A while back I linked to this post on Strong Towns about a Conversation with an Engineer. If you haven’t watched the related youtube video, take a moment to do so. If you have ever been to a public meeting, you will see yourself in these adorable little talking heads.
We as engineers need to understand that our methods don’t make sense to the public. Sometimes that’s because our design codes need to be adjusted to truly meet the big picture needs of the community, and sometimes its because the public just needs a little more visual help getting things straight.
Jerry Bartels is a Technical Specialist at Autodesk that covers the Midwest. Before coming to Autodesk, he worked in consulting engineering and he's also the mayor of his small town in greater Chicago, East Dundee. You can read the latest election here: Bartels back as East Dundee president
(Last time we talked about it, he said the title has been changed from Mayor to Village President based on some kind of population threshold or other nomenclature red tape. Is it just me or does village president sound like it would be Papa Smurf's title as well? Jerry wasn't sure it was exactly the same role.)
When Jerry talks about the role of good communication to public stakeholders, he knows what he’s talking about from both sides of the fence. Here is the first in what I hope becomes a series of regular video postings about visualization for public works using Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite.
Memorable quote: Buy-in is important. Everyone needs to understand the decision making process behind why one project was selected over another one.