An exciting year ahead

January 2007 » Editor's Comment
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the redesigned CE News. Although it may look different, CE News is still the magazine "for the business of civil engineering."
Shanon Fauerbach, P.E.

Happy New Year, and welcome to the inaugural issue of the redesigned CE News. Dont fret because everything looks so different: CE News is still the magazine "for the business of civil engineering." And, yes, all of your favorite features about the magazine are intact. Alfred R. Pagan, P.E., L.S.; John Bachner; and David Wahby will still enlighten you with their thoughts and advice regularly. Each issue will contain the news you rely on to keep up-to-date with industry happenings, regulations, funding announcements, research findings, and more. Various experts will deliver targeted advice about how you can run your business better. Well highlight products and services that help you run your business and serve your clients, and well keep you abreast of industry trends. Whats more, well provide the special programs you look for each year, including the CE News Salary Survey (June), the The Zweig Letter Hot Firm list (September), and the Best Civil Engineering Firm To Work For list (October).

But surely with the new logo and new page designs, you are probably wondering if there are going to be some new elements to the editorial lineup. Of course. Well offer more opportunities for you to earn continuing education credits by reading CE News and submitting a quiz to the Professional Development Series sponsor. Well also publish the first annual CE News Industry Guide (May), a listing of all product and service vendors doing business in the civil engineering industry. Additionally, well host a new lineup of civil engineering firm CEOs and top leaders in our Beyond Words guest column. And provide information about upcoming CE News-sponsored conferences, including the Land Development Conference & Expo (April) and the Best Firm To Work For Summit (September). Advertisers will have many special opportunities as well, including Special Advertising Sections about retaining walls (July) and sustainable design products and services (November).

This first issue of 2007 is packed full of valuable information. The Pinnacle Awards Special Report highlights many of the firms that were honored with a Pinnacle Award for earning recognition on both The Zweig Letter Hot Firm 2006 List and the CE News 2006 Best Civil Engineering Firm To Work For list. For job seekers, this resource provides profiles about some of the industrys most respected firms (who are probably hiring since they are growing so quickly!). For firm leaders wanting to learn about how firms are growing while maintaining remarkable employee satisfaction, the special report offers great insider tips.

The Pinnacle Awards Special Report will be an annual opportunity for leading firms to be showcased, and I hope to see more firms honored with Pinnacle Awards next year. Complete information about the Best Civil Engineering Firm To Work For application process is available at www.cenews.com/bestfirm; the deadline is April 20, 2007. Information about The Zweig Letter Hot Firm list is available at www.thezweigletter.com; the deadline is June 1, 2007.

Additionally, this issue includes a pre-show guide for EC07: International Erosion Control Association Conference & Expo, taking place Feb. 12-16, in Reno, Nev. Check out the descriptions of the training courses and technical sessions of interest to civil engineers, as well as details about some of the January CE News advertisers that are exhibiting at the conference. Also, CE News will sponsor the opening night reception on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Editor Bob Drake and I look forward to seeing you there!

Two articles discuss the outlook for the business of civil engineering in 2007. "Looking down the road: Prospects for 2007" is a summary I wrote of the 2007 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms, published by ZweigWhite. Also, John Doehring shares a personal take on the future outlook in this months Beyond Words column.

Like many of you, I have a long history with CE News. Today, Im even more enthusiastic about its future than I was when I started working for the magazine more than seven years ago. The new logo and redesign mark a refreshing change for the CE News community of readers, advertisers, and staff, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will. Let me know what you think about CE News new look and any suggestions you have for article topics. You can e-mail me at sfauerbach@zweigwhite.com.


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