Recently I have begun to feel more confident in my designs and engineering capabilities.I mentioned to my mentor the other week that I started answering emails and talking to clients over the phone more often. Additionally, I have started going alone to site visits and found myself able to respond to questions by the individuals on site.I mentioned this to my mentor and he said "Yes, this is normal. The activities you describe shows signs of progress in your professional career." I'm curious if other younger engineers or managers have seen this type of growth in their themselves or their own engineers.
What are indicators that you're progressing in your career?
"on critical thinking"
Hi Daniel, thank you very much for posting that question. For structural designers, I think it starts when they consider exploring more complex & unusual structural shapes than used before. The use of non-ordinary geometries makes you wonder why some structures existed in the past have been abandoned by some general current practices today. Now it can be very different, or yet.. why not something you imagine isn't existing in the present!? It is something when you ask why this happens… and "soon understand the constructive limitations of each era."
Now a days, the use of arched structures have been sometimes complicated, but less than can be in the future times! Some reasons of why its usage has been currently limited in some parts of the world comes with the fact of recent introduction of flat & plain usage of prestressed concrete technology (in modern days). It was really a great improve for some sort of buildings, possible in bigger structures (places). But the world is changing again! Now with COVID-19 pandemic, people are recommended to stay safe at singular places sometimes! And there is a reason and a effort to try to avoid it (people), avoidance for bigger places. Because of this, there will be room for small structures next years (planet growing).
Philosophy enters in his career when he begins to reflect on the Art, the Social Aspect exercised in society. The Structural Art disciplines have been redesigned in a different version from the traditional engineering curriculum, which are often a theoretical extent in common Universities. Art leads to building systems and constructions by prototypes and evolving from intuitive models based on experience too, and what works by evolution. New buildings have been required to improve people lives, places and the planet, so the 3rd dimension can enter: e.g., the politics (ASCE Advocacy to achieve the IIJA act).
Although it's not uncommon to see today, the emergence of some "structural prestressed precast concrete arches" in some high-level structures industries, that are reshaping futures times with combination of its pure and complex forms with new advances in concrete technology. Steel material is also a thing to have in mind while design structures, its the structural concrete which has the highest price $$$, and product that have the most embodied carbon content (kgCO2) in its composition, when contrasted with concrete. Its essential to have in mind those concepts if you live in a underdeveloped country, where the everyday works are primarily done first by rules of economic dimension, which I might not want, which is the reason for so many potential structures have been sadly discontinued over time, because sometimes, even a higher cost to maintenance will be necessary.
The essence of future times brings innovation. It's the present and the past sufficiently to predict the future? So Engineering career must come with revolutions or understating what is possible to decipher to the future. A.I and Automation are advancing and can play a significant role to facilitate the experimental task of ours structures, while reserving the structural engineering the capacity for critical think and be valued as a essential professional member (recognition). I know their best skills can achieve so far advanced creations, that serves better for humanity.
"Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."― Carl Gustav Jung
------------------------------Andre Newinski S.E., A.M.ASCEEngenheiro EstruturalANSanto Angelo------------------------------
------------------------------Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCEStructural EngineerBrooklyn NY------------------------------
------------------------------Andre Newinski S.E., A.M.ASCEEngenheiro EstruturalANSanto AngeloOriginal Message:Sent: 07-20-2021 08:08 AMFrom: Daniel BresslerSubject: Indicators you're Progressing in your Career