Does Your Project Impact Wetlands? What WDNR Permits Do You Need?

If you have a project that has the potential to impact wetlands, this brief update regarding WDNR General Permits (GPs) may interest you. The new state wetland regulatory process (effective July 1, 2012) allows for a more streamlined review process for projects that will cause only minimal adverse impacts affecting less than 10,000 square feet […]

GPS is More Than a Survey Tool at raSmith

While GPS has traditionally been used by raSmith to survey property, our construction services staff is now using GPS to calculate quantities including earthwork as part of our construction management and inspection services. Our use of GPS to verify construction data has become increasingly important as more contractors are taking advantage of GPS-controlled equipment. raSmith […]

Delavan Lake Sanitary District Sees Value in Mobile Apps to View GIS Data

The Delavan Lake Sanitary District is employing a mobile application configured by raSmith to view GIS datasets and access digital documents in the field. Whether it’s information on their sanitary sewer pipes, manholes, or laterals, the mobile application is helping this sanitary district do their work better and faster. The mobile GIS viewer (ArcGIS App for […]

Seasonal Wetlands Provide Critical Habitat for Wildlife

Scattered across the Upper Midwest are thousands of small seasonally wet areas that may only be saturated or hold water from late fall to late spring or early summer. Seasonal wetlands (also known as vernal ponds) result from winter snowmelt and spring rains, and typically occur in depressional areas in woods and open fields. By […]

Protecting Rare Bird Species

There are many considerations when planning a project, but what happens when you find out that you may have a rare species of bird nesting within or near your work zone? For most projects that require Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) permits (i.e., stormwater, wetland, waterway permits), a Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) request must be […]