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Battle at Bristol

Overlooked by most fans the playing surface is one of the most important aspects of a football competition. With the BIG game coming up in Bristol between Virginia Tech and Tennessee and not a lot of time to create a field, AstroTurf asked Draper Aden Associates to team with them. Using scanning technology, in only a few hours we provided survey verification of stone base planarity (proposed grade) of the playing field before the playing surface was installed. Uniformity may not seem like a huge deal tossing the ball around in the backyard but the NCAA has strict tolerance requirements for college football game surfaces. Even though the field is sloped for drainage you might say we helped level the playing field… (pun completely intended!)

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DAA Weekly Reading List: Virtual Construction, ENR, Water Savings

What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’re following these stories and think you should too! Virtual Construction Delivers When you think of virtual construction you probably think of visually appealing 3D models and laser scans, but there's so much more! Virtual construction tools are a cost effective way to get exact project specs that let you problem-solve before the first shovel hits the ground. It's also putting your whole team on the same page with models that are precise. Get even more on virtual construction in this great article by Tim Dean and Dwayne Sellers in Inside Business.       Big Winners We're happy to say we were involved with two of the Best Project Winners for ENR's Mid Atlantic Region: Best Manufacturing Project-Stone Brewing Co. in Richmond (working with Hourigan Construction) and the Sports/Entertainment Award of Merit for the Virginia Tech Indoor Training Facility in Blacksburg...

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Low Impact Design Examples on Display at Science Museum of Richmond

[caption id="attachment_886" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bioretention Area[/caption] As design professionals, many of us feel uneasy about the lack of data documenting stormwater BMPs performance. The data that is available shows a wide range of treatment efficiencies for the same types of BMPs and lacks completeness in documenting how design parameters, maintenance, and other conditions can affect performance. So it’s great to see that the Science Museum of Virginia, in cooperation with Virginia Tech and the City of Richmond, is pursuing several projects to expand the base of stormwater BMP knowledge. The Science Museum has installed the following: • two tree box filters • a bioretention area • a cistern • an area of permeable concrete • vegetated green roof [caption id="attachment_891" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tree Box Filter[/caption] These systems are equipped with instrumentation, including flow weirs and samplers to collect data. The projects are currently collecting data. If you are in the Richmond area, please visit the Science Museum and see...

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In Charlottesville, DEQ Briefs Localities on Quality of Area Streams

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Tara Sieber of the DEQ stands in front of a map depicting impaired streams"][/caption] The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality hired experts from Virginia Tech's Biological Systems Engineering Department to help assess the levels of pollutants in Lodge Creek, Meadow Creek, Moores Creek and Schenks Branch (all considered impaired channels by DEQ since they are not healthy environments for aquatic life) as well as throughout the watershed. How much sediment flows through Moore's Creek annually? Follow the link to Charlottesville Tommorrow's coverage to find out.

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