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Holland Engineering (HEI) is proud to continue to support Heifer International, a charity with the mission to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.
Throughout the year, our staff donates their can and bottle return refunds to our ongoing charity fund. We use the proceeds, along with additional donations from HEI, to fund various projects and support sustainable farming all over the world through Heifer International. This past spring, we gave the Gift of Clean Water and the Gift of Seedlings.
The Gift of Clean Water provides communities with clean, healthy water for daily living. Treadle pumps are installed so families have better access to water, communities are taught to manage water resources, and overall health and living conditions are improved.
The Gift of Seedlings includes a variety of seedlings and saplings that are appropriate for the region. Families are taught to nurture these young trees and the importance of reforestation. The trees provide firewood, and nutritious nuts and fruits to improve health. They also purify the air and enrich the soil.
We're proud to continue to support Heifer International as they fulfill their mission to end hunger and poverty.
Have you been noticing an increased level of concern among your residents regarding their water supply as the City of Flint has been working through their drinking water issues? As communities enter the normal spring water system flushing season, you may receive more questions than normal as sediment is stirred up in the lines.
Historically, issues like the Flint supply system raise enough public interest to influence the availability of funding for public infrastructure projects. As the public interest is elevated, do you know what your water system needs to provide continued reliable service for your residents?
Our professionals can assist you with handouts, community meetings, and the State mandated water system reliability studies as you consider the long term needs of your water system maintenance. Let our years of experience work for you!
For more information on Holland Engineering’s Water System Asset Management Planning, please contact Lynnelle Berkenpas, P.E., Project Manager at 616.392.5938 or via email at email@example.com .
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.
throughout the energy, civil infrastructure, and government sectors, Holland Engineering has added two new team members to the Environmental Group. Each of them brings a diverse set of skills that will greatly benefit our clients.
Senior Project Manager/Consultant
Gary recently joined Holland Engineering after a long career in the Environmental Services Department at Consumers Energy Company, a combined electric and gas utility in Michigan and subsidiary of CMS Energy. His most recent position as Director of Environmental Services in the Land and Water Management area involved the supervision of staff engaged in the permitting and implementation of gas and electric projects and engagement in federal and state policy making.
He served on the policy committees of the Utility Water Act Group and the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (primarily in the coal ash regulatory area) and served as an advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on coal ash regulatory and beneficial use matters. In Michigan, Gary served as the utility representative on former Governor Granholm’s Wetland Advisory Council and former MDEQ Director Wyant’s Water Use Advisory Council. He has also served on the MDEQ’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee and MDNR’s Michigan Natural Heritage Committee, Non-game Advisory Committee, and Citizen’s Endangered Species Advisory Committee. He has been a key player in Michigan legislative and rule making initiatives involving wetlands, inland lakes and streams, floodplains, water withdrawal, Clean Water Act compliance, industrial landfill regulation, and the beneficial use of industrial by-products and soils. He has also been a key player in fisheries, wildlife, and forestry aspects of FERC relicensing for 13 hydroelectric projects and the Ludington Pumped Storage Project.
Larissa Herrera recently joined Holland Engineering after working for an environmental consulting firm in Chicago. She has over eight years of experience in natural resource assessment including working in the private, federal, and university sectors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology and program in the environment from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her areas of expertise include fish, macroinvertebrate, and mussel surveys, anti-degradation analysis, tree surveys, wetland delineations, water quality, and wetland permitting. She is certified in the State of Ohio for mussel surveys including threatened and endangered species. She has a federal permit in progress for federally listed mussel species surveys. Larissa has experience in vegetation management in high-quality natural areas including habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Let us help you with any of your environmental group needs. Contact our Environmental Group Manager, Sherry Slocum, at sslocum@HollandEngineering.com or by calling (248) 827-7322.
Twenty-fifteen was a year of pipeline hydrostatic testing discharge compliance for Holland Engineering's Environmental Group. HEI completed two, forty-mile hydrostatic tests for TransCanada/ANR Pipeline Company in Michigan using our expertise in permitting hydrostatic water withdrawal, discharge, water additive permitting, and discharge monitoring reporting. Our Environmental Group assisted in the site selection of the withdrawal and discharge sites and successfully completed hydrostatic discharge permitting with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Surface Water Discharge Permitting Staff.
Each project presented its own unique challenges. One project involved the use of two West Michigan rivers and the second project involved the use of a landowner’s private pond. Water quality, environmental resources, and pipeline integrity considerations for our client were the focus of both projects. HEI’s Environmental Inspectors worked around the clock during our hydrostatic testing projects to ensure that the activities conducted were in compliance with the issued permits. Through the use of water filtration systems, hydrostatic test water discharge permit obedience, and diligent Environmental Inspection, these two, forty-mile tests were successfully completed with schedule, budget, and water quality in mind.
For more information on HEI’s Environmental Group and their services, please contact Sherry Slocum, Manager of Environmental Services at 248.827.7322 or via email at email@example.com.
The Outdoor Discovery Center/Macatawa Greenway is doing many exciting projects around the West Michigan area and Holland Engineering is excited to be supporting their efforts.
HEI is currently providing construction support services on a constructed wetland project, assisting with designs for a future trail extension and the addition of a new interpretive visitor’s center building on the main campus. This building will provide more space to display exhibits, a new welcome and information desk and increase classroom space.
HEI worked with the project team including ODC staff, CL Construction, and Lucid Architecture to develop a site plan that could accommodate the centers current and future growth needs while reducing environmental impacts. Due to the high groundwater table and site soil types, the property was not able to obtain a permit for a conventional on-site septic system and all the facility’s currently on the site were on a pump and haul system which was quickly becoming undesirable and costly. After a site meeting with the local health department an interesting idea was born and the site became a test cause for the first constructed wetland septic treatment system in the county.
Interacting closely with the Health Department staff, HEI created a design for the system and established a testing and user’s manual to ensure that the system is working for this site. The system will take standard septic tank effluent and pass in though a gravel-filled box, which is populated with several different types of wetland vegetation prior to discharge into a conventional drain field system. Plants are chosen specifically for their ability to filter out specific nutrients in the wastewater stream and therefore “clean” the water prior to discharge. This system will be closely monitored by ODC staff and reports provided to the health department will help determine if other system will be permitted in the area.
For more information on this project or on HEI’s civil infrastructure services, please contact Ryan Ysseldyke, P.E., Project Manager/Engineer at 616.392.5938 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Holland Office: 616-392-5938
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