Field Notes
Helping Electric Utilities Avoid Bird Mortality Compliance Risk with AvianAudit
By Chris Bellusci – Sep 9, 2013
Power lines kill upwards of 170 million birds in the U.S. each year, and wind turbines are estimated to kill 33,000 according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s factsheet Migratory Bird Mortality: Many Human-Caused Threats Afflict our Bird Population (PDF – 518 KB). Utilities that have not adhered...

Emergency Response Considerations That Go Beyond Geology
By J Gordon, PE – Jul 16, 2013
I recently talked about landside emergency response procedures for the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Washington Chapter Emerging Professionals Committee. The original request was to focus on the Whidbey Island landslide that occurred this spring.  However, considering the audience...

Emerging Technologies in Trenchless Pipeline Installations
By Jon Robison, PE – Jun 28, 2013
We had a great time this week in Fort Worth, Texas, at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pipelines 2013 Conference.  The theme was “Pipelines and Trenchless Constructions & Renewals: A Global Perspective.” It was well attended, breaking all previous records.  I had the...

Carbon Footprints, the Human Brain, and the Space Needle
By – Jun 14, 2013
I had the opportunity to attend National Public Radio’s (NPR) live broadcast of Science Friday at the Pacific Science Center on Friday, June 14. The weekly radio show features discussions on current events in science. Host and veteran science journalist Ira Flatow led the discussion at the Pacific...

Revitalizing Communities by Reusing Contaminated Properties
By – May 20, 2013
I’ll be speaking about GeoEngineers’ work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation urban campus at the NEBC Reusing Contaminated Land conference in June 6 in Tacoma, WA. Here’s a link to the conference agenda. My entire career has been focused on recycling and revitalizing urban land. In my...