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There's a lot to like about the Future World Vision but is it really civil engineers who will make it happen or will civil engineering as we know it today need to change with the times. Examples here are increased automation and smart functionality, new sources of energy, and use of big data to drive decision making. I think all of the problems / challenges that civil engineers are trained to solve today will be there in the future, e.g., structures, water resources, wastewater, etc. but will civil engineers realistically be looked to as leaders in these emerging and evolving areas or just play supporting roles. In the back of my head is the book the "Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton Christensen. A pitfall for market leaders or specialty suppliers - who are prized for what they can do – is that they can become trapped in their own success. This can happen because new and existing customers want more of the same – if not better – and look to others for new products and services. Admittedly, Christensen's hypothesis is just that, but I find it both provocative and compelling. One answer might be some intense introspection into what it means to be a civil engineer and strategic action planning – to ensure civil engineers are leaders and not followers in achieving the Future World Vision. Maybe work is being done behind the scenes and it would be great to also hear from people who are involved in this effort.
This Collaborate Thread was started by Mitchell Winkler on July 24, 2022, in which he asked if ASCE would be a Leaders or Followers in pursuing the Future World Vision as promoted by the ASCE Foundation. I subsequently responded several times to that thread. Others have also contributed to the Discussion.
The most recent item I posted was on August 30, 2022, in which I made several points but, more importantly, I promised additional input to be posted on the website listed at the end. That website (www.globalcogo.com/true-versus-pseudo.html) has now been updated with a comprehensive discussion of True 3-D versus Pseudo 3-D. The impact and many benefits can be realized short-term.