Service Summary: Flow Monitoring the RJN Way Saves You Money, Time

Flow monitoring is an initial step in improving your collection system. It helps you develop a plan for future field investigations while also prioritizing areas for study. Flow monitoring captures a clear picture of the hydraulic performance of a collection system. Flow meters, with the technology to record flow levels and flow velocity, are strategically placed throughout a system. Data is continuously recorded defining daily usage (base flows) as well as the system performance (peak flows) during rainfall/storm events.

How RJN’s Approach to Flow Monitoring
Saves Time and Money, Ensures Accuracy

Flow monitoring when done the right way with RJN – sending the results of constant real-time monitoring to a data group of experts who then analyze the data – is important mainly because it saves time and money.… Read the rest

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Project Profile: For RJN and Richardson, Proactive Maintenance Is Key to Success

These days, it has become much more important to be proactive with underground infrastructure maintenance as opposed to reactive. Ultimately, it saves time and money to take preventive measures as opposed to fixing issues as they arise. One of the ways RJN is able to do this is by effectively using risk analytics to determine the best course of action for its clients.

Recently, RJN worked with the City of Richardson, Texas, to support its ongoing CMOM and master planning efforts by conducting a risk-based sewer study. The program focused on evaluating existing CCTV footage, identifying hydraulic capacity issues, and assessing the risk of asset failure.… Read the rest

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Project Profile: Design-Build Project in Hot Springs Will Save Time and Money

On January 17, 2017, the City of Hot Springs approved a design-build contract with RJN Group, Inc. To learn more about this news, see the official press release here:

Press Release Announcing Hot Springs Design-Build Contract

As we have discussed in prior posts on this blog, design-build is an alternative project delivery method that often saves time and money by streamlining communication and expediting service delivery. After much success with this method on prior projects, including the award-winning West Park Wet-Weather Storage Facility project, RJN decided to offer this project delivery method to long-term partner the City of Hot Springs.… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: Finding “The Perfect Pipe”

In early 2017, the Southwest Wet-Weather Control Facility project, completed with RJN Group, Inc. as the primary engineering consultant; the City of Elmhurst as the managing agency; and Boller Construction, Inc. and Archon Construction Company as the contractors, earned recognition as a Public Works Project of the Year in the Structural: $5 Million to < $25 Million Category of the Suburban Branch of the APWA Professional Awards.

The Southwest Wet-Weather Control Facility (SWWCF), serving the southwest area of the City of Elmhurst, is a sophisticated wet-weather flow control system centered around a dry- and wet-weather pumping station that directs flow based on measured flow levels to a dry-weather force main, a wet-weather force main, and a 2.2 million gallon (MG) storage tank located at the City’s Water Reclamation Facility (WRF).… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: The Challenges of Working Around Buried Utilities

Designing large-diameter gravity sewer interceptors is challenging enough on its own, but there are often additional complications that can make completing these designs even more difficult: avoiding buried utilities. Try as we might, sometimes buried utilities can come as a surprise to the design engineer due to inaccurate, incomplete, or otherwise missing information concerning the location and depth of those facilities and more often than not, it is revenue-generating high-pressure gas lines and fiber optic cables. When this happens, the design engineer needs to be particularly resourceful in developing plans that mitigate, manage, and avoid these underground conflicts.

What makes this such a challenging problem is that the onus is on the design engineer to come up with an affordable and reasonable solution instead of making the utility company move their lines or cables.… Read the rest

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Technology Spotlight: LiDAR Improves Efficiency and Accuracy

At RJN, we always stay abreast of the latest technologies in the industry. If there is a new technology available that can make our field investigation techniques more efficient, accurate, and cost-effective, then we will definitely pursue it by either acquiring it ourselves or collaborating with contractors who possess the new technology. In both cases, be it RJN or a contractor with whom RJN is working, the teams responsible for using the latest technology will be experts with it, able to maximize that technology’s capabilities.

But having access to the latest technologies and being trained on how best to use those technologies is not enough—experts like the engineers and technicians at RJN also need to exercise good judgment, strong strategies, and creative problem-solving to decide when using these new technologies would be most beneficial to our clients.… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: What Is an ESOP and How Does RJN Being an ESOP Company Benefit Our Clients?

This month (October) is Employee Ownership Month. As an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company, RJN Group, Inc. has been celebrating this special month since we became an ESOP company in 1995. We are proud employee owners, and we know that our ESOP makes us a better company, well-suited to serve our clients’ best interests. Here’s why:2016-esop-month-poster

  • Employee-owned firms are more successful. Due to this, RJN engineers and technicians bring an enthusiasm and energy to client projects that enable better communication and an optimistic, determined outlook.
  • Employee-owned firms are more creative, motivated, and productive. As a result, our clients know we will meet deadlines, exceed expectations, and develop novel solutions that are both cost-effective and successful.
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Service Summary: What Is Design-Build and Why Is It a Good Idea for Your System?

As you may have heard from us and the press in recent months, RJN recently received national recognition for its design-build project, West Park Wet-Weather Storage Facility, completed for the Village of Wilmette with Boller Construction Company as Design-Build Partner. The APWA recognized this as a Project of the Year.  Learn more about this project on the RJN website, in our press release, and elsewhere on the RJN blog.

On September 26, 2016, RJN CEO/President Alan Hollenbeck, P.E., BCEE, will be presenting at WEFTEC 2016 about this award-winning project and how the design-build model allowed for it to be such a great success.… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: The Importance of Multiple Rain Gauge Sites

Within a single study area, the rainfall levels can vary dramatically. For instance, one of RJN’s clients saw 1.56 inches of total rainfall in 50 minutes throughout the center of the study area, but during that very same 50 minutes, the eastern part of the study area had only .1 inches of total rainfall.  Had RJN not been measuring at multiple rain gauge sites, the overall analysis of the entire study area would be both incomplete and inaccurate.

The video shown below depicts this rain event:

According to RJN’s Thomas Romza, P.E., “In this video, I enclosed the study area where we were flow monitoring.… Read the rest

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RJN Client Offers “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America”

AWWARecently, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) honored City Corporation, the water and wastewater utility serving the City of Russellville in Arkansas, as the People’s Choice for “Best Tasting Drinking Water in North America.” This City’s water competed against 22 other locations across the U.S. and Canada that also won local, state, and regional competitions. RJN would like to congratulate City Corporation and the City of Russellville for this distinguished honor.… Read the rest

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An Interview with RJN Senior Project Manager Cathy Morley about Her Upcoming Webinar

Morley_CathyRJN Senior Project Manager Cathy Morley will be presenting a webinar about “Inflow and Infiltration on Private Property” on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, from 12 to 1 PM Central through the ISAWWA (Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association).  Registration is open until Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  To register, visit this website:
www.isawwa.org/event/08-10-16
We caught up with Cathy to discuss her upcoming webinar.  Here is what she had to say about it.

Overall, what is your webinar about?

I’m going to talk about how you go about setting up a private inspection program to help reduce inflow/infiltration (I/I), including the program’s PR and enforcement.… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part IV

How RJN Can Offer Sustainable Solutions

As you might have gathered from this ongoing feature series, there is no easy fix for solving the problem of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure. As engineers and technical specialists in infrastructure, we at RJN aim to develop solutions that not only meet the needs of today but also provide cost-effective solutions that can fit into yearly budgets.  What is more, as specialists we provide long-lasting solutions that are both innovative and cost-effective.

In fact, according to RJN CEO/President Alan Hollenbeck, P.E., BCEE, “RJN has pioneered the use of field investigation and software tools for prioritizing collection system rehabilitation.… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part III

Government Intervention

Numerous times in recent years, the federal government has attempted to address the problem of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure. From funding assistance, to creating new offices to help communities, to conducting Senate hearings and publishing EPA reports, the federal government is aware of the problem and is working to figure out how best to solve it.

Government Organization

In January of 2015, the Obama Administration launched a new Water Finance Center at the EPA to assist cities and towns in securing funding and contractors for providing safe water, rebuilding sewer systems, and keeping rivers and streams clean. 1  Success of this new office remains to be seen, especially after recent problems surface such as the water quality in Flint, Michigan.… Read the rest

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Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part II

Crumbling Infrastructure—Background and Scope

While it is easy to look at the staggering financial figures and wonder how our country could require upwards of trillions of dollars to solve these problems over the course of only a few decades, it is important to consider the scope of the work to be completed and possible solutions to the problems associated with the rising costs of crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure.

Scope

In July of 2013, a Senate hearing took place to discuss this issue. According to the testimony of Gerald E. Galloway, P.E., Ph.D., Glenn L. Martin, Institute Professor Of Engineering, University of Maryland, among the infrastructure that needs improvement are: 

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Industry Trends: The Rising Costs of Crumbling Infrastructure, Part I

The Rising Costs

Recently, negligence and possible misconduct of Flint government officials concerning the lead poisoning of that Michigan city’s water supply has brought crumbling infrastructure to the national spotlight. But this is not an isolated incident; every day, additional infrastructure problems and subsequent neglect are discovered in more and more cities across the U.S.

RJN Group, Inc., knows this too well, having been evaluating, studying, designing, and rehabilitating collection system pipelines for the last 40 years. Fortunately, from our perspective, there is no shortage of engineering workforce, talent, and solutions; unfortunately, on the other hand, there is a lack of funding in the industry to meet the dire needs of the crumbling infrastructure. … Read the rest

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Technology Spotlight: RJN Deploys Device that Provides 360-degree Image Captures of 100 Percent of Structures

RJN Group, Inc. has yet another option for manhole inspection in its growing portfolio of evaluative tools: It is called Panoramo SI, offered by IBAK, and it proves to be very helpful due to its technologically advanced capabilities.

As RJN rolled out this IBAK camera for manhole inspections in Fort Smith, Arkansas, crews quickly became familiar with the easy-to-use scanning system while building speed and production numbers. On the office side, manhole images coming in for coding are extremely clear and detailed, allowing office staff to quickly provide accurate NASSCO MACP, Level 2 inspections to the client. Soon RJN will be expanding usage of this technology to other upcoming projects, including Jefferson, Arkansas, and COSA stormwater (City of San Antonio, Texas).… Read the rest

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RJN Implements InfoMaster to Meet Capital Planning Needs

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati is the publicly-operated wastewater utility serving 43 out of 49 Hamilton County, Ohio political subdivisions, as well as parts of the three adjacent counties of Butler, Clermont, and Warren.  It has a ratepayer base of approximately 230,000 residential and commercial users and operates seven major wastewater treatment plants and more than 120 pump stations.  MSD provides sewerage collection and treatment services to an area covering approximately more than 290 square miles, containing over 200,000 separate sewer connections which tie into approximately 3,000 miles of sanitary and combined sewers.

To optimize its capital improvement program and maintain the highest level of customer service, MSD initiated a comprehensive enterprise asset management solution aimed at getting the most for its investment. … Read the rest

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RJN Represented at WATERCON 2016

During WATERCON 2016, RJN’s own Zach Matyja, P.E., and Cathy Morley, P.E., will be presenting. The Illinois Section of the American Water Works hosts this conference and expo (WATERCON) every year to facilitate networking opportunities and idea exchanges among experts in the “total water” cycle.  This year, WATERCON will take place from March 21 through March 24, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.  To learn more about the event, visit https://isawwa.site-ym.com/mpage/2015conf00.… Read the rest

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RJN Experts to Speak at 2016 MWEA and MO-AWWA Joint Conference

During the 2016 Joint Conference of the Missouri Water Environment Association (MWEA) and the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association (MO-AWWA), four RJN associates will be presenting—Elizabeth Aguin, Margaret Fryer, Jeff King, and Thomas Inman. In addition to presenting, the four will also be hosting a booth at the conference—Booth #47. The Joint Conference will be taking place from March 20 to March 23, 2016, at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, Missouri. To learn more about the event, visit http://awwa-mo.org.… Read the rest

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Technology Spotlight: New Technology Puts RJN at Forefront of Innovative and Sustainable Collection System Engineering Solutions

RJN Group, Inc., has added a new technology to its impressive portfolio of evaluation tools. The new technology is BEM (Broadband Electro-Magnetic) pipe thickness scanning, and it has already proven itself to be a huge benefit to RJN’s team and a major value-add for clients. BEM technology again positions RJN at the forefront of innovative and sustainable collection system engineering solutions.

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