January 20, 2016
Hurricanes in South Texas do happen. In the past 10 years we’ve had 8 hurricanes. Some fatal. Building construction in South Texas must design hurricane proof residential and commercial buildings. There have been recent studies of using the ProTek® systems to design for hurricane disaster.
“ProTek® systems are a comprehensive suite of products that improve safety and security from many hazards, including hurricanes, blast events and break-ins.” The link below is a journal article where more information can be found.
January 23, 2016
Our Storm Water Management Task Force exsists to help educate and improve how cities and civil engineers plan for stormwater management. Our first goal is to address each stormwater issue, we then must contemplate a Stormwater Master Plan. The plan must consist of a survey of current conditions, a public education program, and planned improvements. To ensure each task is fulfilled, a team of engineers will ensure our data is complete and each aspect of the location is documented and all issues are to be addressed with a solution in which fits to each necessity. Stormwater is an ongoing issue the public must be aware of and engaged in. Any new construction and/or structural systems that may need to be installed to help minimize stormwater runoff must mimic the preexisting natural system at each location. Some studies show, that no structural stormwater systems are as effective as natural infiltration.
Two Unique websites with outstanding knowledgeable articles cover topics upon green roof infrastructures, stormwater runoff, and sustainability are discussed within different articles daily. The links to each websites are below and can be further explored.
January 24, 2016
Structures in the Rio Grande Valley have aged. Our designs are constantly being renovated, and redesigned. Now a days, engineers are designing “green”, energy efficient, taking into consideration we are in hurricane territory. We do not see many tsunamis, nor earthquakes. However, hurricanes and tropical storms can be fatal in special cases. This article gives us a little taste of what we can expect when we design “green”.