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Training People how to respond to and prepare for emergencies is a core mission of the American Red Cross. This is why Holland Engineering has chosen the American Red Cross to administer their group's First Aid, CPR and AED Training for the past several years.
Recently our team of professionals attended an instructor-led course where they learned how to respond to first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies. This training was provided to all of our office locations and employees had the opportunity to learn from and interact with a Red Cross instructor who guided them through hands-on practice of lifesaving skills. Employees receive a certificate of Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. We are proud to have partnered up with the American Red Cross in providing this vital training for our staff members.
At Holland Engineering, we are committed to helping our clients find cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges. To do so, requires a staff who understands the complex science and regulatory structure behind environmental issues and one who has the resources to identify and engineer the right solutions.
Holland Engineering's Environmental Department has been performing ecological studies on various projects ranging in scope from literature based assessments to detailed field studies, analysis, and modeling for several years. Our group of talented professionals has expertise in the full range of ecological services including threatened and endangered species, stream restoration, terrestrial wildlife and vegetation, environmental inspection, pipeline permitting and compliance and GIS services.
Holland Engineering is pleased to announce that with the addition of key senior staff we have now expanded the range of services we can offer our clients to include traditional environmental site assessment (ESA), site investigation (Phase I and Phase II), and remediation services. Linette McMonagle recently joined Holland Engineering to provide environmental and management consulting services. Linette is an environmental professional with over 25 years of experience and is considered an expert in environmental due diligence and property transfer, environmental risk management, National Environmental Policy ACt (NEPA) evaluations, brownfield redevelopment, soil and groundwater sampling, site investigations, and site remediation and restoration. Holland Engineering is excited to serve our clients in these new environmental markets.
Holland Engineering's environmental group has also expanded its Environmental and Stormwater Inspection staff to serve our clients through the addition of Derek Murray. Derek has over 15 years of experience in the field of environmental and construction inspection and has worked on projects throughout the U.S for our pipeline, road and other energy clients. His knowledge of regulatory requirements, construction standards and commitment to compliance make him an expert in this field. He is also a certified Stormwater Operator in several states. We are also fortunate to have Jack Katerberg, Dina Pollock, Ronda Poth-Weber, and Brad Latvaitis working as environmental inspectors on our active projects. Our growing inspection team continues to provide consistency in environmental control and compliance to our pipeline clients.
Aerial imagery captured from planes has been used for years for a multitude of reasons, however, in the surveying and engineering world, we use them for mapping and planning. Aerial imagery captured from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is becoming more widely adopted in the industry because of reduced cost and a higher resolution which leads to more accurate mapping. Aerial imagery captured by a UAS today are used for inspection purposes and to produce 3D site models, digital terrain models, orthographic photos, and topographic maps. For future design, we can map features like roadways, buildings, and driveways. We can quickly and easily mobilize and take pictures with extremely high resolution, all from the safety of the ground. Our images are also used to create 3D models of buildings or other large objects for planning purposes.
Holland Engineering, Inc. (HEI) offers UAS services. We own a hexacopter UAS with several RGB imaging sensors. We also have the ability to lease a fixed wing for larger projects when needed. It’s important to us to invest in the safest UAS units on the market today. In addition to safety, our UAS is very stable and able to carry high-resolution sensors. The combination of stability with high-resolution produces very high-quality results. The biggest benefits that a UAS offers is very quick mobilization, shorter time in the field, and more detailed results which allow our clients to make better decisions and designs.
Not only have we invested in the technology, but we've also devoted significant time and training into our UAS program. Our team has a very thorough understanding of the technology, and its limits. It is important to know what type of accuracy you can produce, and more importantly, how to obtain highly accurate results.
In our industry, we are driven by the need for accuracy and not just a pretty picture, but the bonus is that we're able to deliver both. Contact our Geospatial Services Group Manager, Jeff Schepers, PS, PE, at (616) 392-5938 or email him for more information.
For several years now, Holland Engineering's Surveying Staff have been assisting our clients with 4-Way Sweeping services in the field. A 4-Way Sweep is an investigative process in which electronic pipe locators and other means are used to find, trace, and help identify both underground and above ground utilities within a defined geographical location.
As our experience grows and the need for this service is in greater demand by our clients, Holland Engineering has proactively put together a comprehensive training program to guide and train our employees as they provide this service to our clients.
This training is an introduction to Underground Utility/Facility Detection. It also addresses the commonly used 4-Way Sweep process. The training includes a basic knowledge of equipment, planning and procedures to conduct sweeping and 4-Way Sweep processes utilized by Holland Engineering. This program was created through a combination of manuals, laws, other training guides and most importantly, the knowledge of Holland Engineering's most experienced Locator Teams/Sweep Crews. Every aspect of 4-way Sweeping and general facility location is covered in this training, but keep in mind that his is just a guide.
Though it is an essential tool, ultimately nothing can beat hands on training and a positive attitude on the part of crews doing the work.
The goals of the 4-Way Sweep Training Program are:
- Damage Prevention
- Route Planning
Holland Engineering is confident that our Sweeping Program will not only better equip our filed professionals with the skills they need to accurately complete our clients projects but will also assist us in maintaining an excellent safety record while in the field.
Holland Engineering donated hard hats to the Burt and Mullet Student Chapter of Ferris State University (FSU) on September 23rd, 2016 for an engineering tour of the Mackinac Bridge in beautiful, Northern Michigan.
The Burt and Mullett Chapter is a student chapter of the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Their main goal is to expose students to real world surveying topics outside of the university curriculum. All of the FSU Surveying Engineering graduates at Holland Engineering were members of the Burt and Mullett Chapter when they were studying for their Bachelor of Science Degrees. They are still members in good standing and continue to support this fine group of young students.
“When Burt and Mullett Trustee, Dr. Richard R. Sauve, asked if we (HEI) would be interested in donating hard hat’s to the Burt and Mullett students, we thought it was an excellent idea for several reasons; first and foremost it would illustrate how important safety is to all the students, secondly on average HEI hires 6-12 FSU surveying students every summer and we want them to start getting comfortable in safety gear, and thirdly we want our Burt and Mullett students to look like professional surveyors wherever they are working,” said Eric Osterhaven, P.S. / Project Manager, HEI.
Holland Engineering, Inc. is now performing short circuit analysis and arc flash calculations for our clients utilizing EasyPower System Software. HEI was awarded projects to upgrade the short circuit analysis and arc flash studies at TransCanada’s Woolfolk, Patterson and Eunice Compressor Stations. These updates are required due to on-going electrical modifications at those sites.
The work at TransCanada involves field verification of the updated electrical work and entering field data into the facility electrical one-line system model. Field data collected includes Circuit Breaker Manufacturer and Model, Motor Horsepowers, transformer ratings, power cable sizes and lengths.
Once the system has been modeled accurately, the model is tested to evaluate potential issues regarding high short circuit ratings and to ensure that circuit breaker settings are coordinated to properly protect the site equipment.
The program also calculates Electrical Arc Flash ratings and Labels which are required to be attached to most electrical equipment rated above 240 volts. These labels are required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the labels identify the required Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) that qualified personnel are to wear when working on energized equipment. The labels also identify short circuit fault ratings and safe working distances from the equipment.
HEI is pleased to be above to assist our clients with their short circuity analysis needs. For more information on this project or on our services, please contact : Gary Smith, P.E., Energy Group Manager at 248.827.7322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holland Engineering remains dedicated to looking for ways to give back to the communities where we live, work and play. The eagerness of our staff to participate along with their generosity has allowed us to expand our reach and offer additional involvement with several noteworthy charitable organizations.
For the fifth consecutive year Holland Engineering was a sponsor at DTE’s Annual “Nights of Warm Hearts” fundraiser. The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is an independent non-profit agency that provides low-income individuals and families with emergency energy assistance and advocates for long-term solutions to energy issues. Since 1985, THAW has provided more than $145 million in aid to more than 200,000 Michigan households who have found themselves in a temporary crisis. The Night of Warm Hearts Gala Event was held this past year on November 12th in Detroit, MI and is a signature event for THAW which will help hundreds of families in the community keep safe and warm this winter. For more information on THAW, please visit their website and www.thawfund.org.
Holland Engineering remains dedicated to supporting Kids’ Food Basket, a local non-profit organization that has really taken the initiative in addressing childhood hunger within our communities. Many of us probably don’t worry about if we will be getting dinner. Sadly, over 6,000 school-aged kids in the greater Grand Rapids and Muskegon area face that question each day! Kids’ Food Basket works with local schools to identify children in need and provide them with nutritionally balanced sack suppers as evening meals. In addition to sponsoring this great organization, staff members also got their own families involved this year by decorating brown paper bags for Kids’s Food Basket to use. What a fun way to put a personal touch on an organization we proudly support! For more information about this great organization, please visit their website at www.kidsfoodbasket.org.
Holland Engineering also once again participated as a “Toys for Tots” drop-off location this year. “Toys for Tots” is a charitable outreach of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and is a program to collect new, unwrapped toys during the Christmas season. The toys are distributed to less fortunate children throughout the community. HEI collected toys throughout the month of December and was happy to once again, overflow our donation box! Please visit www.toysfortots.org for more information on this great organization!
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