Grading in the Hollywood Hills

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Another fun grading project has been thrown into our Civil Engineering gauntlet. This particular grading plan takes place in Hollywood Hills and is going to be something else. I will start in backwards order and show off the quick survey model that I built to get the earthwork number. The survey did a pretty good job of showing what is going on with the existing topography. A house is sitting on the side of a slope and cantilevers over the edge. For our purposes I need to figure out where the house on the ground starts… Continue reading…

Let the New Year Begin

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This year was going to start a bit different than usual. One we were so busy that I had to force myself to take a mini break and get my mind back in order. The rush to submit so many projects before the break took a toll on me. I did pretty well up until after Christmas and realized I better check my email, because there will be an onslaught once everyone is back into full gear for 2015. Thankfully it looks like everyone has turned it back a notch over the holidays so that… Continue reading…

Redondo Beach and their LID Process

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Just as well call this the please change Low Impact Development blog. I thought eventually that Redondo Beach would change their practice of requiring LID to be designed to get the design approval. But no we are still designing LID before the project is approved to go forward into the grading plan stage. I still can’t figure out why we are going in backwards order, but as everything LID, it doesn’t have to make sense, just do it. Let me go lace up my Nikes and get into our current project in Redondo Beach. I… Continue reading…

Rolling Hills Estates Grading Plans with Horses

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I had lunch with my nephew who is applying to Med School shortly, and we got into the conversation of what a Civil Engineer does that designs grading plans. My best description is that an Architect paints a pretty house and we come in to make that house sit on the ground in real life. A splash of drainage design, a dash of walkability, and like magic we have a grading plan. The conversation was much more complex and he seemed interested enough to keep asking questions. Any Architects reading this I do know what… Continue reading…