Civil Engineering & Land Surveying

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By: G H

September 27th, 2017

A Word of Caution is Warranted for Septic Design

septic design

There are many steps that a property owner takes to properly plan a site design. When you're proposing a site for a septic system, for example, you could be tempted to use the first recommendation from a website or developer. However, not all sites are the same, and you might need a professional survey and an engineered designed septic system. Some sites have special drainage and saturation issues. Other sites have been previously developed or re-purposed. All sites are affected by surrounding lands and may have unique storm-water management issues. It pays to take your time and plan for the best design and locate it in the right position compared to the building structure. Rushing the process would be costly later, especially if your community experiences unusual amounts of flooding.  In this post, we discuss a few drainage and saturation issues that can affect septic design. 3 Common Issues for Small Septic Designs

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By: G H

September 22nd, 2017

The Use of Drone Technology for Land Surveying of Construction Projects

land surveying | drones

Since Early America, land surveying has successfully mapped unknown territories and established governmental and private boundaries. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were surveyors, utilizing a number of tools such as a compass, chains, and some early version of a transit or sextant to gather land distances, angles, and elevations. Today, land surveying with drone technology adds an additional layer of land access, monitoring, and precision measurement and documentation.

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By: G H

August 7th, 2017

4 Advantages of Solar Panel Parking Lots

commercial solar panels | green energy | solar canopies | solar panel permits

When it comes to commercial solar panels, most businesses think of rooftop arrays on warehouses, or panels put out on vacant land that isn't being used. However, when it comes to generating large amounts of power via commercial solar panels, one of the biggest resources in the U.S. is parking lots. As Urban Land pointed out back in 2011, parking lots are an ideal location for solar panels. They take up a lot of space, they tend to be open to the sky, and they are literally everywhere. It's no wonder that, at least along the east and west coast, businesses have been installing solar panel carports and canopies with enthusiasm.

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By: Adam Hoffman

August 3rd, 2017

FEMA Elevation Certificates: Get When Buying Flood Insurance

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | flood insurance

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5 Reasons To Hire a Civil Engineer.

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By: Adam Hoffman

July 31st, 2017

Laser Scanning of Existing Buildings for BIM and Deep Energy Retrofits

Projects | land surveying | 3D Laser Scan

Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Structures

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By: G H

June 23rd, 2017

Commonly Overlooked Factors When Assessing a Property

ct property lines | zoning | Site Assessments

When selecting a prospective house or patch of land, most people are easily enticed by the usual factors like location, size, price and even structural design. But acquiring a property means that you need to be mindful of even the tiniest details. Otherwise, you might face unexpected conflicts or the value of your new property may be badly affected later on.

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By: Adam Hoffman

May 19th, 2017

What's new at GHA

drones | #technology

Whats new at GHA & Hodge?

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By: Adam Hoffman

May 11th, 2017

Surveyors little helper...

Hodge surveyors met a new friend yesterday.

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By: Adam Hoffman

November 21st, 2016

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Civil Engineer?

Civil Engineering

A Civil Engineer often carries out the design of construction projects such as land development, subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) or house building. Instinctively, since the design is not as tangible as the construction itself, people tend to try to save money on that part in order to keep more for the actual construction. As a rule of thumb, the design part of a project consists of approximately 5-20% of the budget while the actual construction uses the rest of the budget.

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By: Adam Hoffman

November 16th, 2016

The Importance of A Quality ALTA Survey

land surveying

If you are planning to acquire real estate or do some site improvements, you obviously have a lot to think about such as budget, location, and design. One of the most important papers you can own is your land survey. Having a proper ALTA survey done on your land could help you get peace of mind about your investment. 

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Does Your Next Project Need a Civil Engineer? Here are 5 Reasons Why you Should Hire One.

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