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Principles of Sustainable Design: Green Building Costs

When first developing design ideas for a building, it’s important to understand that everything has a financial value. And conducting a building performance analysis beforehand can help designers understand what decisions can yield a more valuable economic return. Because some building owners have more strict construction budgets, it’s important the design and building process remains within a firm financial budget throughout the project. But how, exactly, is this budget calculated? We’ll give you an inside look at the different cost analyses designers take into consideration when developing building plans.

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Sam Marttinen – Employee of the Month for December 2017

Sam Marttinen (Mechanical Engineering, Duluth office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s December 2017 Employee of the Month. Often a runner up during our nominations, Sam is well deserving of the honor.

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Take Charge of Your Engineering Career

Whether you are just starting your career or you already have a few years of experience in your field, it’s important to never lose focus throughout your engineering career. Perhaps your position has become mundane and it’s time to reinvent yourself, or maybe you’re entering your first professional job and don’t know how to be the best engineer you can be. The following are a few things you can do to take charge as a professional and help progress your engineering career.

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How to be a Great Leader: Engineer Style

Time and time again, you have probably heard and read much about leadership in the professional world, however you may not see a lot about what it means to be a leader in the engineering field. Just as certain skills and characteristics are needed for most influential leadership roles, leaders in engineering must also master skills, which include: vision, communication, influence, empathy, and attitude. However, there are also other characteristics engineering leaders must have that might not be as prevalent in other industries. These include: understanding terminology, detail orientation, and an utter curiosity for the profession.

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How to Avoid Information Overload as an Engineer

As engineers, we’re constantly absorbing information to better ourselves, our places of work, and our industry as a whole. However, many professionals who are constantly being bombarded with information can oftentimes feel overwhelmed. With the various information sources out there, such as websites, industry publications, newsletters, etc., how well do you utilize that information and apply it to your everyday life, especially if there is just too much information to take in? The following tips may be helpful for you with avoiding information overload:

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Three G&M Staff Members Achieve EIT Status

Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is an important milestone in an engineer’s career. To achieve the certification of Engineer-in-Training (EIT) requires a committed effort, hours of classes, and an eagerness to hone one’s craft.

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Rich Armstrong – Employee of the Month for November 2017

Rich Armstrong (Mechanical Engineering, Roseville office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s November 2017 Employee of the Month. A quiet performer, Rich consistently gets things done.

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Quality Service, Attention to Detail Keys to Ongoing Client Relationships

Quality Service, Attention to Detail Keys to Ongoing Client Relationships

Gausman & Moore prides itself on maintaining long-term relationships with clients. The combination of exceptional engineering services and familiarity with G&M/client staff yields successful outcomes on a regular basis. This type of situation is exemplified with G&M’s relationship with Shultz Steel Company.

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Anthony Basden Named Company Shareholder

In his 11 years at Gausman & Moore, Anthony Basden (Electrical Engineer, Roseville office) has regularly demonstrated exceptional engineering skills, a passion for learning, a strong commitment to clients and coworkers, and has emerged as a company leader. Anthony is being recognized for those contributions by being named an Associate Shareholder.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Indoor Thermal Comfort

Energy efficiency in buildings is almost always a top priority for building owners and contractors alike. However, it is not fully effective when occupants are uncomfortable with the indoor environment. If an occupant is too warm or too cold in a space, he or she will take alternative routes of heating or cooling their area, such as with space heaters, fans, or window-mounted air conditioners. And those could be substantially worse for the building’s efficiency than typical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

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Transitioning to BIM

When I started my position at Gausman & Moore (G&M) as a professional drafter, I immediately submerged into the deep storm of BIM (Building Information Modeling). Some Architects and owners still use 2D AutoCad, while most are adopting 3D software such as Revit, Microstation or Plant 3D. Some befuddlement exists on the product we deliver as an MEP firm. At the end of the day all we deliver is signed construction documents right? Wrong!

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Six Ways to Deal with Short-Notice Requirements

Let’s face it. As an engineer or a professional in the engineering industry, you’re going to have to deal with unforeseen pop-ups once in awhile. These short-notice tasks can arise during any project, sometimes at inopportune times. Oftentimes they come from the client or a senior stakeholder, and they can definitely throw a project out of whack. Your ability to concisely answer to these pop-ups is critical, so you can gain or maintain your reputation of being an effective leader or project manager. The following are the best ways to deal with short-notice tasks:

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The Importance of Networking as an Engineer

You have probably heard about the importance of networking, especially when it’s early in your career, but do you truly understand what it means? As engineers who love the technical world, you may cringe when thinking about having to get to know others in the industry. However, networking isn’t as complicated as you may think. It doesn’t always require “putting yourself out there” and attending networking events every other weekend.

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Why You Should Develop a Personal Career Strategy

Through the course of your engineering career, you may be faced with various hurdles and setbacks, as well as outstanding opportunities that can make or break your career. Every time you reach one of these milestones, you may not fully understand how you should confront each situation. By developing a personal career strategy, you reduce the short-term emotion guiding your decisions because you will see the overall picture. This is especially important because more often than not, engineers are in it for the long haul, and you want to be sure you have a plan for ever step along the way. The following are all reasons you should consider developing a personal strategy if you want to get the most from your engineering career:

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Employee of the Month October 2017 - Anthony Basden

Anthony Basden (Electrical Engineering, Roseville office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s October 2017 Employee of the Month. Anthony was praised for managing multiple Target projects and his team.

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