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Hudson River cleanup scope expanded by EPA

By |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 the study of the Upper Hudson River and conduct supplemental studies of the Lower Hudson River. “While EPA, its partners, and the public continue to give serious attention to post-dredging recovery of the Upper Hudson, it’s imperative that we also expand the scope of the Agency’s efforts to ensure the Hudson River is fully remediated,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete

Surveyors tasked on sustainable flood management

By |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 the country Surveyors’ engagement in flood control and management, built environment experts said, should be done in collaboration with other professionals such as engineers, town planners, sociologists, economists, environmentalists, hydrologists, flood managers, geologists and lawyers among others.   It was noted that surveyors, who are the custodians of geospatial data, were always pushed to the background when providing solutions during

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

By |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 that artificial islands can cause to vital seafloor ecosystems. But it doesn't have to be this way. If proper planning and science are integrated, we can develop the design strategies that will help build the "blue-green" ocean cities of tomorrow. Colonising the ocean frontier Ever growing numbers of human-made structures are occupying our oceans. Cities built on artificial islands in

The mysterious art of cadastral land surveying

By |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 property. Imagine the farmer, who in 1888 met the surveyor on site and watched him place the boundary peg at the corner of his property. Ably assisted by his grandson, the farmer then replaces the peg with a brand new strainer post in exactly the spot where the peg came out. The surveyor also places a reference mark (maybe a

Madison Water Utility wins six awards

By |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 View Tower is the first dual-zone water tower in Wisconsin, providing water and fire protection to two areas on the north side. Landmark Structures was a contractor, SEH Inc. was the project consultant and Potter Lawson Inc. provided architecture design services. The Paterson Street Operations Center also earned awards. They won two 2018 Engineering Excellence awards from Wisconsin, including Best

Critics say DOT road design ignored flooding science

By |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 playing a game of Russian roulette that could end up causing hazardous conditions during another major storm. The Wekiva Parkway, a 25-mile project that would complete a beltway around Orlando, includes a six-lane feeder road from U.S. Highway 441 along part of State Road 46 to a new toll road dubbed State Road 453. That road will connect to the