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Stormwater Utility Coming into Focus

By |Hydrology, Land Survey, News, Storm Water|

After a year of deliberation, Norman’s next stormwater utility proposal could be delivered to the city council as early as next month. “It’s been a long process and we’re still working on it, but we’re nearing the end of that and we’re hoping to give our recommendations in February,” stormwater committee co-chair Andy Sherrer said Wednesday during a Ward 2 meeting at city hall. The 16-person committee was created last year and tasked with exploring possibilities and crafting a new stormwater utility plan. Sherrer said the last plan was defeated handily by Norman voters in 2016, in part, because many people were confused. “We need to have some environmental standards, but we also have mandates,”

Brandon Claborn, Meshek & Associates, LLC

By |Engineering, GIS, Hydrology, Land Survey, News, Storm Water|

Meshek & Associates, LLC has named Brandon Claborn, PE, CFM as its Chief Executive Officer.  In this new role, Claborn will be responsible for overseeing the entire Company’s operations. As for his new position, Claborn said, “As CEO, I will be responsible for maintaining the values that have made Meshek & Associates, LLC successful, and building on the relationships we have with a long list of trusted clients. I’m excited to move from managing our Hydrology & Hydraulics division to leading a talented and experienced group of department managers.  When our founder, Janet Meshek, started this company almost 30 years ago she committed to treating others professionally with dignity and respect.  During the sixteen years

Mitigating the No. 1 natural disaster in the U.S.

By |Buildings, Construction, Engineering, GIS, Hydrology, Land Survey, News, Storm Water|

 Here is what insurers need to know about winter flooding. Hurricane Harvey brought more than 19 trillion gallons of water to Texas, which is enough to cover all of Alaska, California and Texas — the three biggest states in the United States — with one inch of water. Additionally, Harvey brought at least 20 inches of rain to more than 6 million people. We don't know how many of them had flood insurance, but when the average cost of a flood policy at about $700 a year, hopefully most were covered. Harvey is just one example of a devastating flooding situation. Consumers and insurance companies alike should be proactive in mitigating losses from flooding by understanding the

Could Houston’s leaders learn from Tulsa after Hurricane Harvey?

By |Construction, Engineering, Hydrology, Storm Water|

Experts on flooding agree that it’s a terrible idea to build in or along these channels of cascading floodwater. But Harris County and Houston have allowed 20,000 parcels worth $13.5 billion to be developed in or along them, a Houston Chronicle investigation reveals. Read the first, second and third part of our Developing Storm series here. Photo: Tom Gilbert A year ago, Tulsa city officials stood not far from the banks of the Arkansas River to commemorate the city’s worst flood, remind residents how far they’d come in the decades since, and remind them how easy it could be to slip into complacency. They dedicated a road sign showing the high-water mark about a

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

By |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 of these carbonate mountains in the past, the hydrogeology of most of these karst aquifers is still poorly known. Geological, hydrodynamic and hydrochemical investigations have been carried out in one of the most representative of these areas (Cansiglio-Monte Cavallo, NE Italy) since spring 2015, in order to enhance the knowledge on this important type of aquifer system. Additionally, a cave-to-spring

How Surveying with Drones Changes Everything

By |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 creates highly accurate maps and provides valuable data to companies and individuals who are considering major projects on large areas of land. In this article, we will take a look at how surveying with drones can help Oil and Gas companies get better, more accurate data. Why Use Drones for Surveying? There are a number of reasons why drones are