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Enhancing Public Outreach with Web GIS Engagement Practices

Public engagement has always been a crucial aspect for projects that require input and opinions from citizens and stakeholders. Over the last five years, technology availability and convenience has rapidly increased. With the internet at our fingertips, a wider audience can be reached, and public input can be collected and analyzed more efficiently and accurately. By developing and implementing Geographic Information System (GIS) engagement tools, more opportunities have been created for stakeholders to gain access to new information and gauge how projects are affecting their communities.

What's Under My Street Image

A Day in the Life

Everyone has a daily routine, but do we know how what’s under our street keeps our routine running smoothly? Our newest interactive application “What’s Under My Street” shows what goes on below the surface, so let’s take a look at how those systems work together to provide a day in the life. Match the colors in the article to the system in the application to see how the two work together!

Landscape Architects Help Marshalltown Move Forward

 

 

In July 2018 a devastating tornado ripped through Marshalltown, IA. The town had spent years improving the quality of life for its citizens and implementing plans to revitalize the community, but, in a matter of minutes, it dealt with a major setback. As quickly as the EF3 tornado destroyed the town, the community was just as quick to start helping their neighbors, friends, and family rebuild.

Bolton & Menk Studios Open House

Bolton & Menk Studios opened our doors to educate the public about the services we provide. While our studio location has been open for nearly a year, we wanted to make our fellow employees, clients, and community members take in the space where all our magic happens.

“A lot of times we’re producing things behind the scenes and we wanted to share with our clients where those productions come from,” said Dave Breiter, Graphics Work Group leader.

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).

Airport Aerial

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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