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In the June 2018 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that ENSO-neutral is favored through Northern Hemisphere summer 2018, with the chance for El Nino increasing to 50% during fall and ~65% during winter 2018-19. These forecasts are supported by the ongoing build-up of heat within the tropical Pacific Ocean. Read more on the Climate Prediction Center website.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought...

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TagsLa Nina, Forecasts, Drought Outlook, Drought Maps, Climate,

Drought conditions still cover less than half of the United States with many states remaining completely drought free. The most severe drought conditions are located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Remnants of tropical storms brought some needed rain to the Southwest. Heavy rain also occurred from Montana to Wisconsin. Temperatures were at or ​above average for most of the country, with some areas of the Plains in the triple-digits.

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

Freese and Nichols is partnering with NCTCOG to offer a one-day, hands-on workshop on the two-dimensional (2D) modeling capabilities within HEC-RAS. The class will take place on October 3, 2018 at the NCTCOG offices in Arlington, TX. Participants will receive 7.5 hours of professional development credit while learning the basics of 2D modeling, including mesh generation, running a 2D model, breach modeling, and RAS mapper.

Registration is $100 and includes a catered lunch. We are pleased to note that registration costs are reduced to $25 for public employees....

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The USACE has released a new version of HEC-RAS that repairs several issues that are present in version 5.0.4 including fixes for 2D manning’s n regions, RAS Mapper stored maps, lateral structure centerlines, lateral structure connections, user defined rating curves inside a SA/ 2D hydraulic connection, advanced time step control, and others. For a comprehensive list of all the repairs that were completed, see the “Problems Repaired” section of the ...

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A major deployment for self-driving car service for the public is taking shape in Frisco, with potential to provide a roadmap for the future of transportation to cities across the nation. 

The pilot project involves a public-private partnership among Drive.ai, the City of Frisco, the Denton County Transportation Authority and the private developments for Hall Park, The Star and Frisco Station. North Central Texas Council of Governments, the regional metropolitan planning...

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Tagsautonomous vehicle, Transportation, micro transit, Transportation Design, cars, vehicle,

Freese and Nichols joins several national organizations today to commemorate National Dam Safety Awareness Day.

There are more than 90,000 dams across the United States, many of which are vital to the nation’s infrastructure by providing drinking water, holding back flood waters, storing water to irrigate crops, providing recreation opportunities, and controlling rivers for navigable transportation. In addition, dams provide nearly half of...

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The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) recently announced the launch of Envision v3. The updated set of criteria outlines ways to maintain sustainability in both design and construction. 

Among the changes in Envision v3:

  • Increasing the number of credits and points
  • Expanding the scope of credits to include lifecycle economic evaluation, equity and social justice and sustainable community planning 
  • Adding new construction-focused
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To better plan and prepare for flooding events, it is important to be aware of available resources. 

“It is crucial that Texans understand and respect the power of water. Planning and preparing are the keys to reducing loss of life and property," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in his Texas Flood Awareness Week Proclamation. Read more about it here.

Our stormwater...

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TagsFlood, TFMA, flood assessment, FEMA,

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