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DAA Weekly Reading List: Virtual Construction, ENR, Water Savings

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! Virtual Construction Delivers When you think of virtual construction you probably think of visually appealing 3D models and laser scans, but there's so much more! Virtual construction tools are a cost effective way to get exact project specs that let you problem-solve before the first shovel hits the ground. It's also putting your whole team on the same page with models that are precise. Get even more on virtual construction in this great article by Tim Dean and Dwayne Sellers in Inside Business.       Big Winners We're happy to say we were involved with two of the Best Project Winners for ENR's Mid Atlantic Region: Best Manufacturing Project-Stone Brewing Co. in Richmond (working with Hourigan Construction) and the Sports/Entertainment Award of Merit for the Virginia Tech Indoor Training Facility in Blacksburg...

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DAA Weekly Reading List: Lasting Positive Impact, Maps, & Legislation

  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! Lasting, Positive Impact It feels fantastic when we achieve our goal of making a lasting, positive impact in the communities in which we work and live in. It’s even better when we are recognized with a prestigious award such as the 2016 Pinnacle Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia. Read more about the preservation of a beloved community landmark, the East End Theater of Richmond, at http://www.acecva.org/2016-pinnacle-award-winner.         A Close Up From Space Bright colors can always be counted on to grab children’s attention and a larger than life satellite map with enhanced hues is getting the attention of little ones at the Blacksburg Children’s Museum.  The geospatial display is part of an exciting new weather exhibit in development. Partnering with the museum and the College...

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DAA Weekly Reading List: Rain Barrels, Bipartisan Brownfields Support, & Stormwater

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! Rain Barrels Show Results One three-year study in Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, now shows that rain barrels do indeed help divert water from storm systems to reduce flooding. In Stratford, over 1,000 rain barrels were distributed to households who installed them under downspouts and then used the collected water for various purposes like watering lawns and gardens. Overall, the study showed “modest, but critical” positive results with up to a 4.5% diversion of water from treatment plants. Each drop does indeed make a difference! Bipartisan Support for Brownfields Renewal With an important election year coming up, it’s impossible to ignore the media frenzy over various candidates. In a highly partisan atmosphere, though, one issue stands out as completely bipartisan—brownfields renewal programs. The National Journal writes this week that leaders...

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DAA Weekly Reading List: New Campground at Powhatan State Park, Basements as Basins, & Turbine-Loving Animals

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! Breaking Ground at Powhatan State Park Powhatan State Park, Virginia’s newest state park will soon have its first non-primitive campground, thanks in large part to DAA’s own Glenn Telfer, PE, LEED AP (DAA-Richmond). DAA was instrumental in the original design of the 1,600 acre state park by performing archaeological investigations, topographic surveys, wetlands delineation, stream assessments, and geotechnical investigations, in addition to providing environmental permitting, and the subsequent design of the basic park infrastructure that for allowed public access (including road, building, river access, and water and sewer designs). In leading the site design, Glenn Telfer helped craft a vibrant, ecologically-rich public gem a mere 20 minutes west of Richmond. Last week, along with Governor McAuliffe and other instrumental DCR and State employees, Glenn broke ground on the new full...

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DAA Weekly Reading List: Chesapeake Bay TMDL Upheld, Girls in Construction, and Sheep

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! Chesapeake TMDL Program Upheld  On July 6, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld the Chesapeake Bay TMDL program implemented by the EPA to reduce water pollution in local streams and rivers. The plaintiffs, partially led by the American Farm Bureau Federation and largely located in Midwestern states outside of the Chesapeake region, “argued that plan infringed upon states’ authority to regulate their own waterways,” but the appeals court upheld Congress and the EPA by stating that “Congress made a judgment in the Clean Water Act that the states and the EPA could, working together, best allocate the benefits and burdens of lowering pollution.” Read more about the ruling at the Washington Post or read the decision here. Giving Girls the Power(tools) “Construction is for...

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DAA Weekly Reading List: What Does NASA and Wine Have in Common?

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! An Astronaut Walks Into a Bar… At Draper Aden, as the preferred engineering partner of the Virginia Wineries Association, we take personal interest in Virginia wineries. With over 300 commercial and noncommercial wineries contributing approximately $750 million a year to Virginia’s economy, wine production is turning other heads in the Commonwealth, including that of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton. Teaming with the Virginia Wine Board, NASA is using its Landsat 8 satellite to “create digitized maps of about 250 commercial vineyards, providing more accurate information on the number and size of operations and offering vintners useful information on if and where they should plant next.” To learn more about why these maps may make a difference in the region, visit The Daily Press. Trickle Down Effect In mid-May,...

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DAA Weekly Reading List

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! Racing Towards Success in Pulaski Earlier this week we covered the big-picture economic development initiatives in Pulaski, Virginia. Today, though, let's focus on a smaller slice of pie: Peak Creek Grand Prix. If you've ever wanted to race a go-cart or mini-moto through swooping turns and fast straight-aways in the old "Big Blue" Pulaski Furniture Factory (which formerly produced mostly curio cabinets), now is your chance. Even better, the entreprenur behind the Grand Prix is a local Virginia Tech graduate! Lead: More Than Just a Health Hazard Continuing with the brownfields theme, redevelopment of brownfields, including lead testing and removal, is a key component in ensuring safe spaces for future generations to learn and grow in.  According to NPR, a new study published in the Harvard Educational Review...

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DAA Weekly Reading List

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! Virginia is for Composters This year, Virginia became the newest state to form a regional chapter of the US Composting Council. This Virginia Composting Council (VCC) is headed by none other than Draper Aden Associate's own Pieter Conradie, PE (Waste Resource Engineering Program Manager, Richmond) and brings compost manufacturers, municipal managers, researchers, and other allies together to promote composting education initiatives. Only the fourth regional chapter to form to-date, the VCC joins California, Minnesota and North Carolina in setting an example for composting education and legislative action throughout the United States. For more information on the VCC, please visit the US Composting Council. A New Spin on Rumpelstiltskin Did you know that you might actually be a human goldmine? According to researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS), human solid...

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DAA Weekly Reading List

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...

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DAA Weekly Reading List

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! Innovating Our Future The Steward School in Richmond, Virginia, was recognized as a maker school by SAIS (Serving and Accrediting Independent Schools) for adding the Bryan Innovation Lab in 2013. Draper Aden Associates was involved with the Bryan Innovation Lab by offering surveying and civil engineering services. The Lab’s flexible indoor and outdoor learning environments are garnering headlines across the country for its emphasis on hands-on STEM learning. To read more about the Lab and its programs, visit SAIS. Water Utilities Vulnerability The USEPA announced in late December that 20 communities facing a range of potential climate-change impacts will be participating in a utilities pilot program to identify and adapt to risks. From Nome, Alaska, to Newport, Virginia, threats include anything from permafrost melt to rising sea level—environmental...

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