Soil Nail Retaining Walls – SNAILZ from Caltrans

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We have a few oddball programs that seem to no longer be available on their respective sites. One being SNAILZ, which was a Caltrans software to help design soil nails retaining walls. I saw this requested in an engineering forum and decided to put a link up for anyone who still needs to use SNAILZ. This also includes the manual in PDF. If there is any reason I should take this down please let me know. SNAILZ 3.10 Link, on mega. I put this through virustotal to double check for viruses. The SHA256 matches between this file… Continue reading…

Memory Lane Redondo Beach Grading Plans

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Seems like some of our designs were from yesterday, and then I take a stroll down memory lane to our archives and see what seemed like yesterday was years ago. And here we go back to B+W’s meat and potatoes, grading plans. It all started with a meeting with a sales rep for infiltration type products. I am always up for any new ideas out there revolving around the engineering community. Especially when someone says our product may be cheaper than other products. Saving money means making money, and I like to make money for… Continue reading…

Quake Catcher Network

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The weeks have been flying by.  I have been trying to post more outside of my normal topic of Civil Engineering, specifically, grading plans lately. Its nice to take a break from my day to day thinking and talk about what else interests me. I don’t think I have done a good car post yet, but that will come shortly I am sure. The rocket scientist friend keeps trying to introduce me to a bunch of fellow engineers who are nuts for cars. Just my type of people. Another interest of mine revolves around computers.… Continue reading…

Engineering Calculator

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Today is the day that my trusty and never let me down engineering calculator, the amazing HP 48GX, will go to its new resting place in the drawer. I have mixed feelings about switching over to my backup HP 35s.  In a pinch, I seem to use the HP 48GX app on my Android phone.  But nothing can compare to the real button press, like a physical calculator.  I am slowly moving a lot of our hand calculations to excel spreadsheets as well.  But for day to day grading plan design a calculator is a must.… Continue reading…

Los Angeles City SUSMP Planter Box

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B+W Engineering and Design are finishing up the plans on a couple of apartment building complexes.  One grading plan should be about finalized for submittal early this week in the City of Glendale.  The other grading plan  for an apartment complex is going for 1st submittal into the City of Los Angeles.  As we continue to work within the new SUSMP requirements, I am finding new details at random on the Los Angeles Low Impact Development website.  The main one being the planter box. Finally, an official planter box detail posted in both DWG and… Continue reading…