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65 years of building Dallas

image David M. Goodson, president, RLG Consulting Engineers

DALLAS/FT WORTH - RLG Consulting Engineers is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, but its origins really go back much further.

 

 

 

 

 

    Earnest Lindley Meyers and Edward Noyes were the founding fathers, starting their work in the early 1900s. When Meyers retired in 1953, Raymond Goodson took over all the clients and projects, forming Raymond L. Goodson, Jr., Inc. Consulting Engineers.
    Raymond’s son David worked for dad’s company during high school for $1.25 an hour out with the surveying crews. After high school, Goodson went to Cornell Engineering School, graduating in 1976 as a structural engineer.
    After working in Houston for five years, Goodson came back to Dallas, and father and son added structural engineering to the firm’s repertoire.
    Dad Raymond retired in 1983, and the company was passed on to son David and three other men, who have since retired. David Goodson now runs the company, continuing the legacy of Meyers and Noyes in building Dallas.
    The old, original drawings and surveying notes still remain with RLG, but technology has changed things incredibly. What was once done by hand has gone through massive computer frames in the 1960s to the hand-held calculator stage in the ‘70s to the personal PC in the ‘80s, now to hand-held iPads and tablets in 2018.
    “The amount of time it takes to do a drawing is greatly reduced,” Goodson said. Paper renderings in the field will become less and less and be on whatever form the tablet takes. The goal being, as Goodson said, is to head off as many problems as soon as possible and making building Dallas that much more efficient.
    When it comes time for Goodson to hang up his slide ruler, RLG will go to the 16 shareholders who will lead the company for the next 65 years. “It’s in good hands going forward with these guys,” Goodson said.
    RLG Consulting Engineers is an engineering firm in the Dallas Metroplex. -dsz


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