INNOVATION DAY 2021 | civil & environmental engineering

Capstone instructor

Joseph Wieser
Joseph Wieser

The 2021 Senior Capstone course in civil and environmental engineering was taught by Joseph Wieser. To learn more about the civil and environmental engineering projects, please email Joseph Wieser.

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  • CEE-01 (Damonte Ranch Mixed-Use Development Center)

    Team: Melissa Carr, Dylan Marchand, Sara Cinciala, Zach Iler

    External Advisor: Jon Browning, P.E. — Tectonics Design Group

    MICC Engineering has been contracted to provide surveying, a geotechnical report, drainage design, roadway design, and utilities for a commercial and residential development center located at a 70-acre lot in South Reno westerly of the intersection of Damonte Ranch Parkway and Steamboat Parkway. Washoe County's housing availability has dwindled in the past years. By constructing this development center, jobs will be created for the community which will directly correlate to the bettering of the economy. Not only will the development better the economy, but it will also provide the housing that South Reno is in need of.

    MICC Engineering has worked hard for the design and research for this project area. The 70-acre parcel has been divided into mixed parcels for both residential and commercial use. The entry into the project area has been designed as an extension of Steamboat Parkway leading to a roundabout that allows the traffic to have access to the divided parcels. After the roadway design was completed, the storm drainage route was mapped out and a vegetated channel leading to a finalized sedimentation design. These main designs provide a clear direction to route the utilities for the project allowing for a complete project.

    CEE-01 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-02 (Ruby Mountain Residence Hall)

    Team: Andrew Cox, Olivia Dockery, Braedon Horn, Kristen Hicks

    External Advisor: Joel Heidema, P.E. — KATERRA

    Over the last few years, the student population at the University of Nevada, Reno has increased rapidly, causing a housing shortage for students. After analyzing three different design alternatives, ABKO Engineering is proposing a design for a new dormitory to the south of campus. This dormitory, called the Ruby Mountain Hall, will be five stories tall with four floors reserved for residents and the ground floor being used as commercial space. A mixed-use dorm style will allow students to connect with the community and potentially provide revenue to the University.

    In order to design Ruby Mountain Hall, ABKO Engineering will employ engineering skills in the disciplines of structural, transportation, geotechnical, and construction. The design for the new dormitory includes structural analysis and design calculations, a transportation survey, a soil analysis, a drawing plan set, a construction timeline, and a cost analysis.

    The addition of Ruby Mountain Hall to the UNR campus will help to alleviate the issue of the housing shortages and foster an environment of positive academic and social growth for students who wish to live on campus. In addition, this project will have positive impacts not only on the UNR community, but the Reno community at large.

    CEE-02 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-03 (Carson-Tahoe Transit)

    Team: Coplan Sauer, Emily McKenzie, Ceilidh Douglas

    External Advisors: Matt Van Dyne, P.E. — Farr West; Steffi Gavin, P.E. — Farr West

    Millions of annual Lake Tahoe visitors and their vehicles cause strain on local parking infrastructure and the surrounding environment. To address the problem, TCEC is designing a transit system for Reno and Carson City residents visiting eastern Lake Tahoe. The system design includes a site, grading, and stormwater plan of the main transit station, and transit scheduling for Northeast and Southeast Tahoe routes.

    The main transit station includes user parking, electric bus storage and charging stations, and green stormwater infrastructure to prevent runoff pollution to Clear Creek. The Northeast and Southeast routes have been designed to efficiently transport visitors to popular locations along the eastern shoreline. The transit system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area and improve the clarity of the lake. Similar to carbon dioxide (CO2 ), nitrous oxide (NO2) is a greenhouse gas, but 300 times more potent, and it diminishes the clarity of the lake. By operating during the summer peak season, it is estimated that about 300,000 tons of CO2 and 800,000 pounds of NO2 of emissions will be reduced per year.

    Overall, a transit system targeted to northern Nevadans will effectively lessen parking infrastructure strain and pollutants associated with personal vehicles.

    CEE-03 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-04 (East Ninth St. and Evans Ave. Affordable Student Housing)

    Team: Jaqueline Medina, Hector Gomez-Barrios, Tobista Fetwi, Jason Perez

    External Advisors: Jessica McInerney, P.E. — Watry Design, Inc.; Francisco Navarro, P.E. — Watry Design, Inc.

    As the city of Reno continues to grow, the University of Nevada, Reno continues to grow with it rapidly. While the University has managed to stay consistent with the number of students enrolled in the past few years, which is around 21,000 students, that is expected to change in the upcoming years. With growth comes an increase in living costs and the City of Reno has become more expensive than ever. Students from low socioeconomic status have a hard time keeping up with expensive dorms and the general increase in rent. Knowing the disadvantages such students already have, Unbreakable Associates has decided to design affordable student housing on East Ninth and Evans. This proposed building will be a vertical multi-use structure that will house 300-350 low-income students and provide minimal parking space. The building will provide basic amenities like community laundry rooms, a lounge area, and even provide retail space on the first floor. Students will be provided with 2:1 and 4:1 bedroom where it will either be two or four people per room with each unit containing a private bathroom. Unbreakable Associates aim to assist low-income students by providing low-cost housing to help their continued education.

    CEE-04 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-05 (Dewatering of Goldrush Declines Underground Operations)

    Team: Savannah Hughes, Sheridan Walund, Cooper Cavaness

    External Advisor: Chris Waechter, P.E. — Kimley Horn and Associates

    Lamoille Solutions Engineering has designed a dewatering system for the Goldrush Underground Operations of Nevada Gold Mines near Crescent Valley, Nevada. Due to the high-water table elevation in the mining vicinity, dewatering efforts are required to ensure safe and effective mining operations. Three dewatering well locations have been determined which will all act to bring groundwater to the surface. From each well head, water will be transported through a pipe to a package treatment plant, the RapiSand Ballasted Flocculation system, to remove heavy metals. The water will then continue to be transported to one of three rapid infiltration basin galleries for infiltration and evaporation. Mining operations are a large contributor to the Nevada economy, accounting for 80% of the United States gold production. Lamoille Solutions is confident that the new Goldrush Operations will provide additional jobs and revenue to the neighboring counties and this dewatering project will enable safe and effective mining.

    CEE-05 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-06 (Downtown Reno Homeless Shelter Project)

    Team: Isabella Villafuerte, Derek Stuber, Jeremy Zwingman, Henry Walsh

    External Advisor: Ashley Thibedeau, P.E. — Newfields

    As the population and housing prices continue to increase in Reno, the city is experiencing a large spike in homelessness, concentrated in the downtown area. Existing homeless shelters are not large enough to house the entire homeless population, which leaves more individuals living on the streets. To remedy this issue, Super Senior Associates (SSA) has proposed the design of a new homeless shelter to be constructed on the corner of E 6th St. and Elko Ave, less than a mile from downtown. This brand new shelter is fairly large, with a footprint of 35,000 square feet and three stories high. The shelter will include a cafeteria serving three meals a day, as well as two floors that will provide communal housing, showers, and bathrooms for individuals in need of housing assistance. With this large of a capacity, SSA believes this shelter is essential to getting the homeless off the streets. The project scope involves three main areas of engineering: structural, geotechnical, and water resources. SSA is actively working on a structural design, load calculations, a complete soil investigation, and hydrology research. Implementing these components into the homeless shelter design will ensure that the building is structurally sound.

    CEE-06 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-07 (Wildlife Crossing)

    Team: Willem Chase, Angela Ramirez, Tyson Curran, Courtney Dunn

    External Advisor: David Chase, P.E. — Nevada Department of Transportation

    Vehicle accidents involving wildlife cost Nevada motorists over $19 million annually due to  an average of 500 reported crashes per year with wildlife, resulting in 5,032 animal fatalities.  This project proposal aims to outline the most economical and effective method for protecting both drivers and animals and ultimately lowering the incurred costs that arise as a result of vehicle collisions with wildlife. Several methods including early warning detection systems, deer fencing, underpass  structures, and overpass structures reduce wildlife related collisions. After analyzing the alternatives, the overpass structure was selected for the given site location. The site location is located near Granite Peak on US 395. Construction at this location will have minimal impact to surrounding communities as it is government land. Design for the overpass was separated into three sub disciplines: geotechnical, environmental and structural. Initial geotechnical analysis included soil report analysis and preliminary MSE headwall design through analysis of soil pressures. Environmental design analyzed the site location for precipitation and hydraulic analysis. Structural design includes plan sets, load analysis, and reinforced concrete footing design. Project phasing details the construction timeline for the project and outlines the completed product.

    CEE-07 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-08 (Redesign of E Plumb Lane to Enhance Multi-Modal Connectivity and Traffic Safety)

    Team: Matthew Boog, Haylee Lovell, Benjamin Russell, Trevor Whitley

    External Advisor: Jeffrey Wilbrecht, P.E., Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County

    The Mountain Mobility team oversees the Redesign of E Plumb Lane to Enhance Multi-Modal Connectivity and Traffic Safety. The goal of this project is to provide safe and connected transportation for all road users including vehicles, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians along E Plumb Ln, which operates under unsafe and congested roadway conditions. E Plumb Ln provides access to many land-uses such as a freeway, an airport, shopping, schools, residential, and new adjacent developments. As such, it is critical that improvements are made to the safety and operations for all road users. Through LiDAR technology and supporting software, critical traffic information is extracted to make more informed design decisions. These informed decisions lead effective design implementation from roadway to traffic signals. The new roadway design configures the street for great multi-modal access and safety. The TranSync and Synchro software provide a better understanding of the current traffic operations and help design a more effective system for increased demand. With the team's pavement design expertise, improvements can be made to the cracking and non-ADA standard sidewalks. In the end, Mountain Mobility hopes to turn E Plumb Ln into a sustainable and complete street for all road users to enjoy.

    CEE-08 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-09 (Life at the U—Student Housing Project)

    Team: Kyle Bourgault, Trevor Rackley, Derek Manson, Benjamin Rawlins

    External Advisors: Nicholas Johnson, P.E. — Nevada Department of Transportation; Jeff Lerud, P.E. — Nevada Department of Transportation; Sajid Sulahria, P.E. — Nevada Department of Transportation

    Overbuilt and Underpaid (O&U) was tasked with finding a way to alleviate the impact the current Reno housing crisis has on students. The University Student Housing Project is an affordable student housing apartment complex located on the south end of the University of Nevada, Reno campus on N. Center Street and E. 9th Street. O&U plan to provide detailed structural calculations and drawings as well as analysis of the impact on nearby roadway and infrastructure systems. The apartment complex will provide rooms for as many as 114 students at an affordable rate. Slight traffic and environmental impacts are expected at the site and its surrounding area during construction with positive social and economic impacts once the project is complete.

    CEE-09 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-10 (Lemmon Valley Flood Mitigation Project)

    Team: Sophia Waite, Gabrielle Marushok, Ethan Mason, Vanessa Vazquez

    External Advisor: Joe Coudriet, P.E.

    Over the past year, Moral Water Consulting (MWC) has actively researched several design alternatives to eliminate floodwaters from the affected areas near Lemmon Valley and to implement a long-term flood mitigation system that addresses future hazards and flooding events. The final design solution is to pump water from Swan Lake to Hungry Valley and the Reno-Stead Indian Colony. Although land use and ownership over water rights is an obstacle for mitigation progress, there have been temporary solutions and ongoing pilot projects such as the placement of HESCO barriers. Currently, the MWC team has designed a wet well intake structure at Swan Lake, a pumphouse, a 3.5-mile-long pipeline, and a reservoir in Hungry Valley. Once the water volume in Swan Lake reaches 950 ac-ft, the volume at which floodwaters are presumed to be a threat to residents in the area, the pumping system turns on and begins to pump floodwater from Swan Lake to Hungry Valley. The reservoir is projected to hold about 2 MGD of water with a total volume of 688 Ac-ft. This reservoir will act as an emergency mitigation system and will not be a permanently filled basin. With this in place, the residents of Lemmon Valley will never face flooded homes and streets again.

    CEE-10 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-11 (Granite Cove Adventure Resort)

    Team: Owen Wurgler, Adam Kovac, Brandon Chico

    External Advisor: Donovan Rae, P.E. — CFBR Structural Group

    Reno Tahoe Engineers (RTE) has been contracted to generate plans to rehabilitate the site of the abandoned West River Inn. The new Granite Cove Adventure Resort is in a prime location to offer more services and attractions for visitors. This location will serve as a cycling hub that ties into the existing mountain bike trail and the popular road bike route along the river, as a drop in point for rafters and kayakers of the Truckee River, and a relaxation destination point with a coffee shop, a bar, and bistro. The existing building, due to aging infrastructure, will be demolished and rebuilt with a brand new 2-story building to house the services mentioned above. This building will be available to house community events like Art town, NBU dinners, Hot August Nights, and can be available for personal events like weddings and local bands. RTE is responsible for developing the necessary civil drawings, encompassing the pipe network for the building, and how it ties into existing pipes in the area; as well as generating the structural design drawings for the proposed structure. RTE will provide completed civil, architectural and structural drawings for the proposed building to comply with local building codes.

    CEE-11 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-12 (A Greener Wild Island)

    Team: Madeline Carine, Pavel Kargel, Yong Xin Lin, Connor Welsh

    External Advisor: Reed Cozens, PE, WRS — Resource Concept Inc. (RCI)

    The goal of the Wild Island re-design project, located in Sparks, NV, is to expand the operating period into the winter months, aid the drought problem, and update an aging water treatment and distribution system. The park's water treatment plant was last updated in 1993 and has reached the end of its engineering life. A structure will be designed to span over the wave pool, kiddie pools, and concession areas. This will benefit the park by allowing it to be open for an additional 7 months. To help solve the drought problem, a settling pond will be designed to allow for the water to be reused. The recycling of water will reduce the cost and make it a more environmentally friendly facility. By updating the water treatment plant, a new UV system will be installed along with new filtration basins and a chlorination applicator. Diatomaceous earth will also be used as a filter to remove smaller particles instead of the current sand filters. The pipes and pumps will also be updated and the sizing for both was found by using the varying demands on each attraction. Thank you and feel free to reach out with questions!

    CEE-12 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-13 (North Virginia Pedestrian Bridge)

    Team: Juan Maya-Virrey, Damian Orozco, Faris Bin-Saqyan, Roman Jacques

    Students and staff living near the University of Nevada, Reno in buildings, such as The Uncommons and Lev Apartments, have to regularly cross North Virginia street located on the north-west side of campus. This regular routine exposes them to dangers of being struck by a car as pedestrians must cross at grade level. This also creates a time delay having to wait on traffic lights. Our team, Battle-Born Builders, gathered to make a solution that will remove pedestrians from danger and provide a faster way to cross. Our team concluded after many analyses that constructing a single span pedestrian bridge is the best solution. The pedestrian bridge will be built behind the Lawlor Event Center perpendicular to the North Virginia Street to help maximize the affected people. The work involved many disciplines of Civil Engineering such as structural, steel and concrete analysis/design along with construction and cost estimate studies. Nonetheless, leading to this solution our team considered all social, environmental and economic impacts on the surrounding community. Our work will gain a satisfactory response from the community knowing that this project exists to save time and prevent pedestrians from being hit by a car while crossing the street.

    CEE-13 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-14 (East 9th Street Pedestrian Bridge)

    Team: Ariahna Wolf, Emma Breeding, Tina Ngo, Ian Scheller

    External Advisor: Allen Forbes, P.E. — Forbes-Linchpin Structural Engineering

    Due to the recent spike of the student population at the University of Nevada, Reno, traffic congestion has become a recurrent problem throughout the campus roadways, specifically on E. 9th Street. The problem with overcrowding traffic and increasing roadway demands is mainly due to outdated infrastructure and a new planned parking structure. To increase pedestrian safety and limit vehicular congestion, Dreams to Beams Engineering designed a pedestrian bridge extending over E. 9th Street, connecting south campus to the parking complex.

    Dreams to Beams Engineering has mainly focused on structural engineering, which includes hand and computer calculations, along with geotechnical engineering and land development to analyze the soil and fulfill foundation requirements. AutoCAD drawings have contributed largely to the project by further aiding in the conceptualization of the calculations and providing an overall visual of the intended outcome. The goal of this bridge is to provide a safer passage for students and nearby residents, reduce vehicular congestion, and serve as an iconic symbol that the University can identify by and take pride in.

    CEE-14 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-15 (Swan Lake Flood Mitigation Project)

    Team: Matthew Ofsthun, Aidan Murray, Alexander Morgan, Brandon Peacock

    With an increase in impervious surfaces and increased precipitation in recent years the community surrounding Swan Lake has been prone to flooding. BAAM Engineering's primary goal for this project is to reduce the water surface elevation of Swan Lake. BAAM Engineering plans to reduce the effects of flooding at Swan Lake by pumping the water into four 2.3-million gallon storage basins at a nearby site. The water stored in these basins will then be used for agricultural purposes. The site will be leased to allow for a client to make the necessary modifications to the site to best suit it for their needs. Alfalfa farms are the ideal crops planned for this site.

    The BAAM Engineering team plans to address the necessary obstacles to ensure the community surrounding Swan Lake will not see flooding in the future. The first obstacle is the large elevation change between the pump station at the lake and the storage basins. Throughout the process, BAAM Engineering has designed a suitable pump and pipeline to transport the water, along with appropriately sized storage basins. BAAM has also taken into account the necessary service roads and the environmental impact this project will have on the delicate ecosystem surrounding the lake.

    CEE-15 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-16 (University of Nevada Reno: South Side Parking Garage)

    Team: Aqib Chowdhury, Tommy Liang, Shahme Sarwar, Carson Buxton

    External Advisor: Harry Boughan, P.E. — Miyamoto International

    As the University of Nevada, Reno grows, the lack of parking becomes more and more apparent. Currently,  students report that it is extremely difficult to find parking and that the walk time to class is too long. This is because all student parking is on the northern end of campus. In order to alleviate these problems, C.A.S.T. Construction has developed a design for a new concrete parking garage. The structure will be at the corner of 9th and Lake Street, placing it at the southernmost point of the campus. It is expected to provide roughly 420 parking spots with an estimated cost of  $10 million. On top of addressing the two problems stated earlier, impacts of the project include paving the way for an activity hub on the southern side of the campus and ushering in a new era of growth for the University.

    The project pertains mostly to structural engineering to ensure a safe design. This includes the sizing of all the beams, columns, and reinforcements. Hydrological engineering was used to mitigate any environmental effects the structure may have and construction management has been utilized to find the estimated cost as well as the necessary materials.

    CEE-16 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-17 (Pedestrian Bridge over North Virginia Street Roundabout)

    Team: Sophia Jacobson, Elena Collins, Jakob Hedger, Joel Ragamat

    External Advisor: Andrew Lawrence, P.E. — Nevada Department of Transportation

    A new roundabout has been constructed near Lawlor Event Center. While roundabouts provide better traffic flow and reduce vehicle accidents, they do not always account for high pedestrian traffic. This peak pedestrian and vehicle traffic can happen during many of the University's many events or between class transition times. Our civil engineering team, Civil Legacy Engineering, has designed a pedestrian bridge that will be built over the roundabout to alleviate the number of pedestrians crossing Virginia St and reduce traffic lag time. The team has used our learning experience at the University to develop and analyze a steel truss bridge with a concrete deck. The design consists of estimating loads and forces, selecting materials, and creating a construction timeline that is economical and meets regulated requirements. The bridge will also have designs meant to symbolize the state of Nevada, with NV lettering seen on the truss. The bridge should provide the ability for students and members of the community the ability to traverse Virginia St safely. This can bring access to restaurants, businesses, new apartment complexes, and the new bus stop extension.

    CEE-17 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-18 (Arrowcreek Estates)

    Team: Jeremy Aleman, Parker Randall, John Rowe, Matthew Wimberley

    External Advisor: Mitch Burns, P.E. — Lumos and Associates

    The housing shortage in Reno has made finding a place to live a struggle. Arrowcreek Estates will provide 66 new single family homes in South Reno to increase available housing. This neighborhood will give current homeowners the option of upgrading to a larger newly built home. The size of the houses will range from 3,000-5,000 square feet to allow for a comfortable living space for the new families. The goal is for more affordable housing to become available when current homeowners decide to upgrade. The houses in Arrowcreek Estates will fit the aesthetic of the surrounding neighborhoods and the prices of these new houses will be in conjunction with the existing housing prices in the surrounding area. The implementation of the new neighborhood will have very little effects on the surrounding infrastructure. Due to the additional population from Arrowcreek Estates being relatively small, the impact on the surrounding infrastructure (i.e., roads, sewer lines, and water drainage) will be minimal. Arrowcreek Estates will require multiple disciplines of civil engineering including structural, stormwater runoff, geotechnical, and construction materials. Each engineering discipline will be required to collaborate to construct a successful project.

    CEE-18 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-19 (UNR 9th Street Parking Garage)

    Team: Yingchen Cao, Aron Chan, Jake Wiesner, Gregory Aufderheide

    CCAW Engineering is proposing to construct a 6-story parking garage on the corner of 9th and Lake Street near the University of Nevada, Reno campus. There is currently a shortage of parking spaces on campus and the university population is continually increasing. The proposed parking garage will provide over 870 additional parking spaces and help to diversify parking locations, as the south side of campus is currently lacking a major parking area. For this project, CCAW Engineering will provide structural analysis, environmental design, and a traffic impact study regarding the construction of the parking garage. Designs such as solar panels and on-site greenscaping will help to keep the project sustainable. Overall, the parking garage will give students and faculty members an opportunity for a more reliable parking experience. CCAW Engineering plans to have this project fully constructed and operational by Spring 2023.

    CEE-19 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-20 (Farad Hydroelectric Plant Intake Flume Project)

    Team: Dezert Kiddoo, Dylan Todd, Jordan Boothe, Connor McRae

    External Advisor: Eric Tillemans, P.E. — Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

    For almost 50 years the Farad hydroelectric plant on the Truckee River off of Highway I-80 has been out of commission since a 100 year flood washed out the required infrastructure of the intake flume needed to run the facility. Once operational, this facility will be a source of economic revenue for the Truckee Meadows area, all while supplying energy to those who are choosing to reside here. The design goal is to repair or replace fatigued portions of the existing flume with new construction that will resemble the rest of the existing flume to allow for full operation of the Farad Flume once more. This will be done by estimating the amount of degraded sections by visual inspection, calculating structural demands, planning material needs for the project, enabling feasible construction through planned work and logistics, and ensuring that the project follows environmental and construction regulations and permitting.

    CEE-20 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-21 (Cold Springs Wildlife Crossing)

    Team: Gavin Henderson, Dillon Maguin, Tyler Doyle, Kevin McPartland

    External Advisor: Jessen Mortensen, P.E. — Nevada Department of Transportation

    Car accidents involving wildlife account for approximately 2.3% of accidents in Nevada and cause over $19 million dollars in damages each year. US 395 near Granite Peak is becoming a hot spot for wildlife involved accidents. In this 5.7 mile stretch of road, more than 11 crashes per mile occurred over a 10-year period. MD&HM Engineering is working on a wildlife crossing structure that would allow safe crossing of the local mule deer population and other wildlife to cross from Peavine Mountain to Granite Hills. The crossing will utilize pre-cast concrete arch elements which will cut back on the construction timeline. Two arches will be placed to cross both north and south bound lanes of US 395. Mechanically stabilized earth head walls will be placed at both faces of each arch to carry the backfill soil and also dampen sound from traffic. A spread footing will be designed to withstand the crossing's vertical and horizontal forces. Along with the crossing's structural components, a fencing layout will be provided to show where fencing needs to be placed to funnel wildlife to the crossing. A construction traffic plan will also be designed to divert traffic appropriately during the construction of the crossing.

    CEE-21 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-22 (Arlington Street Bridge Replacement)

    Team: Tuong Truong, Alfredo Flores Garcia, Logan Schiller

    External Advisor: Vimal P. Vimalaraj, P.E., GE — Corestone Engineering, Inc.

    The Downtown area of Reno, Nevada is home to recreational areas and businesses that make it a high priority location. Extending through the area is the Truckee River, which has caused incidents of flooding that have been detrimental to the operations of our community. Flooding in the area is at high risk as demonstrated by numerous occasions in the past 20 years. Such an example is in 2007 when a snowstorm caused a flood at the Arlington Bridge and forced the evacuation of residents and the closure of the bridge. Fortunately, ALT Engineering is offering a solution to increase the Arlington Street Bridge hydraulic capacity in order to better convey flow of the river. The solution includes a one-way simply supported bridge with a simple beam and slab design. The new bridge will eliminate the columns on the riverbed, which impede flow, and will also increase the freeboard to increase the area of conveyance. The project will include Structural Engineering services, Transportation Engineering, and Environmental Engineering in order to accommodate for the design of the bridge against flooding. The community will receive a product that is aesthetically pleasing as well as more functional in order to maintain its prosperity.

    CEE-22 Lighting Talk

  • CEE-23 (Water Treatment Implementation to Developing Communities)

    Team: Mason Phillips, Joshua Le Grande, Jacob Schlittenhart

    External Advisor: Austin Martin, P.E. — MicroSeptec

    The Wet Waters Company self initiated a project to tackle one of the fourteen Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century: providing access to clean water around the world. The team turned its focus towards developing communities, and aimed to develop a system that would ease the implementation of water treatment designs. Unsanitized water in developing communities contributes to significant illness and death rates. Developing treatment systems becomes difficult in these places because of variable conditions and available resources. To counter these challenges, Wet Waters Company has provided a decision tree that can guide engineers with the implementation of water treatment in different locations based on available water sources, potential contaminants, required treatment, and necessary distribution. With the use of water resources engineering, water treatment designs, water quality analysis, impact evaluation and social integration, a sample site design in Peru was conducted utilizing the decision tree suggestions. Although the design is theoretical, the Wet Waters team hopes that future engineers could find the flow of the decision tree useful in their water treatment designs.

    CEE-23 Lighting Talk