• How Commercial Development Can Increase Tax Rateables

    Picture of construction site with the text "Increasing Tax Rateables"
    Elizabeth Bell

    COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives. With staggering rates of unemployment, some states still shut down and the threat of a second wave, many entities are looking for ways to boost their local economies. One group working to develop a strong tax base is the Alliance for Balanced Growth (ABG). The ABG is ... Read More

  • The Role of the Utility Coordinator

    model of underground utilities
    Elizabeth Bell

    Many utilities occupy public rights-of-way. While some sit above ground, others run hidden underground. These utilities may have been there for decades or recently installed unbeknownst to others. So, it should come as no surprise that it can be challenging to identify what utilities exist, where they are and who owns each one. In fact, ... Read More

  • Surveying Substations with LiDAR

    Substation LiDAR scan
    Elizabeth Bell

    Surveying Substations Surveying substations is complicated. And believe it or not, conventional survey can increase the complexity. So, what are your options? Well, they all revolve around the use of LiDAR! But before we jump into how it can help, we need to touch on the challenges it has to overcome. Conventional survey requires the ... Read More

  • Maintaining Pipe Casing Integrity

    SUE technician for Dallas County Schools
    Elizabeth Bell

    Because gas or oil pipelines tend to be buried in soil or immersed in water, they are prone to corrosion. As such, statutes 192.467 and 195.575 from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) state, “Buried or submerged pipelines must be electrically isolated from other underground metallic structures, unless the pipeline and the other structures ... Read More

  • ADA Ramp Compliance

    ADA ramp compliance analysis of a ramp captured with mobile LiDAR
    Elizabeth Bell

    Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our country has come a long way in creating more inclusive spaces. One such way of doing so is with Title II. It provides regulations so that anyone can access and utilize state and local government services. So, we’re here to talk about one very important feature ... Read More

  • Explore New Worlds at Carteret Park

    Space-themed playground at Carteret Park
    Elizabeth Bell

     If we think back to playtime when we were kids, there was no limit to our imagination. If you could believe it, you could become it. We swung from vine to vine on Jungle gyms, played cops and robbers on dome climbers, and reigned as kings and queens from the highest structure in the ... Read More