Other Civil Engineering Services

 

Civil engineering encompasses a wide variety of sub-disciplines, many of which are mastered by GeoInsight employees. This diversity of disciplinary experience enables you to have multiple tasks handled by a single firm, improving continuity. Additionally, GeoInsight’s staff members are capable of meeting your objectives by engaging other interested parties, fostering a win-win atmosphere.  

 

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
-Ben Franklin

GeoInsight’s expertise in construction and site engineering allows for meaningful and value-added constructability reviews that are tailored to your project’s specific objectives. Constructability reviews can take two forms:

 

Informal Setting

In a more informal setting, our select team of engineers meets with you, and reviews and critiques plans and specifications, commenting on project-build methods and materials, and identifying issues that could significantly impact the construction schedule, budget, or performance.  Our feedback can be verbal or in written form at this stage.

 

Formal Team Setting

In a team-oriented setting, GeoInsight can provide specific feeback to a group and/or bring in an experienced contractor(s) to provide their own perspective on the details, sequence, and specifics of planned construction activities. This second approach is invaluable when the civil engineering project is complex and work sequencing (i.e., following the critical path) is crucial to achieving specific outcomes at various project milestones.

GeoInsight provides value engineering reviews, for civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering projects, identifying opportunities to lower total project life-cycle costs while still meeting project objectives. In conjunction with your team’s input, GeoInsight’s engineers identify opportunities to substitute certain design elements with new approaches to lower costs for materials and products, construction, and/or longer-term operations and maintenance. In some cases, the cost-savings for longer term operations and maintenance can be significant. This is especially true for civil engineering projects with an environmental remediation component, where long-term remedial efforts occur for a decade or more.

We prepare Master Plans that establish easy-to-understand goal schedules and long-term usefulness. The master planning process requires description of existing conditions and issues, definition of needs versus desires, stating the rationalization for proposed changes,  careful management of ideas, encouragement of creativity, assessment of short-term and long-term influences, and buy-in by all stakeholders. GeoInsight staff members have the experience to make this process successful by:

  • meeting with stakeholders to understand their interests
  • formulating strategic questions to enlist productive suggestions from the groups,
  • defining the boundaries for solutions
  • providing cost implications for “do nothing” alternative as well as proposed improvements, and
  • incorporating flexibility into our solutions to allow for potential changes and accommodate for unforeseen conditions or data gaps.

 

We are experienced in developing a variety of Master Plan formats and can customize an approach to match your needs and budget, as well as your audience.

Prioritization is an important aspect of asset management: which ones should be replaced? Repaired? Left as is? GeoInsight helps municipal, industrial, commercial, and institutional clients develop user-friendly programs to logically identify and then sort through their systems and infrastructures. We develop a meaningful comparison of which threats need the most attention in the shortest amount of time by:

  • conducting comprehensive inventories of existing systems
  • identifying potential modes of failure
  • recognition of inter-related systems and their impact on risk
  • assigning probabilities of failure, and
  • defining the cost of failure consequences.

This process greatly improves your ability to plan and spend resources wisely. A properly-prepared risk evaluation program will support Master Planning efforts (where applicable), and quantify capital expenditures and maintenance funds.

Flood insurance surveys or elevation certificates are an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This engineering evaluation provides the elevation information necessary to

  • Promote compliance with community floodplain management ordinances
  • Determine the proper insurance premium rate, and/or
  • Support a request for a letter of map amendment (LOMA) or letter of map revision based on fill (LOMR-F).

As part of the agreement for making flood insurance available in a community, the NFIP requires the community to adopt floodplain management regulations that specify minimum requirements for reducing flood losses. One such requirement is for the community to obtain the elevation of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new and substantially-improved buildings, and maintain a record of such information. The elevation certificate documents residents’ compliance with their community’s floodplain management ordinance.

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