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Bowes Construction Sand and Gravel Mine - Wetland Delineation

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Bowes Construction Sand and Gravel Mine - Wetland Delineation

Brookings, SD

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CIPP Lining Certification

Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) is a cost effective way to repair aging sewer collection lines because it’s trenchless and does not require pavement removal and replacement. Our experience with CIPP projects includes main line rehabilitation and lateral lining (service lines) to homes, which is often the source of sewer problems. With many of us completing the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Inspector Training and Certification Program, you can count on us for expertise.

FEMA

FEMA floodplains protect the public from flooding. Floodplain maps may inadvertently show properties and structures within Special Flood Hazard Areas, which requires the property owner to purchase flood insurance. We provide professional engineering and surveying services to provide elevation certificates for flood insurance rating purposes.  If a structure and/or property are at or above the Base Flood Elevation, we can submit a Letter of Map Amendment to FEMA to be removed from the flood insurance requirement. We also have a Certified Floodplain Manager on staff to assist communities with floodplain management such as map revisions, no-rise certificates, regulatory questions, or other FEMA submittals.

NACE Certification

Whether it’s water tower painting or applying a lining to the inside of a concrete tank, coatings have become an important part of protecting infrastructure. Our Level I & II NACE certified inspectors have formal knowledge about surface preparation and proper application of the coatings. Our coating inspection services are designed to keep the property owner’s best interests in mind.  Through strict quality assurance our technician will verify that project specifications are met.

Wetland Delineation

Our wetland delineation services investigate the soil, vegetation, and hydrography conditions of a site to establish the existence, location, and size of a wetland for the purposes of federal, state, and local regulations. Findings are assembled into a report and submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who makes the determination if a wetland is jurisdictional and subject to protection as “Waters of the United States”.  Once a determination is made, we can provide assistance with wetland options including avoidance, alternative analysis, mitigation, and permitting. 

Funding

We have years of experience developing funding for water, wastewater, streets, roads, and other infrastructure projects. Our industry relationships partner projects and economic development needs with funding programs offered through State agencies and other organizations. 

Drone Technology

In keeping with the future of surveying, we now utilize drone technology, which can be significantly more viable to collect similar data with much richer detail. Drones are one of the easiest ways to create a topographic survey of a job site. The data, generated by drones is very similar to the data generated by traditional surveys. Utilizing drones can be significantly easier and cheaper to collect similar and much richer in detail. We have found that multi-day traditional surveying projects can be cut down to multi-hour projects by mixing traditional surveying with drones. Data captured by drone surveys can reduce the need for return trips to the site and adds value to our clients by providing data not normally captured by traditional survey methods. 

GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Our GIS technology allows us to provide clients with a comprehensive management tool by introducing a progressive approach to the acquisition, analysis and management of data. This can be used as a stand alone service for spatial data services or to complement our existing services as a management tool for infrastructure systems. GIS can help manage projects by combining multiple layers of information into one system. This can be an important tool in decision making and planning future needs for communities. GIS allows our clients to efficiently maintain and distribute system information to employees. consultants, clients and the general public.

Public Relations

Neighbors and communities often want to know more about projects and share their ideas about improving the plans. Our services include traditional and social media messaging, project websites, informational materials, planning charrettes, meeting facilitation, and public meetings and hearings support. These tools are components of Public Outreach Plans, developed for each project and tailored to the project and its public context.

Tribal Consultation

As governmental agencies seek to implement projects with current or ancestral ties to Tribal lands, we assist in supporting those agencies in their consultation with Tribes. Our services include communications, facilitated discussions, and the development of Tribal Consultation Plans, which set a roadmap for working with Tribes to understand concerns and incorporate suggestions in a meaningful way.