I have been asked by the president of the Charleston area ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) to give a lunchtime talk in a few weeks. I'm beginning to stress a little though. I asked the president what he would like me to talk about and he said, "pretty much anything you want, you can focus on the interrelations between engineers and planners and what planners expect from engineers". Ok, how about detailed plans, correct the first time.... but I digress.
There will also be several Citadel students in the audience and I know it will be a great opportunity to spread some planning knowledge that they may not get in school.
So, if you were in my shoes, what would You talk about?
I'm planning to talk about site layouts and being creative not just run of the mill stuff and how, in most smaller cases, the engineers kind of act like planners in your 20 or 40 lot subdivisions, rarely is a planner involved in layout or any aspect of it. I may also go into how planning is a sort of social engineering and we need civil engineering to help carry it out.