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An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 21: Pets #1; Cat 1, Bentley

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Welcome back to the Woods!  After 7 months of trying to explain complex engineering topics “simply” I’m back to telling stories (with a little engineering thrown in here and there). A regular reader (one of the three), told me several months ago that he really likes the...

Another critter story

Monday, July 15, 2019
Howard has shared a number of “critter” stories on this blog.  I have been working with him for over 20 years and I think his bad luck has rubbed off on me. In early April, I was outside thinking it was a great time to start the spring clean-up of my yard.  I was on the ...

Ask an Engineer Why and How, Installment 7: What are Water Tanks for?

Monday, July 1, 2019
I find that I have struggled with each of the topics of the “Why” series simply because I’m an engineer and, as a non-engineer client recently told me, “Engineers think ‘differently’”.  I need to know how EVERYTHING works so, consequently, I see an ...

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...