A day in the life of an engineer
Women in STEM Here's what a day in the engineering industry looks like for Aine Brazil, PE, Phd, Vice Chairman of Thornton Tomasetti.
"Meeting at Hudson Yards site in Manhattan with others on the design team to discuss an accelerated delivery schedule for Thornton Tomasetti’s building information model (BIM) for construction. At more than 18 million square feet, Hudson Yards is the largest private development in the United States. We were designing a 400-meter office building to be supported over active railyards.
The structural design of each element is somewhat complex and temporary conditions and logistics had a major impact on design decisions.
"Among the issues we faced were the delivery and installation of a 50-meter span truss to a site that is land-locked by active city streets and to be erected over an active railyard. We also had to determine if the truss would be deep enough to be efficient but shallow enough to provide acceptable clearance over the train storage yards. The team had to consider such factors as crane capacity, the impact on the project budget and schedule and logistics, not to mention the potential impact on one of the busiest commuter rail systems in the U.S."
"Meet with the New York City Mayor’s Building Resiliency Task Force. As chairperson of the structural committee, I oversaw the effort to develop guidelines and code requirements to improve the resiliency of New York City buildings and maximize preparedness for future emergencies. This task force was convened in response to major problems caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012."
"Advise clients at Hudson Yards project and at NYU Langone Medical Center, also in Manhattan, about the new flood-proofing requirements and proposed 100-year flood elevations. Our team helped these clients make decisions based on best practices in the absence of firm code requirements, which would take approximately a year to formalise."
"Meet with internal Thornton Tomasetti design team on the early concept development for Comcast Technology Center, a 300-metre, 1.5-million-square foot, mixed-use tower in Philadelphia designed by architect Norman Foster."
"Attend a W@TT (Women @ Thornton Tomasetti) meeting. The group was established to provide a forum for women at the firm to discuss issues such as career advancement, work-life balance, mentoring and the effort to promote the engineering profession to young women and girls. The group discussed plans for Day of Discovery, an annual event hosted by Thornton Tomasetti that introduces young girls to the STEM fields and to engineering careers."