Quake Catcher Network

quake-catcher-network-sensor-data

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

hp-48gx

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

los-angeles-susmp-planter-box-detail

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…

New Computer Time and Dual Monitor

geil-ripjaw-ddr3-ram

Being busy the last few weeks I decided what better time than to upgrade my main work PC. While the blog is supposed to stay on the topic of Civil Engineer related things, I figured why not take a break from Civil Engineering plans and touch up on another favorite topic, computers. I have always been into computer related stuff.  In fact for a while I was minoring in Computer Science at UC Irvine.  Somewhere along the line I realized that I wasn’t going to find a job I was trying to tailor my degrees to.… Continue reading…

Put That Cell Phone Down While Donating Water

unicef-water-project

For every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone, Unicef will donate one full days worth of clean water to a child in need. The premise seems simple enough, go to your cell phone’s web browser, go to uniceftapproject.org, follow the steps and set your phone down.  For every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone, one of Unicef’s sponsors will donate one full days worth of clean drinking water to a child in need.  As I am sitting here looking at my phone through the site, the website scrolls through little trivia about water… Continue reading…