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What Does an Engineer Do?

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Caleb Heeringa, Communications Coordinator | Caleb enjoys immersing himself in the A/E/C industry and informing audiences about DCI’s contribution to state-of-the-art structural development. Preferring a conversational style, he naturally narrates the firm’s design approach and project details to professionals in other industries. With a knack for adventure, he enjoys international travel and exploring the back corners of Washington’s wilderness.

Chris Sebilia, Project Manager | As a project manager, Chris Sebilia enjoys being a member of the blog committee and showcasing DCI's projects in fun and inventive ways.  Blogging about DCI events, projects, and offices is a fun way for Chris to share his talent of video making and celebrate all the work that DCI Engineers does. 

A little self-reflection never hurt anyone. In an industry that speaks a different language than your average civilian (note the blank looks you get when you bring up dead loads, ductility and deflection at a party), it’s worth asking: what does a structural engineer do?

Ever curious, Project Manager Chris Sebilia posed that question to unsuspecting employees at DCI’s Austin office. Opened in 2008, the Austin office represents DCI’s first permanent presence outside the West Coast.  While leaving the earthquake-prone locales of the West Coast may make structural design sound like a cake walk, the hurricane winds of the Gulf of Mexico pose their own challenges. The Austin office has met design challenges all over the country and the world, including Mexico, Aruba, and Bolivia. The office also recently began work on the designs for a 17-story Homewood Suites hotel in downtown Austin. The 195,000-sf facility will include three levels of elevated parking, an open lobby, bar, lounge, meeting rooms with a fitness room and rooftop pool.

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Caleb Heeringa, Communications Coordinator | Caleb enjoys immersing himself in the A/E/C industry and informing audiences about DCI’s contribution to state-of-the-art structural development. Preferring a conversational style, he naturally narrates the firm’s design approach and project details to professionals in other industries. With a knack for adventure, he enjoys international travel and exploring the back corners of Washington’s wilderness.

Chris Sebilia, Project Manager | As a project manager, Chris Sebilia enjoys being a member of the blog committee and showcasing DCI's projects in fun and inventive ways.  Blogging about DCI events, projects, and offices is a fun way for Chris to share his talent of video making and celebrate all the work that DCI Engineers does. 

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