Happy Memorial Day from DL Howell & Associates

Happy Memorial Day from DL Howell & Associates

D.L. Howell and Howell Kline would like to thank all of the service men and women of our armed forces. And remember all of the people who died while serving this great country. Have a safe and happy weekend and remember to take pause and recognize all of the sacrifices that have been made to ensure our daily freedoms. Happy Memorial Day!

Dog Days at D.L. Howell

Dog Days at D.L. Howell

Recently, D.L. Howell has adopted a new policy of allowing employees to bring their four-legged friends (Dogs, no cats) to work with them one day a week.  Since starting this, D.L. Howell has seen a 250% increase in productivity and a 50% decrease in stress related overeating.  OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little here, but c’mon everyone loves dogs! 

Denny may have been reluctant at first, but then we hit him with some compelling arguments, such as:

  1. Dogs help improve morale
  2. Dogs are stress reducers
  3. Dogs help get people moving
  4. Dogs increase communication between employees
  5. Happier employees = happier work environment

There are endless amounts of studies and reports to analyze when it comes to interacting with dogs in the workplace.  Bringing your dog to the office may seem like a lot of work, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons.  Just look at these smiling faces:

Continuing CAD Education

Continuing CAD Education

The two most important aspects of Civil Engineering are accuracy and clarity.  Here at D.L. Howell, we pride ourselves in excelling at both.  So as our firm continues to expand, it has become even more imperative for our drawings to reflect this.  Which is why we have taken the proactive approach and have started conducting weekly meetings to ensure that everyone is working together for the common goal of making D.L. Howell a top Civil Engineering firm.

The primary objective of the meetings is to review and implement our AutoCAD standards into every single drawing that goes out the door.  Even though we have several different project managers, engineers, and designers that work on plans, it is crucial that every one of our plans show the same level of quality and care.  Something as miniscule as the text height on a drawing can make all the difference between a plan being clear or illegible.  Along with discussing all the intricacies of AutoCAD, we also discuss improving our efficiency when producing plans.  With AutoCAD, as in life, there are many ways to complete the same task.  Since AutoCAD has a seemingly endless parade of updates and improvements, it’s important that we adjust and adapt to use CAD to its fullest potential.  With the wealth of experience at D.L. Howell, it is important to have an open forum and discuss the most effective way to go about our jobs.  This saves us time and, more importantly, the client’s money.

So as the industry continues to evolve, so will we.  It is our commitment at D.L. Howell to bring our clients the best product possible, even if it means sacrificing our Wednesday lunch period every week.

Pemberton, a Bentley Homes Community

Pemberton, a Bentley Homes Community

Construction continues at the Bentley Homes new Pemberton Community in New Garden Township. After beginning construction early last year, Phase 1 is nearly halfway completed.  D.L. Howell has been with this project from the beginning working through the subdivision process and obtaining all necessary approvals.  Resting on over 20 acres and surrounded by scenic countryside, Pemberton consists of 86 luxury townhouses currently listed to start in the mid 200’s.  The site is conveniently located along Pemberton Road, it’s just minutes from downtown Kennett Square and Longwood Gardens with easy access to Route 1.

 

Please call 484-200-7721 or visit http://www.bentleyhomes.com/pemberton/ for more information on the community, and also visit http://www.dlhowell.com to find out how we can help you with your next project and more updates on the Pemberton construction.

Proper Safe Sight Distance Calculations Can Save Lives

Proper Safe Sight Distance Calculations Can Save Lives

We’ve all been there. You’re in the car trying to pull out of someone’s driveway, and it is next to impossible to see vehicles traveling down the street. The sweat starts to bead on your brow and visions of an impending accident race through your mind. Inevitably, most of us just floor it and hope for the best. But nonetheless, this is a very dangerous circumstance that can be avoided in the future by designing safer intersections and driveway access points using some good old sight distance calculations.

There are several types of sight distance calculations used in road design, but we’ll only focus on two, sight line distance and safe sight stopping distance. The first is the sight line (visibility) calculation. Basically, this is the viewpoint of the person pulling out onto a road looking in both directions. This calculation determines how much distance is needed for someone to identify an oncoming vehicle and safely pull out onto a roadway. The Department of Transportation has guidelines on this calculation based on design speed limit, the slope of the road, and reaction time. The general rule of thumb is for every 1 mph, the motorist should be able to have an unobstructed view of 10ft. For example: on a 35 mph road, the motorist should be able to see approximately 350 ft. in both directions.

The second calculation is safe sight stopping distance. This is from the viewpoint of someone driving along the road. Based off of two phases (driver perception/reaction time and braking distance of an average vehicle) this calculation is used to determine how much distance a motorist traveling down a roadway needs to identify an obstruction in the road and be able to stop completely. So if someone pulls out in front of a car driving down the road, the car can safely avoid a collision by coming to a complete stop. While also taking into account the design speed limit and slope of the road, this calculation will allow plenty of space for even the most inexperienced of drivers (Denny Howell).

So if you are proposing to build a new driveway, modify an old one, or even constructing a street, call D.L. Howell & Associates first to check if you will have proper safe sight distance and we’ll see (pun!) what we can do.