JETC 2014 In Review

May 30, 2014

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) had its annual Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC) in Orlando, Fla., last week. As someone who works regularly with the Department of Defense (DOD), this is one conference I look forward to each year — it’s tailored to people who work with or for the federal […]

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Burns & McDonnell to Present on PublicWay Technology at CityAge Conference 2014

May 29, 2014

It seems like only yesterday when I first introduced our innovative technology, PublicWay, at the 2012 CityAge, The Summit on The New American City conference in our home market of Kansas City, Mo. Two years later, it’s both an honor and a pleasure to be speaking about the technology once again at this year’s CityAge […]

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New Kansas Law: Does It Impact Engineers?

May 28, 2014

A recently enacted bill in the Kansas State Legislature that redefines the scope of practice for architects, engineers and surveyors has been causing some consternation in the engineering community. The result of a four-year consultation, Senate Bill 349, which is due to take effect on July 1, 2014, is designed to update the licensing definitions […]

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Written on Water: Documentary Aims to Help Solve Groundwater Decline

May 27, 2014

A documentary filmmaker hopes to put the High Plains water issues into a historic and scientific perspective. The documentary, which is being financed through the funding platform Kickstarter, will record the struggles faced by farmers as they battle drought, wind and the unpredictable nature of a warming climate. It asks communities what choices they can […]

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The Grid of the Future: A Practical Overview of Microgrids

May 23, 2014

The electric power generation and delivery system in the United States is a vast network of interconnected sources (generators) and loads (customers) primarily owned and operated by large investor-owned utilities, cooperatives and municipalities. The concept hasn’t changed in decades; however, with the ever-increasing reliance on technology in every facet of our lives, the continuity of […]

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New EPA Rule: What’s Protected Under the Clean Water Act

May 16, 2014

At the end of last year, I wrote about a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that could potentially have a huge impact on wetlands permitting. The final version of that rule, which attempts to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, was released on April 21. The new rule […]

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