Articles by Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.

Tomorrow's Environment: Business Development Is The Skill To Look Over The Hill

Put yourself in the position to come up with the next Great Idea, or to at least hear about and recognize it early on.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Project Management Training

Guiding a group effort isn’t effortless, but a few good habits will set the tone for success.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Software

Some will say most engineering, construction, and O&M software offerings are “smart” because they are all programs built for computer applications, but I see that some software has added benefits beyond their program intent. To begin, computer programs are developed to provide a variety of technical features, such as performing energy calculations and system/equipment service that blends technical data with financial data. Even my own software programs have specific features for commissioning and air and water balancing. But what about the benefits a program can provide which maybe weren’t part of the intent?
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Tomorrow's Environment: Positive Attitude + Creativity + High Energy = Leader

In recent “Tomorrow’s Environment” columns, I’ve talked about the need for engineers to change from being a commodity and a follower to recommitting their technical skills to engineer-driven consulting services. I touched on some of the engineering initiatives that are ideally suited for engineer-led teams. The heart of being a leader of projects begins with three essential attributes: Positive attitude, creativity, and a high energy level, followed by a need to lead.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Do You Have a Corporate Sustainability Plan

Like the emergence of Quality Control, it’s better business to get out ahead of this wave.
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Tomorrow's Environment: My Next Great Adventure

In strategic business planning, the focus is on profit driven by technical proficiency and adaptability.
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