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SUEZ Water New Jersey, Inc.

By Stanley Mui on 6/19/2018

H2M was contracted by SUEZ Water New Jersey, Inc. to provide design coordination, construction administration, and construction observation of the replacement of multiple miles of water mains throughout Hudson and Bergen Counties in New Jersey.  As part of these duties, H2M had to efficiently quantify and document: 1) existing site conditions; 2) new materials that got installed; and, 3) any deviation from the original design plan.  The highly detailed documentation demanded by SUEZ and the high workload throughout multiple counties led H2M to develop and implement a real-time construction management program catered specifically to SUEZ. Throughout the lifetime of a water main replacement project a given asset is entered into and categorized using numerous software platforms – AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, etc.  There was no clear and efficient way for the data to navigate and migrate through the programs until H2M decided to imple ...

Greenlawn Water District

By Stanley Mui on 6/8/2018

H2M migrated the District’s existing GIS distribution system map from Desktop GIS format to the ArcGIS Online cloud. ArcGIS Online has extended the reach of the District’s GIS map to all personnel, both in the office and in the field.  Distribution System water mains, valves and fire hydrants were all placed into the GIS along with the necessary data attributes, such as main sizes and hydrant numbers. Over 1,500 historical valve sketches were scanned and attached to the geographic valve location as well as over 11,000 tap cards, which were scanned and linked by account number to the parcel layer. The attached features allow District personnel to instantly access and view documents in the field.

South Farmingdale Water District

By Stanley Mui on 6/8/2018

H2M migrated the District’s existing GIS distribution system map from Desktop GIS format to Esri’s ArcGIS Online cloud. ArcGIS Online has extended the reach of the District’s GIS map to all personnel, both in the office and in the field. The ArcGIS Online map contains all desktop layers, including water mains, valves, fire hydrants, plant site, water main breaks, tank locations, boundary lines and parcels. Over 1,500 scanned records were attached to the GIS data. The attached features allow District personnel to instantly access and view documents and plans in the field. Utilizing Esri’s Collector app on mobile devices, District personnel maintain hydrant flushing, hydrant maintenance and valve maintenance logs in the field. District personnel populate data and attach pictures in the field. The maintenance logs are instantly updated to the valve or hydrant layer in ArcGIS online.

Stormwater Consortium of Rockland County

By Stanley Mui on 6/8/2018
H2M managed the creation of a GIS database for mapping the Storm Water assets for the Storm Water Consortium of Rockland County, which is comprised of 23 municipalities in the County. H2M, leveraging ESRI’s ArcGIS Online, hosted a data website which provides access to a centralized web mapping system. H2M also developed a mobile application using Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS to assist the 23 Towns/Villages in the collection of field data for the compilation of information on the Storm Water assets to satisfy the requirements of the NYS SPDES MS4 program. Combining the original data collected from existing storm water system maps and the additional field work to identify storm water outfall locations, the project will result in a comprehensive mapping of the municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

Industry Insight: A Look at Legionella

By Chris Falzarano on 8/17/2015
With 12 reported deaths and over 100 illnesses, New York City’s recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak has many building owners and operators wondering what they can do to prevent it. H2M’s own Paul Ponturo has offered up his expertise in handling legionella-related concerns to help answer some of the common questions you may have. How did Legionnaires’ disease gets its name? Legionnaires’ disease, also called legionellosis, was originally uncovered in an outbreak that occurred at a Bicentennial American Legion celebration in Philadelphia in 1976. Approximately 221 attendees fell ill and 34 died. Legionella bacteria was discovered in the lung tissue of a victim and in the cooling tower of the hotel hosting the convention. What is Legionnaires’ disease? It is a form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. Legionella are widespread in natural water, and also found and distributed in man-made environments. About 48 legionella species have been identi ...

10 Keys to Landing a Job at H2M

By Chris Falzarano on 7/21/2015
As a human resources professional, one of my major responsibilities is recruiting. I’m part of a team that reviews applications and resumes before we decide to bring someone in for an interview, making us the company’s first line of defense. Once a resume gets through the review process, we bring that candidate in for an interview. I’ve looked at more resumes than I can count and have had the pleasure of interviewing many interesting people. Between resumes, applications and interviews, slip-ups are bound to happen. Below are some tips to help you correct some common (and not-so-common) job search and interviewing mistakes.  Proofread your resume and cover letter. The last things either of those should have are typos and incorrect grammar. Have someone else proofread them to be safe, but if you do and they use track changes to comment, make sure you delete the comments before submitting them. Look it up. Candidates make mistakes that could easily be avoided just ...

An Architect's Alphabet

By Chris Falzarano on 7/1/2015

In 2013, architect Erik Heuler had his first children’s book published. The book, titled “A is for Architecture,” is an alphabet book with illustrations to accompany each letter, and an index that identifies each building and its architect. It was featured by the American Institute of Architects at their 2014 Emerging Professionals Exhibition. What inspired you to write a children’s book? At the time, I felt that I needed a creative outlet. I was inspired by Edward Gorey, who I’ve always loved for his adult-appropriate children’s books. It just ended up manifesting itself from there. What do you hope this book will accomplish? I am hoping that parents—architects or otherwise—will read it with their children and then look further into the buildings and places they find interesting. They will hopefully find out more about the place, the designers, the technologies used, and the function of the building. Ultimately, it will create educationa ...

Putting Ourselves to Work With Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County

By Chris Falzarano on 6/11/2015

With the sun shining and nothing but blue skies in the forecast, our group of volunteers put themselves to work with Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County. The group worked on the the single-story home's roof framing and sheathing. Thanks to our everyone who took the time out of their weekend to volunteer for a great cause: Andrew Silverman, Andrew Manfredi, Mauricio Salas, Guy Page, John Koziatek, Brendan Grayson-Wallace, Saverio Belfiore, Jenny Mullholland, Dana Nally, Gary Loesch, Kelly Kuplicki, Gersain Calderon, Kevin Medler and Maggie Caberto.

Three R's of Sustainability

By Chris Falzarano on 6/3/2015
At some point during our education, everyone has likely heard the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. While the concept taught to us in school revolves around helping the community and the environment, they are also a main principle in sustainable design. Reduce In a previous blog, I talked about the upward tick in people passing up on their McMansions to live in smaller spaces. That trend ties into the first R: Reduce. A smaller building means a smaller impact on our environment, and leads to a smaller carbon footprint. It reduces how much heating, cooling and electricity is needed for the space, and reduces the amount of material used to construct the building.  Reuse The next ‘R’, Reuse, heavily involves reducing the amount of material we extract from the earth to build our buildings. By reusing existing structures, materials and products, we’re taking the next step to lowering our impact on our resources. Part of sustainability is looking at how our reso ...
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