Integrated Architectural and Engineering Approach Is More Collaborative, Potentially Quicker to Market

Articles 10-30-2019

Development projects can pull together a variety of dynamics, agendas, capabilities and even egos to fulfill a client’s vision. For instance, a building architect might ...

Five Things You May Not Have Known About Construction Services

Articles 10-09-2019

Construction Services personnel works closely with owners, engineers, architects and contractors to be the “eyes and ears” through all phases and functions of the construction process. They build trusting partnerships and protect a client’s ...

Smart City Technology Abounds, but Planners Will Help Put It to Good Use

Articles 09-25-2019

Planners occupy a critical place in the advancement of smart cities—inherently, next to the big-data informational technologies that will make these cities thrive. Planners face challenging questions while trying to understand what existing, trending, ...

Five Things That Make a Great Sports Complex Experience for Players and Fans

Articles 08-28-2019

Sports complexes are becoming an important part of the community and an increasingly significant economic driver. These complexes play host to many weekend tournaments throughout the year and provide recreational opportunities for weekly ...

From Interns to Full-Time Employees, Learn Why These Engineers Chose a Halff Career

Articles 08-14-2019

An internship goes a long way toward helping a college student comprehend the daily responsibilities and complexities of a professional life within his or her field of study. Students gain experiential learning and even get a taste of the work environment ...

How a Smart Traffic Control System Can Signal Success on the Roads

Articles 08-07-2019

Inventor Charles Adler Jr. created a sound-actuated traffic signal in the 1920s designed to make a light change when a driver—who was sitting at a red light—honked the car’s horn. Adler’s intention was to assist drivers ...

Seven Ways to Become a Resilient Employee

Articles 07-24-2019

Resilience is an important word in A/E/C lexicon today. And it isn't found only in our built environment. It’s an important quality for employees in the workplace as well. Employees who thrive in stressful environments filled with unexpected challenges ...

Understanding Risk and Resilience Requirements for Water Systems

Articles 07-17-2019

America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018 was signed into public law on Oct. 23, 2018, requiring all community and wholesale water systems serving a population of greater than 3,300 to certify to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...

Texas Tax Reform Makes Stormwater Utility Fee a Critical Resource

Articles 06-26-2019

Tax reform in Texas has made having a stormwater utility fee more important as it provides a dedicated revenue stream to address stormwater infrastructure projects and activities that mitigate stormwater impacts. ...

Successful Structural Designs Are Constructible, Affordable and Sustainable

Articles 05-22-2019

A sound structure, from which all successful architectural or civil works projects are dependent, is paramount to protecting the safety and welfare of the public. ...

Addressing Channel Erosion Early Can Provide Significant Long-Term Cost Savings

Articles 05-08-2019

When it rains, it pours. North Texas has received an average yearly rainfall of more than 47 inches since 2015—that's 17 inches more than the yearly average during the previous decade. Nothing has changed in 2019, as 6.75 inches of rainfall ...

How Subsurface Utility Engineering Validates Design and Enhances Safety

Articles 05-01-2019

New construction projects of all shapes and sizes continue to populate our landscape. On occasion, those projects will run into untimely, costly delays because a utility conflict was encountered. Even worse, a utility line was ruptured. ...

Pharmacy Safety Standards, Hazardous Drugs and Mechanical Design: What You Need to Know

Articles 04-17-2019

More than 8 million U.S. health care workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs in the workplace each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...

Happy Trails: Why an Urban Walkable Environment Is Such a Rewarding Path

Articles 03-20-2019

Urban trail planning generally begins with a line drawn on a map. Sometimes the line evolves into something we can see and touch and experience, such as an active transportation trail. When that happens, it becomes meaningful for citizens ...

Finding the Right Solution Often Includes Software Development

Articles 02-27-2019

Halff employees have been dedicated to solving problems and creating sustainable solutions since the firm was founded 69 years ago. Halff’s Software Development practice plays a large role in finding those solutions by providing innovative tools ...

Gold in Our Midst: The Hidden Value of Parks

Articles 02-13-2019

One element that distinguishes a good city from a great city is its parks. Parks improve the quality of our lives—whether we use them for recreation, connectivity, socialization or to recharge our spirits. Parks are an investment in our society ...

Roundtable: Why a Collaborative Approach to Flood Resilience Is Important

Articles 01-30-2019

The 2018 APA Texas Conference last fall included a workshop titled, “Flood Safe Texas—Collaborative and Modern Approaches.” The key word in that title is collaborative. Collaboration certainly is not a new concept, but it can be ...

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Oklahoma Oil and Gas

Articles 01-23-2019

Oklahoma is among the top oil and natural gas-producing states in the country. Despite the state’s overall number of working rigs decreasing slightly late last year and early in 2019, the “Sooner State” boasts 14 of the nation’s 100 largest ...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Civil Works—the More You Know

Articles 01-09-2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a diverse organization. One of its many missions is to develop and manage the nation’s water resources. USACE, acting under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, serves as the regulatory agent issuing permits ...

How Asset Management Helps Maximize Existing Assets, Prioritize New Projects

Articles 12-19-2018

America’s deteriorating infrastructure has been widely documented over the last few years. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates the U.S. needs to spend $4.5 trillion by 2025 to fix the nation’s roads, bridges, dams, water systems ...

How Art Brings Value to the Trail

Articles 12-05-2018

Trails are a great way to provide recreational opportunities. They are a means of connectivity within a community and can also serve as a tourism destination. While providing transportation, trails can offer conservation and educational benefits. Trails have been proven to boost a community’s image and economic value ...

A Look Behind the Curtain at UAS Program Preparation and Safety

Articles 11-21-2018

Unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, are making a significant impact in the A/E industry—useful for a number of meaningful applications. In subsequent articles, topics such as quality control, data validation and project deliverables ...

Defining How and to What Level Autonomous Vehicles Hit the Open Road

Articles 11-07-2018

Autonomous vehicles rely on an integrated system of advanced technological components to travel down the road. Learn more, and how different levels of automation are defined. ...

Why Properly Structured Water Databases Are So Important

Articles 10-24-2018

One of the hottest topics this year among water experts and managers has not been about water itself. The topic? Data. It was deemed so important that Texas’ leading water data stakeholders were invited to Austin in April to participate in a workshop. ...

Technological Advancements Have Allowed for Better Flood Risk Analysis

Articles 10-17-2018

Flood risk is top of mind for many municipalities and residents within those communities because of severe storm events in recent years. Texas suffered more flood-related fatalities in 2017 than any other state, by far, according ...

Regulation of Professional Geoscientists at Stake With Sunset Commission Decision

Articles 10-03-2018

There will be a hearing November 14–15, 2018, in which the Sunset Commission will present its decision about the discontinuation of the regulation of Professional Geoscientists in Texas. If the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists is abolished ...

The Importance of Implementable Comprehensive Plans

Articles 09-19-2018

Comprehensive plans guide the future of many cities throughout the country. They are a direct outgrowth of the two standard state enabling acts published by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1920s. For many states, these Standard Acts ...

Flood Risk Technology, Part IV: Flood Inundation Mapping and Forecasting

Articles 09-05-2018

Residents often don’t have much reaction time to prepare or evacuate when a flood strikes, especially in smaller watersheds. But what if our communities knew with greater confidence what areas would flood during a rainfall event? ...

How Visualization Helps Us ‘See’ the Road

Articles 08-22-2018

Imagine being dropped right into the middle of traffic on Interstate 635E, which loops around Dallas. It’s a version of the highway you have never seen before. Look around. You experience wide-open expanses, elevation changes and new traffic patterns. Not only are you seeing what this new interstate looks like ...

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Right of Way

Articles 07-25-2018

Right of way is defined by Merriam-Webster as an easement or servitude over another's land conferring a right of passage. However, it is more particulary described as a strip of land used as a roadbed—for street, highway or railway—or for ...

Finding Dollars to Build Our Highways

Articles 07-11-2018

Who pays for our highways? And how? Those are multibillion-dollar questions today in Texas, where highways are becoming more congested due to skyrocketing population growth, and a funding shortfall exists to address all high-demand projects. The attempt to mitigate congestion is often outweighed by other critical ...

What Local Governments Need to Know Before Pursuing Federal Funding

Articles 06-27-2018

Local governments have an important decision to make before committing to widen a roadway, add a turn lane or even construct a new recreational trail for residents. Will they accept federal funding for the project? Federal grant programs assist ...

Designing a Built Environment That Is Resilient

Articles 06-13-2018

Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans in 2005 and wreaked havoc on built-up areas of the Gulf Coast. The Caribbean, Eastern United States and Gulf Coast areas were then visited by devastating hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey in 2017. ...

Flood Risk Technology, Part III: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling

Articles 05-23-2018

Planning and designing projects that identify risk and mitigate flooding are top of mind, especially following the devastating 2017 hurricane season and other recent dramatic rainfall events. ...

Why Benchmarking Your Building’s Energy Efficiency Is So Important

Articles 05-09-2018

Sustainability is a cornerstone of most buildings designed today. Sustainable design preserves critical resources such as energy and water, and incorporates materials that are environmentally friendly. What can be done about older, existing buildings? ...

How Infill Redevelopment Can Benefit a Community

Articles 04-25-2018

Common sense tells us it is much easier and more attractive to develop land that hasn’t been touched. A greenfield site, which has not previously been used for any residential, commercial or industrial purpose, offers a clean slate and a multitude ...

What You Need to Know About Stream Erosion, Stabilization and Restoration

Articles 04-11-2018

Take a step back in time for a moment and imagine yourself trekking across Plano, Texas, 150 years ago. If you prefer a South Texas suburb, settle in Katy. Or head north to Oklahoma City. Prairie lands exist as far as you can see. ...

Where? Surveyors Have the Answer

Articles 03-28-2018

Land surveying is often a tale of the classic five W’s. However, the "where" part of the equation is the most important part of surveying. Surveyors provide information about where things are, such as boundary lines or physical features on the ground. They can tell us where future boundary lines or physical features are wanted. ...

The Story Behind Destination Parks

Articles 03-14-2018

Merriam-Webster defines destination as "a place worthy of travel or an extended visit." In the landscape architecture world, that destination could be a park, an urban plaza or even a walkway that connects points of interest within a community. Destination parks all have stories ...

Flood Risk Technology, Part II: Historical Rainfall Records

Articles 02-28-2018

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have altered parts of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean forever. As a result, new criteria and standards for flood control/stormwater features are being examined closely. ...

The Value of Communication and Interaction in Process Safety Management

Articles 02-14-2018

It is known to oil and gas firms as Regulation 29 CFR 1910.119. Its purpose: “This section contains requirements for preventing or minimizing the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable or explosive chemicals ...

Applying Low Impact Development Features That Are Practical

Articles 01-31-2018

What do bioswales, detention/retention basins, vegetated rooftops, permeable pavers, constructed wetlands and rain barrels have in common? They are low impact development features that assist in managing stormwater runoff. ...

Caught in Traffic? Time to Think About the Future of Transportation

Articles 01-17-2018

Ah, stress. You know it well. It’s that anxiety that overcomes you when all you can see is an ocean of red brake lights in front of you on the interstate. Breathe. The average rush-hour commuter in America spends 42 hours per year sitting in gridlock ...

When to Consider Daylighting a Stream

Articles 01-03-2018

Think about the most exciting places to go in your community. In many cases, they are where the water and the land meet—edges of streams or lakes or even oceans. Those areas create interest, value and opportunity. They are where the energy is at. Throughout the last century, many of the […] ...

The Future of SUE Includes Deep Locating

Articles 12-06-2017

Knowing where utility lines are located is critical. No owner wants to encounter a surprise during construction, which could ultimately delay a project and increase costs dramatically. Safety is a primary concern as well, especially when encountering natural gas or petroleum pipelines. ...

Flood Risk Technology, Part I: An Overview

Articles 11-22-2017

Allison, Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey are names that will forever be synonymous with the United States—for all the wrong reasons. They were each the “perfect storm” that left cities and regions underwater, shattered lives, and caused billions of dollars in property damage. Tropical Storm Allison blew into Texas in June […] ...

What You Need to Know About Section 404 Permitting

Articles 11-08-2017

If you type “Section 404 of the Clean Water Act” or “Waters of the United States” into an internet browser, you will see a list of links rooted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and even schools of law. ...

When Recreation Becomes Transportation

Articles 10-25-2017

Even in the South—where the highways are wide, the distances are great, and the summer heat is oppressive—there is a growing demand for facilities that support bicycling and walking. Could it be that we are ready to ride our bikes to the office? Walk to the grocery store? Shun our trucks for pedals or walking shoes? ...

How LiDAR Contributes to the World Around Us

Articles 10-11-2017

LiDAR is a lot like a five-tool baseball player. It is extremely versatile and excels at helping us accomplish greater things. LiDAR is such a dynamic technology that it is used for an array of tasks such as floodplain modeling, urban planning, coastline ...
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Delivering Clear Pipeline Right of Way

Articles 10-16-2016

Delivering a clear right of way for pipeline projects presents an environmental and permitting challenge requiring a multi-faceted approach. Pipeline projects should include an environmental regulatory review during the alignment selection phase, assessment during the property acquisition phase, and testing and monitoring ...

Why Surveying is Critical in the Success of your Linear Projects

Articles 08-16-2016

The classic “Five Ws” are Who, What, Where, When and Why. Land surveying focuses on defining WHERE. Where are the property boundaries? Where are the improvements? Where are the utilities? ...

The Right Power Supply for Your Process Facility

Articles 07-16-2016

It’s a holiday weekend, a storm is squalling above the public utility process facility and suddenly, as expected, power fails. Effluent water keeps streaming downstream yet it’s doing so untreated. What do you do to re-start water process operation, and ...
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Improving the Delivery of Raw Water

Articles 06-01-2016

Water Resources Halff Associates provides full service to our water utility clients, from the assessment and modeling of existing infrastructure to the design of pipelines and facilities. For the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), Halff developed a hydraulic model of the Highlands Canal System to identify opportunities to improve the […] ...
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Program Management

Articles 05-01-2016

Program Management is typically defined as managing multiple projects for the purpose of meeting a common goal, and, while it may take on many different forms, there is a common process involved. At the programming level, ...

Halff Presentations at Texas Water

Articles 03-01-2016

Texas Water 2016 Coming in April Texas Water 2016 – the premier conference for water industry experts throughout the state – is set for April 19-22 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Presented by the Texas section of the American Water Works Association (TAWWA) and the Water Environment Association of […] ...
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Historic Preservation

Articles 02-01-2016

Historic buildings contribute significantly to the character of a city, and public officials have recognized that these structures enhance the identity and uniqueness of the community. Preservation is a key strategy for economic development, urban revitalization and sustainable development. Because historic ...
Social Media

Use of Social Media

Articles 01-01-2016

How to engage customers on social media continues to be a question for engineers and utilities. As you can see from the graphic below, social media continues to grow, and customers engage on it every day. Social networks have grown from being used primarily by millennials to now professionals interacting on them to develop ...
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Corrosion Protection for Treatment Plants

Articles 11-01-2015

Ben Franklin told us that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and as usual he was right. Corrosion in general is an issue that could end up breaking your bank, so you need experts who have done the research and can give ...

Asset Data Collection

Articles 10-01-2015

How many times have you heard “but that’s the way we’ve always done it?” That phrase is becoming obsolete with the advent of ever-changing technology, and Halff is at the forefront of developing real-time solutions for real-world issues. ...

Bringing Information to Your Doorstep

Articles 09-01-2015

A full-service engineering consulting firm. What does that mean to you? At Halff, we take pride in offering professional services in numerous disciplines, providing a one-stop shop for many types of projects. However, meeting the standard of full service means much more to Halff than preparing plans and specs. When you need ...
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Trenchless Technology Tunneling Methods

Articles 08-01-2015

Tunneling vs. Traditional Installing an underground pipeline is a major undertaking, regardless of the size of the pipeline or the size of the city. Traditional methods of open cut or cut and cover are appropriate and cost-effective for shallow depths less than 25 feet and if there is adequate space […] ...
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Smart Water Irrigation Systems and The Benefits of Using Native/Adapted Landscaping

Articles 07-01-2015

Selecting the right plants to enhance a street or building project can have long-lasting impacts on maintenance efforts and cost. ...
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The Benefits and Challenges of Going Green

Articles 06-01-2015

Sustainability… Green Infrastructure… Low Impact Development... All of these terms express a common goal: infrastructure that is environmentally-friendly, cost-effective, and integrates with the longterm quality of life goals of the community. Water ...

NEPA and the Keys to Environmental Clearance for Your Project

Articles 05-01-2015

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on Jan. 1, 1970, to protect, maintain, and enhance the environment amid concerns that human actions were negatively affecting the environment. NEPA requires federal agencies ...

Using Creativity to Achieve Client Goals and Project Success

Articles 04-01-2015

The design and construction of linear projects, right-of-way (ROW) acquisition, environmental assessments, and many other types of engineering projects all have something in common – a tremendous number of moving parts. ...

How SUE Helps Minimize Construction Issues

Articles 03-01-2015

Here’s a recent news report we all want to avoid: “The City of Frisco has shut down all work by contractors installing fiber optic cable in several Frisco neighborhoods after crews cut six natural gas lines in the past month.” ...

How Great Utility Coordination Leads to Project Success

Articles 02-01-2015

Infrastructure projects are on the rise as the Texas economy grows. To maximize project dollars, utility coordination is essential on most projects – from local site developments to major transportation projects. ...

Resolving Right-of-Way Issues

Articles 01-01-2015

What is ROW & Why Is It Important? Rights of way (ROW) are generally defined as the right of a person or entity to use the land of another in a particular project alignment. (Most agencies consider a right of way to be an easement.) ...

Wetlands & Waterways – Navigating Federal Policy under the Clean Water Act

Articles 12-01-2014

Section 404 – What Is It & Why Is It Important to Your Project? In 1972, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act established a program to regulate the placement of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. ...

Ensure That Environmental Issues Don’t Delay Your Projects

Articles 11-01-2014

Did you know that Texas is home to 52 native freshwater mussel species that are a critical component of a healthy aquatic ecosystem? Mussels serve as water quality indicators and provide an important food source for other organisms. ...

The Importance of Rehabilitation and Replacement of Water/Wastewater Lines

Articles 10-01-2014

Buried Below the Surface... lie miles upon miles of pipe, conveying clean drinking water to our homes and businesses and carrying wastewater away. ...

Effective Communication with the Public

Articles 09-01-2014

What Is Public Participation? Public participation means involving those affected by a decision in the decision-making process. It includes the understanding that the public’s contribution will ultimately influence decisions. Public participation (also called public involvement) can be put into action in various ways: public ...

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TPWA One-Day Seminar
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Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference
Midwest City, Okla.
Dec. 4 – 5, 2019