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That was an Excellent question!
I think developing a Global Guide for the Profession would be a nice idea.
Once the world is still remains in fragment territories, it is not purely viewed as 1 place for all! we are not even converging to the same path sometimes!.
Philosophy, Cultural questions, Way of life, general difficulties... Every territory in this planet has its traditions, A change from "city a" to "city b' would be impressive sometimes!
The Engineer of the Future World would certainly be able to work in an Environment Changes itself for better along the way , Adaptable one, more inclusive so more tools would be developed to face those communication issues (some examples would be the universal translator form Star Trek, very interesting concept of technology , although Very simple & Elegant!!)
2º Insert Risk Management by establishment of long term resilience & sustainability strategic plans and give the opportunity to them execute tactically operations in this sense!
1º Innovation is the Key
------------------------------Andre Newinski S.E., A.M.ASCEEngenheiro EstruturalANSanto Angelo------------------------------
Mr. McGarth:Failure to understand realities in local conditions can lead to many issues beyond measuring systems. Your wind speed issue plays out in many localities. Another issue that frequently is inadequately considered is seismic loading. In my experience, sometimes it seems that engineers who are not local come in with a "we know better than you ignorant locals" attitude. <o:p></o:p>
Many times if you look carefully, local practices you do not understand are done for good reason. I saw this frequently in quite a few years of working in Taiwan, with shorter stints in other Asian countries. One example was our architects not understanding the very heavy roll up doors common there compared to common US practice. One experience with typhoon winds would cure that one. Likewise, use of concrete block segments as cover over flat roofs rather than gravel. Ask the people about one of the common forms of window damage in Houston TX during a hurricane a few years back. There were multiple breaks in windows on the upwind side of taller buildings that were downwind of shorter building topped with the typical gravel covered flat roof. Here is where a look at practices in other countries could be beneficial to ours." Another is when it comes to seismic issues. If in an earthquake prone area, it is a good idea to learn the Japanese codes as I believe they are far better than just about anyone else's. A quake making major news in California barely gets more than a mention in that part of the world. Conversely, ADA considerations seem to be neglected in many parts of the world, or are minimally or awkwardly applied. Time zones: Yes. When you are 12 hours out from the US east coast, emails generally take 24 hour cycles unless you like to do your professional correspondence in the middle of the night. Holidays: When you have a personnel office in the US, who misunderstands that your days off and on do not match the US calendar, this can affect your paycheck. As part of this, understand that in the Chinese based parts of the world the multiday Chinese New Year holiday makes Christmas in the US look like a busy day. One year working in Hong Kong with the family in Taipei, I could not get out on the last day before the holiday, So, on the next day which was in the holiday, I did get out. Because a taxi was not to be seen, I went to the airport, by bus, which was running on a skeleton schedule, missed the first flight (which actually did not fly) was first in line for the next one, but there was no line, went through the one customs line open by myself, walked through the ghost town that was the airport to the gate and was greeted by name. (a surprise as coach passengers are essentially anonymous) and was informed that "you are our only passenger", got on and they backed out of the gate and we took off early. They flew only because they needed the plane back in Taipei and the crew wanted to be back home. This was on a 747. By the way if you were to assume that since this is Asia, Chinese New Year would be a big thing in Japan or Korea, it is not a holiday at all.<o:p></o:p>
------------------------------George Harris Aff.M.ASCESenior Track EngineerOlive Branch MS------------------------------
Mr. McGarth:Failure to understand realities in local conditions can lead to many issues beyond measuring systems. Your wind speed issue plays out in many localities. Another issue that frequently is inadequately considered is seismic loading. In my experience, sometimes it seems that engineers who are not local come in with a "we know better than you ignorant locals" attitude.<o:p></o:p>
------------------------------George Harris Aff.M.ASCESenior Track EngineerOlive Branch MSOriginal Message:Sent: 02-21-2022 11:43 AMFrom: Richard McGrathSubject: International Team Challenges - Differences in time-zones, terminology, etc.My project management thesis was on this very subject and I found that generally, the type of technology used in communicating can be a game-changer--even more significant than cultural differences and time zones.My company is presently working on a project with an Israeli architectural firm. We're from the West Indies which is where the project is located, and it has been difficult to impress on the architect the significance of basic wind speeds in excess of 165 mph while having to communicate with her through the client rep/contractor (probably due to time zone differences). It is quite exciting though!------------------------------Richard McGrath A.M.ASCEStructural EngineerAirdrie ABOriginal Message:Sent: 02-07-2022 05:30 PMFrom: Christopher SeigelSubject: International Team Challenges - Differences in time-zones, terminology, etc.I thought it might be interesting to discuss some things to consider when working in groups that span the globe. Some things I have learned to be cognizant of include the following: