Chesco Views and Surveying!

On a regular basis we receive calls from property owners who have searched for their property on the County Geographic information system (GIS) known as ChescoViews and discovered that their neighbor's driveway is on their property or some other gross error is...

Chesco Views and Surveying!

On a regular basis we receive calls from property owners who have searched for their property on the County Geographic information system (GIS) known as ChescoViews and discovered that their neighbor's driveway is on their property or some other gross error is...

A Look Back

The end of this month will mark my 18th year with D.L. Howell & Associates.  I thought it would be interesting to look back at all the changes that have occurred during that time and the evolution that has occurred in the industry and in technology. On August 27,...

Nailed It! Is Soil Nailing Right for You?

Soil nailing is a ground stabilization technique that can be used on either natural or excavated slopes. It involves drilling holes for steel bars to be inserted into a slope face which are then grouted in place.  Mesh or shotcrete is attached to the bar ends to hold...

Land Surveying FAQ’s

Wasn’t George Washington a land surveyor?  Yes, he was.  There are many people in history who were surveyors who went on to do great things.  In fact, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota features the faces of three land surveyors.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and...

Major Drainage Problems? No Problem!

Rain rain go away!  With each storm that hits Chester County our phones ring more and more.  Drainage problem after drainage problem seems to be appearing out of nowhere.  Homeowner’s yards with rivers in them, driveway stream crossings washing out, videos of basins...

Endangered Plants in Pennsylvania

All developers are aware of the dreaded bog turtles.  However, there may be some that are unaware of endangered plants located in our area.  The serpentine barrens are distinctive terrains located in our area that are underlain by the rock serpentinite.  These barren...

DL Howell Adds Another Drone Pilot to the Team

Since April 1st I have been a new edition to the DL Howell Team.  I am currently a Drexel student on my first Co-op.  For those who are and were Drexel students, you understand the difficulty of working in a professional office for the first time.  While it is very...

Public Sewer Connection

So, you’re thinking about switching to a public sewer system rather than your on-lot septic system. That sounds like a great idea. There are some advantages to being able to connect to a public system such as low maintenance and no repairs. However, the process,...

Requests for FEMA LOMA Applications on the Rise

Requests for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) approvals are on the rise with a higher than average number of requests coming in over the last six to eight months.  There doesn’t seem to be a clear explanation for the increase...

A New Beginning for Providence Church

After several months of working with West Chester Borough, Providence Church finally received Land Development approval and now construction is ready to begin. The project began to take shape in the late spring of 2018 when the Church made a presentation to the...