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Holland Engineering is often involved in multiple phases of projects for our clients. As part of the preliminary and feasibility phase, HEI will frequently put our GIS experts to work aiding our clients as they present their projects to both the public and to permitting approval agencies. Most recently, HEI began incorporating live GIS maps into our GIS deliverables. This makes sharing information on a mapping platform easier by bringing the power of GIS directly to the end user with a number of specialized features for different mapping requirements.
The following graphic gives an example of how a live GIS map can be used to present the routing of a proposed pipeline. By giving the end user the ability to use the mapping features in specific applications, our clients are able to more effectively present the information and answer specific questions about their projects. This is especially beneficial during a public forum meeting when a wide range of questions are often asked representing a variety of different interests. HEI is excited for the opportunity to expand and improve our GIS services and offer better support to our clients as we help them walk through all phases of their projects.
For more information on HEI’s GIS services, please contact Jerry Nordlund, P.S. at 616.392.5938 or via email at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since incorporating Mobile LiDAR services late this past summer, Holland Engineering has been busy using this technology to create value to several of our clients on a wide range of projects. The application for this new survey tool is deep and many of our clients are seeing the time and cost savings benefit that this tool is offering to their particular projects.
In addition to our existing projects, HEI was also awarded three Mobile LiDAR Scanning projects from the City of Grand Rapids which will utilize the technology. HEI will utilize Mobile LiDAR on a Michigan Department of Transportation project, increasing safety and efficiency in the collection of roadway data.
HEI's Mobile LiDAR Scanning Team is busy educating our clients on the wide range of benefits and applications of this exciting survey tool while simultaneously incorporating this technology throughout our Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Municipal Service Groups.
HEI’s Energy Group continues to remaining busy assisting our clients with facility design and engineering related services. Most recently, HEI assisted TransCanada with the installation of new 150 Hp Atlas Copco air compressors at three of their compressor stations located in Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. Holland Engineering is providing the installation design drawings for each location including the air piping, volume tanks, mist eliminators, air dryers, liquid drains, controls, structural modifications and cooling systems. At two of the stations, the compressors will be air cooled which requires a ducting design. The third location will be water cooled which requires a coolant system with controls, pumps, and fans.
The compressors are used to supply both starting air for TransCanada’s natural gas compressor engines and also instrument air for their pneumatic equipment in and around their facilities. This will add reliability to their air systems and in turn improve their ability to move gas throughout their cross country pipelines. HEI is pleased to have the opportunity to further assist TransCanada with our professional services.
For more information on our facility services, please contact Gary Smith, P.E., Energy Group Manager 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 .
Pilot Flying J has opened a new Pilot Truck Stop on the south side of Holland. Construction is completed and the grand opening happened in November of 2015. This new facility is located at the intersection of M-40 and I-196 and will be the first Pilot Truck Stop in the area.
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.
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