At DRMP Since:
“No work day is the same at DRMP. I love the variety of projects that I’m able to work on because each one presents its own unique challenges and solutions.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
Initially, I was in physics. However, my favorite part of physics was statics. So, when I found out that becoming a physics professor would take 14 years of college for a slim chance at a job, I switched majors to civil engineering, with an emphasis in structures. My father also has a MS in civil engineering, with an emphasis in structures, although he has retired from working in construction. When I started working and loved laying out reinforcing steel and seeing what I had helped design be built, I knew I had found the right career path.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It is never boring. My specialty is miscellaneous structures, or what I call “everything but the bridge." So I get to design mast arms, strain poles, sign structures, custom ITS poles, bridge guardrail retrofits, and other items. Due to changes in technology the devices on the ITS poles are always changing, and the signs on the sign structures seem to generally keep getting larger. Also, Florida Department of Transportation updates the Indexes and has added fatigue requirements, and sometimes clients have interesting projects that present a unique challenge to analyze.
What are you most passionate about?
Completing projects correctly and on time is very important to me. I am also rather thorough when reviewing shop drawings. The underlying reason is to ensure that everything is designed or built correctly, because if a structure fails it may cause injuries. Of course, if you get me started talking about miscellaneous structures, I just may talk your ear off!
What is your greatest challenge?
Recently, my greatest challenge seems to be communicating the details with fabricators. It has been a challenge getting mast arm and light pole fabricators to look at the entire plan set, not just the Mast Arm Tabulation sheet or the Lighting Pole Data sheet. All parts of the plan sets are important.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
The best way to communicate with someone is in person, the second best is a phone call. Email is a useful tool, but lacks any sense of emotion. This is especially true when negotiating. I like negotiating in person best, because you can see the other person and also share examples of what you expect the work effort you are negotiating to be.