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What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’ve been following these stories and think you should too!

Bringing the World to Richmond

In late September this year, all eyes of the world will be on Richmond. No, it’s not the Olympics or the Super Bowl or Woodstock. It’s the UCI Road World Championships: the biggest and most important one stage race of the cycling calendar. Over the course of nine days, twelve championship races ranging from Under 23 Men and Women to the Elite Men and Women will crisscross Richmond’s streets, giving over 1,000 athletes the chance to experience and compete in one of the up-and-coming North American cities. Draper Aden Associates is pleased to be a sponsor for the championships and we look forward to cheering on our American athletes at all the races. If you’re unfamiliar with the sport of competitive cycling, read this engaging piece in the Washington Post—racing a bike, it turns out, isn’t at all as easy as just riding a bike.

Growing the Mississippi Delta

For years, scientists have been tracking the loss of wetlands along the Mississippi delta due to levies and other human-made infrastructure. On a small part of the coastline, however, at Atchafalaya Bay, the deltas have added one new square mile each year—a success story in the midst of a rapidly disappearing coast. The question remains: how can we apply the techniques of the natural sediment deposition occurring at Atchafalaya Bay to the rest of the Mississippi Delta? Only time and trial and error will tell, but in the meantime, it’s amazing to watch the growth of the deltas on these satellite images from NASA.

ACEC Merit Award

Last week the Virginia chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) held their 2015 Awards Gala. Draper Aden Associates won not only a Merit Award for the Hall Creek Stabilization project at Emory and Henry College, but also contributed to the Merit Award Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., earned for the Runway 21 Extension at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. For Hall Creek, Darren Kidwell, Environmental Scientist, and Lindsay Lally, PE, conducted stream analyses and completed a stream stabilization that featured riffle-pool-run sequencing, cross-veins, and bank stabilization features. Subsequent stream restoration design now allows the stream to match the architectural aesthetic features of the historic campus. For Delta Airport Consultants, Darren Kidwell completed all stream and wetland delineation and analysis, along with all environmental permitting for the team’s extension of Runway 21 at the airport. A list of all Virginia ACEC award winners can be found here.