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Clean Machine, Healthy Bottom Line

Passing this one along – Always good to remind myself of what “should,” by now, be a habit. I haven’t been spending as much time in my work vehicle as I did at the start […]

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What Kind of Industry Do You Work In?

The heavy highway construction industry has it all: Big machines moving big iron, aggregate & earth. And Civil Engineers are at the heart it. Looking for an exciting career – Grab your boots and your hardhat and come GET SOME!! […]

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Embankment Construction Technical References

When it comes to technical references, I like a minimalistic library. I don’t like to keep reference materials I never use. I like high-quality resources. I like my tools to be readily available, sharp, and […]

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Episode 14 – Constructability Review Basics

In this episode of The Construction Engineering Show, we discuss constructability reviews. If you are a construction engineer, chances are, you’ll be asked to review a set of plans and specifications for your design team, […]

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Search & Rescue Gear List

So what happens when you combine a civil engineer who likes to be prepared for anything life might throw at him with a Search and Rescue volunteer who wants to have a gear bag with, […]

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 [...]