LFA Presents at ISPLS Annual Conference

At the most recent annual conference sponsored by the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Shane Turay and Aaron Blank made a presentation to roughly 100 fellow surveyors about the merits of being a professional topographer and civil engineering surveyor.

The course objective was to encourage surveyors to think about producing surveying products that are as professionally executed as boundary surveys. The presentation focused on the techniques and tools used by those involved in the field of topographic and civil engineering surveys. The goal of the presentation was to encourage high quality, professional work, and to share lessons and experiences with one another.

ISPLS Annual Conference

The presentation lasted 50 minutes, and with Shane’s flair for effective story-telling, the objectives of the seminar were met. Several attendees sought Shane and Aaron after the presentation to inquire about the practices employed at LFA to ensure that we consistently deliver a high quality product that not only fulfills the requested scope requirements, but also ensures that the receiver of the survey information has the highest level of confidence proceeding with the elements of their design.

It was a positive experience that Shane and Aaron both hope to repeat in the future.

LFA Engineering Design – Ireland Road/Locust Road Intersection

Did you know LFA designed the signalization and grade improvements at the Ireland Road/Locust Road intersection?

Sight distance deficiencies in addition to the location of two single family homes immediately north of the intersection required attention. Meeting the homeowners needs, focus was placed on the relocation and reconfiguration of the existing drives to allow garage usage.

Concrete modular block retaining walls were built to overcome the proposed elevation difference fulfilling the project’s needs.

This project also included coordination with two ARRA INDOT bridge replacements immediately north and east of its limits.

LFA was solely responsible for roadway design, drainage design, pavement markings and signing, lighting, signalization, right-of-way engineering, maintenance of traffic, and construction inspection.

ACE Carl Anderson Awards

Membership in a professional organization is a great way to stay current on the latest topics, expand your knowledge base, and is a way to give back to younger members. Lawson-Fisher Associates has a policy of encouraging employee involvement in professional organizations due to these benefits.

One example of such an organization is the Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE). ACE is a professional organization of engineers and others in related disciplines that work with the natural environment and promote the application of sound engineering practices in the field of natural resource protection and recreation development.

One of the highlights of the annual conference are the Carl Anderson Awards for outstanding projects that exhibit the goals and objectives of ACE. Lawson-Fisher Associates has received this award along with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for the Koontz Lake Dam project. Breagan Eicher is serving on the ACE Awards committee this year, which is an exciting opportunity to review innovative projects from throughout the country. If your firm or agency has recently completed a project, please consider applying for the Carl Anderson Award. It is a great way to get recognition for the hard work that goes into making a project a success.

For more information about ACE, the annual conference, and the Carl Anderson Awards, please visit the ACE website or visit their Facebook page.

2016 ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge Competition

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) steel bridge competition is an annual student event in which university student chapters of ASCE from around the United States can participate. For the competition students in the field of structural engineering are tasked with the design, fabrication, and construction of a steel bridge while following the rules and regulations set forth. A panel of judges then scores each team’s bridge on the following six categories:

  1. Display – Appearance of bridge, identification of the school on the bridge, and a poster that explains the thought process including sponsors, advisors, and technicians.
  2. Construction Speed – The team that constructs the bridge with the quickest time wins this category.
  3. Construction economy – A formula is devised to calculate a dollar amount based on the number of builders, the time of the assembly, and the use of temporary piers.
  4. Lightness – The team with the lightest bridge wins this category.
  5. Stiffness – The team with the lowest aggregate deflection wins this category.
  6. Structural efficiency – A formula is devised to calculate a dollar amount based on the weight and deflection of the bridge.

The event is primarily sponsored by both ASCE and AISC and consists of both regional and national competitions. University chapters successful in the regional competitions can advance to the national competition. Each year this competition is hosted by a different university. This year in 2016 the national competition will be held at Brigham Young University May 27-28. Trine […]

Legislative Update – Transportation Funding

Transportation Funding on the local, state and national level is a topic that the civil engineering community routinely engages on several levels. At LFA we are encouraged to be involved in this process, whether it’s through personal awareness of the issues, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in an educational and advocacy role or through the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in a lobbying and policy influence role. More specifically, past and present LFA employees have contributed to this process in the following areas:

  • 2010 Indiana ASCE Infrastructure Report Card
  • 2009 National ASCE Infrastructure Report Card
  • ACEC Government Affairs Committee
  • Testifying at targeted Infrastructure Bill Hearings
  • ACEC INDOT Committee

Transportation Funding has been at the forefront of legislative and political discussions. On a national level, transportation funding has been a point of discussion mainly as a result of the 36 temporary extensions that were passed under the MAP 21 bill. This approach to a long term funding strategy created planning and implementation hurdles on all levels of government. In response to these issues Congress enacted and the President signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) bill. It has been anticipated that Indiana will receive approximately $500 million more per year, increasing the total allocations to $5.5 billion in federal funds over the next five years. While all the details of the five year funding plan are still emerging, we do know that this is a positive step in creating consistency and stability in […]

2015 Indiana LTAP County Bridge Conference Synopsis

On October 21, 2015, the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) held the annual County Bridge Conference at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This event brings together a cross section of individuals including representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), county personnel including engineers and supervisors, engineering consultants specializing in bridge design, rehabilitation and inspection, as well as a host of various other industry experts. The variety of the attendees facilitates open discussion and insight into the many aspects of Indiana’s bridges.

The conference itself provides multiple tracks to accommodate the variety of interests represented by the attendees. In the morning a General Session was held that included updates from INDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Also included in the morning session was a presentation on a bridge inspection training program by Sarah Sondag of the Minnesota DOT as well as the results of a research program by Dr. Robert Connor of Purdue University.

The afternoon session was broken up into three tracks which focused on particular aspects of the bridges in Indiana. A Design Track included updates on both the INDOT Design Manual and the INDOT Hydraulic Manual, as well as updates on some of the latest research in the field of bridge design. The Inspection Track focused on updates to the INDOT Bridge Inspection Manual and State Wide QA/QC, as well as Load Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) training. The final track, Bridge Preservation, allowed attendees to learn about INDOT’s bridge preservation […]