Civil Engineers Rank #26 in 100 Best Jobs

By Noah Nemmers, PE

civil-engineeringU.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2013 ranks occupations offering a strong combination of employment opportunity, salary, work-life balance and security. Civil Engineers earned slot #26 on the list. According to the report, a main reason is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a healthy employment growth of 19.4 percent by 2020.

Baseline Corporation’s Civil Engineering Division is pleased to contribute ...

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Time Ticking to Comply with Floodplain Rules

By Chris Rundall, PE, LEED AP

civil-engineeringIn an effort to increase public safety and reduce flood losses across the state, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) issued new floodplain rules and regulations on January 14, 2011. These rules were built off the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) rules to provide uniform standards for regulating floodplains and activities within them.

One of the more stringent criteria found in the CWCB rules concerns ...

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Will QR Codes Replace Paper Building Permits?

By Vince Harris, AICP

community-planningWhat started out as an idea by New York City’s Buildings Commissioner, Robert LiMandri, may find its way to Denver.  Engineering News-Record’s “QR Codes Unlocking Secrets of NYC Building Permits” reports LiMandri is using QR codes to hold building project information so viewers can access it through their smartphones.

LiMandri got the idea after watching a woman search for product information by scanning QR ...

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Jeffco Innovators Echo Encouraging Signs for Real Estate

By Noah Nemmers, PE, PLS & Vince Harris, AICP

community-planningIf you’re looking for signs the real estate market is turning around, Colorado has plenty–especially in Baseline’s home county.  Baseline Corporation was proud to be a sponsor of last month’s 2012 South Jeffco Innovators Real Estate Event from the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco EDC).  Consisting of public and private investors, Jeffco EDC is Colorado’s oldest economic development organization.

We ...

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A + B Bidding Provides Alternative Approach

By Chris Rundall, P.E., LEED AP

civil-engineeringI know A+B Bidding has been around for awhile, but I didn’t have a reason to research it until recently.  I was discussing alternative approaches to construction bidding with a local contractor in Steamboat Springs, and he mentioned this approach to project bidding:

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 A + B x (the daily cost) = Contractor’s bid for evaluation of the lowest successful ...

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Colorado Transportation Funding

By Chris Rundall

Here in Colorado, consumers pay a 40.4 cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline: of this tax, 18.4 cents goes to the federal government and 22 cents goes to the state.  The state tax portion, which funds maintenance and improvements to our state’s roads and bridges, has not changed since 1991.  However, inflation and improved vehicle fuel efficiency have reduced the impact fuel tax has on funding transportation improvement projects.  As increasing this tax ...

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Urban Infill Development

In the Denver Metro area and Northern Colorado when “urban infill” projects are mentioned, we might think of the downtown Denver area just North of Coors Field or Stapleton as prime examples of the term.  Wikipedia defines infill as “the use of land within a built-up area for further construction; especially as part of a community redevelopment or growth management program or as part of smart growth. It focuses on ...

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Lessons Learned about Low-impact Development

By Noah Nemmers, PE

civil-engineeringLow-impact development (LID) is a term used to describe a land planning and engineering design approach to managing storm water runoff. LID emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features to protect water quality. This approach implements engineered small-scale hydrologic controls to replicate the pre-development hydrologic regime of watersheds through infiltrating, filtering, storing, evaporating, and detaining runoff close to its source.

Baseline has been involved in numerous stormwater management projects that utilize LID techniques over the last decade. Here are some of the things the company has ...

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De-Mystifying ALTA Surveys

By Aaron Demo, PLS

Professional Land Surveyors are constantly helping clients understand what they need when they say they need a “survey.”  Surveys can range from Improvement Location Certificates (“ILCs”) to the infamous “ALTA surveys”.  Surveys are generally subject to state and local regulations, but can still vary in dramatic ways.  The ALTA survey is unique in that it is governed by a very detailed set of requirements and should only ...

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Sustainable Pavement Design – Pavement’s Future

By Noah Nemmers, PE

civil-engineeringAs pavement technology continues to change and advance, a major emphasis is being put on environmental stewardship. Highway administration’s efforts are increasingly aimed at the industry’s overall use of recycled materials, environmental and ecological constrains, as well as the Long-Term Pavement Performance. Better determining the current condition of the country’s pavements will serve as a roadmap for where we go next in continuing to advance and implement today’s ...

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