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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 ...

When Slopes Fail – Part 1

There are some people I know, when talking about their “college days,” who can recite chapters & verses of classes they took. They can remember class numbers, people in the class, problems they solved, the most miniscule details ...

Trying to Find a Great Civil Engineering Blog

Taking the leap and starting a blog was, initially, a difficult step for me. For a long time, I’ve had the desire to write, just never had the time. Correction: Never MADE the time….   Our household has been going through a few ...

RANT – #hardwork

HEY, all you young construction professionals – YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS!!!   When it comes to personal attributes, it’s fair to say that we can (and should…) be able to quickly rattle-off a half dozen traits that, we believe, set ...

Failure to Lead

I love the subject of leadership.   As much as I like to geek out on technical calculations and engineering principles, I think that, as I age, I am finding much more reward in leading people. Leading projects. Leading teams. Teaching. ...

It’s More than a Line

I wanted to write a post discussing a design issue that we encountered out here on our site. MicroStation, AutoCADD and the like are the daily tools of choice for almost all designers, and no longer are Kohinor pens, mylar and pin tabs seen ...

The Risk of Traffic – Final Chapter

So as I’ve developed in the last 2 posts, traffic control on a construction project exposes just about everyone involved in the process to RISK. A motorcycle accident in 2008 sent me through the legal meat grinder and delivered me into the ...

The Risk of Traffic – Part 2

As I developed in my last post, engineers in construction are often-times thrust into situations of RISK that, in many instances, are completely beyond their direct control. I’m going to take you on a tour of my life a few years ago to ...

The Risk of Traffic – Part 1

We been having a lot of discussions amongst the rank & file in the field office this week. The topic: Traffic Control.   For the past few weeks, the intersection of York and Irving Park has been a beehive of construction activity. The ...

Trial & Error

So what’s involved with starting a blog? What is the motivation behind choosing to sit and type with the hopes that someone, who has some similar interest as you do, might stumble onto your writings and take an interest in them?   I ...