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Freese and Nichols Tunneling Service Leader Brian Gettinger says the emerging use of computer-controlled large-diameter tunnel boring machines could dramatically improve the outcomes of excavation projects by adjusting quickly to changes in ground conditions.

That's among the insights he shared in Tunnel Business Magazine 's "Industry Outlook 2020" feature. TBM asked four tunneling professionals about emerging trends in the industry and developments to expect in the coming year.

The roundtable gave...

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Project Engineer Allison Blake, Water Purification and Resource Recovery, provides tips for succeeding in the engineering profession in American Infrastructure magazine ’s January/February issue.

“Working on water and wastewater treatment plant design and construction projects taught me quickly what kinds of skills are required to succeed in a highly technical field,” she writes. “The engineering knowledge is essential, but principles like...

Read More - Understanding Your Customers, Communicating Effectively and Other Tips for Success

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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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On Jan. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States.” This final rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register .

The revised definition identifies four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated. These included territorial seas and traditional navigable waters; perennial and...

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Dam owners in Texas need to understand how to implement a new state requirement to notify emergency management officials downstream when a release of water is planned so that they can alert their communities.

The requirement, which the Texas Legislature adopted in HB 26 , took effect Sept. 1, 2019, and impacts large and intermediate-size state-regulated dams with gated spillways used to make flood releases.

Notification is not...

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The Citadel , The Military College of South Carolina, is graduating its first class of students receiving Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering degrees this spring. To highlight that milestone, The Citadel Today interviewed Freese and Nichols Construction Manager Matt Cartwright, a 2003 graduate of The Citadel who got a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering then built a career in construction management.

As an...

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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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The public has until Feb. 12 to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency ’s proposed new Lead and Copper Rule.

The goal of the proposed new rule is to reduce lead and copper in drinking water, including steps to target most at-risk communities. The public can leave their comments here .

Click here for more information from the EPA about the proposed rule, which focuses on six areas:...

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