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Air quality monitoring and regulation is critically important, especially to potential sources of air pollutants such as the chemical, mineral and energy industries. Manufacturing these basic building blocks of our modern society requires the careful monitoring and control of air pollution. Maintaining government emission standards can be challenging, and the first step is accurately measuring pollutants as they disperse through the air. To accomplish this, we need a model, and GeoEngineers usually uses AERMOD, a standardized system for analyzing air quality.

I had the opportunity to present at the ASCE COPRI Ports ’16 conference earlier this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was presenting a paper on some work we did in the Port of Tacoma for a pier upgrade. “Existing Pile Foundation Evaluation for Pier Upgrade” was the official title, the sub-title would have been “How to get the most out of your existing piles.” I enjoyed giving the talk and was pleased that the questions I received were well thought out.

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"What has changed recently is the rate of growth and the rate of change. Previously, port infrastructure would wear out and then it would be replaced with something a little larger. Now it seems like we’re out-growing the existing infrastructure faster than it is wearing out."

If you have a project that will require drilling in earth embankment dams and levees, you may now face an additional layer of approval. In an effort to improve public safety and reduce potential risks to dam and levee systems, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) revised the permitting process in January 2015. Here’s what you need to know to begin navigating these new permitting regulations from USACE.

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"RMC requirements include a detailed drill plan and risk evaluation. The drill plan consists of project team experience information, detailed procedural information to complete the soil boring or levee subdrill, and existing information for the project vicinity."

A group of GeoEngineers staff from our Portland office, including Greg Landau, recently attended the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Spring Conference 2016.

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"I think this movement has already changed how we think about design and construction. We are at a significant risk of a large subduction zone earthquake. However, without adequate funding, the professionals involved in planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining our infrastructure cannot affect the change needed."

Like it or not, change is coming. New, more stringent clean air regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reshape business in a number of industries in the coming decades. Whether you’re in transportation, manufacturing or energy, taking steps now to plan for compliance is vital to avoid costly last-minute emission reduction strategies or penalties.

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"Don’t get caught unprepared. Air regulation is changing quickly, and compliance strategies may mean significant changes to your business."

GeoEngineers is deploying a secret weapon. It crunches data. It streamlines workflows. It blasts through day-long tasks with the press of a button. We call it Earth Analytics.

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"It crunches data. It streamlines workflows. It blasts through day-long tasks with the press of a button. We call it Earth Analytics."

Now that you have defined your persona and promise through our first two posts on personal branding, it’s time to put them together into your brand story. This is a short pitch of one to three sentences that communicates your value and your promise to a target audience.

Elements of a personal brandIn our previous post on personal branding, my colleague Tonya Kauhi walked through how to define your persona—the qualities that make you, you. We originally intended to do this series in two posts, but realized it makes sense to break them up into three posts so you can focus on one step at a time.

It was recently brought to my attention (I feel late to the game) that “Art” was added last year to educational curricula focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), creating a sub-group called STEAM

When someone asks what you do for a living, what do you say?  Can you clearly define what you do? How do you communicate your value and set yourself apart from other engineers, scientists, technologists and professionals?

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