Why Entry Level Housing Pricing in California is so High

Really interesting and well researched article at Builder about how laws can advertently and inadvertently effect housing costs in California. THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF LAW

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Hope you’re not scared of tight spaces..

Switzerland announced the opening of a 35 mile tunnel for high speed rail. This tunnel was 17 years in the making. Take a look at the article after the break. A stunning achievement.

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San Diego Regional Board exempts cities

San Diego Regional Water board exempts cities from legal action from citizen groups if they are working to correct storm water pollution issues.  The permit was issued two years ago. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/nov/18/san-diego-water-quality-managers-soften-storm-wate/

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MacGyver every engineers hero. Well, at least ours.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/02/19/387268521/will-the-next-macgyver-be-an-indian-woman?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150219

We have a paper clip, a piece of gum, and a bomb that needs diffusing within 35 seconds.  Who you gonna call? MacGyver! And looks like they’re looking for a female lead. We think that’s great. Can’t wait to see it. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/02/19/387268521/will-the-next-macgyver-be-an-indian-woman?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150219

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Stormwater on Site Storage and Use

This ties in to many ideas that are floating around out there right now.  BMP’s or Best Management Practices are regulating Civil Engineers and designers to keep stormwater on site at levels of runoff as if the development was never there.  So when the development was a grassland, how much water would runoff? Take that […]

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Water Purification? Yep. We need it.

San Diego has been pretty arid lately.  Proposals like this seem like a no-brainer.  We just can’t believe we’d have to wait until 2035 for this to come online in it’s planned capacity.  Complete irony if purified sewage water tastes better than the water we get now. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/nov/17/environment-pure-water-san-diego/

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Shake that.

Here is a project that we worked on and wanted to spotlight. The video can be found at: It is basically a structure built on a large mechanical shake plate that will emulate an earthquake.  This test is looking at several different methods for construction, materials, systems to evaluate performance during an event. This data […]

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Food. Num Num Num Num.

What does engineering have to do with food you ask? Last week we attended a ULI San Diego @ Lunch panel titled: “Land Use and the Food Revolution”.  It covered how we, designers and developers, can help facilitate the public’s need for greener, organic food sources.  Below are our notes and findings from the Seminar. […]

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We won an Oscar!

Ok. It really wasn’t an oscar.  Nor was there a red carpet.  We were however honored to be one of four selected Mentor-Protege teams to win this award from the Caltrans Calmentor Program. The Calmentor program is a program that pairs Mentors and Proteges in teams to share information.  The thinking is that Proteges need […]

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Pecha Kucha ROCKS!

I’m not sure it gets much cooler than this for industry events.  Pecha Kucha (PK) is a Japanese presentation methodology.  Sort of like TED talks meet Haiku.  You have 20 slides and each slide is shown for exactly 20 seconds.  It doesn’t matter if you finish early or late.  You have exactly 20 seconds per slide, […]

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