Lifecycle Project Costs

I see a lot of new engineering technologies that have been developed in an attempt to better solve old problems. And I see a lot of people buying into these technologies because of the sticker price. I’m ashamed to say that even engineers are suckers for a “bargain” sometimes – without taking into consideration the […]

iGIS – GIS for the iPhone

As a City Engineer, I deal with complex spacial data that makes the most sense when viewed graphically. For a lot of the information I need, I am reliant on GIS – Geographical Information Systems (and the City’s planing assistant who maintains the data) to interpret the interactions between property lines, utilities and all of […]

Servicing the Airport Lands

It probably sounded like a good idea back in the middle years of the 2000’s decade.You can imagine the thinking, “If we get some good sized lots suitable for parking, Walmart or CostCo will come and set up shop there, the residents will be happy and we’ll be able to get some tax revenue off […]

For-Profit Water in Winnipeg

Image via Wikipedia The City of Winnipeg, Manitoba has decided to dissolve it’s water and waste water departments and form a stand alone utility. During the final council meeting before the summer break, Winnipeg’s elected officials voted 10-6 to create a new city-owned agency that will assume responsibility for water treatment, sewage treatment and garbage […]

Infrastructure and the Current Financial Situation

Infrastructure authorities around America are scrambling for funds in the wake of the current financial turmoil. The bond market is off limits to cities, states and other local governments, forcing authorities to make some tough choices… Maine had already begun some of its road work when the bond markets stopped functioning, so now it is […]