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Engineers With Heart

Engineers have the opportunity to do ground breaking projects that are sustainable and innovative and improve communities every day. Because February is American Heart Month and host of Engineering Week, we asked our engineers to reflect on why they do what they do. Here are quotes from engineers across the firm, expressing what keeps them passionate about engineering day after day.

At the end of the day I know that what I am doing is helping people and helping move society in a positive direction. Not everyone can say that.”

Engineers working with project plans

Mentorship is Like a Sandwich

Having a good mentorship program is like having a good sandwich. It can seem kind of cheesy, and at first might have too many layers, but once you really get into the meat of it, mentorship can be a filling, energizing and even flavorful experience. Bolton & Menk's mentorship program provides an opportunity for mentors and mentees at all levels of the organization to develop a professional relationship intended to benefit both parties. The program provides many benefits including:

Cottage Grove Central Fire Station and EVHB

Enhancing Emergency Vehicle Access to Public Roadways

Emergency vehicles must get to locations as quickly and as effectively as possible. When sight lines are impacted, a nearby traffic signal or emergency beacon may be activated to notify approaching vehicles to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles. The Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MNMUTCD) includes another option; the Emergency Vehicle Hybrid Beacon (EVHB).

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Airport Planning and GIS

Airport planning has become a key component when working towards federal funding for an airport capital improvement project. While spending entitlement dollars on the planning paperwork is not the most exciting item to pay for, the results are valuable for the airport staff, FAA, and the community. Completing successful Airport Master Plans, Airport Layout Plans (ALPs), and environmental assessments allow projects to move forward with the support and justification needed for federal funding. 

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Understanding Projects with Interactive 3D Models

To assist clients with their understanding of the complex project, Bolton & Menk, Inc. used state-of-the-art AutoCAD Plan 3D design software and renderings to produce a realistic model of the treatment facility allowing operators, the public utilities department, city management, and council to easily review and understand the upgrades. The 3D plans provided the cities with drawings showing the structures, equipment, pumps, piping, and valves as they will be constructed. 

Public Engagement for TH 4 Project

Build a Better Project Experience with Project Communications

The demand to actively engage communities is increasingly essential to the success of a project. In response to this demand, having someone dedicated to managing your public engagement and communication will benefit both staff and community members affected by the work. Project communication services identifies and executes effective communication tools and strategies throughout the life of a project, be it the preliminary design phase or final construction. 

When Project Execution does not go as Planned

By Justin Ernst, P.E., Project Engineer

Whether a project is small or large, simple or complex, embraced or confrontational, challenges and complications can arise at any point during a public improvement project. Projects sometimes don’t go as planned and curveballs are thrown your way. These curveballs can pop up anytime, from project initiation to project closeout.

Web-based GIS mapping application

GIS Provides Countless Community Benefits

When the City of New Prague wanted a more reliable and accessible system for locating electrical and water utilities, they looked for a long-term solution. They found their answer via a web-based GIS mapping application. This forward-thinking system not only saves time and money, but has provided many additional benefits to the City and the New Prague Utilities Commission.

Understanding Your Project with an Interactive 3D Model

Sioux Center, Iowa was facing development of a complex engineering project at their wastewater treatment facility. An early goal of the project was to help educate the city council and staff on wastewater treatment and how the project was going to work.

To assist clients with their understanding of the project, Bolton & Menk used state-of-the-art 3D design software to produce a realistic model of the treatment facility and allow operators, the public utilities department, city management, and council to easily review and understand the improvements. 

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