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Appearance vs. Reality: “Dangerous” Intersections

Friday, June 14, 2019
As much as is possible, engineering is the study of what is. In a time when opinion can be elevated to truth and social media confirms all our fears, people are as prone as ever disregard facts for opinions. Good engineering demands we pay attention to the facts and then make a careful judgement on ...

Ask an Engineer Why and How, Installment 6: Why aren’t roads flat?

Friday, May 31, 2019
Four or five years ago I was asked by Kristen to put together an engineering exhibit to teach junior high students about highway design.  I thought about it and came up with a topic pretty quickly – Why Aren’t Roads Flat?  We had just completed the design of a fairly comple...

Flood Insurance in Will County, Illinois

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
On Friday February 15, 2019 the flood insurance maps for Will County, were revised. They were revised to digital maps instead of the old paper maps. This revision may have caused some problems with the flood insurance for your home. Your home might now be in a flood plain. What has happened is peopl...

The I-80 Coalition

Monday, May 13, 2019
If I don’t write about an engineering topic that’s in the news, there’s probably a reason.  Often that reason is because I know a lot about the topic, but I’m “not the guy” who is tasked with public communication.  So, I’m active behind the sce...

Ask an Engineer Why and How, Installment 5: What Is A 100-Year Flood?

Monday, April 29, 2019
“It seems like there is a 100-year flood somewhere, EVERY year.  Something must be changing!” This topic can get me on a soap box because people do not seem to understand how short our lives are, and experience is, in relationship to the life of our earth.  Something IS ...