look at the apocalyptic story I wrote about it by […]]]>

There’s “road diet” on West Main Street! There’s the roundabout on Collins!

Now, what’s up with the 1806 freeway?

Mandan will bear the brunt of major road works this summer. Memorial Highway (The Strip) will begin a multi-year project from 2022. You can take a look at the apocalyptic story I wrote about it by clicking here.

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This is all happening in the near future, but what is happening right now in South Mandan? Much the same thing happened on West Main Street in Mandan as well as Main Avenue in downtown Bismarck. It’s called a road diet and its use in communities across the country continues to increase. The old “outdated” notion that more lanes means smoother traffic has increasingly been put on this “diet”.

A road diet, or pavement reconfiguration, can improve safety, calm traffic, provide better mobility and access for all road users, and improve the overall quality of life.

A road diet typically involves the conversion of an existing four-lane undivided carriageway to a three-lane carriageway consisting of two passing lanes and a center two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL).

So 1806 heading south from Mandan will soon be a north track and a south track. Currently, there are two paths going in either direction. What was definitely missing on this stretch of road were left turn lanes. People driving in and out of traffic may not pay attention to this sitting duck vehicle waiting to make a left turn. So by adding this turn lane, you minimize the risk of a fairly high-speed rear-end collision.

The good news is that road diets are inexpensive.

The plan pretty much uses existing roads. It would help if when you implement the lane changes you are prepared to immediately redraw the roadway so that we know where we are supposed to go. I still don’t know if Main Avenue Bismarck has completely finished the stripping…it took a long time.

For updates on Project 1806, click here for the Mandan City website.


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What is the trend in civil engineering and construction https://hcingenieria.com/what-is-the-trend-in-civil-engineering-and-construction/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 02:52:12 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/what-is-the-trend-in-civil-engineering-and-construction/ Here’s what’s happening in civil engineering and construction Emerging construction technology is not just a new toy or passing trend, but rather the future of building as a whole. Modernizing your current procedures has concrete applications and benefits. In order to stay on top of the competition and avoid being left behind, construction companies are […]]]>

Here’s what’s happening in civil engineering and construction

Emerging construction technology is not just a new toy or passing trend, but rather the future of building as a whole. Modernizing your current procedures has concrete applications and benefits. In order to stay on top of the competition and avoid being left behind, construction companies are experimenting with new ideas and incorporating them into their processes.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the most popular construction technologies in 2022. BIM is a construction technology that facilitates greater cooperation in civil engineering. Automating clash detection and presenting a complete picture are two ways to help the design and planning phases.

The use of mobile devices and apps in construction is also becoming more common. The increased mobility of tablets and smartphones allows for better communication and the flexibility to work from anywhere. If you want to stay on top of your game in the construction industry, you’ll have to embrace it.

Construction projects will see an increase in the use of Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as drone by 2022. Site surveys can be done more quickly and correctly with them than with personnel on the ground, and they are also less expensive than using aerial imagery to collect data. It is also possible to investigate dangerous sites such as bridges or large structures with a drone without risking your safety. You can even keep an eye on progress and check how workers are doing on a construction site.

For the construction sector, 2022 should be a game-changer. The only thing construction industry players can hope for is improved productivity and less costly lead times. Data-driven industries that emphasize real-time cooperation and communication are expected to emerge in the near future.

The building trade is going through a major paradigm shift. Over the next few years, experts say, we will see the biggest changes in the construction industry.

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Here are the top 7 trends in the civil engineering and construction industry:

The construction industry is booming and new projects are being launched every day. Civil engineers are in high demand to design and oversee these projects. So, what is the trend in the world of civil engineering? Here are some of the most popular trends.

3D printing:

3D printing has been used in the civil engineering field for quite some time now, but it is becoming more and more popular as the technology improves. 3D printing can be used for everything from printing models of proposed buildings and bridges to printing parts for real construction projects. This technology allows engineers to quickly and easily test different designs and greatly simplifies modifications and repairs.

Green Construction: trend in civil engineering

More and more people are interested in sustainable or “green” building practices. Much of this is due to the fact that there are cost savings to being more environmentally friendly. Materials used in construction can be recycled and the process itself is much less harmful to the environment.

There are a few key trends in the civil engineering and construction industry that professionals need to be aware of in order to stay ahead of the game. Some of these trends include prefabrication, modular construction and 3D printing.

Prefabricated materials: trend in civil engineering

Prefabrication is the process of manufacturing building elements offsite and then assembling them onsite. This method has been around for centuries, but has recently become more popular due to advances in technology. Prefabricated components are often made from lightweight materials such as metal or plastic, which makes them easier to transport and install.

Modular: Trend in civil engineering

Modular construction is a similar concept to prefabrication, but instead of making individual components, entire buildings are made in modules. These modules can be assembled quickly on site, making this method ideal for projects that need to be completed quickly or under budget.

Environment: Trend in civil engineering

More environmentally friendly construction projects, such as using green materials or installing solar panels. There has been a recent trend in the construction industry to use more environmentally friendly methods and materials. This includes using more sustainable green materials and installing solar panels to generate electricity. Some of these methods have been around for a while, but they are becoming more and more popular as people realize the importance of sustainability.

An example of a construction project using more environmentally friendly methods is the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The library is built with a green roof, rainwater harvesting and energy efficient lighting. There will also be a large solar panel installation on the roof, which will help power the building.

Another example is Google’s new headquarters in California. The building has a number of features that make it more sustainable, including rooftop gardens that help cool the building and reduce stormwater runoff.

Site Traffic: Trends in Civil Engineering

New techniques for managing traffic flows around construction zones. As construction projects increase in size and scope, so does the need for better traffic management around work zones. While engineers have long used traditional techniques like signaling and cones to direct traffic, new methods are trending in the field that promise an even more efficient flow.

One such technique is the use of Variable Message Signs (VMS). The VMS can be used to dynamically modify messages based on real-time conditions, allowing for more targeted warnings and instructions. For example, if a lane is closed due to a collision, a VMS could immediately direct drivers to the next available free lane.

Another growing trend is the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). ITS can include technologies such as sensors and cameras that collect data about traffic patterns. This data can then be analyzed to identify potential issues and bottlenecks.

Extended Reality in Construction: Trends in Civil Engineering

Use of augmented reality in the design and realization of projects.

Augmented reality has been used for many years in the medical and gaming industries. However, it is now making its way into civil engineering. Many companies use augmented reality to help with design and construction projects. The benefits of using augmented reality include saving time and money, as well as improving accuracy and quality.

AECOM is a company that uses augmented reality to help with its design projects. It is a global company that provides architectural, engineering and construction services. They have been using augmented reality for about two years and have found that it has helped them save time and money on their projects. For example, they were able to use it to quickly visualize a 3D building design before starting construction. This saved them the time and money that would have been spent building a physical model of the building.

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Keeter retires after nearly 30 years with DOT https://hcingenieria.com/keeter-retires-after-nearly-30-years-with-dot/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 13:08:04 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/keeter-retires-after-nearly-30-years-with-dot/ The state Department of Transportation’s top engineer retired after a career with the agency spanning nearly three decades. Ronnie Keeter’s last day as the department’s chief engineer was Tuesday. He primarily oversaw the engineering and program activities of the agency’s 14 highway divisions. He also headed the agency’s Mobility and Security Department, the Central Units […]]]>

The state Department of Transportation’s top engineer retired after a career with the agency spanning nearly three decades.

Ronnie Keeter’s last day as the department’s chief engineer was Tuesday.

He primarily oversaw the engineering and program activities of the agency’s 14 highway divisions. He also headed the agency’s Mobility and Security Department, the Central Units and the Technical Services Department.

Keeter became chief engineer in 2020, having been promoted in 2019 to deputy chief engineer East, which oversees the department’s seven eastern highway divisions.

“It was an honor to serve as Chief Engineer and manage all of our highway divisions, which strive to build and maintain roads and bridges safely and efficiently,” Keeter said. “I am pleased to be able to leave behind a talented and dedicated workforce that will continue to serve the public.”

Transport Secretary Eric Boyette recently named Chris Peoples to succeed Keeter. Peoples had served as the department’s deputy chief engineer for several years before taking the reins as chief engineer.

“Ronnie has been one of our loyal engineers in the department, and he has always been willing and able to take on larger roles that have moved our agency forward through difficult times,” Boyette said. “We are fortunate to have a strong team in our leadership to carry out our mission.”

Keeter, who lives in Littleton, Halifax County with his wife and two children, began working for the department in January 1993, shortly after graduating in civil engineering in 1992 from UNC-Charlotte.

He quickly rose through the ranks. He served as Assistant District Engineer, District Engineer, County Maintenance Engineer, Division Maintenance Engineer, and finally in 2018, Chief Engineer for Highway Division 4.

The Division 4 division has more than 400 employees and maintains more than 13,000 miles of roads in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties.

The main functions of a road division include the development of transport projects, their construction and their maintenance after their completion. The divisions also oversee traffic-related services, reopen and repair storm-damaged roads, and maintain roadsides by mowing and collecting litter.

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