Minot office accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Moore Engineering’s Minot office was challenged by the West Fargo office to complete the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. They did a great job, employing heavy equipment to get thoroughly soaked. The Minot office, in turn, challenged their building mates, Quality Concrete, who participated with them, and the City of Minot’s Engineering Department.

VIDEO: Minot ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Moore Engineering is matching all employee donations to the ALS cause, with a $1,000 minimum company pledge. Join us in fighting ALS by donating online at www.alsa.org, and take the Ice Bucket Challenge yourself. We recommend waiting for a hot summer day.

Great job, Minot!

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted

Moore Engineering was challenged by the West Fargo Parks District to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We accepted, of course, and on a chilly, breezy August day, drenched ourselves and employees from the City of West Fargo in cold water. In turn, we challenged Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm and the other Moore Engineering offices.

VIDEO: West Fargo ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

To support the battle against ALS, Moore Engineering will match all employee donations to the ALS cause, with a $1,000 minimum company pledge.

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far.  Who will join us in pouring cold water over your head?

 

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Community Service at its finest: Moore Engineering donates more than a gallon of blood

We recently held our semi-annual blood drive at the Moore Engineering West Fargo office. As the blood drive coordinator, I organized and planned the event through United Blood Services, a nonprofit community blood center that serves local hospitals nationwide.

The bloodmobile parked outside of the Moore Engineering office.

The bloodmobile parked outside of the Moore Engineering office.

We had 10 people participate in the drive, each donating about 1 pint of blood. This means altogether we donated more than a gallon of blood!

Making a real difference

At Moore Engineering, we understand the importance of donating blood. Quite simply, it saves lives!

Our team views the blood drive as another way to give back to the community. We donate for a variety of reasons.

One of my co-workers told me she donates because she had a family member that needed routine transfusions. Another explained that he donates whenever the opportunity presents itself. In fact, donating blood has become routine for him.

I’ve donated blood about seven times, and each time I get a greater sense of satisfaction knowing I’ve have made a real difference in the life of someone in need.

Working with people who are so committed to helping others makes me a proud Moore Engineering employee.

Kara is a human resources assistant at Moore Engineering’s West Fargo office. The most rewarding part of her job is building relationships with other employees through different projects.

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League of Cities

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Talk to us at the League of Minnesota Cities Conference

Meeting infrastructure needs – now and in the future – is a big concern for most small communities and their leaders.

How do you maintain and modernize roads, bridges, water lines, sewers and water or wastewater treatment plants? What can you do to make sure the infrastructure your residents depend on every day to safely go about their daily lives is sound, efficient and cost effective?

Do you have a strategic plan for growth and development? What are your priorities? How will you build consensus, and last, but far from least, where will you find the money to pay for your municipal projects?

Getting from pipedreams to new pipes

Over the last 50+ years, Moore Engineering has helped dozens of Minnesota and North Dakota cities and small towns answer these and other questions – and built thousands of municipal projects. We understand the challenges, from funding to permitting to implementation to maintenance.

We also have a thorough understanding of the complexities and specifics of government funding programs, because we’ve been working with them for so many years. In fact, I’ve been introduced at meetings in Minnesota as “the person who finds ways to finance projects.”

Bottom line is this: we know funding resources inside and out, how to get the most out of them, and where to look for every available dollar. And we know how to combine your vision with our expertise to get results for your community.

Moore bang for your buck

At Moore Engineering, we take a holistic approach to engineering. That means we do more than simply consider the project on the table, particularly when it comes to funding. Our process involves looking beyond the immediate project to consider other present and future needs with additional funding opportunities.

It’s an approach that has saved our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Here’s one example: a city had a plan for updating a wastewater treatment plant. We looked at the city’s additional needs – an aged, deteriorating sanitary sewer – and proposed a more comprehensive project that significantly increased the value to the community without a significant rise in projected monthly cost for users.

To learn more about how even small cities with limited budgets can make big things happen, stop by and see me at the Moore Engineering Booth 511 at the LMC annual conference in St. Cloud on Thursday, June 19. I look forward to chatting with you.

Hugh Veit is professional engineer and Moore Engineering’s Minnesota branch manager. He’s been helping Minnesota and North Dakota communities find ways to finance their infrastructure projects for 34 years. Moore has offices in Fergus Falls and Wadena, Minn.

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How Moore helps communities grow

For the third consecutive year, western North Dakota cities are among the fastest-growing communities in the country, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates. Williston led the way as the nation’s Number One micropolitan area, and Dickinson and Minot weren’t far behind. In fact, many North Dakota counties gained population.

That’s great news for a state that had been experiencing declining population in the past.

But while the oil boom has brought unprecedented growth and prosperity to North Dakota, it’s also created some significant housing, transportation, infrastructure and water challenges for communities out west. In 2011, Moore Engineering opened our Minot office to expand our ability to assist clients in that region of the state in addressing these immediate issues – and at the same time, create vision, build infrastructure, and provide guidance for development.

Each community is unique
How does a community deal with growing pains that come with rapid growth, plan for the future, and influence positive development? There are a lot of options. Answering these basic questions is a good place to begin figuring out what is right for your community:

What do you want your community to be?
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Or this?
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  • What makes you unique?
  • Are you willing to embrace change?
  • How much do you want to accommodate development?
  • How do you want to manage growth?
  • How is funding being accommodated?
  • How is zoning being regulated and enforced?
  • Who is responsible for operation and maintenance?
  • What are you doing to improve quality of life?

Thinking beyond the boom
Sustainable development is one option for communities dealing with rapid change. Prosperity gives communities an opportunity to improve the quality of life for their current residents – and to give new residents who maybe came just for the job, reasons to stay.

We can listen and learn from those who come from elsewhere to live in our state. Fostering a “spirit of cooperation” will help all our communities become places people want to live for generations – something Moore Engineering has been doing for over 50 years.

We’re ready to work with you to make strategic, long-term investments in your community for years to come – through boom or bust and everything in between.

Wondering how you can improve the quality of life in your community? Let’s talk.

Brock Storrusten is Branch Manager of Moore Engineering’s Minot location. A 19-year veteran with the company, Brock served as Assistant City Engineer for West Fargo during that city’s growth and expansion and has been a member of planning and zoning boards and committees.

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Moore’s Minot office plants trees to restore city park after flood

A park without trees is like cake without frosting – just sad. So when the 2011 Minot Flood damaged 300 acres of Minot city parks, including destroying all of the trees in Centennial Park (a.k.a. Jack Hoeven Baseball Park), our city was devastated.

5A few months ago, before the snow fell, Moore Engineering’s Minot office partnered with the Minot Park District and Minot Rotary Clubs to plant trees in Centennial Park. The project was a continuation of the Rotary Planting Hope flood recovery project, aimed at cleaning and restoring Minot’s city parks, and the new trees were funded through a grant from the Minot Area Recovery Fund.

We joined Rotary members and other community volunteers for an afternoon of planting trees.

All was going well, until the Forestry Department’s auger broke. Without the auger, the Park District and Rotary Clubs couldn’t finish digging the holes to plant the trees.

Our team at Moore felt bad the crew couldn’t get the project done when they had a big group of volunteers. So, the next day, we called the Forestry Department and offered to help finish planting the trees. They were surprised and very excited.   2

A couple days later, we went back into the field to help them finish the job. It’s amazing the difference the effort of a few can make. At Moore, we’re proud to help make our community a more beautiful place.

Brock Storrusten is the Branch Manager for Moore Engineering’s Minot location.

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Top 5 benefits of using GIS mapping to manage city infrastructure

At Moore, we use  geographic information systems (GIS) mapping software to help clients with a variety of infrastructure management projects, from assessment district analyses to topographic, facility and flood mapping.

We find that it’s a highly effective – if not essential – tool for cities. GIS offers many capabilities and benefits, but we’ve outlined our top five below:

3-c-WF_All_Pipes_Pg4_cropSave time – and money
You can use GIS to improve your city’s maintenance schedules and daily fleet movements. In fact, according to Esri, an international GIS software supplier, implementing GIS typically saves 10 to 30 percent in operational costs. That’s because it helps decrease fuel use and staff time, improves customer service, and promotes more-efficient scheduling.

Make better decisions
GIS mapping systems can help you make more-informed decisions on anything related to location. For example, it can help with choosing real estate sites, developing evacuation or ambulance routes, estate planning or even mapping wetlands. Every choice you make has impacts, and GIS can help ensure you’re making the best possible decisions for your city.

Improve communication
Because GIS is digital reporting, it is highly effective for cross-office and even cross-organizational communication. The software helps everyone involved understand situations more thoroughly. For example, the technology can communicate the location of a city maintenance worker addressing a citizen complaint, allowing the city to better coordinate its utility response team. Plus, with mobile GIS technology we can take GIS mapping systems into the field to log and send up-to-the-minute data in real time.

Keep better records
At Moore, we find one of GIS’s most useful capabilities is keeping track of records, such as maintenance reports. For example, GIS reporting can help you identify which streets repeatedly need repair. In some cases, it may be more efficient to completely replace a street rather than investing in frequent maintenance. It can also help you manage construction permits to ensure you maintain compliance with city, state and federal regulations.

Predict the future
GIS mapping helps us understand not only what is happening, but also what will happen, in a geographic space. For example, you can use GIS to map pipe-corrosion patterns, allowing you to predict risks and meet DIMP requirements. The technology lets you view patterns and trends to predict the future and, more importantly, prepare for it.

Interested in seeing how your city can get in on the benefits of GIS mapping software? Let’s talk.

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4 ways to sustain your community’s water supply

We take it for granted water will be there when we turn on the tap. But the truth is, quality drinking water is a valuable and vulnerable resource. Recent drought disaster declarations in the western U.S. should serve as a reminder that water is also a finite resource – one that needs to be carefully monitored and managed.

Here’s how.

1. Know where your water comes from.
water splashIdentify your water source. Is it ground water or surface water from a river, stream or lake? How much water is available? Is it sustainable? Knowing the answers will help you make informed decisions about your water supply.

For example, rivers and streams are generally more susceptible to drought because they rely on precipitation and springs for flow. So, if your source is a river or stream, you’ll need to plan for that.

2. Monitor and manage your water source.
Study the historical trending data, again, to help with decision-making. Monitor and record your aquifer levels to see how much water is used, for what and when, and how levels are affected by usage. While state regulatory bodies typically have monitoring wells in areas of high aquifer usage, data may not be available for all aquifers.

Moore Engineering’s water and wastewater team can help your city access the data if it’s available, do the monitoring for you, or get you started doing your own monitoring and analysis.

3. Be aware of drought conditions and water shortages.
Water demand is often doubled or tripled during drought or dry conditions, with the biggest usage usually from lawn watering. This can put stress on wells and treatment plants, as well as the source supply of water. Be informed and prepared to deal with potential issues.

4. Have a plan in place if you need to restrict water.
Water conservation should be encouraged year round, and especially during drought conditions or when there are problems like large water main breaks, failing pumps or treatment plant issues. A phased approach is most effective, implemented as appropriate:

  • One: restrict yard watering on odd/even days in phase one.
  • Two: impose further restrictions or bans.
  • Three: ban any unnecessary uses other than drinking.

How much do you know about your water supply? Do you have a plan in place if there’s trouble?

Talk to our team to see how to safeguard your community water supply. Plus, here are some useful links: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/swp/whp/
http://www.ndhealth.gov/wq/gw/sourcewater.htm

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Kent Ritterman is Moore Engineering’s environmental engineering manager, based out of the West Fargo office.

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Why – and how – Moore Engineering turned its parade float into a children’s playhouse

Remember Moore Engineering’s gingerbread float from the Fargo Holiday Lights Parade? To refresh your memory, it looked something like this:

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Now, it looks something like this:
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Several employees built the original gingerbread house last October and November, staying after hours a few times a week to work on it; some even worked over lunch in preparation for the parade.

After the Holiday Lights Parade, we displayed the gingerbread house and other décor at the Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park. Then, after the New Year, we took the decorations off the playhouse, refurbished it and donated it to the YWCA Cass Clay off South University Drive, where it will serve as a children’s playhouse.

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It took a large group of employees many hours to complete the multiple transformations – a true example of Moore’s teamwork approach. We also had the support of the community, with Fargo-based Pro Landscapers donating the space to construct the playhouse and the large equipment to move it to the various locations.

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Caption: Me (second from right) and a few of my co-workers after delivering the playhouse to the YWCA. (left to right) Alex Thiel, Brady Woodard, Jordan Odden, me, and Bjorn Woodard. A big thanks to the many others who contributed but are not shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I speak for the entire Moore team when I say we feel good knowing the playhouse will be in good use from the children in our community. We hope it continues to provide happy memories for kids at the YWCA.

You can read more about our project in an article in the West Fargo Pioneer.

Matt Welle is a project engineer at Moore Engineering’s West Fargo office and head of the parade committee. His favorite part of the float-to-playhouse project was seeing his coworkers and their many talents come together to create something that could take shape in the different ways it has – and all for the good of the community.

 

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Moore Engineering receives statewide award for Excellence in Concrete

At Moore Engineering, we take great pride in the industry-leading work we do to create stronger, safer and healthier communities. And it’s great to be recognized for our efforts.

Recently, Moore was honored with two Excellence in Concrete Awards from the North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association. Established more than 20 years ago, the awards recognize projects that effectively use concrete to provide value, aesthetic beauty and environmental benefits to project owners and the general public.

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Caption: Me (left) and Dean Engebretson from Knife River Corporation, the supplier for the NDSU parking lot project, accepting an award at the North Dakota Ready Mix and Concrete Products Association’s 48th annual Convention, held January 13-14 in Fargo.

Caption: Me (left) and Dean Engebretson from Knife River Corporation, the supplier for the NDSU parking lot project, accepting an award at the North Dakota Ready Mix and Concrete Products Association’s 48th annual Convention, held January 13-14 in Fargo.

The project from our Municipal Department involved removing an existing asphalt parking lot and installing new pavement. Our team conducted a lifecycle-cost study to compare asphalt and concrete. We found that concrete – though initially more expensive than asphalt – would be less expensive after the first chip seal was factored.

Below are a few project highlights:

  • Recycled the existing asphalt to create a blended asphalt base for the new parking lot.
  • Used very little rebar in the pavement. We tied new concrete to existing curb and gutter and used rebar at the first 10-foot sawed-construction joint. We placed dowel bars at all construction joints, but remainder of pavement had no reinforcement.
  • We added admixtures to the concrete mix design to increase slump, giving theNDSU parking lot contractor (EHC, LLC) a more workable and, ultimately, better outcome.
  • Replaced 30 percent Portland cement by weight with flyash, which gave us a stronger, more durable concrete and is also more environmentally friendly. The flyash is a byproduct of the coal industry and would otherwise end up in a landfill.
  • Used LED lighting – concrete reflects LED lights, providing a brighter and potentially safer environment compared to a light-absorbing asphalt parking lot

Veterans Boulevard

Caption: David Roedel (left) accepts the award for the Veterans Boulevard project with Vince Frost from Strata Corporation, the supplier for the project.

Caption: David Roedel (right) accepts the award for the Veterans Boulevard project with Vince Frost from Strata Corporation, the supplier for the project.

This project from our Transportation Department consisted of reconstructing Veteran’s Boulevard from 32nd Avenue South to 40th Avenue South, the boundary between Fargo and West Fargo, mainly to allow for expected traffic volume increases. The existing roadway section was replaced with an urbanized concrete street, with highlights including:

  • Curvilinear concrete multi-use paths to accommodate pedestrian and non-vehicular traffic
  • Decorative streetlights
  • A traffic signal at 36th Avenue South
  • Decorative concrete adding to the aesthetic quality of the project as well as provides a durable, low-maintenance surface in narrow median and boulevard areas
  • 10 inches of nonreinforced concrete pavement over 9 inches of class 5 aggregate base

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A civil engineer at Moore’s Fargo office, Tom Klabunde gets great satisfaction in helping solve people’s problems through his work. Whether completing a small simple project or a large, multimillion-dollar undertaking, he feels like he is make a difference in people’s lives.

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