Are You HEART-SAFE?
Relax: I’m not going to talk about heart attacks or medical issues. June is National Safety Month. Safety training can be mostly a...
Employees With GRIT
“I’ve had to develop thick skin, be diligent, determined, and exhibit confidence, even if it wasn’t there,” or as we like to say,...
Got GRIT
The ECS PAWS (Promoting All Women’s Strengths) program was founded in 2015 to encourage professional women’s growth through develo...
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...
Work Zone Safety
After 28 years of experience completing transportation-related geotechnical design phase services and construction-phase testing s...
Employees with GRIT
"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, 199...
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...
ECS Employees Have GRIT
At ECS, we are problem solvers who approach obstacles with a fearless attitude. From trekking knee deep through swamplands to rapp...
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...
Wetlands: Why the Regulations?
Wetlands – Nature’s Sponges Wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency thr...
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 story...
Environmental Due Diligence – Part III
If the Phase I ESA discussed in the previous segment of this blog identified potential Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs),...
Environmental Due Diligence – Part II
Last time, we described how environmental due diligence is often viewed as an ‘unnecessary’ lender requirement. However, well-educ...
Basics of Environmental Due Diligence – Part I
When a buyer considers purchasing a property, lenders often require that the property’s condition be evaluated using a process cal...
ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
If the United States had to apply for college admission based on this grade, it would have a slim chance of being admitted: With a...
ECS Participates In Largest Continuous Concrete Placement in Wisconsin History
Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, Milwaukee, WI 9200 CY Mat Slab Pour for 32-story Office Building, March, 2015 As you might...
EPA Clean Water Act Rule
After more than a million public comments, the EPA released a final rule on May 27 addressing the definition of what constitutes j...
Hot Weather Concrete Construction Practices
Last time, we talked about the effects of hot weather on concrete curing. In this blog post, we’ll discuss several basic precautio...
Hot Weather Concrete
In the concrete business, hot weather creates situations that require special procedures for proper mixing, placing, finishing, an...
Vibration Monitoring
Blasting. Hoe ramming. Excavation. Compaction. Pile driving. Demolition. If you’re planning or working on a construction or renova...
ECS Celebrates pi Day!
Ask most people ‘what is p ’ (pronounced pie) and they will tell you that it is 3.14. They may even be able to rattle it off to 5...
Why You Need a Property Condition Assessment Before Closing
Imagine yourself in this situation… A slick, well-written brochure shows up on your desk. Someone is selling a property and has pr...
Joseph A. Meiburger, P.E., CPG, LEED AP
Joe Meiburger, P.E., CPG, LEED AP, is a Principal Engineer and ECS Manassas Branch Manager. But he had humble beginnings. He neede...
Changes to Virginia’s Asbestos Regulations
Regulations involving asbestos have been around since the 1970s. In general, there have been relatively few significant regulatory...
Shout Out to Geotechnical Engineers
Delaware Bridge “...a DEFCON-5 for a Transportation System” -Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen P. Bhatt On May 29, geotech...
The Clarkson Connection
ECS recruits at several colleges and universities to identify and hire top-quality graduating students. The firm’s recruiting prog...
Baltimore Retaining Wall Failure
Over the years, we have consulted on numerous slope and retaining wall failures. The recent retaining wall failure adjacent to a r...
Don’t Let Brownfields Scare You Away from Developing a Promising Site
Developers and financial institutions can be leery of projects that require redevelopment of contaminated properties because they’...
Put Your Construction Project on the Fast-Track with Third-Party Building Code Services
Imagine you’re the project manager for a large construction project with a tight deadline and budget. You need to deliver a high-q...
Drying Soils Chemically Using Lime
Photo courtesy of Carmeuse Lime and Stone Company Lime is a useful tool for earthwork contractors struggling with wet soils. When...
ECS Employee Involved with International Development Program
The beginning lines of Joanna Vivanco’s resume reads, “Joanna Vivanco is an Environmental Project Manager and Scientist in the Cha...
Winter Grading
Summer is typically the best time to start site grading. Unfortunately, not all projects can be completed before winter weather se...
Window Washers Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound – Safely!
Have you ever been walking down the street, looked up, and wondered if that window washer was crazy? Window cleaning is an industr...
EPA Lead Based Paint Regulations - Renovation, Repair, Painting (RRP) Rule
Lead is highly toxic and affects virtually every system of the human body. Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. T...
GeoVirginia Conference: “Lessons Learned in Geotechnical Engineering”
GeoVirginia is a geotechnical conference focused on lessons learned from case histories. The main goal of the conference is to lea...
Cold Weather Concrete
With the approach of winter, it’s time to remember cold weather concreting practices. According to the American Concrete Institute...
Air Barriers
Heating and cooling commercial buildings is estimated to use six to seven percent of the total energy consumed in the United State...
NGOZI - Being A Blessing
From Left : Baffour Awuah (NGOZI-Executive Secretary), Alice Gyamfi (Bright Foundation-Vice President), Anim Addo-Sampong (NGOZI-P...
Firestopping
photo courtesy Copper Range, Inc. A significant change relating to firestopping was made in the 2012 International Building Code (...
Building in Karst Environments
Karst is a term used to describe an area where limestone bedrock has eroded in an irregular manner. This irregular erosion is caus...
Hot Weather Concrete
In the concrete business, hot weather creates situations that require special procedures for proper mixing, placing, finishing, an...
Chesapeake Bay TMDL
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website( http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ ), “A Total Maximum Daily Load (...
New Phase I ESA Standard to be Issued by ASTM
The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has long been the industry standard to evaluate potential environmental concerns i...
Employee Spotlight – John Hicks
Providing Humanitarian Aid to local village elder in Nasiriyah, Iraq ECS National Harbor Office Operations Manager John Hicks star...
Could a Deadly Sinkhole Happen in Virginia?
March 5, 2013 – ECS Geotechnical Engineer Bob Moss (Richmond) tells a local television audience the answer. Click here CBS 6 Richm...
ECS Seismographs Record Vibrations from Mineral Earthquake
During the last week of August we had approximately 30 seismographs placed around the Washington, D.C. area to monitor constructio...
Vapor Migration and Due Diligence
The migration, accumulation, and intrusion of harmful vapors into buildings from contaminated soil and/or groundwater has been a f...
Parking Garage Slab Deterioration
In climates where road de-icing salts are used, concrete parking garage slab deterioration can be a significant maintenance cost....
Employee Spotlight – David Young Sr.
A Senior Technician who has worked at our Fredericksburg office since August 2004, David Young spends most of his daytime hours on...