July 2017

We’ve all heard the saying, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This cliché has merit. If we don’t learn from our past mistakes, we’re likely to keep making them. This is true in many aspects of life, but particularly when it...
The lack of gutters and inlets contributes to the frequent issue of standing water in the roadways.  The retrofit of older subdivisions typically is challenging due to the need to overcome boundary conditions, such as outdated drainage systems with...
When television broadcasting stations and networks upgraded from black and white to color in the 1960s and 1970s, history was made. Three-dimensional technology is having the same effect on engineering and architecture that color had on television. The...
Rainwater catchment systems are water collection systems that harvest rainwater at the first point of contact from rainfall. These systems can be used for irrigation and, when designed and evaluated properly, are suitable for drinking water usage....
Murphy Warehouse Co. in Minneapolis was facing costly capital improvements and potential disruption of its business. Escalating storm water fees were impacting the bottom line, and a deadline from the city to disconnect 7 acres of drainage from the...
The permeable pavement system can withstand the load of weekly grain shipments to the brewery. Craft beer is thriving in Michigan, with new breweries and tap houses entering the scene almost every month. Axle Brewing’s Livernois Tap and Brewery is one...
The pipe manufacturer’s field service department provided support during installation and the grouting process. A coal-fired electric power-generating plant near Atlanta was constructed in the 1960s to provide electricity to metropolitan Atlanta. The...
Winemaking is inherently water-intensive. From growing grapes in the vineyard to washing barrels in the cellar, it is not uncommon for wineries to require hundreds of gallons of clean water to produce one gallon of wine. According to the Wine Institute,...
The western U.S. is home to approximately 160,000 abandoned mining sites with nearby contaminated soils. Jim Ippolito, associate professor of soil science at Colorado State University, collaborated with a team of scientists from the U.S. Department of...

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