Tag Archives: Engineering
Posted in Communities | Current Events | Education | Employees | Leadership | Stewardship
Larson Design Group engineers Steven Beattie and Curtis Barrick recently spent time assisting Bucknell University civil engineering students with their senior project. Under the leadership of Professor Mike Toole, the students tackled an assignment involving large-scale institutional land development. Beattie and Barrick attended project scoping meetings, provided technical guidance, and reviewed the students’ progress throughout the semester.No comments yet | Permalink | Tags: Bucknell University, Engineering, Lewisburg, local communities, Selinsgrove office, students
Posted in Client Service | Communities | Current Events | Employees | Initiatives | Professional Development
When is change good for an organization? When it offers more and better opportunities to those it seeks to serve. With that goal in mind, right now the LDG Ephrata office is in the midst of office-move turmoil. Packed, labeled boxes are everywhere, and there is the appropriate anxiety and anticipation of getting into a new office space.
The Ephrata office of LDG has solidified since the 2008 acquisition of Fisher Engineering, which brought the LDG name and brand to south-central PA. Jim Fisher, PE, founder of Fisher Engineering, continues on with LDG today as a Senior Project Manager, still serving many of the municipal clients that he’s worked with, some for over two decades. Our bridge structural and transportation design services have really taken off in the Ephrata office, and that team has grown, and our site design & land development services continue to serve clients in the Lancaster County area and beyond.No comments yet | Permalink | Tags: architecture, Engineering, Ephrata, Lancaster, Larson Design Group, Lititz, New, Office, PA, surveying
Posted in Client Service | Communities | Innovative Solutions | Leadership | Marcellus Shale | Natural Gas
A memorable poster hung in my 11th grade English class room. It was a cartoon illustrating a group of panic stricken hippos piled high in a rowboat. Water was lapping at the top of the boat’s gunwales as additional hippos prepared to jump in from a nearby dock. The poster caption boldly declared, “More is not always better!” Our teacher, Mr. MacDonald, constantly stressed that in writing, fewer words were often more powerful and effective than abundant verbiage.
The same might be said regarding pursuit of abundant opportunities. More is not always better. Over the past several years, it seems like a day hasn’t passed without LDG staffers reporting on new and exciting opportunities for innovative engineering, architecture or surveying services, particularly relating to the Marcellus Shale resource that exists within our geographic market region. You might wonder, “What’s wrong with pursuing abundant opportunities associated with the Marcellus boom?”
The many opportunities themselves aren’t the issue, and LDG is pursuing its share of them. But, an indiscriminate “feeding frenzy” on over-abundant opportunity is a threat. History has given us many examples of how boom and bust cycles have negatively affected the long term sustainability and welfare of companies that develop “mono-vision” on opportunities that suddenly no longer exist. Take the recent housing boom and bust as a great global example.Comments (2) | Permalink | Tags: A/E/S, Energy, Engineering, Firm, Growth, Marcellus, Natural Gas, Opportunities, PA, Pennsylvania, Shale
Posted in Blogging | Communication | Current Events | Initiatives | Social Media
Photo: Keith “keeps it real” by taking a few pies to the face for the United Way
When I was approached by our marketing team to become an LDG blogger, I agreed, but not without a momentary cringe of nervous trepidation. You see, I consider myself an old school engineer, not a modern age social networker. My introduction to computer technology occurred in the last millennium, nearly thirty years ago, long before the PC or wireless 4G networks. Back then, I fondly remember pounding out “brute force” FORTRAN programming on punch cards in the basement of Packard Lab at Lehigh University. The concept of social networking at E-school back in the 80s could easily have been defined as idle conversation among engineers while waiting for the data center technician to run key-punched batch files through the mainframe computer’s card reader.
So what topics could I, a CEO who’s yet to send his first text message, come up with that would be inviting and interesting to readers who are fully engaging technology in all aspects of their lives? After pondering this question for a few days, it struck me that I will be most successful with blog topics if I apply the same advice that I share with my kids on an almost daily basis.
What is that advice? Keep it real. Every time one of my kids heads out of the house or car to socialize with friends or peers, I tell them to “keep it real.” Over time and through parental discourse with them, the kids have learned the deeper meaning in this simple phrase, and that is – be comfortable in your own skin, be true to your values, and don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something you’re not comfortable doing – no matter what. When our kids’ friends come to the house to hang out, I also share the same message with them. Somehow this message has resonated with them. How do I know? I now frequently get the chance for a good chuckle when a young person sees me in public and shouts out, “Are you keeping it real, Papa Kuz?” even before I have a chance to ask them the same question.Comments (1) | Permalink | Tags: CEO, Engineering, Keith Kuzio, LDG, Lehigh University, Old School, Sustainability, United Way