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Innovation News

Engineering Perspectives: “Optimizing” My Vacation

17 November, 2022 at 6:41

Twenty years ago when I went on vacation I would simply call a travel agent tell them where I was thinking of going and how much I could spend. Then, like magic, a vacation is planned. Of course, travel agents are still an option today, but now with the advent of travel websites and Yelp reviews, I can not resist the urge to spend weeks on planning…

Big Data and the Art of Dashboarding

20 October, 2022 at 8:01

Reviewing financial data can be a tiresome and repetitive process. In many cases it involves looking through page after page, row after row of numbers. It gets even more complicated when you’re trying to review data side by side or to filter out specific information. It is also hard to present. Either you have too much data and your audience end …

Engineering Perspectives: Optimizing Optimization

3 October, 2022 at 7:47

Syska Hennessy has been doing a lot of work lately on computational approaches to AEC problems, and optimization has been at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps because of this focus, many of us get a nails-on-the-chalkboard type of feeling when we hear the industry’s often casual use of the word “optimization.” For example, the following kin…

Was What I Learned in Kindergarten Wrong for the AEC industry?

7 September, 2022 at 7:34

It was the third day in kindergarten and I finally got the Building Blocks station. Now, at last, I could build the biggest block castle our class had ever seen. 15 minutes later…Crash!!!! is all I heard as the blocks come tumbling down. I don’t remember much from kindergarten, but one thing that Miss Doughty taught me really well was that it…

Early Innovation within Syska Hennessy: SHCadd

10 August, 2022 at 1:07

Innovation within Syska Hennessy Group is not new. Over the years many within our organization have felt the need to create something better, embark on the unknown, to do something that had not been done before. For example, we transitioned to AutoCAD in the late 1980s. This was a time before AutoCAD verticals such as Architectural Desktop and Buil…