ECS Wolf Den – a Center for Learning and Collaboration

By and for ECS clients and employees

Welcome to the Wolf Den

Welcome to the, “ECS Wolf Den,” our official company blog. ECS has a long tradition of providing our clients with useful technical information without the usual advertising through our Lessons Learned series. Who would have known 25 years ago that this would become the basis of our newest social media venture? While we’ll continue to publish Lessons Learned, the ECS Wolf Den will provide expanded technical content with photographs and hyperlinks, as well as highlight our employees and the great job they do to contribute to our clients’ successes.

Why the title, ECS Wolf Den?  Since the founding of our company the wolf has been our unofficial mascot. The easy answer is that one of our founders is a NC State graduate. But if you look deeper, the wolf metaphor represents our desire to work together in pursuit of our mutual goals. The Wolf Den is a place where we can come together to learn from each other and exchange ideas with our friends and colleagues. This is the essence of who we are and what we do, and we invite you to participate in this process. 

We hope you enjoy our content. Please feel free to comment on our posts, ask questions, or suggest future topics.

 

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Shining a Spotlight on Engineering

One of our core service lines at ECS is geotechnical engineering. In honor of Engineering Week (February 19 – 25), we asked a few of our staff:  Why did you want to be an engineer?

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Wetlands: Why the Regulations?

Wetlands – Nature’s Sponges

Wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency through the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Regulatory Division. Have you ever wondered why we protect wetlands? It’s just land that can’t be utilized for anything, right?

Well, not exactly.

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Nominations for Best Engineering Film

Movies have the ability to inspire. From the beginning of time, stories have taught life lessons and encouraged dreaming. As storytelling has developed, it has taken the form of plays, art, and film. With a winning combination of story, visuals, and music, movies can deliver powerful themes that aren’t otherwise easily expressed or understood. 

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Radon Gas - and Why You Should Test

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon typically moves up through the ground and can enter structures through cracks or other holes in the building’s foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Unfortunately, once radon gets into a structure, it can become trapped inside, thus exposing the occupants to the negative effects of this odorless, colorless gas.

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Winter Safety

Winter presents more diverse and severe safety challenges than any other season. The human body is poorly equipped to deal with the cold, so it’s no surprise that we see more injuries and medical emergencies as temperatures drop. Our homes, cars, and other machinery are less efficient in colder temperatures. Mechanical breakdowns are more common in winter months, as are house fires and carbon monoxide emergencies. Here are a few tips that can help you survive the winter safely.

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H.E.R. Shelter

There’s just nothing warmer or more comforting than a fleece blanket. When you’re feeling overtired, overwhelmed, or just overwrought, wrapping a fleece blanket around your shoulders or tucking one around your feet just makes it feel like all is right with the world.

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Winter Grading

While site grading can be done during the winter months, it is more costly. Grading generally takes more time due to wetter soils and more “bad weather” days. Otherwise good soils are frequently wasted because of frost and higher moisture contents. To help successfully manage these conditions, these techniques can keep your project moving forward during the winter season:

File Under: Geotechnical
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Award-Winning Project Spotlight: Science Drive Parking Garage

Every year, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) hosts an Engineering Excellence Awards competition, where it chooses exemplary projects from engineering firms across North Carolina to receive recognition. This year, ECS Carolinas, LLP was the recipient of both the Honor Award and People’s Choice Award for their work on the Science Drive Parking Garage in Durham, NC.

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Cold Weather Concrete

With the approach of winter, it’s time to remember cold weather concrete practices. According to the American Concrete Institute (ACI)’s publication, “Guide to Cold Weather Concreting,” (ACI 306R) cold weather is defined as any time the air temperature falls or is expected to fall below 40°F during the protection period (the time required to prevent concrete from being affected by cold weather).

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Fundamentals of Football and Business

“Gentlemen, this is a football. This is how you hold a football,”

- Vince Lombardi

Just as football stresses the fundamentals of teamwork, persistence, and a positive attitude, so does business. As a Texas A&M University alum, I am proud to support the Aggies and show how the principles of the team can be put into practice on and off the field.

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