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Tennessee Air

We’ve spent the last few days touring Tennessee and hiking the Smokey Mountains. Such a beautiful part of the country-We don’t get views like we’ve seen back home in the corn belt of the Midwest. […]

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What Makes a Good Construction Inspector?

Episode 023 – I’m excited to be back after a bit of a hiatus! I’ve spent the last couple of months immersed in teaching a course in Construction Surveying, but the spring term has been […]

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June, 2022 Book Stack

This is the kind of stack where the books are all so good that I don’t want to get to the end of ANY of them!!

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Digital Hygiene

We all know that our phones are powerful tools, but we also know that they are distractions. We need to be deliberate. When we need to cut the grass, we grab the mower; when we’re […]

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Fence Post Stub Removal – Mission Accomplished

There’s something extremely satisfying about tackling and successfully completing a home maintenance task. I am certainly one who feels like there are always 17 more things around the house that need doing. I often times […]

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10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You….

My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: Remember that before you take me into your home. Give me time to understand what you want of […]

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Bird’s Up

I had a chance to train with Lt. Oots this afternoon at the new Plainfield Emergency Management Agency headquarters construction site. We put the PEMA drone up and took some job progress pictures & videos. […]

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Bishop Baron-Holy Saturday, 2022

Bishop Baron had a very impactful message today: Therefore, we have to stop living in the intellectual and spiritual space of death. We have to stop living intellectually in a world dominated by death and […]

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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 [...]