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Hudson River cleanup scope expanded by EPA

By | 2018-04-03T22:47:14+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey|

NEW YORK — On Jan. 29, Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will evaluate, in close coordination with the State of New York, approximately 1,800 sediment samples taken in 2017 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from the Upper Hudson River. EPA also will continue efforts to complete

Surveyors tasked on sustainable flood management

By | 2018-04-03T22:45:24+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey, Storm Water|

As memories of the devastating flooding that ravaged towns in Lagos Island, Niger, Akwa Ibom states and other parts of the country in July 2017 are yet to leave the victims, governments at all levels have been tasked on the need to engage the expertise of licensed land surveyors for sustainable flood risk management in

Future ‘ocean cities’ need green engineering above and below the waterline

By | 2018-04-03T22:42:00+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey|

Population growth has seen skylines creep ever higher and entire cities rise from ocean depths. The latest "ocean city" is the Chinese-developed Forest City project. By 2045, four artificial islands in Malaysia will cover 14km² of ocean (an area larger than 10,000 Olympic swimming pools), and support 700,000 residents. Often overlooked, however, is the damage

The mysterious art of cadastral land surveying

By | 2018-04-03T22:39:18+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Land Survey|

The fundamental role of the professional cadastral surveyor is to re-establish existing property boundaries, as per the intent of the original surveyor. This is extended to establishing new property boundaries as per new land development designs. Let’s think about that for a moment. The largest investment that most of us will ever make is in

Madison Water Utility wins six awards

By | 2018-03-29T15:24:56+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey, Storm Water|

MADISON, Wis. - Two Madison Water Utility public works projects won six engineering and construction awards, according to a release. The Lake View Tower earned the 2018 Engineering Excellence Best of State Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin as well as an Honor Award from ACEC in Washington, D.C. The Lake

Critics say DOT road design ignored flooding science

By | 2018-03-29T15:23:45+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Hydrology, Land Survey, Storm Water|

SORRENTO — The state’s road department will not raise a section of the Wekiva Parkway project near Mount Dora even though it was submerged after Hurricane Irma and falls below widely accepted FEMA flood levels. George Marek, a retired Florida Department of Transportation district drainage engineer and current Sorrento resident, feels his former agency is

The ‘nightmare’ California flood more dangerous than a huge earthquake

By | 2018-03-29T14:48:34+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Hydrology, Storm Water|

California’s drought-to-deluge cycle can mask the dangers Mother Nature can have in store. During one of the driest March-through-February time periods ever recorded in Southern California, an intense storm dumped so much rain on Montecito in January that mudflows slammed into entire rows of homes. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, and at least

Tweaks to city floodplain proposal do not stop council critiques

By | 2018-03-29T13:41:53+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey, Storm Water|

HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to require new buildings in city floodplains to be built higher has been tweaked to lessen its impact on existing homeowners, but that did not prevent skeptical council members from lambasting the plan at a Wednesday hearing. The new regulations, among other things, would require new homes in the

Differentiated spring behavior under changing hydrological conditions in an alpine karst aquifer

By | 2017-12-14T19:01:49+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Engineering, Hydrology|

Limestone massifs with a high density of dolines form important karst aquifers in most of the Alps, often with groundwater circulating through deep karst conduits and water coming out of closely spaced springs with flow rates of over some cubic meters per second. Although several hydrogeological studies and tracing experiments were carried out in many

How Surveying with Drones Changes Everything

By | 2017-12-14T19:03:33+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Drone, GIS, Land Survey|

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as “drones,” are among the most important technological advances that have been introduced to the land surveying industry in quite some time. These small, ultra-light weight aircraft can be piloted by remote and can take detailed survey information while simultaneously transmitting that data back to the head office. This