Civil Engineers Rank #26 in 100 Best Jobs

By Noah Nemmers, PE U.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… Read more »

Time Ticking to Comply with Floodplain Rules

By Chris Rundall, PE, LEED AP In 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… Read more »

Demystifying the ALTA Survey

by Aaron Demo, PLS Professional Land Surveyors are constantly helping clients understand what they need when they say “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 vary dramatically.  The ALTA survey is unique because it is governed by… Read more »

NREL Roundabout Receives ENR Mountain States’ Award

Baseline’s design for NREL’s Moss Street Extension Project, which is now Research Road, received Engineering News-Record Mountain Sates’ 2012 Best Projects (ENR) Award of Merit.  The project was spurred by the need to reduce traffic volumes and increase safety for visitors and more than 1,000 on-campus employees. Research Road consists of approximately a half mile of a… Read more »

Key to Dewatering – Save Money by being Proactive

By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering Water/wastewater treatment is an ongoing, high priority in Colorado and there’s no shortage of news about it—especially with discharge regulations getting tighter.  Remember the controversy about the strict standards for arsenic levels CDOT encountered on its highway improvement project at I-25 and West Alameda?  A similar issue happened to RTD on… Read more »

Will QR Codes Replace Paper Building Permits?

By Vince Harris, AICP What 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… Read more »

Jeffco Innovators Echo Encouraging Signs for Real Estate

By Noah Nemmers, PE, PLS & Vince Harris, AICP If 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… Read more »

A + B Bidding Provides Alternative Approach

By Chris Rundall, P.E., LEED AP I 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: ______________________________________________________________________________  A + B x (the… Read more »

FREE Pump System Optimization Workshop

Technical Unit Credit from Operator Certification Program Office Available Performing Energy Audits Improving Pump & Blower Efficiency Identifying Energy Recovery Opportunities Discovering “Green” Generation Technologies Getting Electric Utility Rebates Wasting Money By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering No doubt these topics are all hot issues, but how do you find the time to learn everything you need… Read more »

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… Read more »