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Traffic Control Plan
Design of temporary traffic control, including lane closures, detours, alternate route studies, roadway capacity analysis, and detailing of proper traffic management in accordance with MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices).
Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis
Study and analysis of intersection traffic flow characteristics, operating capacities, and determination as to whether the adding or maintaining a traffic signal at an intersection would be justified.
Plan to adjust the elevations or grades of a given area, in order to make it more useful, safe, or appealing. Typically grading plans are developed whenever the need arises to perform earthwork, improve drainage, or construct pads for new buildings.
Site development encompasses the planning for and layout of upcoming residential, commercial, or industrial areas. This area of practice focuses on maximizing the identified piece of land to make it more useful for the purpose intended. This could include anything from a new sub-division, expanded roadways or parking lots, more efficient industrial layout or provision of utilities.
Municipal Master Planning
Municipalities routinely complete master plans detailing their scheduled improvements, short and long term project priorities, and layout and functionality of existing or new infrastructure they intend to develop in one to twenty years.
Study and analysis of a range of transportation types, including highways railways, waterways, and air travel. Planners review and provide determinations and justifications as to the most effective use of transportation resources to develop the largest benefit to the travelling public, business, or area.
Layout, sizing, and designing of utility systems including potable and non-potable water, sanitary sewer, drainage, communications, electric, gas, and petroleum.
Best Management Practices (BMP) plans are developed to most effectively control erosion, limit storm water runoff, or reduce the impact of a project outside its own boundaries. These plans provide users the guidance to manage their project site in accordance with applicable rules imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Health (DOH).
Environmental Impact Statements
Many larger scale projects are required to complete and receive approval of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to advancing to construction. This document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is a decision making tool used by governmental and municipal agencies to understand the effects of a project on the land and quality of human life.
Residential, Commercial, and Industrial planning for responsible air emissions controls, best practices, and environmental compliance.
Hazardous & Universal Waste
Guidance for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous and non-hazardous waste management and mitigation. Guidance in this area would include items such as storage, tracking, and proper disposal of waste generated.
Also commonly referred to abatement, remediation comes in many forms. Generally, remediation provides for limiting, correcting, or eliminating environmental or human health impacts from harmful substances.
Storm Water Permitting & Management
Compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules require many projects to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and/or Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits. Application and obtaining of these permits is typically advanced in conjunction with municipal or governmental projects.
Water & Waste Water Treatment
Design and planning for primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment of water and waste water to deliver effluent meeting standards for suspended solids, biodegradable organics, bacteria, and nutrients.
Solid Waste / Landfills
Guidance on the control of generation, prevention, characterization, handling, reuse and disposition of solid wastes. Also includes landfill design and containment of municipal, industrial, and residential waste.
Soil borings, test pits, soil classification, strata plotting, and identification of ground water and other underground features.
Design of stable slopes to support site improvement features. Planning for optimal slope angles for varying soil types and use of slope stability materials such as geotextiles and slope coverings.
Bearing Capacity Analysis
Study and determination of maximum or allowable bearing capacity of a given soil to withstand loading of a structure. Used within building foundation design to assure the ground in an area is suitable to be built upon, or which improvements may be needed.
Use of wells or piezometers placed into the earth to sample, identify, and trace the movement of groundwater. Often used to track the existence of contaminants and plan for remediation.
Commercial Buildings / Industrial Facilities
Single or multiple level office and professional buildings, industrial plant space, new designs or renovations. Calculation of dead and live loads and design of structural elements per code requirements. For example: ACI - American Concrete Institute, AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction, etc.
Foundations & Retaining Walls
Cast-in-place concrete, masonry, fabric wrap walls, tilt-up panel, and all other styles of retaining walls. Structural analysis of earth and surcharge loading. Sizing and detailing of construction plans.
Structural Design & Analysis
Broad category for general structural design. Category can include project specific items such as analysis of residential additions and modifications, temporary falsework for construction, and manufactured structural supports.
Analysis and design of varying bridge types, needed alterations, new construction, strengthening, retrofits, or repairs.
Inspections / Certifications
Structural code inspections and quality verification.
Forensic Investigation / Expert Witness Testimony
In event of a structural failure or building Quality Control (QC) lapse, professionals in this category are able to examine evidence and determine root cause of an incident. Also, should the need arise, testimony in court to substantiate the root cause determination.
Electrical System Design
Broad category encompassing the full design of residential and commercial electrical applications, large or small scale projects.
Contracts & Specifications
Drafting and compilation of contract terms and detailing of project general provisions and technical specifications. Review of project scope and tailoring of project documents to match desired end product.
Formal document control, tracking, verification, and approval of product data, testing plans, designs, samples, and reports as required to administer and build a project.
Project or program wide schedule compilation, checking, and logic analysis. Use of scheduling software such as Primavera, Microsoft Project, or Suretrak to analyze and plan for resource needs, cost forecasting, budget management, and claims investigation.
Planning, oversight, scheduling, and management of technical or complex projects. Assistance in decision making and guidance through standard industry practices.
Organizing, compiling, applying for, and delivering permits as needed to construct a project. These permits may require a fair amount of background information to be gathered so that permit applications can be processed by governing municipalities.
Cost and budget estimating services include quantifying of materials, and approximation of manpower, equipment, and other resources required to complete a project. Engineers reference similar projects completed and utilize actual cost data to calculate what a project of similar scope may cost to complete.
Observation / Documentation
Tracking of project progress and development of regular reports used to confirm progress, aid in quality control, resolve issues, and produce a record of the project history. Documentation formally compiled and provided to project owner for use in coordinating with a contractor or satisfaction of governmental requirements.
QA/QC Inspection & Testing
Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) are processes which verify and document that the progress completed on a project is in line with the original plans and intent. Typically, standardized methods, such those described within ANSI or ASTM guidelines, are used for verifying materials, methods, or finished products.
Fire protection inside a building is designed to passively or automatically detect, contain, control and/or extinguish a fire to prevent damage to the structure. Designs in this category consist of planning for appropriate sensors, piping, conveyance systems, extinguishers, fire retardant building materials and other strategies effective to protect human life and property against fire.
HVAC Systems Design
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems provide for climate control inside of a building, assuring appropriate air flow, humidity, and comfortable temperatures for occupants.
Mechanical Systems / Equipment Design
This category captures all design and problem solving for mechanical systems, equipment, linkages, engines, motors, gearing and custom applications.
Mechanical Piping and Transmission
Piping systems and other mechanical controls used to safely transport fluid or gas within a commercial facility. Often these systems are highly complex, run both under and above ground, and are pressurized to efficiently convey products to storage tanks or between pieces of mechanical equipment.