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Drought conditions deteriorated overall compared to the previous week. There were only small improvements in D3 and D4 drought conditions while areas under D0, D1 and D2 categories expanded. This deterioration of conditions was instigated by the relatively warm weather that was common over much of the country.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-...

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

In the July Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that ENSO-neutral is favored through Northern Hemisphere summer, with the chance for El Nino increasing to 65 percent during fall and 70 percent during the winter. These forecasts are supported by the anomalous subsurface warmth across the eastern half of the tropical Pacific Ocean.To read more, click here.

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

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

Official planning efforts for a community’s future affect all residents, but only a limited number of them typically turn out for public meetings.

To boost public input across a range of demographics, Freese and Nichols’ Urban Planning and Design team now offers clients an innovative tool that can broaden the reach of engagement and empower residents while conserving tax dollars: Meetings-2-Go.

With Meetings-2-Go, an individual...

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Tagsurban planning, Public Involvement, comprehensive plan, keller,

Grady Hillhouse, Water Resource Dam and Levee Design Engineer in San Antonio, runs an educational YouTube channel, Practical Engineering, which focuses on home-built demonstrations of fundamental engineering concepts while also advocating for the profession. 

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TagsPractical Engineering, geotechnical, youtube, community involvement, education,

A typical detention pond design will include an overflow weir for safely passing high inflows downstream. In many cases, an engineer will design the weir using a one-dimensional (1D) hydraulic model with “textbook” weir coefficients.

These commonly-accepted values are based on lab tests and measurements, and are limited by certain assumptions (for example, flow is assumed to be uniformly distributed across the weir). The following case study illustrates how 3D modeling software can provide...

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Tags3D modeling, Stormwater, HEC-RAS, detention pond,

 

Shared active transportation, including bikes, scooters and e-bikes, present a great opportunity for cities to provide effective transportation choices to their citizens.

The 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), estimates 45.6 percent of trips are under 3 miles. While only 5 percent are under half a mile, ideal for walking, the other trips under 3 miles are most efficiently traveled by other active transportation modes, e.g. bikes

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TagsTransportation, bikeshare, bicycle, scooter, nhts, fhwa,

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 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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