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When the restaurant K-Bop opened in downtown San Marcos this year just off the Texas State University campus, it had high hopes for success with its light Korean dishes and bubble teas. But the coronavirus pandemic forced the eatery, along with small businesses across the world, to quickly adapt to evolving restrictions to keep workers and customers safe.

Chance Sparks , a project manager with Freese and Nichols’ Urban...

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Drones are becoming a valuable tool on construction sites as the industry continues to keep up with technology.

Using drones for mapping, surveying and inspections saves time and money, gives easier access to dangerous areas, collects data quickly, offers high-resolution orthoimagery and high positional accuracy, and boasts survey-grade precision with less time, people and equipment.

Traditional survey methods only measure individual points, are a significant time and cost investment, and can only be...

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Chuck Wolf, a water program manager in the Houston office who also teaches engineering at Texas A&M University , recently co-authored a research paper examining the promise smart cities with digital twin systems (SCDT) have for improving communities’ disaster management.

The article, “ Smart Cities with Digital Twin Systems for Disaster Management , ” was published in the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. ...

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Many agencies in the transportation industry are continuing to work during the coronavirus outbreak, while taking necessary precautions to protect their workers. However, impacts of the coronavirus continue to evolve as closures and stay-at-home orders expand. Decreases in the workforce, tollway revenues and gas taxes are just some of the nationwide problems that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of the Industry

Surveys and research from the transportation industry indicate that it...

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The impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry is evo lving as the reach of government - mandate d closures and stay-at-home orders continues to expand. 

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to impact six areas related to construction projects:

  • Employee H ealth and S afety
  • Material Delays
  • Concerned Clients and Lenders
  • Qua rantines and Travel Bans
  • Legal Issues
  • Global Uncertainty

At...

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At Freese and Nichols, our various planning groups regularly use U.S. Census Bureau data to forecast clients’ needs for water, transportation, utilities, land use and development. The 2020 Census count takes place this spring, and we encourage you to take the time to complete it and encourage anyone within your influence to do the same (your data is confidential).

Why...

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Freese and Nichols designed a money-saving system for the City of Duncanville to use water from Waterview Park (above) to irrigate sports fields at Harrington Park (below).

More than a decade ago, the City of Duncanville wanted to cut spending on irrigation of soccer and baseball fields at their 78-acre Harrington Park. A pond located a mile away was targeted to provide a money-saving alternative water source.

To help the...

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City of Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan

As an Urban Planner, we’re often tasked with the great responsibility of helping a community revitalize a neighborhood, a public gathering place, a downtown area, etc. In doing so we try our best to maintain the community’s character while elevating their existing qualities and remaining competitive.

Here are some things for cities to keep in mind as they give new life to their downtown:...

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