Engineers Respond to Teleworking

Engineers Respond to Teleworking

April 14, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, businesses are facing two primary challenges: keeping their employees safe and continuing to serve their clients. Senior Principal and Chairman Lee Slade addresses challenges, technology, and responses. 

"Lee W. Slade, P.E., M.ASCE, the Boston-based chair of Walter P Moore, headquartered in Houston, says, 'We got our first sense of the potential U.S. impact of the coronavirus' on February 2, when two employees returning from China were asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. At the time, that seemed like 'an abundance of caution,' Slade adds, but 'in retrospect … it set the tone for our proactive response.' By March 3, for instance, Walter P Moore 'repurposed our biannual meeting of senior principals to conduct a scenario-planning exercise that helped us examine various potential economic impacts of the spread of COVID-19,' Slade says. 'Just two weeks later, the most pessimistic of those scenarios seemed very real.'

By early April, a Walter P Moore stockholders’ meeting was conducted as a fully remote webinar broadcast, with all 132 stockholders participating from their homes, Slade adds."

Read Moore in Civil Engineering's COVID-19 Special Coverage. 

Muna Mitchell, PE, Austin Team Director