August 13, 2021
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last week: This past week, I was listening to a piece on NPR that was hosted by two writers from the Miami Herald. They were still talking about the tragedy in Surfside. I normally would have switched it off, since as a leader in most engineering societies in Florida, I know that there has been no definitive opinion authored yet, but I kept hearing the authors refer to “our engineers say” and “our engineers think.” If I can be of any public service, please note that no engineer worth their license would be speaking before analysis is done. Don’t believe the hype.
Looking ahead: As someone that owns a business that consults for infrastructure, I want to let everyone know that I’m incredibly concerned about the next week as the House considers the Senate bill related to more than $1 trillion in infrastructure. As a business owner, I know I’ll be hit with a lot of taxes. As an infrastructure designer, I know we’ll make some money. To me, it’s likely to be a wash, but for my fellow non-engineering business owners, I want to remind everyone that the multiplier for other businesses is 3-8 times the investment. Reliability is the key.