Cool Pavements

Los Angeles is experimenting with “Cool Pavements”. The concept is that there are large heat island effects that occur in urban areas. The dark surfaces from black tar roof shingles, asphalt pavement and other dark materials absorb more sun than their lighter counterparts. The mayors office is trying out Cool Pavements from a company called […]

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Romans: Master Builders

Its not like we need another reason to appreciate that the ancient romans were the best engineers in the history of mankind. Ok. We’re prone to hyperbole when we see structures lasting over 2000 years. These engineers worked without the benefit of science, of recorded data, of a network of individuals that could communicate what […]

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Sinkholes!

Heres a video from Practical Engineering that explains sinkholes with a demonstration using certain soils that could erode away during saturation.

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Engineering in Warfare

Here’s a cool little article on how engineering affected warfare as far back as the Ottoman Empire. Engineers used their intellect to help a besieged town. Take a quick read after the break. While we don’t offer services to besieged castles, we do offer Site, Grading, and Utility engineering which involves digging. Is that close […]

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Section of CA Hwy 1 Falls into the Ocean

Check out these great images of before and after a landslide occurred at Hwy. 1 the Coast Highway. It’s a magnificent stretch of roadway, that is now going to take months to dig out. We frequent the highway when we can on trips up to San Francisco. See the attached article for more detail. We’re […]

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Painting is fun!

Here’s a quick post. We usually deal with parking lot design, and a big part of that design is actually the striping and how everything lays out in a parking lot. We look at safety for vehicles and pedestrians, efficiency both in maximizing the amount of  parking spaces without sacrificing patron’s vehicles doors from dings […]

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Future Civil Engineers

On Friday March 24 th, Del Sur Elementary School had their Annual Science day. I had the opportunity to talk about what Civil Engineering is. Most people outside of the development world don’t know what Civil is, so explaining it to some wide eyed (or sleeping) kids is always fun. I keep it general obviously, and […]

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It’s a Portal to another Dimension!

Check out this spillway in action at Lake Berryessa in Napa County California. As you may already know, California is receiving an atmospheric river of precipitation. The spillway on this dam kicks in like a bathtub drain. The outlet is at the bottom of the dam to the Putah creek. It looks like they needed […]

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Urban Planning and Walkability

Great little TED talk by Jeff Speck about the importance of planning and things that can be changed to make a city more walkable. We like the insights into properly planning these spaces and how major shifts in thinking have affected walkablilty. Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable – Via TED

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City Layouts

You can tell a surprising amount from a city’s street layout. Here’s a cool breakdown on some famous cities. Geoff breaks down the reasons behind the different shapes, and offers unique insight into how these blocks and streets came to be. Square-Mile Street Network Visualization – Geoff Boeing

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