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What Does an Engineer Do?

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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?


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A Message of Kindness

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Happy Holidays from DCI Engineers

Happy Holidays from all of us at DCI Engineers. We are thankful for the friends, family and colleagues who have made this a great year for all of us at DCI. In honor of that, we've put together a video message of kindness that we hope you enjoy. Please help us spread kindness with our Pay It Forward Campaign and win an iPad mini! All you need to do is visit our Facebook page and we will make a donation on your behalf AND enter you into a contest!


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Back to School

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DCI Engineers Chalkboard

It’s that time of the year again – a slight chill in the air, autumn colors on the trees and more school busses on the roads. Thousands of students around the country are heading back to schools that bear the fingerprints of DCI Engineers and their innovative design approach.

DCI Education Collage

Here are a few examples of school facilities designed by DCI Engineers, including some that are currently in the works:


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Get to Know the Office: Austin

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Austin, Texas may be home to the UT Longhorns, delicious barbeque, and fantastic live music, but it is also home to our first non-west coast office.   In 2008, DCI Engineers opened its doors after having worked for over half a decade on projects in the Lone Star state. Five DCI employees from the Spokane, Seattle, and San Diego offices moved to Austin and now enjoy 75 degree Thanksgivings and golfing almost all year long. We have done work on a variety of projects across the country and the world including Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Aruba, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. 


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Expert in the Spotlight: Dick Hemmen

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We sat down with our October DCI Expert in the Spotlight, Richard “Dick” Hemmen for a Q&A session about Seismic Renovations and Tenant Improvements. Hemmen, who has worked on many seismic renovations and TI’s, shares with us the importance of maintaining a buildings structural components for the occurrence of a seismic event.

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Project Close-up: Grand Solmar

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On Baja California’s southernmost tip, a granite mountain crashes into the Pacific Ocean. This is the site for the majestic Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa, located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. From the magnificent ocean side infinity pools to the breathtaking ocean views, this entire development feels like an oasis. Building such a luxurious facility presented some unique and stimulating challenges.   


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Message from the Prez

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, Clients, and Employees:

As our annual charity golf tournament is fast approaching and we are experiencing the beautiful summer weather in Seattle, it would seem an appropriate time to use a golf analogy to discuss the recent success at DCI. On the golf course I am always trying, (and rarely succeeding) to make birdies and achieve a great score. Unlike my golf game, as the President of DCI Engineers I am seeing success is all around me. 


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Expert in the Spotlight: Troy Bean

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When you think of modular construction, you might think of boring repetition and lack of originality. However, with stimulated interest over the last five years, modular construction is making a name for itself in the A/E/C world, allowing for unique and cost-effective structures to be built. As a resourceful and efficient off-site method to constructing code compliant buildings, we asked our Principal and resident modular guru, Troy Bean about this construction type. 

What is Wood Framed Modular Construction? 


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Back to Basics

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Little do people know, civil and structural engineering is all around us in our everyday lives.  On your commute to work, you are traveling down roads and over bridges until arriving at the building where you’ll spend the work day.  All of these pieces of infrastructure are made possible by a civil engineer off somewhere in Cubicle Land spending long, hard hours cranking away in order to meet a project deadline.


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