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The Future of Engineering Roundtable Series

The post COVID-19 world is creating new market forces. To survive and prosper in such a dynamic and turbulent environment, engineering firms need to think more far reaching and create a smart future.

The ACEC Research Institute developed a series of roundtable discussions with leading experts to explore intelligent solutions to tackle major financial obstacles, seek more proactive approaches to predict uncertain future, and pursue strategies to remove barriers to create that future.

We can’t avoid the financial impact that the economy will have on key markets. And, if we aren’t thinking beyond survival and focusing on the future of funding now then we will be left behind. This roundtable tackles these tough financial issues so engineering firms are better equipped to anticipate the forces that will affect their prospects and position themselves to take maximum advantage of market direction. Panelists dove into the impact of the federal deficit, recessionary challenges, and new funding mechanisms that are needed to build the future.

Click here to view the Funding in the New Normal roundtable.

Additional Funding in the New Normal resources:
Press release: Economic Panel Predicts Slow Recovery for Many Engineering Markets after COVID-19
Podcast: The Future of Funding and Mobility as a Service with David Zipper 
Additional Insights: As the Recession Lengthens, Are Public Agencies Going to be able to Continue to Fund Infrastructure Projects? 

Panelists included:
• Rosemarie Andolino, Former Chairman of MAG USA and CEO of International Development, Manchester Airport Group
• Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group
• Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation
• David Zipper, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government
• Moderator: Joseph Bates, ACEC Research Institute

 

The world today is full of extraordinary volatility, yet the engineering industry has risen to the challenge. Uniquely positioned at the forefront of designing buildings for work and home – engineers are solving for the new normal and exploring what is needed for commercial, high-rise, healthcare, and mixed-use buildings of the future. How do we design them? How do we rehab or retrofit them? What is really needed for the future when designing work and living spaces in this new paradigm. Join this exciting panel discussion that explores the future of the buildings we live and work in.

Click here to view “The Buildings We Live and Work In” roundtable click here. 

Additional The Buildings We Live and Work In resources:
Press Release:
Engineering Panel Says Buildings Must Adapt for Greater Normal Occupant Safety; Believe Significant Remote Working Here to Stay
Additional Insights: The COVID Effect on The Buildings Where We Live and Work; Four Things: How COVID-19 Will Change the Built Environment

Panelists Included:
• Dino DeFeo, Managing Partner, AKF
• Peter DiMaggio, Co-CEO, Thornton Tomasetti
• Arathi Gowda, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
• Kate Wittels, Partner, HR&A Advisors
• Moderator: Joseph Bates, ACEC Research Institute

Uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has inspired much speculation about the impact of technology on engineering, the speed of design, as well as its effect on firm’s workforce and culture.

Panelists explored these issues and more including the interconnectivity of systems, impact of A.I. and machine learning, simulations and even technology that facilitates firm culture and collaboration.

Click here to view The Impact of Technology on Engineering roundtable.

Additional The Impact of Technology on Engineering resources:
Press Release: Engineering Futurists See Greater Adoption of Technology, Need for More Talent, Heightened Respect for Infrastructure
Podcast: Engineering Influence Podcast Features Conversation with Futurist Chris Luebkeman
Additional Insights: Engineering Tech: What’s Real and What’s to Come?;   6 Things to Think About: Technology and Engineering

Panelists Included:
• Jose Luis Blanco, Partner, McKinsey & Company
• Mike Haley, Vice President of Research, Autodesk, Inc.
• Chris Luebkeman, Director for Strategic Foresight, Office of the President, ETH Zurich
• Heather Wishart-Smith, SVP Technology and Innovation, Jacobs
• Moderator: Joseph Bates, ACEC Research Institute

Playbook of National Infrastructure Policy Series

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Previously recorded on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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This session focused on both existing and potential innovations in federal economic recovery policy plays, including the new concept to establish a federal infrastructure planning council that coordinates multiple agency policies and funding programs, opportunities to expand federal discretionary grant programs to address broader needs and break down infrastructure silos, and the potential for federal leadership to help guide cities with their complete street plans. For engineering consultants, this subject matter will help firms provide strategic advice to clients on innovations in urban planning and design.

Previously recorded on Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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This session focused on innovations to address climate change and water infrastructure. Participants went into detail about three key policy plays, including the need to increase administrative and financial resources for the WIFIA financing program, the potential to expand emergency relief funds for “betterments” or increased resiliency, and the need to establish outcome-based permitting for water management. For engineering consultants, this subject matter will help firms provide strategic advice to clients on water infrastructure financing and permitting as well as climate resiliency.

Panelists will include:
The Honorable Debbie Kling, Mayor, Nampa, Idaho
Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance
Edwin Crooks, Senior Vice President, HNTB
Camille Touton, Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Previously recorded on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Project Acceleration Tools and Processes focused on empowering localities with effective tools and processes to accelerate project delivery. In this session, participants learned in detail about three key policy plays, including successful local approaches to procurement efficiencies, acceleration of environmental reviews, and obtaining federal technical support to fast-track public-private partnerships (P3s). For engineering consultants, this subject matter will help firms provide strategic advice to clients on existing and potential policies to improve the delivery of local projects.

Panelists included:
The Honorable Nannette L. Whaley, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio
James Rubin, CEO, Meridiam NA (former Director of State Operations for Governor Andrew Cuomo)
Andrew Winkler, Associate Director, Bipartisan Policy Center
Manisha Patel, Principal Consultant, Vice President for Environmental Policy Practice, WSP

Previously recorded on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Funding and Financing for Community Serving Infrastructure focused on the playbook’s funding and financing recommendations. In this session, participants learned in detail about three key policy plays, including the use of pre-development funds, how the federal government can support local bond issuance, and opportunities to increase direct regional funding. For engineering consultants, this subject matter will help firms provide strategic advice to clients on funding and financing opportunities for local projects.

Panelists included:
The Honorable Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina
Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer, Metrolink, Southern California
DJ Gribbin, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program & Founder, Madrus LLC
Sylvia Garcia, Principal Consultant for Public Finance Policy, WSP