Digital mapping in 3-D
The leap from traditional survey mapping techniques to state-of-the-art, 3-D high-definition laser scanning offers fast, accurate, and detailed as-built information to architects, structural engineers, and general contractors. The use of 3-D modeling software, combined with both medium- and short-range scanning technologies (such as time of flight and phase based), allows trained mapping staff to gather and consolidate field data, create a digital model of nearly any hard surface, and produce cross-sections and compute volumes with precision and relative ease.
For January 2005
Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc., the 450-person, international engineering and design firm, announced that ruce M. Gibbons, S.E., a highly accomplished structural engineer experienced in major national and international projects, joined the firm as Principal. In his new position, Gibbons will establish and manage a Thornton-Tomasetti office in Los Angeles to expand significantly the breadth and depth […]
In with the new!
Now that the champagne bottles have been popped and the resolutions have been made, most of us are settling back into our routines and looking forward to 2005. With educated expectations of what is to come and a little bit of planning to improve performance, the next 12 months can be even better than the […]
New horizons for design
The data-centric approach to project deliveryBy James G. Jacobi, P.E.Changing technology and its applica tion promise to bring significant benefits to the architectural, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) delivery process. As the price/performance ratio for high-end graphics workstations and sophisticated design and architectural software applications continues to improve, new ways to leverage such capabilities are being […]
AbTech Industries announced its U.S. patent on the Smart Sponge Plus, a nontoxic, fully-recyclable filtration system that destroys bacteria at the street level. This technology is designed to prevent pollution of waterways caused by urban and stormwater runoff. The Environmental Protection Agency has included AbTech—s Ultra-Urban Filter series with Smart Sponge technology as a Best […]
Landfills reach new heights
The first municipal dump in the Western world was at the City of Athens in 500 B.C. Residents were required to dump their trash 1 mile from the city walls. Nearly 1,500 years later, in 1979, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed laws prohibiting open dumping and set the first standards for municipal landfills. Since the passage of those laws 25 years ago, solid waste management technology has become much more secure and environmentally protective.
BaySaver Technologies offers the PetroGuard System to help facilities with aboveground storage tanks meet the Environmental Protection Agency—s (EPA) SPCC regulations. This system is a physical gravity separator that uses dynamic flow controls and an offline storage system to catch and retain hydrocarbons that leak from aboveground storage tanks. The PetroGuard System is economical for […]
Haestad Methods recently introduced FlowMaster 2005, an advanced version of its hydraulic toolbox for water resources engineers. FlowMaster 2005 is a modeling software program that lets professionals streamline the hydraulic design and analysis of pipes, open channels, weirs, orifices, and inlets. Version 2005 includes gradually varied flow analysis and several new section types to assist […]
Hancor introduces an alternative chamber stormwater management system, the StorMaster. Injection molded in a blue, high-density polypropylene, StorMaster chambers are engineered to ensure uniform sidewall leaching ports on each unit. Each StorMaster chamber is 50 inches long and weighs 43 pounds, which allows for one-person handling. Chambers are available with prefabricated inlets and are equipped […]
A new look
Change for the sake of change is often great. It can ignite creativity and provide new perspective. It can add spice to what seemed bland.With projects on hold because of winter weather and clients on vacation, I bet many of you are spending these slow weeks at work reorganizing and rearranging your offices. Such changes […]
The all-elastomer Tideflex© Check Valve from Red Valve Company, Inc., is designed to allow the free flow of stormwater while preventing backflow from canals, streams, and rivers. The valve, constructed entirely of rubber, is virtually immune to rust, corrosion, and weathering. The low cracking pressure of the Curved Bill Tideflex© is designed to provide for […]
The CatchBasin StormScreen— from Stormwater Management, Inc., is a trash and gross debris removal device that is configured as a single catch basin. This configuration contains the same high-efficiency, self-cleaning screen cartridge as the Stormwater Management StormScreen©. It is delivered to the site as a complete catch basin system that fits within most parking lot […]
Delving into development
Building upon last year’s success, the second annual Land Development Conference & Expo, being held May 4-6, 2005, in Baltimore, is expected to bring together more than 400 professionals responsible for land and community development, including developers, builders, engineers, architects, landscape architects, planners, government officials, environmental specialists, surveyors, and financial managers.
Yes. Yours is a risky business. Just review Derailed by Dispute, a CDROM book” I edited, comprising 76 case histories of good projects gone bad. The cases point out that risks stem from hundreds of causes. But how do you discover which risks affect you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone could develop a program that could give you a heads-up before a molehill started its growth cycle? Well, someone has. It’s called Peer Review, conceived in 1977 by the ASFE/The Best People on Earth.
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
The term entrepreneur” brings to mind the image of an individual who starts or owns a business. Its success turns on his or her expertise, hard work, and devotion to the enterprise. The sense of involvement and ownership in the success of a business, however, is not restricted to the firm’s founder. Many companies have discovered that an entrepreneurial spirit, fostered throughout their workforce, can be a powerful motivator.