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Message From the President

Rick V. Baldocchi, PE
2018-19 ACEC-FL President

During a recent vacation to New York City, I could not help but constantly be amazed by the innovative engineering that had to have been performed in order to create, and continue to operate, this world recognized center of commerce and business. Everywhere I looked I noticed engineering challenges that had to be overcome at some point in time with a unique and innovate approach. Everyone goes about their business, taking things for granted and not realizing the efforts that went into creating this environment. This is part of the challenge we have in creating the Prominence of Engineers we all desire, the better the job we do, the less our work is recognized.

The above thoughts occurred to me as part of a few experiences during my stay. On the first night, I was kept awake most of the night by the sound of garbage trucks banging outside our window. This experience, in addition to motivating me to buy earplugs, made me start thinking about the amount of garbage that had to be processed each and every day due to the density of the development on the Island of Manhattan.

The next evening, I noticed a large number of garbage bags sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the nightly noisy collection process. In this case, while most people seem to accept all the bags and not notice, it seemed to be a poor solution to the issue at hand. I deduced that the older buildings were not designed with internal garbage chutes and compactors to avoid the visual and odorous impacts. Engineers have provided solutions for these issues on newer and re-developed communities.

The following day I walked by a street repair project that had removed the pavement and opened up a trench at one of the intersections. The mass of pipes, conduits and cables was mind boggling. In my mind, this image represented the complexities of what engineers deal with on a daily basis. In addition, everyone else on the street took no notice of this situation, and of course my family was asking what in the world I was looking at and taking photos of. Again, a representation of how most people take for granted what engineers do and how it impacts our daily lives, society, and lifestyle.

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