By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Monthly Meeting of Georgia Society of Professional Engineers

Atlanta – Over one hundred years ago everyone knew that horses had to be harnessed and trained to move together in order to be effective. Horses that did not “play” as team members were replaced.

Collaboration of the horsepower moved things along.

Technical Collaboration is critical, be it designing and constructing a new stadium, launching a new product or launching a spacecraft. In a spectacularly basic collaboration failure a number of years ago a $125 million Mars orbiter was lost because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units while the NASA's team used the metric system. In design and engineering practice, collaboration plays an important role in project delivery, where it is revolves around design intent, cost, schedule, quality, client goals and reducing errors and omissions. Change management supports this workflow by breaking down barriers for collaboration in the areas of infrastructure, personnel and processes.

Traditional design methods are focused on the production of 2D drawings. Project information is usually stored in multiple files and formats. Conceptual drawings, project requirements, design documents, fabrication and installation drawings and legal papers are bound to have differences even though they are all based on the same data. This makes it difficult to manage the project delivery process, and there is always a risk of data loss during multidiscipline coordination.

One solution is to use Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D digital model to inform and communicate project decisions. Design, visualization, analysis, simulation, and collaboration enabled by BIM solutions provide greater clarity for all stakeholders during the entire project lifecycle.

Mr. Rabi Sidawi, AIA, Sr. Consultant, Applied Software will address the 6:00 PM, Monday, May 11th monthly dinner meeting of Georgia Society of Professional Engineers at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake. He will present on Collaborative Engineering in Practice: Tools for a Successful Project Delivery. Mr. Sidawi said “collaboration is intuitive and a key to human evolution.” Also it has been said “collaboration is the new competition.” The discussion will cover collaborative practices in engineering, utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) to reduce the amount of redundant processes & rework while achieving project goals. Currently registered professional engineers, those engineers aspiring to become PEs, and others engaged in engineering would benefit from the presentation. Members of the general public are also welcomed to learn about technology, engineering and public welfare.

Mr. Rabi Sidawi is a Senior AEC Solutions Consultant with Applied Software, which offers software and training for architects, professional engineers, project managers and designers. Rabi provides AEC project planning, consulting and implementation, trains AEC professionals on BIM applications including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Navisworks, Infraworks, A360 and Autodesk Sustainable Design Solutions. Additionally, Rabi Sidawi holds Adjunct Professor Position at the Newschool of Architecture & Design, and at Stevens Institute of Technology. He received a B. Arch from American University of Beirut in 1985, a M. Arch from Tulane University 1986 and a M.A. Arch, in Design Theory & Methodology / Computer Aided Design from University of California, Los Angeles in 1988. Rabi is a registered Architect and has practiced architecture in Los Angeles, Honolulu and Atlanta. Autodesk recognized Rabi as having received the highest ratings from students for instructor performance. He was named (ATC) Instructor of the Year for 2007. In 2009 he received the North America award for distinguished performance in Revit Architecture.

About The Meeting
The GSPE Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public. The meetings take place on the second Monday of each month, September through June. The May 11th meeting will be at The North Lake / Tucker area Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2000 Crescent Centre Blvd., Tucker, Ga. 30084. Many engineers enjoy the presentations as well as earn a required Professional Development Hour. The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the speaker. RSVP to 404-509-2399, or jnRemichPE@Gmail.com with GSPE RSVP in subject line is appreciated.

About The Atlanta Metro Chapter of the GSPE
The 500 member Atlanta Metro Chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers serves registered professional engineers and developing engineers by providing networking opportunities and continuing education opportunities for members. Each year GSPE hosts a continuing education event called PDH Saturday where engineers can earn up to eight Professional Development Hours. The local chapter also serves the wider metro Atlanta community as an information resource and contact for the engineering profession. Members, locally and across the state, actively support MATHCOUNTS®, a nationwide competitive program that has promoted excellence in middle school studies of mathematics for over twenty years. The Atlanta Metro Chapter has also produced a full-color brochure explaining the field of engineering to students in lay terms. The brochure is available free of charge to interested students. The GSPE also awards college engineering scholarships each year. GSPE members are often asked to address school classes to talk about applications of science and technology. The Georgia Society of Professional Engineers is a state affiliate of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The National Society of Professional Engineers is the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Founded in 1934, NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics to assure the public’s safety, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting PE’s legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves some 50,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 local chapters. About Professional Engineer Registration To assure the public safety and wellbeing, all 50 states have passed laws establishing boards to oversee the practice of engineering. These boards license engineers, enforce professional ethics, and address issues concerning unlicensed practice. The Georgia State Board of Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors is part of the Secretary of State office. Georgia has 17,000 professional engineers and 2,900 engineering firms. To become a registered professional engineer, the candidate must have the required education from an accredited engineering curriculum, make an application to the state board, be of good character, pass an eight-hour exam of the engineering fundamentals (usually about the time of college graduation), have four years of quality experience, and pass another eight-hour exam of their engineering knowledge. Upon being granted registration, the applicant can use the designation “PE” after their name.

“The Professional Engineers are aware of the many needs for technical solutions for issues such as protecting the environment, addressing water and other resource shortages, facilitating transportation, promoting employment and quality of life,” said Luther Cox, past State President of GSPE. “An ultimate goal is that, in this fast emerging technological world of ours it is required that all planning, design, build and maintenance work be supervised by Professional Engineers, so there are no more oil well disasters, falling bridges, collapsing walkways, or exploding factories.” 

Please see the website for additional information: Georgia Society of Professional Engineers: www.gspe.org