Discussing current issues in civil engineering.
Ever been stuck needing to take a measurement without measuring tape or a ruler? Here are some practical tips and tricks for measuring almost anything, if you ever find yourself without a measuring tool at your convenience.
Enjoy these handy tips!
How much water does the average American consume each day?
A. 25 gallons
B. 50 gallons
C. 100 gallons
D. 175 gallons
The correct answer is C. According to the USGS, average Americans consume 80–100 gallons of water per day. Here’s how it breaks down:
And, of course, 1/2 gallon to all of those who drink their recommended 64 oz. of water each day.
Did you know that Saint Patrick is considered the Patron Saint of Engineers? Here’s why:
Learn more little-known facts about St. Patrick with this “Bet You Didn’t Know” video from the History Channel. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Where is the world's greatest amount of fresh water stored?
A. In the ground
B. In snow, ice caps, and glaciers
C. In lakes and rivers
D. In the atmosphere
The correct answer is B. Here are some more stats, to put it into perspective . . .
Water is an extremely precious resource!
Starting this year, Harrisonburg residents will see a new fee included with their real estate tax bill: the Stormwater Utility Fee. The total fee varies based on your property’s total impervious area—the area taken up by rooftops, driveways, and other solid surfaces—but, as an example, a property with 1,900 square feet of impervious area will cost you about $42 a year.
Although the fee may not break your bank, there are a few simple steps the City suggests (Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual for Residential, Draft 12-2-14) that could help reduce your Stormwater Utility Fee by up to 50%:
Also, if you're so inclined, you could reduce your total impervious area—but these measures can be costly:
If you’ve already implemented any of these stormwater management best practices, or you plan to, you’ll need to let the City know by April 1, 2015 in order to get credit for this year.
There are standards to follow and specific steps to take in order to qualify for the credit—but you’ll find everything you need to know on the City of Harrisonburg’s Stormwater Utility Information site: http://www.harrisonburgva.gov/stormwater-utility
Concerned about how the Harrisonburg Stormwater Utility Fee will impact your non-residential / business property? Contact us and we’ll help you through.
Mention "Civil Engineering" and people usually ask, "What is that exactly?" Sure, if you were to say, "Structural Engineering" or "Environmental Engineering," they'd have a pretty good idea. But "civil"... not so much.
Although "civil" can mean "courteous and polite," (and all engineers should be this, of course), this "civil" refers to "citizens" and "public life." As in, "non-military."
Military Engineering is considered the world's oldest form of engineering (think, fortifications, catapults, and other ancient wartime structures). Civil Engineering is the second-oldest (think, pyramids, aqueducts, and other infrastructure not intended for military purposes). Today, all engineering projects---whether for military or civil purposes---are designed by Civil Engineers.
Civil engineers design, build, and maintain the foundation for our modern society – our roads and bridges, drinking water and energy systems, sea ports and airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment, to name just a few.
Whenever you drive across a bridge, walk along a sidewalk, park in a parking lot, shop at a mall, go to a playground, or even if you just stay home in your neighborhood---you're interacting with an infrastructure that was likely designed by a Civil Engineer.
Are you planning any projects that require a Civil Engineer? Let us guide you.
We're here to provide high-quality civil engineering services, plus the one-on-one attention your project deserves. Contact us to get started.