How Do You Survey the Bottom of a Lake?

A potential client recently approached raSmith’s survey division for the completion of a hydrographic survey, also known as a bathymetric survey, for a 70-acre lake in southeastern Wisconsin. The individual was looking for an explanation of a hydrographic survey and a price estimate to complete the work. As the assistant director of survey services at […]

Flood Insurance: The documentation you need when purchasing a home or closing on a real estate transaction.

Land surveying documents are necessary for any real estate transaction; however, it is also important that buyers and lenders familiarize themselves with flood insurance requirements. Seeking the expertise of a professional land surveyor to prepare an Elevation Certificate and/or Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) may avoid postponing the closing date if otherwise overlooked. If you […]

Today’s Retail Industry Looks and Feels Different

How Civil Engineers are Working With Developers to Adapt to Industry Changes….. The retail industry has changed over the last several decades and even more so in the last seven plus years. Today’s shopping centers, or lifestyle centers, include a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. What began as a transformation to include non-traditional […]

Protecting Class 1 Trout Streams in Wisconsin

Did you know that, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), there are “5,289 miles of Class 1 trout streams in Wisconsin?” That’s a significant amount of trout stream waters that WDNR has classified as “high quality and having sufficient natural reproduction to sustain populations of wild trout, at or near carry capacity.” […]

Better Headlights are Critical for Nighttime Roadway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently conducted its first-ever evaluation of headlight performance.  Government standards allow a wide range of illumination available to the consumer, so the IIHS tested 31 midsized vehicles with available headlight options for a total of 82 vehicle and headlight combinations. The IIHS study measured illumination with high beams and […]