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IDOT Width Restriction Signage

If you work in Illinois, occasionally, your maintenance of traffic designs may develop conditions where you have a lane width restriction. What are the signing requirements for it? In the category of “sometimes-hard-to-find” resources, I’ve […]

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Episode 10 – Project Close-Out

On this episode of the Construction Engineering Show, I discuss project close-out. OK, so it’s not the most glamorous topic that I could think of, but it is a crucial component of any construction project. […]

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Episode 9 – Embankment Construction Performance

On this episode of the Construction Engineering Show, I discuss the 2, no wait, 3 performance criteria required for building quality embankments. This episode is a 100-level class review of density & moisture, but we dive […]

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Toolbox – Fall Protection Links

This past week was OSHA’s 7th Annual Safety Standown to Prevent Falls in Construction. I was pretty active in trying to do my part with the subscribers to my newsletter and on my LinkedIn page […]

Honoring Firefighters

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    Asking the Simple Question – The Solution

    In my previous article (CLICK HERE to read it), I described the maturation of a piling bearing capacity issue that we had on a recent railroad bridge project. Let’s dive into getting the issues resolved. [...]
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    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 [...]
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    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, [...]
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    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 [...]
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    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 [...]
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    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 [...]
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    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 [...]