DCI Principal Dick Hemmen has officially announced his retirement from the firm! What that really means is that he will be part-time, wrapping up two small projects, and attending future social company events. DCI Engineers has become such a big a part of his life, walking away completely and disconnecting from the firm would be hard to do, he confessed.
Through the Eyes of an Engineer: Office and retail tenant improvement projects
When there is a TI work request, a tenant of a commercial space – often an office or retail space – requires structural expertise commonly in the form of anchoring for architectural features.
Crafting a fine wine takes careful attention to detail – a little errant bacteria or slight fluctuation in temperature can mean the difference between the finest vintage and undrinkable swill. And as any vintner will tell you, controlling those variables starts with the environment in which the wine is made.
*photo provided by Rollston Frangopoulos.
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?
Engineers can be romantics. They can play the role of Cupid more often than not. Sounds too good to be true? Structural and civil engineers are frequently called into action when iconic symbols of love require maintenance or renovation. What would we do if there are no engineers to maintain the Eiffel Tower or rebuild the walkway at Niagara Falls every year? There would be many disappointed couples during Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. Lovers would need to find alternative locations for that first kiss together, a marriage proposal, or a memorable wedding.
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