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repair logs—among other fi eld observations
related to the material installation.
For Dohner and VanLaarhoven, the “better
way” was to develop a tablet application
that saves time by automatically populating
and generating multiple fi eld forms from
data gathered on site during deployment.
The application eliminates repetitive data
entry and “catch-up” time back at the
offi ce for fi lling out the proper forms in a
timely manner. It also reduces the potential
for errors across multiple iterations
and provides more standardization
and consistency. And because the fi eld
documentation is saved and linked to a
server, an operations or project manager
back in the offi ce can instantly review data Precise 3D designs matched to GPS coordinates tell construction equipment exactly what to do.
and fi eld sketches to address issues or
questions in real time. element is moved or altered, the entire
The application can be used for a number of design rebuilds itself automatically.”
closure operations employed by the power, CEC’s program streamlines the process
manufacturing and solid waste industries. and provides an accurate 3D representation.
The advantages include “design on the
fl y” capabilities with quick iterations
“We must always think outside the and precision construction grades in
box; it’s eff ectively a part of every the fi eld via a tablet. “We’re providing
solution we create.” -Leon Wright more value through innovation and our
proprietary software,” said Ober.

Streamlining Stream Design Contractors now receive “virtual” designs
matched to GPS coordinates that inform
“I know how the industry creates stream the construction process with accurate
restoration designs, and I knew we could grading plans and quantities, cut/fi ll
improve that process,” said Nate Ober, optimization and balancing.
a geomorphologist in CEC’s Bridgeport, The upgrade plan will enhance the existing
West Virginia, offi ce. Ober collaborated Research, Reclassify, Recover Moving Bed Biofi lm Reactor (MBBR) process.
with CEC’s CADD department to harness A solid waste client had just spent
the capabilities of the AutoCAD Civil 3D a signifi cant amount of time and only did we have to tell them that they were
Corridors tool and also to create a way to money on treatment plant upgrades to looking at more money, we also couldn’t
enhance those capabilities. address an extremely complex landfi ll even start work until we truly had a thorough
The standard Corridors tool creates a design leachate problem. Following an in-depth understanding.” A collaborative idea between
that looks more like a box than a stream, investigation, Leon Wright, out of CEC’s Wright and his client soon developed.
but CEC’s custom subassembly application Nashville offi ce, concluded that the Wright designed a biological treatment
creates the facet slopes of a more natural previous upgrade approaches to solve system upgrade plan to expand the Moving
channel—the diff erent grades, point bars, the leachate treatment plant issues were Bed Biofi lm Reactor (MBBR) process and
runs, riffl es and glides. “Most designers not nearly adequate. “We had to deliver address infl uent variability, while converting
don’t go to the trouble of modeling a straightforward, hard-hitting message: and reclassifying the leachate treatment
something to that level of detail,” said Ober. ‘Additional upgrades are required.’” facility as a Centralized Wastewater
“We programmed our new tool to model “Ultimately, it was a dual issue,” he said. Treatment Facility (CWT). After all of the
all of a stream’s diff erent undulations and “The client had a major treatment capacity upgrades are completed, the CWT will be
have them all transition together smoothly. problem and also had sunk a great deal of able to receive and treat off -site liquid
Everything is dynamically linked, so if one money into an inadequate solution. Not wastes, generating revenues for the client. ■
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