HEC-RAS Innovations

By Tara Mallison, PE Watershed modeling utilizing Hydrologic Engineering Center – River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) software has come a long way over the past four years.

Sanitary Solutions: KUB / Loves Creek Sanitary Sewer Improvements

By Taylor Hagood, EI Underground sewer infrastructure is an often-forgotten piece of the public infrastructure puzzle that creates the opportunity for us to live and build strong, happy communities. Although it’s not something we think about daily, it is one thing that provides value to the quality of our daily lives. We don’t worry about sewer infrastructure on a daily … Read More

2018 – Reflecting Why We do What We do

By Jason Brooks, PE What is our why at LDA Engineering? Simply put… We serve communities to help make them stronger and happier. Hmmm…so what does that look like? Strong communities have reliable, adequate and accessible infrastructure for basic needs and mobility, along with good capital improvement plans to meet the growing needs of today and well into the future.

2018 TCAPWA & SWANA Conference

By Steve Drummer, PE The Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) and the Solid Waste Association of America (SWANA) held their annual conference from October 21 – 23, 2018.  Hosted by the TCAPWA Middle Branch, the event was held at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel in Nashville.


By Emily Kelly, PE While we wish there were a free lunch, or in the case of drinking water and wastewater project funding, a grant, those days appear to be gone forever.  Increasingly, financially strapped communities find themselves looking at repairing aging infrastructure. In many cases, however, the aging infrastructure can no longer be repaired; it is unsafe for public … Read More

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

Global Streets: Part 1

By Stephanie Livingston, PLA, EI The National Association of City Transportation Official (NACTO)’s Global Street Design Guide, published in 2016, is a useful resource that shows how streets around the world are transitioning to become quality spaces for all.  In a sense, streets are outdoor rooms with the ground being the floor, building edges being the walls, and a canopy … Read More

Johnson City Shows How Civil Infrastructure Can Be A Catalyst for Economic Growth

Property experts will tell you the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, location. And while the condition and price of a property often changes over time, the location remains the same. Recognizing the vital role that a downtown location plays in the life of a community, the City of Johnson City sought to create desirability and demand … 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