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This year, Holland Engineering participated in Adopt-A-Family for the holiday season. This program matches families in need with sponsors across the community. Both our Holland and Southfield offices participated and were able to help provide a great Christmas for two families!
Our Holland office adopted a family of four from Grand Rapids. This family has been through a lot. A year ago, the mother gave birth to her son prematurely. He was born with a lot of complications, including a cleft palate and three congenital heart defects. He was in the NICU for three months after birth. He is now one year old, but during his first year of life, he has had a total of eight surgeries, including two open-heart surgeries, several sleep studies, cleft palate repair, tracheostomy placement and the list goes on. He is scheduled to have another cleft palate repair surgery this year. Along with her son's health complications, the mother has had some health issues of her own. She was hospitalized this past summer for almost three months where she had several surgeries during that time.
Our Southfield office adopted a young single mother and two small children through the Community Housing Network. This nonprofit organization provides housing and housing resources for people who are homeless or facing homelessness, people with disabilities, people with low income, and other vulnerable residents of southeast Michigan. They were able to get them everything on their wishlist and more!
We are so proud to have participated in the Adopt-A-Family program this year. Thank you to our generous staff for helping provide a great Christmas for these families in need!
With only four partners and one additional employee, the Holland Engineering, Inc. team was required to wear many hats. Original services included civil engineering, land surveying, and mapmaking services. During the day, they would work in the field as survey crews and return to the office in the evening to place telephone calls, perform computations, prepare drawings and research information for the next day’s work.
Since then, Holland Engineering, Inc. has grown to a staff of over 125 employees consisting of Engineers, Surveyors, CAD and GIS Technicians, Environmental Scientists and Administrative personnel. This growth would not be possible without the long-term goal of providing multiple design services for a variety of clients. In addition to the initial services, HEI currently provides structural engineering, energy consulting services for pipeline projects, added land surveying services, environmental consulting, wetland delineations and project management. Our client base includes private and public entities in the residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and energy markets throughout Michigan and across the United States.
During the past 40 years, HEI has adapted to changes in technology and has grown to meet the needs of our clients. However, our dedication and commitment to providing professional services with honesty, integrity and accuracy have not changed. We have built longstanding and mutually beneficial relationships with our clients to whom we are truly thankful.
Although SEMCO Energy is headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan, they deliver natural gas to the southern half of the state's Lower Peninsula (including West Michigan) and currently provide natural gas to 299,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. SEMCO Energy is anticipating 2015 will be another busy year. As the temperatures are slowly warming up to spring, Holland Engineering has already received requests to provide assistance on five projects.
Holland Engineering will provide easement and right-of-way staking for the purpose of ensuring the newly installed gas mains or service lines will be constructed within their respective easement or right-of-way. Prior to any field staking, Holland Engineering researches an extensive data base and works with the county road commissions to ensure that any road widenings and additional easements or right-of-ways are discovered prior to field staking. SEMCO Energy has proven to be a loyal client whom Holland engineering enjoys working with. Thank you SEMCO for the continued opportunity to assist you with our professional services!
Holland Engineering is proud to announce the incorporation of Mobile Lidar to its growing list of services. Recognizing the need to provide clients with the best solutions for each project, Holland Engineering is constantly evaluating the technologies that will best serve our clients.
Mobile Lidar allows the ability to drive at highway speeds while collecting 3D data on everything it can scan. Road surfaces, topographic features, bridges, signs, poles, etc. can all be captured and brought back to the office for analysis and extraction. From these virtual point clouds we can provide crack analysis on pavement, bridge clearances, create topographic maps, inventory utilities and signage to name a few of the services. In addition, we have added the ability to collect data off-road or by sea from a fully equipped boat to collect bridge, embankment information, dock and port information all from the water.
Holland Engineering is ready to meet your needs on road, off road, and by water. Look for more information on this service and how it can add value to your project. Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about how this tool can benefit your next project.
For more information on our Mobil Lidar services, please contact Jeff Schepers, P.S., Geospatial Services, at 616.392.5938 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
Southfield Office: 248-827-7322