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Women in STEM: the Backbone of Crane Army

By | 2018-04-04T06:46:24-06:00 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

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice?

By | 2018-04-04T02:20:40-06:00 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

Surveyors uncover history in the woods of St. Louis County

By | 2018-04-04T01:21:18-06:00 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

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

By | 2018-04-03T22:42:00-06:00 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

Madison Water Utility wins six awards

By | 2018-03-29T15:24:56-06:00 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

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

By | 2017-12-27T21:18:38-06:00 December 27th, 2017|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

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

By | 2017-12-20T15:28:32-06:00 December 19th, 2017|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.