Insights + Articles

LJB thought leaders are eager to share their insights in their various areas of expertise. Here you can find the latest articles and white papers published by LJB experts. Click the thumbnail or headline to access these valuable articles, presentations and resources.

Three Valley Conservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization in Oxford, Ohio, needed to identify and prioritize land parcels for conservation easements that would help protect streams and riparian zones, promote prime production of agricultural land, and decrease the potential for habitat fragmentation. LJB’s Meghan T. Jones developed a GIS model to enable them, as well as other organizations, to do just that.

In this article in the Construction Specifier magazine, LJB’s David Tomasula, P.E., and Jeff Griffin, PhD, P.E., PMP, joined Powers Brown Architecture’s Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, to explain why tilt wall construction has never had more potential to respond to real estate market challenges and to capitalize on several technological advancements.

When a steel mill crew’s fall protection system inspection revealed damage to lifelines in its meltshop, the mill tapped LJB to help overhaul the system. In this article published in Iron & Steel Technology magazine, discover the keys to creating the customized fall protection system that not only protects workers, but also withstands the extreme meltshop environment.

Each year, facility owners spend millions of dollars and countless hours designing, installing, inspecting and testing anchorages related to work at heights. Too often, the resources spent do nothing more than give the owner a false sense of security. In fact, the time and money spent load testing anchorages may be doing more harm than good—damaging equipment and distracting from other potentially higher risk issues. In this article published in Professional Safety magazine, LJB’s Rupert Noton, CEng, MIStructE, and Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers’ Andrew T. Emmons, P.E., provide critical information on anchorage testing, enabling you to enhance the safety of all workers at heights and make smart investments to reduce risk.

Fall protection equipment is the most visible aspect of a fall protection program, and it can be the most costly as well. Unfortunately, these investments can be nullified due to equipment misuse or “cheating”—using the equipment outside its intended use. The article explains the misuses and recommendations for how to rectify the misuses.​

Because project managers are frequently viewed as business leaders within their organizations, they are often responsible for leading internal business functions as well. If your organization is approaching a period of change, here are five tips that will leverage the expertise of project managers without alienating your clients.

To accommodate a broader traveling public, many agencies are adopting policies and design standards focused on creating “complete streets.” This article outlines the four-step approach that the National Complete Streets Coalition has defined for implementing a new policy, as well as real-world examples of how it has worked for communities.

Engineering advancements can have a major impact on the end design of buildings, improving their aesthetics and therefore their marketability. This article highlights some cutting edge techniques employed for a six-story tilt-up speculative office building. This case study illustrates how advancements in the field of tilt-up concrete construction are having a positive impact on real estate profitability.