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Resident Engineer’s Toolbox – Organize Your Plan Review

I want to continue my series of articles on how a construction Resident Engineer gears up to get a new project started. So far, we’ve done a lot of cursory job review & walked the site: I think it’s time to turn things up a notch ...

Resident Engineer’s Toolbox – Initial Field Recon

In my last article, I started a series on looking at how a construction Resident Engineer gets a project started (CLICK HERE TO READ IT). We looked at the initial “winter work” kind of activities, like getting your initial job ...

Resident Engineer’s Toolbox – Getting a Job Started

“This is YOUR time: Now go out there and take it! –Herb Brooks     I’m surprised that it’s taken me 23 articles to invoke something hockey-related into the content! Shameful….   This week’s ...

It’s About Service

Competitive Advantage.   As I’ve embarked on this journey of chronicling numerous aspects of my professional work, I’ve been thinking about the trajectory of the content. Where is it going? Who is reading it? Is anyone actually ...

Asking the Simple Questions – The Problem

“Ego clouds and disrupts everything: the planning process, the ability to take good advice, and the ability to accept constructive criticism. It can even stifle someone’s sense of self-preservation. Often, the most difficult ego to ...

Managing Suspended Solids in Construction Site Runoff – Part 2

So in my previous post regarding on-site stormwater treatment challenges (CLICK HERE), I described the unsuccessful treatment strategy we implemented on our Arsenal Road Interchange project using a stormwater filtration system. It was a great ...

Managing Suspended Solids in Construction Site Runoff

If I’ve experienced any significant shift in the construction industry in the last 25 years, jobsite erosion control is on the top of the list. Mitigation of sediment-related issues has gone from what used to be an ignored, non-existent ...

Resident Engineer’s Toolbox – Arm Rest Tracking Sheet

My dad is a consummate list maker. Lists of jobs to do around the house. Lists of TV shows. Grocery lists. Lists of beer he likes. I am a list maker, no doubt. When it comes to getting things done, I inherited it from my dad.   Everyone has ...

Bridge Overhang Fillet Calculations

If you are a bridge engineer and you hear the term “negative filet,” you typically start shaking uncontrollably. It’s one of those natural reactions when your senses tell you that Something Isn’t Right.   In this ...

When Slopes Fail – Part 2

In this, Part 2 of my series on slope stability & erosion control failures, I want to dissect another jobsite failure that one of our projects suffered through a couple of years ago. The conditions, failure mechanism and correction methods ...