Category: Water Resources

Studying Scour: FDOT Unknown Foundation Program Becomes Nationwide Model

Structural and geotechnical engineers count on support from the soils beneath a foundation to help provide motorists safe passage from Point A to Point B. In many states, bridge foundation support is achieved by piles that are driven deep into the ground. The piles penetrate and are embedded in the soils immediately beneath the bridge… Read More »

Five Dam Engineering Terms That Hold Water

Most of us are familiar with dams and their basic function, but what about everything else that falls under the water resources umbrella? We can’t cover them all here, but let’s look at some not so weir-d words engineers use to describe some pretty practical structures. What’s a Weir? A weir is generally part of… Read More »

Burlington Parks, Playgrounds Need Flood Repairs

Nearly 13 inches of rain descended on the City of Burlington, Wisconsin, last week – flooding the streets, leaving homes and businesses under water, and wiping out phone service, Internet, and power for days. The Fox River crested at 16.5 feet – smashing the previous record by 3 feet and prompting local officials to declare a… Read More »