Let’s Have a Civil Engineering Revolution

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It is becoming increasingly more difficult to do excellent civil engineering. The reasons vary. They include an increase in regulations that make no sense despite the efforts of great regulatory personnel; an ever increasing reliance upon federal funding with its regulations and requirements that go with that funding (with much being irrelevant to the specific project); an ever increasing emphasis upon marketing in the consulting business; and finally, the ever increasing challenge of maintaining the public service values that provide the ethical foundation of professionalism. Some call the forces “joy drains” because they take the joy out of engineering (doing excellent engineering and being recognized for that excellence is in fact nothing short of joy). It is high time for a civil engineering revolution to bring back the joy of engineering.

There is one “joy drain” that we can do something about without waiting for the revolution – having your career misaligned with your aptitudes, values, and life-style preferences. For many who are stuck in a position that does not suit them, there is not much that can be done.  For others however, there is an opportunity. See the “Seriously Civil Professional Development Guide” for ways to realize that opportunity.