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Positive force: Phil Beirne

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Positive force: Phil Beirne

President and CEO of BSI Engineering (Cincinnati, OH), a consulting and process design engineering firm that’s building on the past to design the future.

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Down the road

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Down the road

If you don’t want scope creep and unforeseen expenses to ruin your profit margins, try improving your estimating process. You planned for your project to make 14 percent, but you end up with 8 percent. That elusive project profit variance is often caused by many different factors, and can be very difficult to control and mitigate. So what has caused this loss of potential revenue that your firm was counting on? Is it deficient project management? Scope creep? Lack of systems and processes? Poor scope development and management? Very often it is all of these. But the number one way...

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Strategies to survive the next recession

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If firms employ these operational and financial strategies, their chances of weathering a downturn, regardless of how bad it is, will increase. Another recession is coming. It is inevitable. Based on past history, it should be next year. But these things are hard to predict, so all I will commit to at this point is that another dip is coming. And we don’t know how bad it will be. What I do know for sure is that a lot of our clients are not thinking about it too much right now. The A/E industry is doing very well. Our clients...

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The marketing robots

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Automation can be helpful, save a ton of money, and even cut down on errors, but you have to know how to push the ‘stop’ button. Not long ago someone at Zweig Group was scheduling posts for the civil + structural ENGINEER magazine Twitter handle when she noticed a company we were following on Twitter was posting “thank you for following us” tweets. The tweets said something along the lines of, “Thank you for following us.” Unfortunately, someone out in the Twitter-universe got wind of this company’s automation and was creating fake Twitter handles and following the company from each...

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