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What is a Site Feasibility Study and When Do You Need One?

Before you plan on breaking ground on your next big construction project, it’s a good idea to conduct a professional site feasibility study. A site feasibility study analyzes a property in order to determine its best use based on your goals, budget, local codes, regulations and economic viability. This process can be pretty overwhelming, especially for first-time property owners/developers. Most civil engineering firms can assist you with site feasibility studies. Are site feasibility studies necessary? The short answer is yes. Site feasibility studies can save you a lot of time and money, reduce risks and potentially improve rewards by finding out before you break ground that the property you’re considering is viable for the use you have planned.  Site feasibility studies also assist in the development of further project documentation

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Four Amazing Things Civil Engineers Do

Civil engineering. You’ve heard the term, but what does it mean? You might even know someone who IS one. But even if you do know one, do you know what they do all day? If not, don’t feel bad–it’s complicated. Civil engineering is a broad term that encompasses diverse skills and facets of project management. In essence, civil engineers are involved in the start of almost any building, development or infrastructure project. Civil engineers work in both the public and private sectors, seeing building and development projects from conception to completion, and they are involved in just about every phase in between. Civil engineers have been helping improve the built environment around us since about 4000 BC, when the ancient Egyptians first started trying to create roads and shelters. Today,

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Roger Ward Engineering is a Veteran-Owned Business

Across America, businesses large and small are owned by our great country’s military heroes. We can identify these businesses through designations such as VBE, VOSB and IVOSB. In this post, we’ll explain what these designations mean and what they mean to you as a supporter of these enterprises. Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) The VBE designation is granted locally to ensure that veteran-owned businesses have an equal opportunity to participate in the purchasing of goods, services and public works. The city of Indianapolis requires that such businesses are at least 51 percent owned by veterans or persons on active duty in a military service. Having attained VBE designation means that the team at Roger Ward Engineering brings you a can-do attitude, whatever the task may be. You can show your support

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What’s the Difference Between a Boundary Survey and a Topographic Survey?

Looking to buy, sell or develop a parcel of land? There are two kinds of land surveys to consider– depending on your project, you’ll want a boundary survey or a topographic survey. These surveys are key factors in the buying, selling, developing or even redeveloping process. Let’s take a look at the difference between boundary surveys and topographic surveys. Boundary Survey: A boundary survey is exactly what it sounds like: It’s the mapping out of the boundaries of the property. Prior to purchasing, sub-dividing or building on the parcel of land, a boundary survey needs to be performed. The overarching goal of conducting a boundary survey is to establish exact measurements of the parcel of land so that improvements or other projects do not encroach on adjoining property lines. Your

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What is an As-Built Survey, and When Do I Need One?

When you’re starting a construction project, you need a land survey to establish the boundaries of the project. You might also need an ALTA/NSPS land title survey to confirm that you’re able to use the land in the way you intend. After that, your plans are drawn up and approved, and construction begins. But how can you be sure that everything is going according to plan? That’s where an as-built survey comes in. As-built surveys, also known as “in place” surveys or record drawings, may show any and all improvements to a piece of land or they may focus on a few particular aspects of the construction project, such as sewers, utilities, drainage or building foundations, depending on the local governmental requirements and site needs. During the process of construction

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