Updated Minnesota Construction Stormwater Permit: What You Need to Know as an Owner/Operator

SWPPP

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has just finalized the 2018 construction stormwater permit and new projects going forward will be subject to the revised rules. This new permit is effective beginning August 1, 2018 and expires July 31, 2023. The MPCA recognizes that the best way to improve water quality in Minnesota is to better manage stormwater – which can have devastating consequences on the quality of our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. Because of this fact, the agency has regularly enforced the conditions within the permit, and we expect the trend to continue with the adoption of the...

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Nondestructive Testing of Concrete

Concrete Performance – An Owner’s Perspective

Concrete is widely regarded as the most used man-made material in the world. Even with superb advances in modern concrete technologies to make more durable, longer-lasting structures today, the need for assessment and evaluation of existing concrete structures has never been higher. Non-destructive testing (NDT) of concrete is a commonly used (and often misused) approach to evaluate existing concrete structures. Learn more about non-destructive testing and how it can be an asset in the evaluation of concrete structures. This presentation will help you to understand: The difference between concrete NDT and other common NDE methods NDT for concrete strength versus...

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Unmanned Aerial Systems in Construction: Applications of a New Technology

UAS Technologies

Unmanned Aerial Systems (aka “drones”) are evolving rapidly and are becoming an indispensable tool within the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Drones have the unique ability to be equipped with an array of sensors and cameras to improve data collection, reduce cost, and increase safety. But what are the implications of these new technologies and how can they add value to your next project? Find out the answer to these questions and more in our free webinar. Watch the recorded version of the webinar by completing the form below....

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What Lies Beneath: Environmental Concerns In Construction

Subsurface Investigations

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? While replacing municipal utilities the excavation contractor pulls up a greenish-gray bucket of soil smelling like diesel fuel.  During construction of a new downtown office building on an existing parking lot, it was discovered that the previous building had simply been knocked-down and buried beneath the pavement. Redevelopment of a blighted property is all set to go, as soon as the abandoned buildings can be safely torn down and properly disposed of. Historical activities that occurred on or adjacent to a property often leave hidden contamination or buried debris in the subsurface. Sometimes...

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Introduction to Public Private Partnership (PPP)

Geotechnical Engineer

With our infrastructure deteriorating and limited financing available, public owners look to levy the private sector for aid in the financing of our public projects. What does this mean to you and the construction industry as a whole? Learn the basics of Design Build Finance Operate Maintain (DBFOM) and Public Private Partnerships by viewing our recorded webinar....

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Firestopping Special Inspections

firestopping

Building code and fire inspection officials recently began strict enforcement of code requirements for firestopping inspections.The International Building Code (IBC) 2012, Section 1705.16 states that firestop inspections shall be included as part of the mandatory special inspections for high-risk facilities. But what is firestopping and is my building considered high-risk? Fill out the form below to watch a recorded version of our firestopping webinar....

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Mitigation of Vapor Intrusion in Large Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Mitigation of Vapor Intrusion

Mitigation of potential organic vapor migration into buildings has become a requirement in many states to protect occupants of buildings located near contaminated soil and groundwater, including Brownfield sites undergoing redevelopment. Complete the form to watch our free webinar where we will discuss design and operation of passive and active vapor mitigation sub-slab ventilation systems (SSVS). We will provide examples of system design and construction components and operating data for several existing systems located in the Minneapolis and Milwaukee metropolitan areas....

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What to Consider When Building a Solar Farm: Geotechnical and Environmental Considerations

Solar Webinar

The growth of solar gardens and utility scale solar installations will continue to increase in the years to come. Large scale land usage requires an understanding of the impacts to the local habitat as well as the baseline environmental conditions of the site to help avoid future claims. Solar arrays require an understanding of site soils to design a racking system that can withstand the lateral and vertical forces induced. Complete the form to view a recorded version of our webinar and learn more about environmental aspects relating to solar sites as well as the geotechnical process for providing solar site recommendations....

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Introduction to Special Inspections: Is Somebody Trying to Cut Corners on Your Project?

Special Inspections webinar

A majority of buildings require special inspections by the building code, but this process is often misunderstood. Special inspections can add value and provide greater confidence in the construction process when properly implemented, but did you know you also have responsibilities in this process? Complete the form to view a recorded version of our special inspections webinar to find out the answers to these questions and more....

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