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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Celebrating Earth Day

I grew up in a small town called Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, China.  Hohhot is a Mongolian name meaning “the green city.”  Indeed, in ancient times, it must have been very “green” as people would draw big white circles on exterior walls to scare away the wolves!  So the air must have been very clean then as it was when I grew up, since I could distinctly see a blueish mountain from our front yard, called “Daqing Shan,” meaning the Great Blue Mountains.

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Work Zone Safety

After 28 years of experience completing transportation-related geotechnical design phase services and construction-phase testing services, ECS is proud to celebrate the 2017 National Work Zone Awareness – “Work Zone Safety Is in Your Hands” Week.  As we take pride in our experience and emphasis on work zone safety, we wanted to share some of our takeaways.

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ECS Employees Have GRIT: Meet Derek

"By focusing on being the absolute best that I can be..." Derek has GRIT.

When did you start with ECS? I joined ECS on June 2, 1997 as a Project Engineer in NC.

What positions have you held within ECS?

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Bring on the Pi

Happy Pi Day! Pi, otherwise known as π, is an irrational number that is the ratio between the diameter and the circumference of a circle.

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ECS Employees Have GRIT

At ECS, we are problem solvers who approach obstacles with a fearless attitude. From trekking knee deep through swamplands to rappelling off of buildings, we do whatever it takes to safely get the job done! The work we do sometimes does not have an easy solution. It takes drive, determination and the ability to connect people and ideas to achieve remarkable results.  

What better way to celebrate National Employee Appreciation Day than to recognize our team members' contributions and to showcase their GRIT.

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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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