May 16, 2017 09:49
BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL, I USEd TO love telling people what my stepdad did for a living. “He’s a photogrammetrist,” I’d say, then enjoy their puzzled expressions. “He makes maps out of aerial photographs,” I’d explain, rolling my eyes. “Everybody knows that....
March 21, 2011 04:57
Confining rocks to use as a stabilization system is hardly a new idea. In fact, the earliest forms of today’s gabion technology date back to the early Egyptians with archaeological evidence indicating that they used rudimentary baskets of woven reeds 7,000 years ago as a way to protect the banks of the sacred Nile River....
Nov. 21, 2011 04:38
It seemed like a perfect opportunity to get this country moving again, but alas, it failed miserably. I’m not very politically savvy, but I realized that by handing this stimulus money to the cities and municipalities, very little—if any—was going to filter down to where it would make a difference....

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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