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Family Friday: Geotechnical Engineering

This Family Friday blog is full of geotechnical engineering related activities. First, kids can help geotechnical engineering Joe find his way through mountain maze. Did you know that geotechnical engineers can plan the path of tunnels through mountains? Then, there is a soil layer information and activity sheet set from Education.com....

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Q&A with Guy Butts, Corporate Health and Safety Director

June is National Safety Month, an important time to evaluate safety programs in the workplace and to recognize all of those who support safety and health in our companies. Organized by the National Safety Council, National Safety Month will focus on four key themes this year: Mental Health, Ergonomics, Building a Safety Culture, and Driving. At Draper Aden, we believe in creating a safe and healthy work environment for our teams, clients, and the communities we serve. Our leadership team reinforced this commitment when they added Guy Butts to our firm as the first Corporate Health and Safety Director. Who better to discuss health and safety than Guy? ...

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Family Friday: Structural Engineering

Family Friday is back with a series of activities about structural engineering! As Kiddle defines it in their kids encyclopedia, “Structural engineering is a subset of civil engineering dealing with the design and analysis of buildings and large non-building structures to withstand both the gravity and wind loads as well as natural disasters.” Read the full entry here....

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Taking the Lead in Green Building

This Friday marks World Environment Day, organized by the United Nations. It has been recognized since 1974 with a different theme each year. In 2020, the focus is on biodiversity. As the U.N. notes, “World Environment Day offers a global platform for inspiring positive change.” That message aligns perfectly with our firm’s commitment to leave a lasting, positive impact in the communities we serve. Ultimately, that collective impact can benefit the world at large....

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Family Friday: All About Utilities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On this week’s family-friendly blog, we’re sharing a couple of activities related to utilities engineering.   The first activity is a Q&A on utilities from Get Kids into Survey. This document is full of great information and images explaining the ins and outs of mapping utilities.   The second activity is a zany maze from 811. Can you make it through to the buried treasure?   Ask your kids what they think about utilities mapping and share it with us on Instagram at @draperadenassociates![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Family Friday: Printable Activities about Water

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As many of our employees have picked up new roles of helping to homeschool their kids, our human resources department has been collecting and sharing kid-friendly civil engineering activities each week. It has been such a hit that we are starting a new blog series for kids!   Up first are a series of water-related activities created and shared originally by the EPA! In this Water Adventure Activity Booklet, kids can follow along with Thirstin for coloring pages, word games, and facts about drinking water.   If your kids love this activity, snap a photo of them with their work, and tag us on Instagram! We'll look out for some to share.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Bioremediation Offers Innovative Solutions for Pharmaceutical Contamination

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Modern medicine and pharmaceutical advances have been indispensable to improving quality of life for hundreds of millions in the United States. However, in recent years, pharmaceutical compounds have become a significant group of environmental pollutants. These compounds could pose risks to human health and have adverse environmental effects.     In fact, pharmaceuticals have been detected worldwide in wastewater, surface water, groundwater, and soil. These compounds enter the environment through many channels, including manufacturing waste, household and hospital solid wastes that end up in landfill leachates, and disposal of unused or expired medicine through sewage systems and landfills.     Recognizing the challenge posed by pharmaceutical compounds in the environment, identifying the best treatment options is crucial. Yet, the best treatment strategy also can prove complex. Treatment of pharmaceuticals presents challenges due to the large quantity, their complex and highly stable chemical structure, and their hazardous nature. Currently available physical and chemical remediation methods—including coagulation/flocculation, filtration,...

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The Impact of Supporting Industry Associations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At Draper Aden, we’re proud to say that our team is involved in more than 65 trade and industry associations. As part of our mission to leave a lasting, positive impact, we believe that it’s important to share our insight and expertise with others.   For a sense of the variety of associations our employees belong to, here are a few examples: American Council of Engineering Companies Association of General Contractors Virginia Association of Counties American Water Works Association Solid Waste Association of America Virginia Economic Developers Association     Leading the Way   Our team is active in a wide array of industry sectors at every level. Aside from being active members, many of our employees volunteer their time by serving on committees for these associations and taking leadership positions to help guide industry members in Virginia and North Carolina and at the national level.     Shaping the future   As experts in our fields, and as engineers with analytical...

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An Engineer’s Perspective on the Covid-19 Pandemic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] As I see images of and hear about doctors and nurses that are struggling in the face of fighting this pandemic, I find myself grateful not to be in their shoes. Hopefully, their intensive training about human care has included ways for them to cope with the mental challenges both they and their patients are facing. Even with that training, that can’t possibly have prepared them for the pandemic we are facing now. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.   That got me thinking about the role engineers, surveyors, and scientists are playing in this crisis and the impact that COVID-19 is having on their psyche. How is our work making a difference? Engineering professionals, at least from my own experience, do not have much non-STEM training. My only liberal arts or humanities based classes were an introduction to psychology elective and a course called Professional and...

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