DAA Weekly Reading List: Wilson Bay, LDDI, Construction Growth
What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’re following these stories and think you should too!
Keeping Wilson Bay Healthy, Together
Teamwork is making the dream work in Jacksonville, North Carolina! Local scientists have teamed up to rehabilitate the contaminated waterway that previously made the news because of the bad shape it was in. Together they used innovative methods, including placing oyster sills to filter the water. “To date, literally, to date, we’ve put in 8.1 million oysters and the reason why we used oysters is because one adult oyster, which is about the size of your hand, can filter up to ten gallons of water every 24 hours. So if you say 10 gallons times 8.1 million, that’s a lot of water turning over.”
Various other water treating methods have been put in place by the group and seem to be having a positive impact on the Bay. Get the full story from Public Radio East here.
Land Development Design Initiative
This week we’re excited to learn more about Virginia Tech’s Land Development Design Initiative (LDDI). The Initiative connects students from both the Civil and Environmental Engineering departments together with industry practitioners to improve land development design education at Virginia Tech. Their objectives include: improving land development design education, including increasing student awareness of land development design as a career path; increasing interaction between practitioners and undergraduate civil engineering students at Virginia Tech; and enhancing research efforts in the land development area. Find out more on this 10-years strong Initiative here.
Growth Projections for Construction
The year 2016 has already passed it’s half-way mark. Can you believe it? The Construction industry can and they’ve already convened to deliver a midyear status update on the health of the construction sector. The meeting this week involved economists from the AIA, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Associated Builders and Contractors. Read their full update here.