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Nahom Gebre

Nahom Gebre has written 35 posts for Schinnerer Risk Management Blog

Federal infrastructure plan to be unveiled later this year

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the Trump administration will unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan later this year. The announcement did not offer details of funding for projects, but according to Chao, investment will be valued at $1 trillion over 10 years. The proposal is expected to cover transportation, energy, water, and potentially … Continue reading

Oroville Dam crisis

The dramatic images of water crashing down the Oroville Dam Spillway in California have shown us that we are dependent on infrastructure that is now well over 50 years old. Engineers know that the hydrologic models used to model weather events are based on data that was collected decades ago. As noted in an article … Continue reading

EJCDC releases new documents

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) recently updated E-580, Teaming Agreement to Pursue Joint Professional Services Opportunity. The revisions allow the document to function as a new stand-alone teaming agreement that is suitable for firms interested in “a wide variety of project-pursuit purposes.” E-580 makes it very clear that if the team fails to … Continue reading

Exciting times ahead for road infrastructure

Big name companies such as Google, Uber, and major car companies are investing a lot of resources in autonomous vehicles. The focus right now is on these vehicles making driving decisions without driver input and vehicles possibly communicating with each other. Some technologists believe that it is essential that the vehicles also be able to … Continue reading

Judge halts application of federal rule that would have expanded overtime pay

A federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction halting the application of a federal rule that would have made overtime pay available to full-time salaried employees earning up to $47,476 a year. As we noted in our blog post earlier this year, “New overtime rules will affect all employers,” the rule was expected … Continue reading

Georgia amends anti-indemnity statute

Georgia recently adopted legislation that voids indemnity clauses in agreements for services provided by an architect, engineer, or land surveyor, unless the indemnity is limited “to the extent” caused by the negligence, recklessness, or misconduct of a party. The new law only applies to agreements that are executed after July 1, 2016; it does not … Continue reading

Severe floods occurring more frequently

The scale of the recent Louisiana floods have shown that one of the effects of global climate change is increased rain storms that lead to flooding. Experts say that recent floods in multiple states (from Maryland to South Carolina to Louisiana to Texas) that were identified in the media as a once-in-every 500 or 1,000-year … Continue reading

New overtime rules will affect all employers

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees who work in excess of 40 hours in a work week are paid at 1.5 times their regular rate of pay for those hours worked in excess of 40 hours. If the employees are employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity (white collar exemption) … Continue reading

Managing client expectations

“On time, on budget, and on scope” is the mantra of project managers tasked with delivering projects for their clients. Often, however, things change. For example, the client may find that the business climate has changed, necessitating change in the scope, or additional details may emerge that make the project more complex. The key from … Continue reading

The human cost of deteriorating infrastructure

For the last 20 years, engineers have pointed out that our national infrastructure is deteriorating and that infrastructure investment is not keeping up with what is needed. To date, the focus has been on the lack of public funding due to political pressure to restrain government funding. A recent article in the New York Times … Continue reading