Five Rules of Development Consulting

September 27, 2017 by Will Schnier P.E.

At BIG RED DOG, we have five rules that we teach our new team members about the development consulting business.

Many of us have worked together for well over a decade, and we’ve developed these rules over that time. Our inspiration has been our clients, mentors, and colleagues.


1. Always check your email and voicemail

2. What goes up must come down

3. We must add value to the deal

4. Relationships Matter

5. There is no crying in land development


BIG RED DOG is a Texas-based engineering firm specializing in civil, structural, traffic, and MEP engineering and land use consulting for real estate and public infrastructure development. Our team has market-leading experience in the successful delivery of hundreds of high-profile engineering projects throughout Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.