Planners and engineers often see the world through different lenses. While planners typically look for the “when” and “who,” engineers seek the “how” and “what,” which can lead to conflicts.
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.
By Shannon Gapp, Landscape Designer
When thinking of landscape architecture, these words probably come to mind: landscape design, environmentally compatible, sustainable, and beautiful. These are accurate descriptions; however, the value of bringing a landscape architect into a planning, design, or construction project can be even more profound. Published in Minnesota Cities Magazine. Click here to read more.
By Derek Arens, P.E., Bolton & Menk, Inc.
There are many benefits to using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Aerial footage can enhance municipal project planning and design. And when we combine UAV footage with 3D animation, we bring ideas to life.
As a result of falling commodity prices, farmers have been looking at different avenues to profit from marginal land. One of these is to restore wetlands and place them in the state and federal wetland banking system. These systems allow landowners to restore agricultural land to its presettlement condition and receive compensation through the sale of wetland credits. The credits are generated through the restoration of previously converted wetland and surrounding upland buffer. The credits are sold to public and private entities that impact wetlands and are required to mitigate those impacts through the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Wetland Conservation Act (WCA).
The Cities of Hunter and Arthur Park Districts formed the Hunter/Arthur JPA Park Board in 2013 upon the decision of BNSF Railway to abandon their railway corridor between Hunter and Arthur. The JPA pursued the acquisition of this corridor through the Rails to Trails program and successfully acquired the corridor in 2013.
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have seen a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reports of pilot interactions with UAS has increased from 238 total sightings in 2014 to 780 sightings through August of 2015. With the sudden increase in UAS operations, the safety of aircraft operators for both manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as the general public, is a primary concern for the FAA. The FAA’s goal is to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) safely.
Funding airport projects is a challenging task these days.