Joseph Cotton, PE, ENV SP, of RJN Group, Inc. (RJN), will co-host a technical breakout session at the upcoming Texas Water 2015 on Friday, April 17 at 9:30 am. In this session, “How to Clean and TV Siphons at One of the Busiest Intersections in Texas During Construction Season”, Mr. Cotton and his co-presenters, Jerome Iltis, PE, and Dennis Laskowski, PE, both of San Antonio Water System (SAWS), will highlight their applicable experiences, challenges, and successes with work conducted in February through April, 2014.

San Antonio’s River Walk and Downtown are premier tourist attractions. People from across the nation and the world go to San Antonio to visit the sites that make San Antonio a vacation hot spot. SAWS was faced with the logistical challenge of maintaining its sewer mains and the associated siphons in the busiest intersection in the Downtown area adjacent to the River Walk.

SAWS hired RJN to prepare construction specifications for this project, with the focus to catalog and assess the existing conditions of various single and multiple barrel siphons within the downtown area. Some of the siphons had been CIPP lined over a quarter of a century ago and most had not been cleaned, televised or assessed within the recent past. This project required the coordination of both pedestrian traffic and an increased volume of vehicle traffic around the local tourist landmarks. Another factor that impacted the project was area renovations by the San Antonio Convention Center. Terra Contracting Services from Kalamazoo, Michigan was the chosen by SAWS to complete this project.

SanAntonio Pictures

Photos from the San Antonio project.



Attendees of Texas Water 2015 are invited to listen how RJN, SAWS, and Terra Contracting Services worked seamlessly with each other and area stakeholders to complete the project with no major issues or concerns. Attendees will glean insights on how coordination and communication are pivotal to any successful project, especially those in a congested downtown area of a metropolitan city under construction.

RJN Group to Present at Texas Water 2015

Zach Matyja Awarded Young Leader Award

Zach Matyja, P.E., a Client Manager at RJN Group, Inc. (RJN), recently received the 2015 Young Leader Award from the Suburban Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter. He is the current Past-President of the chapter, previously serving as Secretary in 2012 and as Vice President and President in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Zach Matyja Receives Award

Zach Matyja (left) receiving the Young Leader award at the APWA Awards Luncheon.

The Young Leader Award is given to recognize and encourage young APWA members who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and the association, and show potential for future growth within the association.… Read the rest

Safety Training in the Summer

A major responsibility of both new and current employees at RJN is to always be “safety certified” in various field work tasks.

Recently, RJN eHarness-Safety-2mployees participated in two days of training classes becoming certified in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 10-Hour, Pipe Plugging, and 4-Hour Traffic Control. The training was conducted by David Miguel, RJN’s Safety Consultant from Underground Safety & Supply.

The training for Pipe Plugging consisted of proper installation of plugs into sewer systems and proper daily maintenance.

The 4-Hour Traffic Control training had the employees learning proper traffic cone patterns for different situations when manholes are located in streets.… Read the rest

Clay Thompson is Inducted into the Five “S” (5S) Society

Thompson_ClayOne of our Client Managers, Clay Thompson, was recently inducted into the Five “S” (5S) Society at the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association’s Annual Conference.  The Five “S” Society stands for the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.  Per Water Environment Federation (WEF), membership requirements vary from Chapter to Chapter. The text that follows are excerpts from Five “S” Chapter’s procedures. There are no “real” rules.

Selection to membership in a Chapter is recognition of “Outstanding, meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty.” Selection bestows the accolade of elevation “on the official shovel to the highest ridge on the sludge bed, with the title of Select Sludge Shoveler and all the honor, atmosphere, prerequisite, and dignity pertaining thereto.”

Selection of a person to membership should be approved by the Member Association’s Board.… Read the rest