Tuesday, August 30, 2005

ASME Study Identifies Six Engineering Trends

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers issued a new report, "Six Strategic Issues Shaping the Global Future of Mechanical Engineering," conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures and supervised by ASME's Strategic Issues, Opportunities and Knowledge Committee.The report identified six strategic issues of concern to engineers:

  • Global harmonization of standards
  • Technology innovation networks, or clusters
  • Applying the "systems thinking" concept. Seeing the "big picture" of a project and not just one's own part of it - to achieve greater resource productivity
  • Attracting and educating tomorrow's engineers
  • Collaborative learning communities
  • Biotechnology and bioengineering

To read more visit the ASME Web site at www.ASME.org

RedVector trend spotters have also been watching engineers. Here are the six most popular courses purchased by engineers so far this year:

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Florida Department of Transportation Selects RedVector.com

RedVector.com, Inc., a provider of e-learning solutions to the design and construction industry, has been named by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to manage the administration of the Department’s Construction Training Qualification Program (CTQP) (www.ctqpflorida.com).

CTQP is an industry-funded, self sustaining program through which construction contractors and consultant engineers and technicians contracting to do work for FDOT can receive training and become qualified to test materials to improve the quality of Florida’s roads. The program offers training/qualifications in aggregates, asphalt, concrete, earthwork, geo-technical, structures and management in order to comply with the Federal Highway Administration Quality Assurance Procedures for Construction requirement: (CFR) 637.2070.

As sole administrator for the program, RedVector.com will maintain and streamline the CTQP database to track the qualification data related to courses and technicians and operate the website that provides the information necessary to support inquiries from trainees, employers and FDOT management. In addition, RedVector will be responsible for distributing and grading of trainee exams, maintaining and storing records, and distributing course material to qualified CTQP Training Providers.

Mike Vandall, Vice President of Enterprise Services for RedVector.com, states, “The selection of RedVector.com as the administrator of CTQP allows market forces to ultimately reduce training costs and improve results, and helps FDOT and their subcontractors focus on doing what they do best: building and maintaining Florida’s state roadways.”

The Florida DOT is one of the State of Florida’s largest agencies with a $6 billion budget and more than 7,400 employees. The department oversees more than 12,000 miles of state highway system, 750 aviation facilities, 14 seaports, and more than 2,800 miles of railway miles. For more information visit them on the web at www.dot.state.fl.us .

RedVector (www.RedVector.com) provides e-learning professional development, content creation, tracking and database solutions to the design and construction industry. RedVector has helped over 60,000 professionals including engineers, architects, interior designers, contractors, landscape architects and land surveyors maintain their licensure requirements with over 140 different state boards and organizations through its e-learning library of over 800 e-learning courses.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

RedVector Partners With ConstructionJournal.com

RedVector.com, the leading provider of online continuing education for design and construction professionals, has formed a partnership with ConstructionJournal.com, a leading provider of project information for AEC professionals. Through the partnership, visitors to the ConstructionJournal.com site will have access to hundreds of construction-related online courses, including technical, management, and professional/personal development courses.

RedVector construction professionals will also gain information on Construction Journal project information services.”ConstructionJournal.com is a leading provider of project information to many of the same construction and design professionals served by RedVector.com,” said Lisa Maier, Senior Vice President of Marketing for RedVector.com. “By partnering with ConstructionJournal.com, we can help AEC professionals advance their careers by meeting their continuing education and professional development needs. Through this partnership, we can also offer our clients with a valuable new service by notifying them of upcoming projects they may be interested in bidding on.”

Construction Journal (www.ConstructionJournal.com) provides comprehensive, accurate and timely Information on Construction Projects from the early planning stages through the bidding process to the project award. Real-time updates provide subscribers with the most current information available. Developers, Construction Managers, General

Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, Architects, Engineers and many other industry professionals use Construction Journal every day to identify relevant projects.
RedVector (www.RedVector.com) provides online continuing education services to more than 60,000 licensed professionals, including Contractors, Engineers, Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Land Surveyors and others involved in the design and construction industry.

Companies, organizations, publications and educational institutions involved in the AEC industry can learn more about partnering with RedVector.com at http://www.RedVector.com/Partnerships