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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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Cody Jones joined the Freese and Nichols family in 2009 from an internal referral for a CAD position.

Coming from a construction background, Cody found engineering to be intimidating. After further understanding of the industry, however, he was inspired to continue his education to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in Spring 2018.

In 2012, Cody began his educational journey by completing general...

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Click here to read part 1 in our series about climate resiliency.

Investments made now to make critical infrastructure more climate resilient have proven to pay off later on.

Several published studies have examined this issue and have estimated that for every $1 a utility spends on pre-disaster mitigation or hardening measures will result in a post-event recovery and replacement savings between $4 and $36. With hurricanes projected...

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Although the next few months of summer typically see some of the highest demands of the year, usage may be different or even diminished this year because of COVID-19.

Water utilities should continue to keep an eye on water quality, which could be an issue as some college campuses, business buildings, and sections of communities have closed down or seen large decreases in activity during normally busy months.

The Environmental Protection Agency...

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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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The newly created framework that institutes flood planning across the state of Texas requires the development of Regional and State Flood Plans. Two of the primary Guidance Principles for these plans are preservation of life and property, and identification of strategies and projects that will reduce both current and future flooding risks. A key factor in developing Regional and State Flood Plans under this new process will involve adopting the right tools to evaluate potential...

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This article is a preview of a presentation recorded for the Collection Systems Digital Conference presented by the Water Environment Federation.

Treating large volumes of rainwater due to inflow and infiltration (I&I) in the wastewater collection system is a shared experience of many utilities across the US. The City of Conroe, Texas, is facing the same challenge...

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The City of Fayetteville recognized that fortifying for the future required taking a broad look at resilience. Now, they’re finding solutions for flooding problems stemming from infrastructure systems that weren’t designed for storms that are increasingly severe and happening more often.

The City is spending approximately $10 million over a relatively short period to protect residents, businesses and property by creating a forward-thinking, long-term watershed master plan.

The Spring/Summer issue of...

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