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The process of understanding and working with soil and rocks, 

underground water, site and structural conditions, in relation to project designs

and construction is known as “geotechnical engineering”.

 

 

The fascinating state-of-the-art super designs and construction works such as the World tallest buildings - Burj Khalifa (Dubai), Opera House (Sydney), Palm Island (Dubai), Sears Tower(Chicago), Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco), Eiffel Tower(France), Dams and many others - have added more the beauty and commerce to civilized societies. 

One interesting fact about these super structures is that they all have something in common, that is - foundation. 

How can such gigantic structures sit comfortably without collapsing? How could areas with soft clay-sand withstand the stress exerted by these structures? The answers to these questions are unraveled by the discipline known as “Geotechnics”.

Previously, documented construction activity proved that geotechnics is one of the oldest discipline which started from ancient development. From ancient civilization geotechnical Engineering contributed to the construction of – the tower of Babel, the Pyramid of Egypt, the Acropolis of Athens and so many others. These ancient structures were planned  from the foundation to the completion – the geotechnical engineers stabilized the foundations using rocks, gravels, and sand, which are leveled.  The soil or rocks support everything you see around you. Anything that is not supported by soil or rocks, either floats, flies or falls down.  The process of understanding and working with soil and rocks, underground water, site and structural conditions, in relation to project designs and construction is known as “geotechnical engineering”.

At Rizik Consulting Company our Geotechnical engineers are responsible and passionate for the foundation designs. Massive foundation is required to transmit structural loads to the ground. Our Geotechnical engineers are responsible for assessing the soil and ground water condition, developing suitable foundation designs and stability analysis for construction activities in various industries.

Case In Point

Case in Point, written by Marc P. Cosentino, is a book some, including The Wall Street Journal, consider as the “MBA Bible”. As you might have guessed by the title, the book is all about consulting case interviews. Case in Point serves as a complete guide for case interviews. The book also covers the Ivy Case System, which can help readers formulate answers for highly complex cases. For those who are looking for a book that can also teach application, this is a notable place to start. The book includes 40 strategy cases to work on, which also serves as examples. The strategy cases found in the book can be used for practice during consulting case interviews, as well as MBA programs.

The book does go through revisions, and several editions have already been released. The writer’s insight on the case interview process can remove the dreadful feeling of being overwhelmed by the steps in preparation. Instead, the writer encourages consulting applicants to take on the case interview as a medium to showcase their talents and potential as a qualified candidate for the vacant position.

For those who don’t know Marc P. Cosentino, he is considered to be the top authority for case interview-related topics. He has over 24 years of experience as a coach for applicants who come from prestigious universities and MBA programs. Many high-caliber MBA consulting clubs such as Wharton, Harvard Business School, as well as top consulting firms, regularly purchase the book by bulk for their members and staff.

Case in Point is one of those books that you can’t go wrong in purchasing. If you’re interested in other books that Marc P. Cosentino wrote, you may also wish to look into the following publications: The Harvard Guide to Investment Banking, The Harvard Guide to Consulting and The Harvard Guide to Case Interviews.

The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

The Lords of Strategy was written by business journalist, Walter Kiechel. The book highlights the foundation and birth of corporate strategy. This information can give prospective consultants a clear view of the 1960s, where businesses started turning to key variable such as costs, competition and consumers when formulating successful strategies. Perhaps the most valuable insight that the book provides are the revealing accounts of the four individuals who are considered to be the inventors of corporate strategy; namely Bruce Henderson (founder of Boston Consulting Group), Fred Gluck (McKinsey & Company’s Managing Director), Bill Bain (founder of Bain & Company), and Michael Porter of Harvard Business School.

For applicants who keep asking “why” when it comes to formulating consulting strategies for their upcoming interview, The Lords of Strategy can provide the answers they are looking for. The book takes on a straightforward approach at how the corporate world was revolutionized into what it has become today.

Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

Pitch Perfect was written by Bill McGowan, a leading advisor for tech companies such as Facebook, Dropbox and Salesforce.com. It deals with communication (both verbal and nonverbal), message delivery and overcoming pitfalls. Because consulting is such a communication driven industry, it is wise to touch up on one’s presentation, delivery and vocabulary skills. Presentations are a large part of a consultant’s career, whether it’s a presentation for an important client, or a presentation for superiors and other colleagues. This skill can set you apart from a consultant who is filled with impressive head knowledge, but lacks communication and presentation skills to back it up.

The book essentially elaborates that being the smartest person in the room can only get you so far. The author’s tips about the Principles of Persuasion are easy to pick up, practice, apply and eventually master. Pitch Perfect not only expounds on saying the right thing, but it also goes above and beyond to provide advice on the right timing as well when it comes to message delivery.

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The Goal has been around for almost 30 years. Business consultant, Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, wrote the book and has been noted as a credible model for systems management. The book highlights the Theory of Constraints and overcoming bottleneck-related problems. Since its 4th revision, the publication includes several business cases, which highlights strategic capacity planning and the constraints of management.

Unlike other consulting books, this book was written in a story-telling manner. The main character, Alex Rogo, is an owner of a manufacturing plant that is doomed to fail. Eventually, he meets a number of people who teaches him the fundaments of strategy, profitability and productivity. It may not sound appealing to some readers, but this book is being circulated in top level business schools.

If you are looking for a different approach to learning, besides the usual bullet point facts and studies, The Goal may be what you’re looking for. The book not only shines light on concerns related to systems management, but also solutions in addressing key factors that can help minimize the risks that today’s companies are facing on a regular basis.

To conclude, these books are not only a great read, but can also equip consulting applicants with the right skills, knowledge and wisdom in preparing for the recruitment process.

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