Erosion and Sediment Control Treatments: Monitoring and Guidelines

15 February 2019

In days long past, soil particle movements were entirely natural. As people moved in, those patterns altered. Coming down firmly on the side of Mother Nature, erosion and sediment control strategies have been produced to counteract man’s interference. Those treatment plans and remedial programs don’t simply spring to life overnight, though. To properly structure each waterway and floodplain compensation mechanism, the powers that be need a system-monitoring framework. A Fundamental Waterway Monitoring Solution Every attentive walker has seen an example of flood management control in action. Attached to an embankment or bridge support, a long measuring ruler gauges the height […]

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Structural Engineering: Concrete Slabs and Its Benefits

31 January 2019

Engineers wish they could winch single-pieces of concrete in place and form an entire structure from the fewest number of components. That’s not exactly a practical approach, though. The next best thing is concrete slabbing. Employing concrete slabs, we have all the building blocks we could ever need. Leaving the applications aside for a minute, just what does it take to form one of these super-durable building blocks? Deconstructing Concrete Slabs Solid as a rock, the only elements that are allowed to exist inside concrete are the steel reinforcing rods that inject the material with structural strength. Still, if a […]

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Project Management: Basic Principles of Master Planning and Urban Design

15 January 2019

Urban designers and planners take a big step back from the construction site. Trained to look at the big picture, master planners and their urban designer counterparts bring entire citywide visions to life. That’s something of an intimidating prospect, especially when integrated as part of a project manager’s skill set. To build a picture of their responsibilities, including the field’s various intricate elements, let’s adopt a back-to-basics approach. A Handful of City Planning Principles Above all else, as determined by today’s higher planning principles, city designers are humanitarians. The technical consultants who reach this lofty position work incredibly hard to […]

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Hydraulic Design of Dams: Some Basic Principles and Planning Guide

14 December 2018

While nature’s engineer, the humble beaver, shapes his own waterways, man has learned to construct artificial dams. It’s a fiercely amazing capacity we wield, one that needs to be used responsibly. Otherwise, we run the risk of causing permanent damage to our waterways and countryside. Again, working to construct a feasible hydraulic design is a weighty burden. The Basics of Dam Design Does the topography of a stated region support dam placement? Are there other services to add? Hydroelectric power is one option, so there would be a need for a turbine/generator structure. At night, as a city slept below […]

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Oil and Chemical Spill Capture Systems: How This Technology Can Help the Environment

12 December 2018

Oils and chemicals play important roles. The cleverly formulated fluids lubricate machines and form countless artificially created substances. Even the plastics industry counts on hydrocarbons and complex compounds. Plainly essential, all of these fluids are safe when they’re contained. If they’re accidentally spilled, however, then all bets are off. Oil and chemical spills damage the environment, perhaps for years. And, if they’re toxic, the spill can endanger life and limb. Which Oils and Chemicals Cause Damage? Even vegetable oil spillages can cause environmental damage. Natural oils aren’t acutely toxic, obviously, but they coat bird feathers and choke waterways. Petroleum-based oils […]

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