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Mr Mitchell M Winkler, P.E., R.Eng, M.ASCE

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Mr Mitchell Winkler, P.E., R.Eng, M.ASCE


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Posted By Mitchell Winkler May 14, 2021 10:31 AM
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To keep or toss is the age old dilemma. I bought a   Fujitsu ScanSnap  high speed scanner several years ago as a way of reducing paper clutter. It's admittedly a pricey piece of equipment but has allowed me to toss a lot of paper records that i have been carting around as well as to manage the ongoing ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler May 13, 2021 5:39 PM
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I'm curious if anyone sees a realistic pathway for achieving universal licensing? I see a lot of value in universal licensing but do not think there's a sufficient value proposition in the concept to overcome the status quo. I also want  to point out to the community that there was a very spirited ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler May 6, 2021 9:16 AM
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I've always admired people that have an innate ability to ask good questions. This also includes asking the right questions and thriving in the process. My skills have improved over the years, mainly by watching others, but I'm still far from where I want to be? What have you learned about asking questions ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler May 2, 2021 11:38 AM
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I think understanding and learning from project failures  is an important topic for all engineers and fundamental for professional growth. However, I don't think this is topic that can put in a simple box. By way of grounding, I see project failure as not being able to deliver on or meet promises. ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 27, 2021 4:28 PM
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This is a tough situation and one I've fortunately never had to face, I posed a somewhat related question in the October 2020 "Asking for a Friend" discussion on ethics. Steve Starett's response can be found in the thread . Being careful to cast judgment, I had in my mind - when asking this question ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 20, 2021 9:27 AM
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Questions about how and why projects fail to deliver on their promises is a frequent topic in this forum. For some insight from the Nuclear Power Plant industry I  want to call attention to one of this month's free research papers from the Journal of Construction Engineering & Management. The paper ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 14, 2021 5:54 PM
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For clarity, my observation about the importance of process and focusing on the end in mind - to drive productivity and the topic of the original post  - is based on my direct experience. As I've come to recognize, good processes can play a key role in overcoming cognitive biases that affect human behavior ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 8, 2021 4:58 PM
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An intriguing article showed up in one of my news feeds with the catch line " When aiming to make something better, people often add elements to an existing design. However, an equally effective strategy might be to steer toward minimalism and remove existing features ." The article is titled Our Brain ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 6, 2021 6:53 PM
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The linkage between ethics and compliance and productivity makes good  intuitive sense, besides what the data show. Ethics and compliance is also important for ensuring a 'license to operate'. This was was borne out in the Enron debacle. It's Ironic that Enron had such a well-regarded ethics and compliance ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 30, 2021 10:50 PM
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Hi Chad, I can emphasize with your post having been in the same position but under different circumstances. For me, it was never a satisfying process and invariably the interviewer took liberties with my remarks, on one occasion leaving clean up work for others. Based on my experience the keys for getting ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 30, 2021 5:41 PM
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Hi Natalya, I spent a good portion of my career as a either a team member or team leader. I was fortunate in that most of my experience was positive. Furthermore, some of my most satisfying times were from team related. Working hard to achieve a shared goal is tremendously satisfying. There are also ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 25, 2021 9:24 AM
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Steven, Thanks for responding and sharing your experience. Your professor's response  suggests to me he had a good understanding of the decision at hand and strong sense of self-awareness. I wonder if he was referring to the decision itself or the outcome?  On this point, something that was drummed into ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 15, 2021 3:21 PM
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We make decisions every day. Many of these decisions are small, within our 'wheelhouse'  of knowledge and expertise and possibly of minor consequence. Occasionally, we are faced with decisions that might be out the ordinary and have some combination of complexity, medium to high consequence, and with ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 24, 2021 4:09 PM
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Thomas,  in addition to further highlighting the reliability challenge you've raised an important point about renewables: the fact that they are not free of social or environmental impact. This became vivid to me about 10 years when I was at an energy conference as a prestigious research institute and ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 23, 2021 5:49 PM
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Hi Bill, thanks for sharing your paper! I downloaded and look forward to reading. Please give my regards to Professor Mattila. We were classmates at Cornell. ------------------------------ Mitch Winkler P.E., M.ASCE Houston, TX ------------------------------
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 23, 2021 3:17 PM
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Bill, Thank you for sharing your experience. It highlights two well-known hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities: driving and confined space entry.  This trigged an opportunity for additional sharing of best practices from my experience working in the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas industry ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 19, 2021 4:14 PM
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Safety is mission critical to what we do and how we do it? Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a back seat to expediency or cost or lack of awareness or some combination of these factors. What's been your number one safety lesson learned or aha moment during your career? For me, it was the recognition ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 19, 2021 8:38 AM
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Frank,  I fully expect there to be thorough investigation into the factors, including technical, regulatory, policy, that led to the massive power outage that took place in Texas this past week. However, it's a well known fact that the biggest failure was from the thermally generated power sources including ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 18, 2021 1:19 PM
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Heidi and Christopher - these are great real life examples of anchoring and thanks for sharing. I hope others will continue to add their own experiences.  One i will share in the meanwhile is the IKEA effect. During my career i worked with many individuals who were always quick to knock the ideas of ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Feb 15, 2021 10:04 AM
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I think the proverbial train has left the station for the replacement of fossil fuels with renewables. For example, a ccording to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) , developers and power plant owners plan for 39.7 gigawatts (GW) of new electricity generating capacity to start commercial ...