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How Civil Engineers Help with Development Consulting

Before you start a construction project, it’s essential to have a plan in place and consider any and all potential risks and pitfalls before they arise. During the planning phase, there are many things to consider, from zoning laws to site feasibility. Navigating this process can be tricky, but fortunately for you, your local civil engineering firm can help you with development consulting services. In addition to land surveys and construction surveys, civil engineering firms can provide development consulting in the form of: Site Feasibility Studies.  Not every parcel of land will be suitable for the use you have in mind. One sure way to derail your project is to purchase land with a particular use in mind only to discover later that it’s not suitable or cannot legally be

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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 is LEED Certification?

LEED-certified buildings are becoming more and more common in the Midwest. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that evaluates the environmental performance and sustainable (green) design of buildings. The aim of LEED certified buildings is to reduce energy and water usage, promote better indoor air quality and overall quality of life for the building’s occupants. LEED certifications have four levels: from lowest to highest, they are: certified, silver, gold and platinum. Although LEED certifications are primarily sought in new builds, the process can also be applied to existing buildings that are undergoing improvements. How Does it Work? In terms of commercial building, the prerequisites include: Compliance with all relevant environmental laws and

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