A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane

We have all been very busy this past year, so slowing down and getting into the Thanksgiving holiday spirit may be a little tough. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to mid-November 2002 at something called a “Turkey Bowl”.

I had just joined the DL Howell team when Denny invited me to their annual Turkey Bowl event. It was a rough touch football game to get your appetite up before the big Thanksgiving dinner. As it turns out, I am better at photographing and documenting sporting events than sports itself.

Please enjoy a few throwback photos from the game! Remember, this was about 20 years ago, so all of the guys in these photos are in their early thirties.

The game was four on four. Things started strong, and these young engineers had the energy to run up and down a field. Strategy was important to them, but it didn’t really make a difference in the outcome of the game.

After attending the Turkey Bowl and learning more about DL Howell, I knew that this company was one that I wanted to grow with. Now, 20 years later, I’m sitting here writing a newsletter about one of the very first events I attended at DL Howell. Back then, we were a team of fewer than ten people. Today, we are a company with over forty engineering, land surveying, and administrative professionals. Our company/family is just a little larger now, but the feeling I have for the company I work for and all of the people I work with remains the same. As we continue to grow, we are always looking for good, hard-working people to join our team. Feel free to contact us if you are interested. 😊

Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities and have a great, relaxing time with your family at home, but don’t forget those work family members! It’s a great thing to be able to make fun memories with them as well.

Red Clay Manor Construction Update

Red Clay Manor Construction Update

Red Clay Manor is a 62-unit senior living apartment building located at the East end of the Borough of Kennett Square in Chester County. DL Howell has been working closely with the project team since the very beginning. Last week during my site visit, I had the chance to check out the large 183’x73′ stormwater infiltration bed, which is currently under construction. While at the site, DL Howell’s own Patrick Kane performed additional percolation testing. Check out the video and photos below for a birds-eye-view look at the process.

Introducing FLYDLH.com

Introducing FLYDLH.com

D.L. Howell & Associates strives to utilize the latest technology to provide value to our clients. Over the past few years, drones have rapidly grown in popularity. D.L. Howell quickly adopted this technology to provide our clients with fast, reliable data, and we continue to invest in technology and expand our drone services. Now introducing… FLYDLH.com!

With over five years of flight experience and several Part 107 Certified Pilots, each expertly trained in UAV data capture techniques D.L. Howell is equipped to provide quick and accurate data tailored to projects of any size. Drones can map, model, survey and gather your project site data to produce high-resolution aerial imagery. We use the latest technology and cutting-edge innovations, giving our clients the ability to instantly view, measure, and manage their projects.

Our drone services are primarily used for the following:

  • Construction / Engineering Progress and Job Site Monitoring. Do you have a site that is or will soon be under construction? D.L. Howell will fly the site on a reoccurring basis to provide visual data on the project’s progress. Drone flights provide quick, accurate data that can be used for Pre-Planning, Progress Monitoring and Reporting.
  • Surveying. We use drones to create topographic maps to track the changes on your site. We can also calculate volumes of topsoil stockpiles quickly using 3D models created by drone imagery. Drones measure distances, heights, and the areas grade from an aerial perspective much faster than can be done in the field. Drones are making ALTA surveys more affordable and faster to process than ever before. We use RTK (real-time kinetic) technology, which means a faster workflow on our end that will provide you with a highly accurate and comprehensive assessment of your project.
  • Inspections. Using a drone to collect visual data allows inspectors to avoid possibly dangerous situations while also keeping projects on budget.
  • Photography / Cinematography. Aerial photography allows for a unique bird’s eye view. We use the latest technology to capture high-resolution photos and videos from scenic landscape flyovers to up-close and lower to the ground tracking action shots.
  • Real Estate / Marketing. Differentiate your property listing through detailed, high-resolution aerial images and videos. Aerial views can dramatically elevate traditional marketing campaigns.

While collecting visual data on foot can take hours, a drone’s speed and efficiency allow for data to be collected in just minutes.  As leaves continue to fall off the trees, now is a great time to capture aerial photography! Head on over to www.FLYDLH.com to check it out!

Civil Engineer Candidates with 0 to 3 Years Experience

D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc., Civil Engineering/Land Planning Firm located in West Chester, PA is seeking Civil Engineer candidates with 0 to 3 years experience in the design of residential and commercial subdivisions and land developments.

Duties to include:

  • Site Layout and Land Development
  • Commercial and Residential Planning
  • Grading and Utilities Design
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Design
  • Environmental Permitting including NPDES
  • Sanitary and Stormwater Piping Design
  • Horizontal and Vertical Roadway Alignment
  • Stormwater Management Design
  • Floodplain Modeling and Hydraulic Analysis

Requirements:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering; Professional Engineering license not required
  • Working Knowledge of Autodesk Civil 3D a plus but not required
  • Working Knowledge of Civil 3D Styles, Surfaces a plus but not required
  • Proficient with site layout, grading and profiling a plus but not required
  • Must be knowledgeable in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Must have the ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Experience with HEC-RAS a plus but not required
  • Must have good written and verbal communication

A competitive benefits package is available that includes health, dental, vision, group life, short-term and long-term disability plans, a 401(k) program, and advancement opportunities – all in a business casual work environment.

Geotechnical Engineer Candidates with 3 to 5 Years Experience

D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc., Civil Engineering/Land Planning Firm located in West Chester, PA is seeking Geotechnical Engineer candidates with 3 to 5 years’ experience in the design of residential and commercial subdivisions and land developments.

Duties to Include:

  • Management of Geotechnical Department and coordination with Civil Engineering and Land Surveying departments.
  • Perform a soil and geological engineering investigations and prepare reports.
  • Prepare a subsurface exploration program.
  • Manage and administer test boring contract.
  • Inspect borings, test pits, and probes, plus foundation grouting.
  • Perform soil infiltration testing and prepare a soil feasibility report.
  • Prepare laboratory soil/rock testing program.
  • Perform geotechnical analysis and prepare a foundation report.
  • Investigate geotechnical stability, perform design, and prepare reports.
  • Prepare CBR recommendation report. Provide geotechnical reviews.
  • Perform pavement design.
  • Perform specialty geotechnical design.
  • Prepare technical proposals, cost estimates, plans, technical specifications, and reports, including day to day correspondence.
  • Perform geotechnical analyses based on site conditions and requirements to support project designs.
  • Supports field instrumentation and monitoring activities.

Requirements:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering; Professional Engineering license required
  • Working Knowledge of Autodesk Civil 3D a plus but not required
  • Working Knowledge of Civil 3D Styles, Surfaces a plus but not required
  • Must be knowledgeable in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Must have the ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Must have good written and verbal communication.

A competitive benefits package is available that includes health, dental, vision, group life, short-term and long-term disability plans, a 401(k) program and advancement opportunities – all in a business casual work environment.

Traffic Engineer Candidates with 3 to 5 Years Experience

D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc., Civil Engineering/Land Planning Firm located in West Chester, PA is seeking Traffic Engineer candidates with 3 to 5 years’ experience in traffic planning, impact studies, and preparation of highway occupancy plans.

Duties to Include:

  • Management of Traffic Engineering Department and coordination with Civil Engineering and Land Surveying departments.
  • Preparation of Traffic Impact Studies
  • Transportation Planning and Permitting
  • Highway Occupancy Permit Preparation
  • Multimodal Design
  • Traffic Signal Design
  • Prepare technical proposals, cost estimates, plans, technical specifications, and reports, including day to day correspondence.

Requirements:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering; Professional Engineering license required
  • Working Knowledge of Autodesk Civil 3D a plus but not required
  • Working Knowledge of Civil 3D Styles, Surfaces a plus but not required
  • Must be knowledgeable in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Must have the ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Must have good written and verbal communication.

A competitive benefits package is available that includes health, dental, vision, group life, short-term and long-term disability plans, a 401(k) program and advancement opportunities – all in a business casual work environment.

New Jersey Based Land Surveying Project Manager

New Jersey Based Land Surveying Project Manager

Howell Kline Surveying, LLC, a Professional Land Surveying Firm located in West Chester, PA is seeking Land Surveying Field Crew Chief candidates with 3 to 5 years of experience in construction stake-out and land surveying.

Duties to Include:

  • Management of survey crews, survey technicians, and projects for successful completion.
  • Review of surveys, survey computation, and construction staking to meet required specifications.
  • Preparation of all types of surveying plats and exhibit drawings utilizing research and the information gathered in the field.
  • Assisting in project proposals.
  • Surveying projects to ensure that assigned tasks meet/or exceed project requirements.
  • Performance of ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, or construction surveys.
  • Taking measurements, moving survey equipment, and hand clearing of the brush to open lines of sight.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of survey equipment and stocks of survey supplies.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in managing all types of survey projects which includes meeting with clients, managing budgets and schedules, and coordinating field staff.
  • Must have valid New Jersey Driver’s License.
  • Must have the ability to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Must have experience with electronic total stations, data collectors, and GPS equipment.
  • Must have the ability to work with design engineers, clients, contractors, and the general public.
  • Registered Land Survey License in New Jersey a plus but not required.
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree a plus but not required.
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D experience a plus but not required.

A competitive benefits package is available that includes health, group life, short-term and long-term disability plans, a 401(k) program with employer matching, and advancement opportunities – all in a business casual work environment.

How to Identify and Stop Spotted Lanternflies!

How to Identify and Stop Spotted Lanternflies!

Spring has sprung, it is getting warmer by the week in Chester County, and it looks to be a beautiful summer. Imagine you’re outside sitting on your deck enjoying a tasty beverage, relaxing and listening to the birds when you see something that looks like a small black alien crawling on your deck furniture. Taking a napkin, you brush it off the table, but as you do that, wait, there’s another one! And, wait a minute, there’s another one on the rail and one on the deck. What are these weird looking little black alien bugs?

Where is the Spotted Lanternfly From?

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that originated from China, India, and Vietnam and appeared in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014.

The Lifecycle of the Spotted Lanternfly

The lifecycle of the spotted lanternfly starts with the insect’s eggs attaching to trees and tree branches in a clay/mud like patch. This patch is about one inch wide and two inches long. If you take a look at any tree in your yard or neighborhood, you may see these light patches on the bottom branches. This is where the spotted lanternfly egg masses are found. Once the eggs hatch, the first stage of development is what they call nymphs. The nymphs are the little black insects with white spots on them, and they can’t yet fly at this point.

As the insect grows, they become more significant in size with a black body with white dots. They will also have red coloring on their bodies. At this stage of their growth, they can hop pretty well and become more of a pest when attempting to get rid of them.

The final stage of the spotted lanternfly is a fly looking insect with grey wings and black spots. There may also be red coloring in the wings. Adult spotted lanternflies are about one inch long. Catching one or terminating one may be difficult as they will typically jump away from you when approaching.

An excellent resource for learning more is the Penn State website!

What Can You Do to Help Stop Spotted Lanternflies?

One way to stop these insects in the nymph stage is tree banding. This means putting a sticky tape-like substance around a tree. I used standard grey duct tape. The nymphs like to climb the tree, and as they cross over the sticky tape, they get stuck.

As you can see in the photo, this technique captures quite a number of the early nymphs. 

I saw this sticky tape tree banding technique this week at a friend’s house and decided to try it on my tree. I was amazed at the number of nymphs that it captured. I have been putting a new strip of duct tape around the tree every other day and continue to get a large number of nymphs stuck to the tape.

To learn more about the spotted lanternfly and what you can do to help prevent this invasive species, click on the links below to visit the Penn State Extension page and a few other informative sites. 

Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners and the Use of Insecticides

Spotted Lanterfly Reports

How to Identify and Destroy Spotted Lanternfly Egg Massess

How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

Nurses Week 2020

Nurses Week 2020

This week and next, we all have something to celebrate. What is it? It’s National Nurses Week!  National Nurses Week started on May 6 with National Nurses Day. Since 1998, May 8 has been designated as National Student Nurses Day and is celebrated each year. May 8 is also National School Nurse Day, and to top everything off, May 12 is International Nurses Day.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, as Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born on May 12, 1820. Her work helped shape the world of nursing as we know it today. You can learn more about Florence Nightingale here.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale

Now that you know about International Nurses Day, you have a few days to prepare to thank a nurse. Send them a text message and let them know how awesome they are or give them a call and thank them for being a nurse and taking care of people in need.

Our current situation is pushing healthcare professionals like nurses to the limits. Now more than ever, it’s important that we show appreciation for all of the nurses out there. Chances are that you have a friend that is a nurse or an acquaintance in the nursing field, so now is your opportunity to give them a little friendly boost and some words of encouragement.

Put the dates on your calendar and remember to thank a nurse for all that they do!

National Student Nurses Day: May 8, 2020

National School Nurse Day: May 8, 2020

International Nurses Day: May 12, 2020

Longwood Preserve Construction in Full Swing

Longwood Preserve Construction in Full Swing

Large projects can take quite a long time to build. Some of our smaller projects may only last a few months or even a year, while other larger projects could last multiple years. Many things happen on the jobsite during that time, such as earthmoving, stormwater management, and road and foundation construction.

Keeping track of all of the jobsite changes over time can be difficult. The limiting factors are what you’re able to see from the ground and the time that a construction site manager may have to take photos of the jobsite for record-keeping. Jobsite construction processes and documentation is now becoming a lot easier with the use of D.L. Howell drone services to document your project.

In the example project below, D.L. Howell & Associates has been keeping records of the construction progress by flying the jobsite on a monthly basis. The jobsite images are always captured at the same altitude using the same flight plan every time. This provides the construction company with a standardized set of images of the construction site on specific dates.

Construction companies utilize these images to check their project jobsite to make sure the job is moving along at the scheduled pace. These images also provide information about assets in the field as well as construction material location.

During the construction process, volumes of topsoil stockpiles can be calculated for a better understanding of the amount of dirt that has been moved or still needs to be moved. Also, the images can provide information about on-site stormwater facilities, assisting contractors and designers in making sure that volumes are correct and stormwater facilities are designed correctly.

Below you’ll find a quick one minute video of all of the images that were captured over the last two years showing the image and date of the program’s flight. This will give you an idea of how the jobsite progresses over a two-year period.

Below the video are the actual images of the jobsite for you to click on in view.

If you feel that D.L. Howell & Associates can assist you with your construction project utilizing our professional drone services, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your project needs.