California firm garners ACEC award
RBF Consulting receives recognition for work on a detention basin in Placer County, Calif.
Sacramento, Calif.-based RBF Consulting has been tapped by the California Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for a Merit Award in its 2009 Engineering Excellence Award competition.
RBF was recognized for planning, design, and construction management of Miner's Ravine Off-Channel Detention Basin project, situated in the rapidly expanding Placer County region of northern California, between the cities of Roseville and Rocklin. Completed in October 2007, the project realized multiple benefits for local communities, including flood protection, environmental restoration, wetlands preservation, recreational trails, bike trail connectivity, opportunities for public education through interpretive signage, and sustainable design elements, and was completed just under budget.
The City of Roseville and County of Placer had sought to use the area of the detention basin for flood control purposes for more than 20 years, but had been unsuccessful in finding a plan supported by the community. RBF Consulting developed an innovative solution for the site and conducted an effective public outreach campaign, which gained support from a broad spectrum of environmental, community, and other special interest groups.
The facility was designed to provide long-term benefits by using a system that automatically provides for filling and draining of the basin during peak events, making it simple to maintain and effective for back-to-back storm conditions. The flow control system designed by RBF provides exceptional peak flow reduction over a wide range of storm events, which was a concern due to the size of the watershed and site constraints.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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