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Women in STEM: the Backbone of Crane Army

By | 2018-04-04T06:46:24+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Engineering, Roadway Design|

(CRANE) - Since its beginning in World War II, women served a vital role at the Crane base from sewing parachutes for flares, to working on the munitions lines to performing administrative duties. Today as Crane Army Ammunition Activity carries on the legacy ammunition mission, women continue providing critical support in nearly every role of

Fatal Uber crash raises red flags about self-driving safety

By | 2018-04-04T06:21:28+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Engineering, Roadway Design|

Every day, as he goes to and from work, Arizona State University urban planning professor David King rides his bike* past the intersection where Elaine Herzberg was killed on Sunday night. The seven-lane road (counting turn lanes) in Tempe, Arizona is wide open, with no bushes or parked cars for a person to jump out

Kickapoo Valley flooding subject of DNR and FEMA meeting

By | 2018-04-04T06:02:03+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Storm Water|

VIROQUA - The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Vernon County Erlandson Building, 318 Fairlane Drive in Viroqua. The meeting is intended to begin an evaluation of the floodplain maps and mitigation planning

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice?

By | 2018-04-04T02:20:40+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Drone, Engineering, Storm Water|

VENICE—On a gray, late-winter day, a converted chapel in the Arsenal, the city’s medieval boatyard, hummed with 21st-century activity. Engineers were looking at screens that displayed tables, maps, and charts on the conditions of the Venetian Lagoon. This was the MOSE control center: the operational heart of a megaproject to protect Venice, one of the

Remapping Montecito: FEMA establishing new ‘hazard zones’ and 100-year-flood elevations

By | 2018-04-04T02:06:40+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey|

Last week, the owners of a one-story house on Santa Elena Lane sought preliminary approval from the Montecito Board of Architectural Review for an 800-square-foot addition and a new wall in the front yard to deflect floodwaters from Montecito Creek. The 1/9 Debris Flow carried mud right up to the house but not inside. The

Drones ahoy! Woman-owned business takes innovative approach

By | 2018-04-04T01:50:02+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Drone, Engineering, Land Survey|

One sunny day in March, someone looking up at the sky over the Straight River just west of the Becker county line might have noticed an object flying a zigzag route. Was it a bird? A plane? No, it was an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone. Its name is Hubert. Hubert and another quadcopter drone,

The first steps in flood mitigation at Melrose Terrace

By | 2018-04-04T01:39:18+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Engineering, Hydrology, Storm Water|

BRATTLEBORO — The last days for 11 Melrose Terrace units are coming quick. Project leaders are waiting on Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to get started on the demolition and excavation work. "This is the first unveiling of our work to date on what we're going to do with Melrose Terrace," Chris Hart, executive director

With a green makeover, Philadelphia is tackling its stormwater problem

By | 2018-04-04T01:34:17+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Architecture, Engineering, Hydrology, Land Survey, Storm Water|

enjamin Franklin, Philadelphia’s favorite son, described his city’s stormwater problem well: By “covering a ground plot with buildings and pavements, which carry off most of the rain and prevent its soaking into the Earth and renewing and purifying the Springs … the water of wells must gradually grow worse, and in time be unfit for

Surveyors uncover history in the woods of St. Louis County

By | 2018-04-04T01:21:18+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Engineering, GIS, Land Survey|

CENTRAL LAKES — A mile off the nearest gravel road in a stand of young aspen, balsam and birch, a four-man crew from the St. Louis County Surveyor's Office hopped off their tracked ATVs and loaded up their backpacks for a walk in the woods. They brought a chainsaw and hand saws, a compass and

Straight talk on the practice of civil engineering and green infrastructure

By | 2018-04-04T01:09:40+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Engineering, Storm Water|

Civil engineers who work in the field of stormwater management are facing considerable challenges, from regulatory agencies who are adopting green infrastructure approaches to extreme weather events that are challenging baseline assumptions. We caught up with Elizabeth Fassman Beck, who teaches at Steven’s Technical Institute in Hoboken NJ and is the Chair of the Environment