LDA Welcomes Michael Tanner

LDA Engineering welcomes Michael Tanner as our newest Geomatics CAD Designer.  Some of Michael’s responsibilities include processing survey data to build design models that are used to develop construction plans for a variety of civil infrastructure projects. 

Global Streets: Part 2

By Stephanie Livingston, PLA, EI Our last blog post, “Global Streets: Part 1”, focused on how streets around the world are transitioning to become quality spaces for all.   As we continue to examine the National Association of City Transportation Official’s (NACTO) Global Street Design Guide, it is important to consider how these concepts can be applied to our local communities … Read More

Spreading the Word about Future City Tennessee

By Kim Chaney-Bay As part of our ongoing STEM education outreach efforts, LDA Engineering was pleased to participate as a booth exhibitor at this year’s “Institute for CTE Educators” conference sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education / Career and Technical Education.  The conference, held at the Music City Center in Nashville, was attended by over 1,400 career and technical … Read More

Creative Financing Opportunities

By Wade Knapper Funding capital improvement projects is often a top priority for utility districts and municipalities.  Especially if the system is experiencing growth.  Large districts benefit from municipal bond ratings, providing access to bond markets with a relatively low cost of borrowing.  However, many smaller utility districts may find the process of obtaining a bond rating to be cost-prohibitive.  … Read More

Using Drones for Solid Waste Management

By Jim Albert Managing a landfill is a complicated process that requires a large amount of preparation, planning, and adhering to government regulations such as meeting airspace requirements and assuring that the landfill is being built as designed. A well-planned landfill works in conjunction with its surroundings, assuring that the leachate that is produced from the decomposing trash does not … Read More

LDA Creates Momentum for STEM Scouts in Tennessee

By Stefanie Farrell and Kim Chaney-Bay STEM Scouts is a national program aimed at helping students in grades 3-12 grow in character and skills as they explore their curiosity about STEM fields.  STEM Scouts meet weekly or bi-weekly in groups called “labs”.

Using Your Hydraulic Model for the ISO Audit

By Stefanie Farrell Fire department employees around the nation are very cognizant of what “ISO ratings” can mean to a community.  As they know, these ratings come from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), and classify a community’s ability to suppress fires through a grade or “rating” of 1 to 10.

Accessing Tennessee

By Stefanie Farrell According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 Americans has a disability, which can include difficulties with hearing, vision, cognitive ability, mobility, self-care, and independent living. As of the 2010 Census, 15% of Tennessee’s population was living with some kind disability.

LDA Engineering brings Future City Competition to Tennessee

By Riley McMillan Future City is a program for middle school students that encourages and fosters application of math, science, writing, teamwork skills, and critical thinking, to real-world issues. Each year Future City publishes a universal problem facing cities today, and asks Future City participants to solve it in the best way possible.

Resources Hidden in Plain Sight

By Stephanie Livingston, EI In the pursuit of economic development, companies and individuals alike choosing to live, work, and play in areas with better quality of place over those with tax breaks and subsidies. So, what key resource can promote this type of live, work, and play environment? The answer is surprisingly simple—streets. Streets that promote economic development are accessible, … Read More