HOOPFEST 2011—The Thrill of Victory, Laced With Agony

Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. It takes place in downtown Spokane, Washington, during the last weekend in June. Streets are closed and parking lots cleared to make way for the 480 basketball half-courts needed for the…

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Chelan’s Lakeside Trail

On July 14, 2011, the Chelan City Council approved the design completed by SCJ’s transportation engineering team for the section of the trail nearest Lakeside Park.  Completing this project required extensive public outreach to property owners along the planned trail…

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Extreme Engineer Meets Extreme River Rafting

The Engineering Specialties Group is known for their extreme engineering projects worldwide. What some may not know is that their need for the extreme carries over to their personal life outside of the office. In May of 2011, the hydrologists…

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UCD Student Design Competition

Two of the members of the Engineering Specialties Group, Steve Dorau and Joel Deis, had the opportunity to judge the University of Colorado Denver Student Design Competition on behalf of ACEC. The competition is held at the end of both…

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Designing a Tower? Designing Enough Tower?

As consultants to the telecommunications industry, we often hear, “What, we can’t add any more dishes to that tower?”  It is unfortunate how often this occurs.  It is also unfortunate how much it costs to increase a tower’s capacity once…

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The Leading Cause of Telecom Structure Demise

Have you ever wondered, “What is the leading cause of structural demise for communication structures and how can I prevent it from wreaking havoc on my infrastructure?” Probably not, but us structural-engineering-types amuse ourselves with this type of question.  The…

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Importance of Proper Telecom Structure Design

The design of telecom infrastructure relies on a thorough knowledge of engineering principals, knowledge of the Standard and a good understanding of the project site.  When implementing an infrastructure build-out project, the designer should ask a number of questions.  Is…

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What’s on your tower?

It is all too common for equipment to be installed on communication towers without a structural analysis being conducted.  It is also very common for towers, several decades old, to support equipment that they were never designed to carry.  Equipment…

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