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Surveyors uncover history in the woods of St. Louis County

By |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 GPS units, metal signs and fence posts, shovels and post pounders, spray paint and bright pink ribbon, 200-foot measuring tapes and other tools. They were looking for the so-called monument that marks the spot where the corner point of this section line is located, one of the basic points from which all property lines in the U.S. are defined. The

Straight talk on the practice of civil engineering and green infrastructure

By |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 & Water Resources Institute Urban Water Resources Research Committee’s Green Roof Task Committee and Mike Hardin, of Geosyntec to ask some tough questions about the practice. 1. In your opinion, how has civil engineering practice around stormwater management changed over the past ten years? EFB: Stormwater infrastructure design objectives are usually dictated by regulation. Historically, regulatory compliance has been met

Drones and LIDAR pump up aerial surveying and mapping

By |Drone, Land Survey|

One might think that maybe, just maybe, advancing technology would not disrupt the age-old, venerated profession of land surveying in the U.S. After all, Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were surveyors as young men, and President Thomas Jefferson was one generally throughout his life. Alas (but to a great extent thankfully), miniaturized digital hardware, robust geographic information services (GIS) and nimble and inexpensive remote sensing devices have foisted due disruption on the profession popular among presidents. Especially when it comes to aerial surveying common today. New technology such as drones and laser imaging, detection and ranging (LIDAR) data acquisition devices have drastically lowered the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs and business. The simpler, lower-cost

Our legacy of liveable cities won’t last without a visionary response to growth

By |Hydrology, Land Survey|

Australia’s major cities are growing more rapidly than ever before, gaining three million residents in a decade. Concerns about the risks to their long-term livability and health are growing too. Is the consistent placing of Australian cities at the top of most liveable city rankings a reason for complacency? The fastest-growing city, Melbourne, is experiencing unprecedented growth and yet has topped The Economist Intelligence Unit global liveability ranking for seven years running. However, much like Australia’s remarkable record of 26 years of continuous economic growth, many of the policy and institutional reforms that delivered this liveability legacy occurred decades ago. Australia is now undergoing its third great wave of population growth, putting pressure on infrastructure,

Denham Springs City Council agrees to invest in ‘one-stop shop’ GIS system maps

By |GIS, Land Survey|

DENHAM SPRINGS — Locating everything from fire hydrants to blighted houses will soon be a lot easier for city officials and the public. The Denham Springs City Council voted unanimously Monday night to invest in a mapping system that could host a wide variety of information about the city's assets and become a portal for residents' input. The city will contract with Denham Springs-based Environmental Science Services for $15,000 to develop a first phase of the geographic information system maps in the next few months. Andrew Milanes, a vice president with the company, said the tools will allow the city to make better, more data-driven decisions. "It will make the city more efficient and it will make

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