Mount Washington Civil Engineer Grading Animation

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Today is the day to finish up these Mount Washington grading plans.  I had a very good meeting today with the Civil Engineer plan checker at Redondo Beach, so I also decided to procrastinate and have some fun with these plans.  Fun in Civil Engineering terms is different probably for those outside the field. I brought the grading plan in to be elevated to start building the 3D model.  I did a few different checks to make sure everything looked right before building the final model.  First off the lines don’t always connect causing me… Continue reading…

Civil Engineering on a Mount Washington Hillside

Mount Washington Hillside Grading Slope Plan Example

Today is time to play catch up with some Civil Engineering projects.  Catch up if you count we just got these projects to start a few hours ago. First on the list are some revisions to the apartment project we are working on in Glendale near the Americana.  It wouldn’t be too much but the developer is trying to have this turned around fast.  What fun, I get to speed through the changes the Architect made while adding more notes and details that the Civil Engineering plan checker wants.  We will also be starting on… Continue reading…

Synology NAS, Cloud Sync and Backups

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As we get more projects we also accumulate a lot more files, meaning even more to backup.  I have seen many different systems being used at different size companies.  Recently I saw how an Architect was using Dropbox and really liked the simplicity of how he set Dropbox up.  I knew the Synology NAS we are using would have some interesting feature to make this even more seamless.  And wow, Synology did a good job on their 5.0 Beta of their DSM, or Diskstation Manager. We started off with a simple Buffalo NAS and quickly… Continue reading…

The Concept of Grading a Hillside in Highland Park

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As easily buildable vacant lots around Los Angeles become harder to come by we are starting to see some very interesting grading projects pop up.  The latest grading plan that we are working on is for a single family residence in Highland Park. What better way to update the blog than by talking about this particular project.  First the design is stepped from the front to back.  There is a garage at the front of the property line.  Then you walk up some stairs to the entrance level.  From there you can go up to… Continue reading…

Civil Engineer Grading El Segundo House

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I went to stop at a few different job sites since I would be in El Segundo.  Its always nice to see our Civil Engineer grading work in progress.  Today did not disappoint. I got a call from the contractor on this particular job asking if they could use a smaller trench drain.  We generally oversize these trench drain as we will get asked to use a smaller width drain.  The ultimate goal is that we don’t want small drains that can have water flow over and flood the garage.  I am glad anytime we… Continue reading…