Demistifying Surveying

Posted on August 5, 2020

My GIS colleague, Jeff Miller, wrote a great article titled “Demystifying GIS.”  His article stated that he is in the business of making maps. He does make maps and they are awesome, or as we like to say, “AEWsome.” I completely understand his challenge, though, when trying to explain his profession to someone. Surveying is just […]

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De-Mystifying GIS – What is it and How Can it Work for You?

Posted on July 17, 2020

Allow me to give you a glimpse into a conversation that I and many of my GIS colleagues have had when discussing what we do for a living with a new acquaintance.“So what do you do?”“I’m in the GIS department at a civil engineering firm.”“What is GIS?”Long, awkward pause…“I make maps…” I’ve been doing GIS […]

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AEW Office Renovation – Part I

Posted on July 10, 2020

July, 2020 Many changes have occurred in our office in the past year. AEW is undergoing a complete interior renovation. Since we were still occupying the building (prior to Stay Home Stay Safe orders[1]) the renovations needed to happen in phases while we shuffled around the building. Phase One started in Fall 2019 and the […]

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Transforming Tools of Today

Posted on June 25, 2020

June, 2020 I love tools.  I always have.  I am lucky to have been married for 38 years, and it has all been great, except for one thing.  The Bridal Shower.  The blushing bride gets all sorts of cool kitchen tools, house cleaning tools and bathroom tools.  But what does that groom get? I got […]

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Who We Are: Architects

Posted on June 12, 2020

June, 2020 What people think architects do When talking about architects, most people imagine a circle-framed glasses wearing, Frank Lloyd Wright-esk designer, sketching out designs on napkins. These designs are pure works of art that someone else will have to figure out how to actually build into a complete structure. Many people also think that […]

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Field Applications Utilizing Collector for ArcGIS

Posted on June 4, 2020

June, 2020 Ah, the old pen and pad. For years the gold standard when it came to recording quantities and jotting down field notes that would eventually find their way to the GIS database, the medium certainly served its purpose. That is until a page was lost. Or until the pad was misplaced somewhere between […]

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Understanding Pressure Reducing Valves

Posted on May 27, 2020

May, 2020 Most of us who live in the Metro Detroit area enjoy the convenience of clean, reliable drinking water at the turn of a faucet. The local municipalities that we live and work in deliver water to our plumbing systems through vast underground pipe networks. WHERE DOES CLEAN WATER COME FROM? But where does […]

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Meet Our Authors

Posted on May 20, 2020

May, 2020 Welcome to Inside AEW – a blog created by our very own team members to pull back the curtain on the intricate world behind the many projects we complete on behalf of our clients. From paving a road to replacing a pipeline, to refreshing the look of the local police station, to collecting […]

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Water Operators are Critical in Protecting the Quality of Our Drinking Water

Posted on May 7, 2019

Have you ever wondered who’s held responsible for the drinking water in your community? The simple answer is, a water operator! Safe Drinking Water Act, PA 399, declares that a water works system shall be under the supervision of an operator. An operator is a public servant recognized by the State, whom is academically qualified […]

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Chronicle of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc.

Posted on April 17, 2018

Gary Leideker and Fred Huysentruyt reviewing some plans in the early 1970’s. Way back in the 1960s, Warren Anderson, known to acquaintances as “Andy,” had thoughts of beginning his own engineering firm, but it was a somewhat daunting task. He was already employed as Macomb County’s Highway Engineer by what was then known as the […]

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Concrete Roadway Pot Hole Crisis Is Being Intensified by Alkali-Silica Reaction

Posted on February 26, 2018

This photo of 11 Mile and Van Dyke in Warren illustrates the reinforcing steel mesh being exposed. Potholes are damaging motorist’s tires, wheels and suspensions, with no relief in sight. From Wikipedia:The alkali–silica reaction (ASR), more commonly known as “concrete cancer”, is a swelling reaction that occurs over time in concrete between the highly alkaline […]

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AEW’s Unique, Green and Practical New “GPS Bikes”

Posted on September 15, 2017

AEW’s newest addition to our equipment stable includes two specially modified bicycles to facilitiate gathering Geographic Information Systems (GIS) datapoints in an urban environment. The bikes are outfitted with a GPS data collector and receiver, a device to mark already surveyed datapoints with marking paint, a basket, a cup holder, and AEW logos. They will […]

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