The Hamilton Minute Archives

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 19: The Christmas Tree

Friday, December 21, 2018
Ever since my first Christmas we have had a tree that reached the ceiling.  Sometimes it has been a skinny tree, sometimes it’s a massive tree – but there have always been two basic requirements: 1. It must reach the ceiling (12 feet), and; 2. It must be a balsam. ...

What is Your EDC?

Friday, December 14, 2018
  Every day carry (EDC) is a phrase that can mean something different to everyone. All of us leave home with a specific set of items. I bet your keys, phone and wallet top your list. I even have a ritual that I follow before I step out the door. Sounding like a chant, I say “Keys, Wall...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 18: Oak Trees, Part Two – Unit Conversions, Acorns, Leaves and Poo

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Last month I shared why we love our trees.  This month I am sharing some of the less positive aspects of living under a dense tree canopy.  Here is my annual calendar of frustration with our trees: Spring All plants (except mosses and ferns) produce flowers, and that includes oak tre...

Tollway M-14 Site Improvements Nearing Completion

Thursday, November 15, 2018
  2018 has been an exciting year at Hamilton Consulting Engineers, Inc., and for our clients.  We have been able to deliver multiple fast-track designs in which the planning and design has been completed in one step allowing multi-million-dollar projects to be completed within 1 to 1&fr...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 18: Oak Trees, Part One – Tree Love

Thursday, November 1, 2018
In the fall of 2015 we had just started major work at the house, and it was obvious by the number of people working and the dumpsters moving in and out.  “You must be excited moving into your childhood home,” a friend and soon to be neighbor commented to me after a business lunche...