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Could changes in Washington affect Section 404 permitting?

By |2018-11-02T08:21:49-04:00April 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Getting Section 404 permit approval from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a process that can take up to 3 years. A process that requires federal and state interagency coordination to review hundreds of pages of permit applications that are opened for public comment, all while running on lousy coffee. Now, imagine the process with 20 percent less staff.

Finding Your First Job at an AEC Firm

By |2018-09-11T20:04:46-04:00April 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

As a college graduate, landing your first job is a big to-do. There’s the hassle of filling out redundant application information for multiple companies, the exciting initial phone screenings, and (with any luck) a few in-person interviews. But the path to a great first position is not traveled by the seat of one’s pants. So how do you ensure that you are hitting the mark when beginning your search?

ENR Webinar: RS&H’s Tim Witsil presents the latest on visualization

By |2018-08-03T17:31:29-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The challenge architects and engineers often face is how to thoroughly present plans that show their vision. For years, designers, contractors and owners had to rely on two-dimensional drawings to convey their ideas. Everything changed with the arrival of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD). Even today’s 3D renderings come up short when trying to [...]

How Can Toll Agencies Make the Most of the Last 5 Percent?

By |2018-11-02T09:15:53-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Toll agencies often find themselves in a financial conundrum. This usually happens when you measure the costs associated with collecting tolls from customers who refuse to pay initially against the toll revenue and fees ultimately collected. If agencies don’t follow certain measures to control their spending, they may end up losing money versus gaining revenue.

Preparing Your Tolls Infrastructure for an Uncertain Future

By |2018-08-03T14:20:46-04:00February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

There are many current initiatives driving technological advancements in the tolling industry that will affect the future of toll technology infrastructure, such as Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I). It’s imperative that transportation authorities design and implement infrastructure that will accommodate future advancements. If agencies don’t plan properly, they will be at risk of losing time and money, as well as not improving congestion within their communities.

Screening to Pick the Right Project Delivery Method

By |2018-12-13T15:14:50-04:00February 8th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

While conducting the high-level screening, public agencies should review key criteria and questions related to the scope and nature, risk levels, value to the agency and the financial/technical feasibility of the candidate project.

How to evaluate P3 models for tolls projects

By |2018-11-02T09:17:35-04:00January 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The financing of transportation projects using toll revenues has long been the province of toll agencies. With the increasing use and recognized benefits of tolled managed lanes, state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies are more engaged in adopting innovative project approaches that apply the tolling principle and the ability to leverage toll revenues to advance much needed capacity improvement projects.