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Dr. Osamu Kusakabe Chair Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC)

Smart Homes Have a Heart as well as Brain by KONE

What Engineers Can Learn from a Football Coach Trapped in a Thai Cave The Highest Paid Engineering Jobs of Today

Harvard Study: Making Engineering Boss More Effective Most Dangerous Engineering Jobs

How Engineers Can Balance Their Emotions

10 Tips on How to be a Great Engineering Boss

What Engineering Leaders Can Learn from England Football Manager Off-site Wood Construction is the Future of Building

SEPTEMBER 2018 ISSUE NO. 017


Contents Schwing Stetter and Mahindra Powerol Launches Concrete Mixers

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10 Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Management Skills

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Latest Trends and Technologies in Civil Engineering within Asia

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Smart Homes Have a Heart as well as Brain by KONE

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What Engineers Can Learn from a Football Coach Trapped in a Thai Cave for 3 Weeks

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The Highest Paid Engineering Jobs of Today

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A Harvard Study: How to Make Engineering Boss More Effective

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Here’s How Engineers Can Balance Their Emotions Well

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10 Tips on How To Be a Great Engineering Boss

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The Most Dangerous Engineering Jobs

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What an Engineering Boss Can Learn From the England Football Manager

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Off-site Wood Construction is the Future of Building

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: A PROMISING FUTURE FOR ASIA Time will come for Asia to wear its crown in the construction industry. With a fast-growing population, rapid urbanization is taking place in the Asian Region. More than half of the world’s population is in Asia and it is largely comprised of the younger generation. Despite the resilience in the midst of diversity, the region is facing challenges in the infrastructure as 90% of the population is affected by natural calamities over the past two decades.

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To answer the expanding needs of the increasing population, Asian countries have developed different strategies to counter the problems that are existing and are beginning to exist such as flooding, traffic congestion, and deterioration of coastal infrastructures among others. It is a common scenario for Asian people to suffer because of typhoons which are very frequent in the region. Another setback Asia is facing is the decrease in the civil workforce in aging countries. It has been found that younger generations in most developed countries see civil engineering profession less attractive compared to other industrial sectors such as information technology. This will undeniably pose a great threat to the future of construction. Engineers, as assets for global change, has of course made an impact to the struggles the Asian community is facing. Through their vivid innovative ideas, they have created and will be continuing to create solutions for the masses especially in this age that the region is facing a fast-pacing change in its civil landscape. Asia is a cradle of bright minds with big hearts and one proof is the development of the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC). With a motto of creating better quality life, ACEEC envisions to promote collaborative work towards sustainable development of infrastructure within the Asian regions. They allow the members to form mutual understanding of current situations and future collaboration by sharing experiences and knowledge in the field of civil engineering. With the vision of the ACECC, the Asian region will rise up as one of the leading communities in construction in the future for sure. In this feature, the president and CEO of ACCA, Dr. Osamu Kusakabe talks about the organization’s humble beginnings up to being the construction leaders. Armed with its present-day innovations, the organization and its core promise to continue to create construction innovations for the future.

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Schwing Stetter and Mahindra Powerol Launches Concrete Mixers Schwing Stetter India, one of the country’s leading concrete equipment manufacturers’ today announced its partnership with Mahindra Powerol, a business unit of Mahindra Group, to launch its new premium variant of concrete truck mixers - “Super Six”. In an industry-first initiative, Schwing Stetter and Mahindra Powerol have joined hands to launch this fuel efficient product. The Super Six truck mixers were conceptualized based on the current needs of customers in this segment and will have the Mahindra Powerol engines. The Super Six truck mixers have undergone several extensive trials to meet the industry requirements of smart, premium and intelligent products. The Supersix variants are listed below. 1. Super Six IOT In and IOT Ready (powered directly by truck chassis engine) 2. Super Six GPS and Standard (powered by Mahindra Powerol Engine) The other significant features of Super Six are: • • • • • • •

Large loading volume. Optimum drive characteristics. Best-in-class spiral geometry. Stetter T-protect wear protection. Large clearance for concrete discharge. Easy to clean and service. Highest resale value.

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Best in class fuel efficiency resulting in lowest lifecycle cost which helps customer save “5 Lakhs in 5 years”. Future ready engines

Available with Mahindra Suraksha - a comprehensive maintenance program and livetrack system which can be supplied on requirement. At the press conference, Mr. Anand Sundaresan, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of Schwing Stetter India said, “At Schwing Stetter, we take pride in associating only with companies that have best-in-class products. Needless for me to say, partnering with Mahindra Powerol is a huge step for Schwing Stetter India. Keeping in mind the feedback we received from customers, we decided to partner with Mahindra Powerol to launch the Super Six range which can boast of higher fuel efficiency, lower costs of ownership and other key add on features. We are thrilled by the launch of IoT enabled smart truck mixers, and hope that our customers see value in this product. We hope for a long-standing partnership with Mahindra Powerol.” According to Mr. Sachin Nijhawan, Business Head, Mahindra Powerol, “This is a long term association as both the companies believe in providing value to their customers. Products such as Super Six reinforces our approach to provide the best to our customers and proposition of relentless customer focus”.


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10 Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Management Skills To be an efficient engineer is something but to be an effective engineering manager is another thing! Combining skillful engineering prowess while leading highly technical teams, engineering managers can actually be considered super humans with great powers— but of course, with great responsibilities as well. Now, here are tips on how engineers can improve their management skills: 1. Set realistic goals and let them know it What is the purpose of your company? What are the goals you/they need to meet? How do you envision your team or the company 10 years from now? Let your team know the clear goal you aim for the company. Give them also a chance to think and engage with these goals. In this way, they will envision their roles and responsibilities and how their works little or big can contribute as a whole. 10

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To do list: • Conduct a special meeting to discuss on these goals. • Hand them a copy after the meeting. • Have it printed and place it where everybody can see it. 2. Before ‘too operational’, be relational Do you know your people well? Do you know what motivates them? Management skills do not stop on being ‘too operational’, you must possess a relational attitude towards your people. Reminder, you can’t be relational with someone you don’t know, so it really requires you to have shared experiences with them. To do list: • Allot time to meet them on a regular basis • If possible, have a one-on-one meeting. • Make them always feel they are part of the company’s success.


finish and even exceeded expectations based on what you have given them? Have a positive attitude towards your people by looking on their strengths not their weakness, on what more they can do, not on what they cannot. Seek out others on the team with complementary gifts and skills. Through all of these things, work together, To do list: • Never hold back compliments to your people • Say ‘Thank you’ or ‘Good job’ more often 6. Commit yourself to happiness 3. Always be exceptional How do other people see you and your team? Is it good? Is it exceptional? Observe yourself and your team. How do people from the outside see you? You need to push your team to be exceptional and to acquire a unique brand you can claim to be your own. Always have an incomparable image, you and your team want to project towards work and ethics. To do list: • Set a meeting on how you think you and your team can be exceptional. Let them suggest. • Get company color and company dress code that suits the kind of job you offer. • Consider to have a company branding as your logo, email addresses, etc. 4. If you get along, others will go along.

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How often do you communicate with your team? Is it too often or too seldom?

How happy is your working environment? Do you take time to have fun?

There is a quote saying, “A team is many voices with a single heart.” It is important to maintain an open and good communication with your people. You will see good engineering managers having an impact to his/her people not only through staying connected but also making sure their people are also able to communicate with them easily. After all, it’s about meeting at the right frequencies.

Show sense of urgency but always have enough time to relax, chill and laugh at work. Engineers are not robots, they also have their quirky sides in them. Don’t just enjoy working and improving your company’s work performance, you and your team must also enjoy your company.

To do list: • Boost their confidence during meetings • Review how your assignments are transmitted to them 5. Always have a positive attitude How often do you say ‘Good job!’ when they deserve it? How many times have you thanked them when they

To do list: • Allot days for team buildings, or get together activities • During meetings, lighten up your people’s mood and laugh. 7. Keep great players Do you see outstanding employees in the team? How do you treat them? Have in mind that you cannot build a great team without great team players. Never let top performers from your people just go. Like engines, your


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engineers need an extra fuel to burn more fire and take pride on what they do. Always have a reason for them to stay. To do list: • Keep an eye on them and challenge them • Pay them of what they deserve • Give them new challenges for them to level up 8. Also give priority to low performer employees How do you deal with employees with unsatisfactory work and attitude? In every company, there is always incompetent employees. Speak up to them as truthfully and kindly as possible. Just as you keep an eye to top performing employees, challenge also the low performers. Train and equip them most of the time, they might just be needing more oil to absorb more heat and run a more effective system. Make it your last option to give up on them or terminate them in the company. To do list: • Pay attention to them and to their works • Meet them to say how can they improve • Have yourself a time to keep them and a time to let them go 9. Learn your mistakes and admit it When was the last time you made a mistake as

an engineering manager? Do you admit it as your own fault or pointed it to your people? Think about the mistakes you recently made while completing a project or working with your employees. Write them down, study them and determine what you can do differently the next time you face a similar situation. Engineers are not perfect—everyone has their own chink in the armor. To do list: • When something bad was brought out during a meeting and you know you are part of that trouble, as an engineer/manager, admit your fault to them. 10. Train yourself to be professional in ALL aspects When dispute over you and your employees rise, how do you react? How do you keep your focus and act professional? When you discover an issue between you and your employees, find the first reasonable opportunity to address it with them in a professional manner. In this way you can also encourage others to do the same with you. To do list: • Discuss how delegation of work will be different this time • Empower your team and improve your team’s productivity


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Prof. Kusakabe’s speech at the 2nd International Symposium: “Scientific Knowledge-Based Decision-Making Schemes for Disaster Risk Reduction” by ACECC TC21 in Nepal

Latest Trends and Technologies in Civil Engineering within Asia Distinctive features in Asia Asia can be viewed from three distinctive features which are closely interrelated. (1) The Asian region has the biggest population in the world, nearly 60% of the world’s population is found in Asia with a large portion of those being members of the younger generations. Rapid urbanization is taking place and will be accelerating in near future due to these younger generations.

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(2) The Asian region is prone to natural disasters. More than 50 % of natural disasters occur in Asia, and 90% of those affected by natural disasters over the last 25 years lived in Asia. Rapid urbanization has been a major factor for mitigating the vulnerability of natural disasters in the built environment. (3) The Asia has tremendous diversity from developed countries to developing countries, from aging societies to societies with an expanding population, and from aging infrastructure to brand new infrastructure development.


Opening Ceremony of the 4th CECAR in Taipei in June, 2007

Latest trends Rapid urbanization urgently requires sufficiently advanced energy, water, sewer and transportation systems. A tremendous volume of infrastructure development and the concurrent development of job opportunities for civil engineers are expected in near future. Many big cities in East and South East Asia have a long list of ‘underground space’ development projects to improve the capacity of transportation in sprawling and congested urban areas. Tunneling technologies in urban areas form an essential technical element of the success of these projects. A high-speed railway system is also the common choice for upgrading of transportation systems, connecting large cities. The proper implementation and technology transfer of the latest railway technology is of vital importance in Asia.

Prof. Kusakabe’s visit to IESL (Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka) with the president Professor Niranjanie Ratnayake nee Kodikara (Left person, ACECC Secretary General, Dr. Horikoshi) Construction Leaders • September 2018

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The construction industry in aging countries in Asia faces a rapid decrease in the volume of the workforce. This recent trend and challenge of shifting the characteristics within the construction industry from a labor-intensive industry to a cutting edge, high-tech industry, with high productivity, combining automated remote-controlled construction machinery and AI technology is noteworthy. Aging countries also face aging infrastructure to maintain and repair. Proper diagnosis of aging existing structures and the development of measures for extending their service life are a common concern. There is a recent remarkable trend of development for the implementation of innovative maintenance management systems, which extensively adopt three-dimensional cloud data systems based on a GIS platform. The recent unprecedented climate change compels engineers and scientists to completely revise the traditional concepts of suitable countermeasures. The frequent occurrence of torrential rain, typhoons and cyclones causes severe flooding in every corner in Asia. There are mega cities in Asia, which have an elevation that is below sea level. Although great efforts of hardware countermeasures have been instituted, such as the upgrading of coastal infrastructure and river levees, including construction of underground rivers, have continued, these require a considerable construction time and cost. The recent trend is more and more focused on implementation and improvement of software countermeasures. The awareness and preparedness for natural disasters in local communities is key. Community based activities including evacuation drills prevail throughout Asia, stemming from lessons learnt from previous bitter experiences. Accurate forecasts with early warning systems are essential for both earthquake and climate-related disasters, to urge residents in specific local communities of timely evacuation orders to reduce the number of casualties. Making full use of mobile phones for these systems is widespread in Asian countries.

Prof. Kusakabe at the presidential meeting at the time of the 2nd CECAR in Tokyo in April, 2001

Overview of the 34th Executive Committee Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in April 2018

Problems Education is the biggest problem the construction industry faces in Asia. Civil engineers and the construction industry are 18

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Group photo (34th Executive Committee Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in April 2018)


Prof. Kusakabe during the site tour in Vietnam

In front of the venue of the 33rd Executive Committee Meeting in Mongolia with the Secretary General of ACECC, Dr. Kenichi Horikoshi

Closing ceremony of the 7th CECAR in Hawaii. ACECC flag is handed over from American Society of Civil Engineers to Japan Society of Civil Engineers

Prof. Kusakabe at the time of the 7th CECAR in Hawaii in August 2016


Opening Ceremony of the 5th CECAR in Sydney in August, 2010, Prof. Kusakabe is introducing “Her Excellency the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir”


expected to play a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Some countries in Asia are expanding the capacity of student enrollment in civil related departments in higher education institutions to meet the social demands for infrastructure development in the regions. However, other countries in Asia face great difficulty in recruiting the young generation to the construction industry. These generations in most developed countries see the civil engineering profession as less attractive when compared to other industrial sectors such as information technology. Even if the younger generation select the construction industry, there are a limited number of opportunities for them to engage in exciting construction projects in their countries.

Prof. Kusakabe’s speech at the time of the 34th Executive Committee Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam

Prof. Kusakabe’s visit to IES (Institute of Engineers, Singapore) with board members

Engineering education has ushered in a period of rapid change to meet the changing social expectations of higher education, associated with the incredible speed of changes in technology. The majority of higher education institutions in Asia however, still stick to the traditional class-room education on-campus and teach students the traditional disciplines. A real construction site at present needs various skills and attitudes that the traditional higher education does not offer during their student training. The content and education methods need to be changed. Students need life-long study attitudes, off campus experiences and teamwork skills across the world. Another aspect of the education problem stems from the fact that there is a widening gap between engineers in a design office and operators at a construction site. It becomes more serious when sophisticated construction machinery is introduced. At a construction site in Asia, operators on job site are often overseas workers with a limited length of time to their work permits. The performance of operators does control the quality of structures as a final product. Regular dialog between engineers and operators needs to be introduced, together with a proper education and a training system for operators.

Latest technologies disrupting the construction industry

Group photos of incoming secretariat and outgoing secretariat at the time of the 7th CECAR in Hawaii. Prof. Kusakabe is the 4th person from left

A drastic change of technology emerges when peripheral technology has changed. The construction industry is no exception.


Applications of the latest ICT technologies have changed the construction industry. Autonomous unmanned construction machines equipped with the latest sensors are one of the most advanced technologies in the construction industry. They are used especially at dangerous sites or in difficult situations such as disaster-relief work. These technologies also allow the construction industry to save on the number of machine operators required, and yet achieve higher productivity. The latest AI technologies are also to be equipped on these machines. The use of drones for any observations and survey works has dramatically improved efficiency in the construction industry. 3D printing technologies, BIM (building information modeling) technologies, and VR (virtual reality) technologies also provide the sources of changes in design and construction processes in the construction industry. Another source of drastic change in industry is driven by human challenge; challenges to create much higher, much longer, much larger, and much deeper structures. The accumulation of construction technologies and knowledge enables us to construct much higher, much longer, much larger, and much deeper structures, such as Millau Viaduct (Viaduc de Millau) (2004) in France, Akashi Kaikyō Bridge (1998) in Japan, Taipei 101 (2004) in Taiwan, Hong Kong–Zhuhai– Macau Bridge (2017) in Hong Kong, Jinping-I Dam (2013) in China and Jeddah Tower (under construction) in Saudi Arabia. The majority of these structures have been constructed in Asia. These construction technologies have contributed to the creation of a network throughout the world, to provide an engineering solution for rapid urbanization, to the creation of more energy and the protection of our lives from disasters. The human challenge continues to develop technologies used for the construction in new areas such as cosmic space and in the ocean, some of which have already started. Advanced 3D printing technologies will enable us to construct structures on other planets.

The 32nd Executive Committee Meeting in April 2017

Opening Ceremony of the 5th CECAR in Sydney in August, 2010, Prof. Kusakabe is introducing “Her Excellency the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir”

Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council The Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) is an umbrella organization of civil engineers’ societies/institutions in the Asian regions. Our motto is to create a better quality of life. ACECC was established on September Group photos with Japanese delegates at the time of the 2nd CECAR


Group photo with ACECC delegates at the time of the 32nd Executive Committee Meeting in Nepal


Prof. Kusakabe with Dr. Nghiem Vu Khai (4th person from right) outside the venue of the 34th Executive Committee Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in April 2018, Dr. Nghiem Vu Khai is vice president of Vietnam Union of Science & Technology Associations

27, 1999 in Tokyo, with 5 civil engineering societies/institutes present, namely American Society of Civil Engineers (United States), Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering (Taiwan), Japan Society of Civil Engineers (Japan), Korean Society of Civil Engineers (Korea), and Philippines Institute of Civil Engineers (Philippines), to promote collaborative work towards sustainable development of infrastructure within the Asian region. ACECC covers all areas of civil engineering, which is unique, compared to other learned societies. The membership of ACECC is open to worldwide societies/institutions of civil engineers. Currently ACECC consists of 13 civil engineering societies/institutions whose countries cover the population of about 2.8 billion (about 37 % of the world population). ACECC Constitution states and defines the 26

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objectives of the organization as follows: 1. To promote and advance the science and practice of civil engineering and related professions for sustainable development in the Asian region. 2. To encourage communication between persons in charge of scientific and technical responsibility for any field of civil engineering. 3. To improve, extend and enhance activities such as infrastructure construction and management, preservation of the environment and natural disaster prevention. 4. To foster exchange of ideas among the member societies/institutions. 5. To cooperate with any regional, national and international organizations to support their work, as ACECC deems necessary. 6. To provide advice to member societies/ institutions to strengthen their domestic activities. 7. To achieve the above objectives, an international conference called the Civil


Group Photos at the time of the ACECC establishment, Prof. Kusakabe is the 1st person from left

Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR) is held on a triennial basis as the main activity of ACECC.

government-academia collaboration must be made and is best generated through CECAR activities.

The governing body of ACECC is the Executive Committee. All the members meet twice a year. There are two major vehicles in ACECC to achieve the goals: the CECAR conference and through Technical Committees (TC’s).

ACECC has created 24 TC’s since its foundation. Current TC’s includes TC14 which deals with “Sustainable Infrastructure” hosted by American Society of Civil Engineers, TC 21 which deals with “Transdisciplinary Approach for Building Societal Resilience to Disasters” by Japan Society of Civil Engineers and TC 24 which deals with “Gender and Development in Infrastructure” by Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers.

The Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR) which is held on a triennial basis is one of the major activities of ACECC. ACECC has held CECAR seven times in its 20 years history. CECAR provides a unique opportunity to meet academia, professionals and policy-makers in the same place. Problems involving civil engineering cannot be solved only by academia, nor by professionals, nor by policy-makers alone. The industry-

ACECC is a non-profit organization and all the activities towards a better quality of life are supported on a volunteer basis by all the members of ACECC. Considering the objectives of ACECC, all the ACECC activities are highly connected to the concept of the CSR through infrastructure developments. Construction Leaders • September 2018

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Biography of Dr. Osamu Kusakabe Osamu Kusakabe is the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (20172019). The creation of the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council was largely due to dedicated efforts of Dr. Kusakabe who drafted Constitutions and By-Laws of the Council and successfully coordinated an inauguration ceremony with five founding societies/ institutes in 1999 to formally establish the organization. He served as the Founding Secretary General from the inauguration till 2001.


He is also the President of Press-in Association since 2016. In April 2011, he became the Emeritus Professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and became the Emeritus Professor of the National Institute of Technology, Ibaraki College in June 2016, where he was the 9th President (2011-2015). He is currently the Specially Appointed Professor of the University of Tsukuba and Nagaoka University of Technology since 2016. After graduating in 1973 from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, he obtained a Master of Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1975. He became a Research Associate at the Department of Civil Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1975. He then went to UK and obtained a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University in 1980. He undertook research on the subject of stability of excavations in soft clay and was awarded a Ph.D. for this work from Cambridge University in 1982. After he returned to Japan, he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Utsunomiya University in 1984, and a Professor at the Engineering Faculty at Hiroshima University in 1991, where he served as Head of Department. He returned to the Tokyo Institute of Technology as a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in 1996 and served as the Director of International Student Center as well as Head of Department. During these years, he also served as an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University in 1990, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore in 1998 and a Visiting Scientist in the University of Technology in 2004 at Delft. Throughout his academic career, he continuously engaged in research on geotechnical centrifuge modeling, bearing capacity of foundation and design of geotechnical structures. He launched the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics in 2001 (presently included in ICE Virtual Library) and served as the

Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for ten years. He has played an important role at various organizations including the Founding Secretary General of the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (1999 – 2001) , the President of the Japanese Geotechnical Society (2010-2012), the Vice president of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (2008- 2010), the President of Japan Section of American Society of Civil Engineers (2009 -2011), a Board member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (20052009), an Associate member of the Science Council of Japan (2005-2013). He was also involved in various committees including a member of the International Advisory Board for the Singapore Land Transport Authority, a member of the technical committee on Honshu-Shikoku Bridges, and on the Gate Bridge construction project at Tokyo Port, the Chair of the editorial committee on the Design Standards for Railway Structures and Commentary (Foundation structures). He was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to provide judges with a piece of technical advice on lawsuits related to the issues of geotechnical engineering and served this role for several years. He was awarded the Best Research Paper Award (1992) and International Lifetime Contribution Award (2004) both from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Distinguished Service Award (1999) from the Japanese Geotechnical Society. He is presently an Honorary Member of the Japanese Geotechnical Society, an Honorary Member of the Mongolian Association of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies, and a Fellow of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers. He loves traveling around the world, covering as many as more than 40 countries and visiting various museums, architectures and civil structures. He enjoys reading history books and novels and goes swimming regularly. Dr. Kusakabe has been married to his wife, Noriko, for over 35 years, who is a university professor of Psychology. They have three children and three grandchildren.


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Top 10 Accomplishments of ACECC ACECC is an umbrella organization of civil engineering professions in the Asian regions. Our major achievements over last twenty years can be classified into three categories: Networking, Technology collaboration and transfer, and Recommendations. 1. Expansion of world-wide civil engineer society/institution network among different levels of infrastructure development stage, which allow the members to form mutual understanding of current situations and future collaboration by sharing experiences and knowledges in the field of civil engineering. 2.

34 Executive Committee meetings and 7 CECARs at different venues provided excellent opportunities to establish personal networking across the Asian regions.

3. ACECC Future Leader Forum provided an opportunity for younger generations

to enhance their international network.

4. ACECC has operated as many as 24 Technical Committees as listed below, whose objectives are common and specific issues related to the Asian region. TC1* TC2* TC3* TC4* TC5* TC6* TC7* TC8* TC9*

Asian and Pacific Coastal Network (JSCE) Integrated River Management (JSCE) Inter-regional Cooperation for Great Mekong Sub-region (JSCE) The Sumatra Offshore Earthquake and the Indian Ocean Tsunami (JSCE) The Sustainable Development of Civil Engineering (CICHE) Quantitative Risk Assessment for Hazard Mitigation (ASCE) Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Strategies (PICE) Harmonization of Design Codes in the Asian Region (JSCE) Infrastructure Report Card


(KSCE) TC10* Life-Cycle Consideration in Civil Engineering (ASCE) TC11* Code of Practice for the Use of Stabilizing Agents in Flexible Pavement (EA) TC12* Railway Technology Renewal and Expansion in Asian region (JSCE & CICHE) TC13 BIM (CICHE & KSCE) TC14 Sustainable Infrastructure (ASCE) TC15* River Environment (JSCE & KSCE) TC16 ITS-based Solutions for Urban Traffic Problems in Asia Pacific Countries (JSCE & KSCE) TC17 Anti-Corruption (ASCE & PICE) TC18 Long Span Bridge (HAKI & KSCE) TC19* Promotion of the Asian Concrete Model Code in the Asian Region (KSCE) TC20 Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and Pacific Countries (KSCE) TC21 Transdisciplinary Approach for Building Societal Resilience to Disasters (JSCE) TC22 Retrofitting and Strengthening of Existing Infrastructures (IEP & HAKI) TC23 Applications of Geosynthetics for various civil engineering disciplines (CICHE) TC24 Gender and Development in Infrastructure (PICE) *: Corresponding TC activities were completed 5. In line with the global trend of major revision of design code, ACECC TC 8 “Harmonization of Design Codes in the Asian Region” hosted by JSCE contributed to the promotion of mutual understanding of the design codes and related terminologies. Through this activity, ACECC assisted some member countries to create the new design codes. 6.

Prevention of natural disasters, disaster mitigations, and restoration from disasters are always urgent and common issues among ACECC

members. ACECC has contributed to solving these disaster related issues through the TC activities, in particular through TC 21. TCs held symposiums and conferences in various countries which are open to local engineers, as a means for technology transfer.

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ACECC has supported several international conferences such as the 15th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Japan (2015), the 5th International Conference of Euro Asia Civil Engineering Forum in Indonesia (2015), the IEP International Civil Engineering Congress in Pakistan (2016,2017), ASCE India Conference 2017-Urbanization Challenges in Emerging Economies in India (2017), and the 1st International Conference on Press-in Engineering in Japan (2018, to be held in September), making the conferences more recognized not only in the Asian regions but also throughout the world.

8. ACECC issued several declarations at the time of CECAR to demonstrate the needs of further infrastructure development for better quality of life and achieve worldwide common goals of sustainable development. The declarations also send the message to the public about the roles of civil engineers. 9.

Enhancement of civil engineers’ recognition in the world by disseminating the information on civil engineering technologies and knowledge through the continuous activities such as seminars, conferences, TCs, and the newsletters.

10. ACECC gives awards to the persons who contributed to the infrastructure developments in the Asian Regions, and to the civil engineering projects which had significant influences on the social positive image of civil engineering and civil engineers as well as on the incentive for further developments of Asian infrastructures.


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Buildings are increasingly acquiring “brains,” the ability to measure the environment and respond to commands. This allows them to program lights to turn on when they enter a room or call an elevator when they leave their apartment. But the developing trend for smart homes is for them to have a “heart”, as well as the ability to

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for us if we want more light in the winter, our first cup of coffee to be waiting for us at 7am, or even if we are running late and need to get to the ground floor quickly. It adapts to our aging population, such as subtly increasing warmth in our flat, giving us larger fonts on our screens, or holding the elevator door open just a bit longer. /

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Urbanization grows and transforms THE FACT THAT URBANIZATION is continuing around

the world is nothing new. People want to live in cities for the jobs, services, social networks and experiences they provide. Yet urbanization is also transforming due to changing demographics: people form families later and live alone longer. Global trends like these have an impact on the needs of future living. Dense urban living means that buildings are growing taller and apartments are becoming smaller. Affordability is also an issue, which has created needs for tiny micro flats and co-ownership schemes. Changing economics and demographics has made flexibility more important. Old industrial buildings need to be converted into flats. The aging population has additional wants and needs. This applies to practical architecture, such as for mobility and accessibility, but it also applies to new service concepts, specially designed for aging consumers. As urbanization both increases and transforms, it becomes even more critical to move people safely, efficiently and comfortably inside urban environments. /

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Wellbeing takes priority THERE IS A DECISIVE SHIFT occurring through much

of the world. Once people have reached a certain level of material comfort they begin to prioritize other things, like health, comfort and security. People expect their homes and living environments to contribute to their well-being, not just be a place to sleep when they aren’t working. The concept of home is transforming and

expanding, from our apartments to buildings, from neighborhoods to cities. The boundary between home and work is also blurring. We see millennials being happy to work from the beds in their apartments or sleep on futons in their offices. In some cases we even have the digital nomad, who work remotely and call home a state of mind.

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Buildings must increasingly take wellbeing into consideration, such as the amount of light an apartment receives and access to gardens and community areas. A related development is the rise in service apartments, fully furnished suites where people can buy different sets of lifestyle services attached to the apartment. These services can be access to a gym, food delivery,

housekeeping or laundry, for example. Mobility is also increasingly important for our wellbeing, as anyone stuck in a traffic jam knows. Apartment blocks have space to store bikes and wide doors so you can easily bring them inside. Also riding an elevator will be a more enriching experience: the lights, sounds and sensations all have our wellbeing in mind. /

“Smart design should be driven by human need. It should help people’s lives and support their wellbeing. At the moment “smart homes” are driven by technology. In the future, smart homes will be self-learning systems, they will know what we want before we know ourselves.” MINNA TAKALA Design Strategist

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What Engineers Can Learn from a Football Coach Trapped in a Thai Cave for 3 Weeks The best attitude of an engineering leader when conflicts arise Every engineer should consult the Thai coach on handling disasters in leadership. Coach “Ek” did not show the world how the soccer team could win a game but rather he showed how his boys could win over death. The courage and strength the team has is undeniably a result of his commitment to his fatherhood to the young players. His leadership qualities are a kind of must-have for engineers. Engineering leaders aren’t perfect and in times of trials, their ability to make decisions are tested. Meanwhile, here are some of the 42

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techniques they can adapt to be able to think straight in times of crisis—right from the Thai cave incident. Keep calm under pressure When facing a difficult situation, engineers, sometimes, lose their temper. They get tensed and annoyed thus making the scenario even more difficult. But how can you really stay calm if you are facing the circumstance the Thai coach had to get through? Will you have a moment to calm down? For Coach “Ek,” making this move can save lives. Serving as a custodian in a monk monastery, Coach Ek has acquired expertise in Buddhist


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training and meditation practice. He taught the boys to meditate so they could pass the time without stress. When they were found, the rescue divers describe the team to be in good spirits. It is very easy for a leader to be irritated when a crisis arises but what the coach displayed during those trying times is a good example for everyone who wishes to manage and lead the company excellently despite unwanted conditions. Own your mistakes The coach knows that he is accountable for what happened to them. Despite their tough condition, he managed to reach out to the parents and their supporters to apologize and say his regards for praying and doing their best for them. Through a note given to the divers, he reassured the parents of the children that he will take good care of them no matter what. In that case, he showed the good attitude of a leader. When conflicts arise, a leader does not blame. He looks at the possible causes of the 44

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dilemma and never excludes himself from the picture. He takes on full responsibility when he committed a mistake and do his best to turn it around. See it through the end Coach Ek was the last who has been taken out of the Thailand cave. He didn’t leave the boys and made sure he was there until the 12th boy has exited. According to one of the divers, the coach even offered his own ration to the boys. Because he has shown such bravery and spirit for the team, the young players, in turn, trusted him and cooperated with him which made them alive. When an engineer showed to his subordinates that he or she is willing to sacrifice his or her interest for them, trust develops. People will take the initiative to cooperate to make sure that no one will be solely put in trouble because his or her leader themselves show concern and willingness to do whatever it takes to get through the problem.


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The Highest Paid Engineering Jobs of Today Engineering profession is now accounted as one of the highest paid jobs in the world. Yup, that’s correct. But what about the highest paid engineering jobs? Interesting, right? So, if you are still a student or a professional who are left out in the cold confused, this might just help you get that career shift you’ve always wanted to do. Most research says that these three were the highest paid engineering jobs of today: First on the list are petroleum engineers. This came about with no surprise—who do you expect to keep your cars and machineries running if it weren’t for these fuel experts who do chemical engineering. Petroleum Engineer Average Annual Salary: $147,520 Projected Percent Job Growth: 25.20% Working Hours: They are expected to at least 46

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have 6-7 hours per day, 9 am to 5pm but often include some extra hours. Offshore assignments require shift work, usually 12 hours on and 12 hours off continuously for two week. Petroleum engineers are mainly involved on all stages of oil and gas field development, production and evaluation. Thus, their jobs are the most crucial as they hold the world’s economy by ensuring all oil and gas extraction are safe, efficient, continuous and of course, affordable for the consumers. Coming on second place are aerospace engineers. With all that weight falling on to their shoulders every time a million-dollar aircraft takes off to flight; sure wouldn’t expect less from the rulers of air, space and weapons’ craft. Aerospace Engineer Average Annual Salary: $107,700 Projected Percent Job Growth: 7.30%


of every project accomplished from the inside. Engineering Manager Average Annual Salary: $138,720 Projected Percent Job Growth: 6.70% Working Hours: Engineering Managers spend at least 40-50 hours on a regular business week to meet strict deadlines and schedules.

Working Hours: They have a standard of 40 hours per week work load approximately 5-6 hours a day. As to design, construction and maintenance of spacecraft, missiles and weapons systems are some of the major concerns of aerospace engineers. Aerospace engineers may have choice between research and development wherein they are responsible for environmental impact and

fuel efficiency. The other one is focused on testing and maintenance which is tasked to operate, ensure flight safety and sustainability of the spacecraft. The third one to take the limelight are engineering managers. Who told you that only business graduates take on the lead in managing empires? These wellcompensated engineers are the ones behind the success

Beyond operational side of engineering, engineering managers are specialized to lead and train technical personnel in either functional or project management. The job includes mentoring and coaching technical professionals while determining and implementing engineering strategies, policies and plans. Aside from this, they ensure project schedules, engineering standards of quality, cost and safety and overseeing maintenance requirements.

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A Harvard Study: How to Make Engineering Boss More Effective

that had gone through intensive research for about 12 years of good fact-finding, organization leaders including engineers got only one thing to blame why they have to give up on any shot of social life and spend exhausting late nights doing work because the clock seemed to tick excessively fast. Meetings… That’s it! Harvard Business School researchers confirmed that 72% of a Boss’s day was spent on meetings! Yep, you got it right.

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Seven days in a week, 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour, yet still feel like you are always running out of time? Yup, that’s because you are the “Boss”, and you sure are busy with a lot of stuff. But regardless of that, you need to win the battle of time management and emerge as an effective leader at all times. With that, here’s a fresh release from a study in Harvard that completely got your back!

To add, the result of their survey to 182 senior managers when asked about what they think is the purpose of meetings will completely lose your mind. About 65 percent of them said that meetings only prohibit them from accomplishing their tasks for the day. Enough said, imagine how the study had confirmed that more meetings do not actually equate to great business performance.

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Tip #1. K.I.S.S meaning Keep it Short and Simple Keep meetings as fast as you can, allot just enough time to make sure everything is tackled and everybody gets reminded on important tasks. Tip #2. T.H.A.T meaning Thinking Habit At Time Avoid long power point presentations. Just keep everyone’s brains and eyes open. Have notes and do brainstorming! Tip #3: L.I.P.S meaning Let Insignificant Powwow Substitute you Don’t travel a lot just to meet everybody for every meeting. Have a priority of the most important meetings to least important. Assign somebody to represent you for the least important ones. You flee yourself from meetings plus you trained somebody else to become the next Engineer Boss just like you for a day. Again, remember to KISS THAT LIPS every time you do meetings!


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Here’s How Engineers Can Balance Their Emotions Well No doubt engineers are logical-mathematical individuals but, emotional intelligence and self-control are never absent in a successful engineer’s life formula. In case you don’t know where to start, here’s a quick guide for you by Marcel Schwantes, founder of Leadership from the Core.

Put boundaries on people who make you angry

Your brows say that you like a hot iron to touch your boss’ face. You want zombies to eat the brains your calculus professor who rejected the practicum you worked hard for. You think it’s best for your lazy workmate to get hospitalized so he won’t be with you for the next project.

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Build a strong wall that will protect you from people who keeps on violating your physical and emotional boundaries. If he or she happened to be assigned with you for a project, make a deal with yourself that you won’t let him or her take advantage of you in any situation and that you are professional enough not to allow this person to disrespect you.

Get to the bottom of why you are really angry


and pausing for a while helps the said chemicals to slow down. Before saying anything harsh, take that precious pause and see the difference of opposite actions. Smart engineers make careful choices in materials as well as in dealing with work relationships.

Be the first to reach out after an argument

Sometimes, your anger is just a reaction when you hit the tip of an iceberg but deep in the water are the real reasons why you’re pissed off. This is what emotionally intelligent people analyze. They ask themselves, “What’s really beneath my anger?” This is the time you will realize that your anger is a result of something that is disturbing you, usually something unsolved lying underneath your skin. It may be anxiety, worry, fear of failure, expectations, etc. You have to deal with these first before you make a step on how to get your job done when your boss demands so much from you. Honesty within yourself is the key. Process is an integral part of engineering and is also a vital portion of managing emotions well. So put your trust on it.

Respond, don’t react Ooops! You better step back before you react. Violent reaction to terrible situations might be rational for some people but emotionally intelligent ones do not resort to impulsive responses. Engineers with high EQ knows how to assess the situation, get perspective, listen without judgment, and hold back from reacting head on. They walk away when being triggered and come back when their anger subsides. They also acknowledge anger and will proceed talking to a friend who might give better perspective and understanding on the situation and know that reacting badly might cause further trouble.

Engineers build bridges, they don’t burn them. Be someone that constructs strong connection with people in this world full of engineers that do otherwise. It will not make you less of a person if you’re the first one to issue an apology. As the saying goes, “it’s better to lose my pride because of my friend rather than losing my friend because of my pride.” Humility and courage are characteristics of a smart engineer.

Shift to the positive Anger is something hard to get off your chest after a heated exchange but you can do two things to oust negativity. One is to meditate on the things you’re grateful for in the past 24 hours. Saying “I’m thankful that I’m assigned in this area because I get to learn new culture” might be one. Shaw Achor, positive psychologist said that doing this for 21 straight days will train your brain to pick up positive thoughts. This will help you become more optimistic. Aside from that, an intelligent engineer knows how to put him or herself in the shoes of his or her colleague. Looking at the possible situation a person might be facing can lead anger to shift into understanding.

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10 Tips on How To Be a Great Engineering Boss Select the best people An engineer knows that the best output requires the best materials, therefore the best company also requires the best employees. But you cannot afford to have the best team if you do not have the best selection system. Recruiting superior people for the company you are dreaming of is the initial step to succeed and to be able to do this, you must design your employment system properly. Remember, all managers are only as good as their chosen team.

Be a motivator Surely, it took you a lot of motivation to work hard and earn your position. Now, as a manager, it is your responsibility to check on the possible motivation sources of your employees. Determine what can make them do better. Is it promotion? Salary increase? Recognition? Also, know what will prevent them to work badly. Figure out how you can make them do what you want them to do and how to give what they want in exchange.

Build your team Do you know that you can still fluctuate even

you have a motivated team? Yes, they might be motivated but it is to do their own thing. A good team is composed of a leader that motivates his or her members to succeed at an objective and he can do that by engineering a unified working structure and preventing selfish and individualistic work. Believe that teamwork makes the dream work.

Be a Leader, not just a Manager You cannot become a leader if you will only check updates and progress of your team. Motivation will only become useful if you can lead your team towards a specific goal and elaborate the need to pursue it. Leadership is not only letting your subordinates do the work but guiding them step-by-step, in all levels. That will separate yourself from being just a mere boss.

Improve as a communicator Who says engineers can’t excel in communication? Whether in speaking or in writing, they actually can. This is considered as the most important skill of a manager. He might be good at executing an input but if he lacks the ability to communicate its vision to his team, it will be useless. It is important for people to


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understand the goal of your team so they’ll be able to act upon it accordingly. If you think you don’t have that skill at the moment, don’t worry. Practice can improve your ability.

Get better at managing money The success of your team can also be measured through financial stability. No company can stay in the business without resources. Engineers are good at math but not all of them can handle monetary figures properly. Take control of your finances by spending less than what you bring in. Learn the best way to do so and take financial courses if you need to. Promise, you’ll never regret this investment.

Get better at managing time Your money and abilities might be unlimited but not your time. To be able to manage your time, you should develop a good project management. To manage project efficiently, one must set the goals, the timeline and the appropriate budget. This will show you how to accomplish things successfully through a more convenient yet effective route towards what you want.

Improve yourself Point out other people’s sty but don’t forget to look in the mirror to remove yours. Like any other field, engineering is a continuous learning process and the strength you possess at the moment might not be competent in the future. As

you check on the weaknesses of your employees and help them improve, do not forget that you also need to improve as an individual.

Practice ethical management What a lovely thing it would be if everybody in your team does the right thing? But who sets what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ in an organization? It’s you. The engineer boss. Part of the vision of an engineering company is to contribute to the welfare of society and this can be possible if employees are driven with strong ethical standard.

Take a break If computers and machines need some rest, what more for human beings! Take note that being over-stressed might result to incompetent outputs. The people you lead might also adapt the same habit that you have. When they do, everyone will bite each other inside the team. So recharge your batteries by heading somewhere peaceful and relaxing and see a different kind of productivity when you come back.

A manager study management Management is not a skill that can be learned overnight. It takes effort and consistency and engineers are good at those. Take time to read more articles like this at our page and you are on your way to become the best engineer boss!


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The Most Dangerous Engineering Jobs

Before you sign up for college and pursue an engineering course, you better think again. Take a look at the TOP 5 most dangerous engineering jobs!

Mining Engineer When they do their job, they are not only six feet below the ground but could be a thousand more! Mining engineers need to meet the global demands for mineral commodities. They extract oil, gas, minerals, and metals for manufacturing purposes by designing underground mines and working in underground operations. These engineers are facing huge massacre threat for they deal with explosive materials, dangerous gas and collapses.

Chemical Engineer These engineers need to have a great sense of ‘chemistry’ with the different type of chemicals they handle to secure their safety. They deal with the conception and design of valuable materials which are often essential to fields such as nanotechnology, fuel cells, and biomedical engineering. When handled without care, these highly-flammable chemicals can result to explosion.

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going to a special mission in outer space comes great power. But like what Superman said, this is partnered with great responsibility. Aerospace engineers design, test and supervise the manufacture of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. They also supervise ongoing space productions. Amazing, isn’t it? But if you dare to become one, you will face a lot of risks in the aviation industry such as excessive noise and dangerous materials.

Petroleum Engineer Every vehicle won’t work if not because of these engineers. They design methods of oil and gas extraction and work with geologists, drilling operators and the best possible equipment to be able to capture petroleum. While a lucrative profession, the job is challenging as engineers are involved in easily difficult situations.

Marine Engineer Marine engineers are involved in the design and construction of seagoing vessels and structures. The constructions, operations and maintenance of the engine room are the main obligation of marine engineer. The risk of human error is an ever-present danger in a working environment of a marine engineer, often resulting in personal injury, disability or tragic loss of life.


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What an Engineering Boss Can Learn From the England Football Manager look to England. It’s time for you to drive that thought away as you sit down and read how Gareth Southgate turns England’s football fate into something else. Gareth Southgate, 47, is a former player of the said team who has become its current manager. During the recent World Cup, Southgate’s smart management took the team to the semi-finals after years of drought. Truly sports and engineering are in different fields but here are the things that an engineering boss can take note of how Gareth Southgate manages his team:

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Engineering managers can learn so much from how Gareth Southgate managed his team to win the game.

1. Everything begins with mental preparation

Clients would not have put much trust in your company’s leadership and management because of its past performance just like how football fans

Despite having vast resources and a hardworking team, some engineering firms still fail. When failure comes, the bosses are discouraged and

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Give your team members the freedom to the job in their own style. Do not narrow down the opportunity for them to learn new processes that make their work easier and efficient. Focus on the results and appreciate what they have done to accomplish the task rather than scolding them for not doing it your way. Micromanagement is not in the vocabulary of the English coach. He doesn’t want to provide so much for his players to ingest. He teaches them to develop a sense of responsibility within themselves and he trusts them. This resulted in better team performance. this reflects in his or her management. Doing that, the more he or she fails. But when the boss is mentally prepared for whatever will happen, he or she can regain confidence back easily and finish what has been started. This is the secret of South Gareth for his team to have a positive mindset - that even if they lose, they still win because they do this to show their talents and they have given their best. Despite what the media will publish about them if they fail, they are not scared. The pressure of winning is there but because they are mentally prepared, they are more concerned about accepting the challenge and improving themselves.

2 Consult experienced players Engineering is a dynamic industry and its management as well. However, there are principles and practices by previous engineering bosses that are worthy of keeping to stay in the game. Listening has a vital role in growth. There are managers and bosses who won their position because they listen and learned many things from their superiors and applied it on their own.

4. Unity in diversity A good leader earns respect and at the same time promotes it inside the office. Understanding the differences between one another and keeping professionalism in mind is one key for employees to be happy at work. Bear in mind that a good boss always makes sure that no one is the team is taking advantage of the other just because of race, gender or abilities. Inside the England football team, Gareth communicates with the players depending on their specific personalities and needs. He makes each of them feel that each one can contribute to the team’s victory and each of them have a special way to do their own share. In that way, unity is practiced. So, if you want to be the next Gareth Southgate of the engineering world, you have to do what he does. A great engineering boss keeps in mind that a good manager learns the practices of good managers like the English coach.

In relation to this, Southgate began a ritual on his team where new players have the chance to learn tactics from the previous one. Before their first game begins, former players were given the chance to hand over their positions to the new debutants which also allows them to transfer their knowledge and share their experience to them.

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Off-site Wood Construction is the Future of Building Urbanisation is accelerating and creating pressure to increase housing construction. To answer this global challenge, construction needs to be quicker and more ecological. In Metsä Wood’s new video, Mikko Saavalainen, SVP, Business Development, and Juha Kasslin, VP, Product Management, explain what off-site wood construction has to offer. At the moment, construction produces 30 per cent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, and it is clear that the course must be changed. We need more ecologically sustainable solutions. Wood is the only major construction material that stores carbon. Wood is a renewable material, and when the wooden parts are no longer used in buildings, they can be reused or recycled. Another key factor in urban construction is speed. The construction industry is undergoing a major transition, with construction moving from building sites to off-site manufacturing. Elements and modules are assembled in industrial factory conditions and delivered to building sites for quick installation. The lightness and strength properties of engineered wood products, like Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), make off-site construction a very attractive option. More efficient construction through prefabrication Using prefabricated wooden elements significantly reduces time spent at the construction site. As most of the construction

work is done indoors, there are no delays due to weather conditions. The turnaround time on building sites is shortened as the amount of errors is reduced and work safety is improved. Metsä Wood’s cut-to-size Kerto LVL products and optimised element production ensure material efficiency with minimum waste. Kerto LVL products have an excellent strength-to-size ratio, which means less construction material is needed, and therefore traffic to the building site is minimised. Wood elements together with partners Kerto LVL products make construction fast, light and green. Metsä Wood is actively building a partner network to increase off-site manufacturing of Kerto® LVL elements for this purpose. “The Kerto LVL ecosystem means a network of companies with who we can together develop and grow the use of wood elements in construction,” says Laura Mattila, VP, Sales Development Metsä Wood. “The strength of the ecosystem is based on everybody concentrating on their core competence. The sum of this is more than each party trying to do everything by themselves.” Metsä Wood’s core competence is to produce Kerto LVL products on an industrial scale. Meanwhile, theelement manufacturers carry out a lot of product development based on this versatile raw material.


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