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Heidi Christine Wallace, EI,P.E.,M.ASCE

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Heidi Wallace, EI,P.E.,M.ASCE


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Posted By Heidi Wallace Sep 21, 2020 10:14 AM
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Another important thing very early on is to frame your communication in a way that you aren't just seeking an answer to this very specific situation.  For example,  if you need guidance on whether to use a cut in tee, use a taping sleeve, or use a taping saddle for a waterline connection: - don't just ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Sep 8, 2020 12:20 PM
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One idea would be to find a learning opportunity for a hobby and do that from home as a staycation. There are tons of options out there now for learning a new craft or skill through kits, subscriptions, video lessons, etc. This weekend I worked on catching up on some watercolor tutorials. If I had PTO ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Sep 8, 2020 12:00 PM
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I like the "I made a small error" box the best.  I've heard that people, maybe more so women, tend to apologize in professional settings when it wasn't necessary. Since reading that, I catch myself wanting to say things like "Sorry! The correct file is now attached" or "Apologies for the delay." Living ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Aug 17, 2020 1:12 PM
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Sophie, now that things are about to start back up, I'm curious what students' thoughts are on the plans for the fall. I just started grad school in Mexico a few weeks ago, and we have a phased plan for resuming activities. -Fully online until at least mid September -hybrid environment when campus reopens ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Aug 17, 2020 12:44 PM
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Kelly, I really like the idea of indicating in the invite whether or not video will be used! We've had some meetings set up by a client where we thought it was clear that video would be used, but another consultant just called in with his phone. The entire meeting was a bit of a mess because he couldn't ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Aug 17, 2020 12:32 PM
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One thing I think students need to know is that it is beneficial both personally and professionally to be involved in organizations both in and out of engineering. Things like Engineers Without Borders, campus ministry, Chi Epsilon, mentoring, reading buddies, language exchange partners, study abroad, ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 20, 2020 9:54 AM
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I love the idea of the Chocolate Asphalt! My steel design professor in college was a concrete researcher. He was talking to us about his concrete mix design elective and said, "if you can make cookies, you can batch concrete. It's just ingredients mixed in the right amounts following the directions." ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 16, 2020 2:27 PM
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I was one of the first rounds of students to take the FE on the computer. What I did for the FE was study for 18 hours spread over 3 days. I spent 6 hours a day for 3 days studying, took one day off to rest, and took the exam the next day. My biggest advice for the FE is to be familiar with the manual ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 16, 2020 11:48 AM
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I was just looking back through some previous discussions*, and a few STEM activities we did in elementary school came to mind. They didn't necessarily directly influence my decision to be a civil engineer, but they did spark my interest in the fields of science and engineering. Are there any memories ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 15, 2020 4:48 PM
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I highly recommend looking into the School of PE prep course. You get to choose your depth area, and the notes from the class were one of my main resources on the exam. There are options for how you attend the class (live or on-demand), and it really helped me stay on track to study and pass the exam ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 13, 2020 2:44 PM
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There is a lot of advice out there during this pandemic on how to reduce stress. What I'm curious to know is how you unwind or let go of the stress from work. When I was younger I loved to read. I went to the library multiple times a week. When I started to really see the impact stress from work was ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 13, 2020 2:41 PM
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I think one of the most important things is flexibility. There is a lot of data being updated, local conditions can change quickly, and most future planning is shaky at best. Both company leadership and employees have to be ready for necessary policy changes as we react to the ever-changing situation. ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 6, 2020 9:30 AM
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Michelle, I love that you are intentional about saying "thank you." That is something one of my project managers does for us, and it does make a difference. Sometimes that "thank you" for even the smallest thing makes it easier to stay motivated on a tough project. When I was going back to school after ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jul 2, 2020 2:15 PM
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Maybe I should have clarified by what I mean by "positive" and "negative" Hopefully the explanation below sheds a little light on what I meant. Say you are in the 90% CD phase of a project, and you get a call from the architect. They tell you that the sale of the land fell through and now you need to ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jun 30, 2020 11:34 AM
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A few months ago I was reading "She Engineers" by @Stephanie Slocum and was intrigued by the research she cited on the link between positive interactions and productivity. Since then, I've become more aware of my daily positive-to-negative interaction ratios and how they impact my work days. The 2004 ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jun 29, 2020 10:14 AM
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Benjamin, I'm not much further along in my career than you, but here are a few thoughts: -just because it is typical to transition into office work or project management, no one should be forced down that path -there are consulting firms that encourage community involvement. I know our company has a ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Jun 29, 2020 10:14 AM
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One piece of advice I have is to make sure you phrase your questions in a way that shows a desire to learn. Every project is an opportunity to grow your "engineering toolbox" For example: "What type of pipe do I use for this waterline?" vs "How do we determine what type of pipe to use for water mains?" ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Mar 9, 2020 11:26 AM
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For me, one of the things I love most about the culture at my job is that we are invested in one another as people, not just coworkers. Those with young families share fun stories about their kids. We know, at an appropriate level, what people are going through outside the office that may be impacting ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Feb 10, 2020 10:54 AM
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I definitely agree with the other responses that it is better to be potentially overdressed. Our firm has a very relaxed in-office dress code. However, if you are headed to meetings, you are expected to dress a little nicer. If the company is interviewing for a project, you are expected to dress closer ...
Posted By Heidi Wallace Feb 3, 2020 12:00 PM
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I loved playing with the LEGO set we had at my grandparents house, and I still enjoy building with LEGO. My favorite, though, were the colored wooden blocks we had at home. My sister and I both loved telling stories and making them come to life. She was largely in charge of character creation and dialogue. ...