Field Notes
Are You Wasting Money?
By Shaun Stauffer, PE, LEED© AP – Mar 11, 2013
We’ve all heard recently about the fiscal cliff, budget cuts and sequestration. As those in Washington D.C. look to address these issues for future generations, we should all be looking at our own personal finances to see if we are wasting money. I came across this article by Whitson...

Fog-to-Water Project Followup
By – Mar 10, 2013
Here's a followup to my earlier Field Note, "UW Student Design Teams Look to Convert Fog to Water."  Sometimes when you volunteer and mix with interesting, smart people, you fall into something very cool. Through my relationships with University of Washington professors Susan Bolton and...

My Herrenknecht European Tour
By Jon Robison, PE – Feb 27, 2013
In the course of my career, while on work assignments, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some really cool places—from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York to the beaches of Florida and many other beautiful and interesting places. However, these...

Take Ten Minutes Outside!
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Feb 19, 2013
For years we have been hearing, "take a break every hour or so, stretch, get up, walk around," and so on. But do we really do this or do we remain parked at our desks? And if we do get up, is it just for a bathroom break and another cup of coffee? There is another solution.Current research points...

UW Student Design Teams Look to Convert Fog to Water
By – Feb 19, 2013
What if you lived in Lima, Peru? You’d notice extreme dryness in the summer (December to March), extreme fog in the winter (June to September) and almost never any rain (Lima receives 1cm of rainfall a year). It's hard to believe that this mega-city of 9 million people receives such little rainfall...