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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT - Shaka Davis, Survey Crew Chief

posted Oct 16, 2017, 6:04 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 1:19 PM ]

Our employees are what truly make Rodriguez a diverse and unique place to work. We have some pretty amazing people with many backgrounds and different personalities who have a real passion for what they do. So, we thought what better way to show how we, at Rodriguez are passionate about civil engineering and land surveying, than to have our own employees share their stories? Today we’re kicking off a regular spotlight series where we focus on some of the unique characteristics of our team and share some fun facts about them.  First up is Shaka Davis a "larger than life" Survey Crew Chief with a unique combination of data analytics and land surveying skills.


When did you first become interested in career in land surveying?

My career in surveying started in Liberia.  In 2007, I began managing my family's real estate in Liberia.  One of our properties was illegally sold.  While fighting the case, I came to understand the importance of surveying to land ownership, use and development.  As I learned more I started making connections in the Ministry of Lands and Mines.  When I wasn't in Liberia, I spent my time stateside taking courses and purchasing my own survey equipment.  In 2012, I moved to Philly and found a job with Rodriguez Consulting.  My end goal is to create a surveying/GIS consultancy in Liberia after I earn more credentials stateside.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Django Unchained with The Magnificent Seven (the recent remake) at a close second.  I usually watch one of those two movies at least once a month.  

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

For kicks I'm in a bowling league at North Bowl.  I also have a dog named Nyla.  She's a brindle-colored pocket pitt mixed with a little boxer.  

You were a two-sport athlete in college. Tell us some more about that.

I attended Cornell University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing & Communications.  While attending Cornell I was a two-sport athlete that played varsity basketball and was captain of the men's Track & Field team.  I once held the triple jump record (51' - 5-1/4" in 1998) for Cornell, a Division I university. 


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Rodriguez Welcomes Khasiem Sledge to Our Team!

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:14 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 9:20 AM ]

Rodriguez is excited to announce a new addition to our stormwater inspection team, Khasiem Sledge.  Khasiem graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Engineering & Technology Management.  His primary focus area was construction management.   Khasiem is a multi-talented individual whose skills range from carpentry to 3D modeling in Autodesk Revit. 

Khasiem joins a team of Rodriguez stormwater construction inspectors that work under the direction of Philadelphia Water (PWD) to supplement construction oversight provided by property owners and designers.  The team inspects both Erosion and Sediment Control (E&S) measures and stormwater management practice (SMP)  installation to verify that private development sites are maintained properly and correct installation practices are used.

Khasiem is currently attending Drexel University in the evening to obtain his Master of Science (MS) degree in Construction Management.  He currently resides in West Philadelphia and like any Philadelphian he is passionate about sports, especially football.   Go EAGLES!!!

For more information on PWD Stormwater Construction Inspection visit the PWD Plan Review web site.
Look for Khasiem as he's out and about inspecting stormwater
systems in one of Rodriguez's Fiats.

Matt Sherwood Change of Command Ceremony

posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:17 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz   [ updated Jan 9, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

United States Army Reserve Center- NSA, Mechanicsburg;  Saturday January 7th 2017



We are proud and pleased to inform that our Staff Engineer, Matthew Sherwoodthrough his demonstrated leadership potential, has been
entrusted with taking Command of the 382nd Engineer Company. 
The Change of Command Ceremony took place at the United States Army Reserve Center- NSA in Mechanicsburg on Saturday, January 7th.
Captain Matthew J. Sherwood served most recently as the Executive Officer of the 333rd Engineer Company in Reading, PA.
CPT Sherwood was commissioned in 2011 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program. 
Following his commission he served as a Platoon Leader in the 333rd Engineer Company. While serving as a Platoon Leader CPT Sherwood served in Afghanistan performing horizontal construction operations.
His Awards and Decorations include: Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

We are lucky to have such a talented engineer in our team. We hope that Matthew will continue to fulfill his career dreams, and that he will find these new role very satisfying and inspiring. Congratulations Matt, and good luck on your new role!





Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:49 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

We are very happy to inform that Pennsylvania Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized our company for our support of Matthew Sherwood, our Staff Engineer, who is serving in the Reserve.  We are proud to receive this prestigious Award presented annually by the Secretary of Defense and very proud to have Matt on our Team.
Rodriguez Consulting has been selected and honored among other top Thirty One Pennsylvania firms supporting their veterans and those serving in Guard or Reserve.

Thank you PA Committee for the awards luncheon at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC).  The museum and records repository that chronicles the history of the U.S. Army from Colonial times to present day through the eyes and words of our Soldiers. It is a truly awe inspiring place to visit. 

 
 
 
 
 
 


   

   


Design Charrette on Options for Residential Stormwater Management.

posted Jun 15, 2016, 7:07 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

On May 12th, our Managing Engineer Sara Poindexter was taking part in a Design Charrette on Options for Residential Stormwater Management. The Charrette facilitated by the BIA Green Committee, in partnership with SBN’s GSI Partners was organized to explore and compare innovative opportunities for managing run-off from residential developments which trigger PWD's Post-Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Requirements. In anticipation of an eventual earth disturbance threshold reduction from 15,000 sf to 5000 sf, participants were analyzing stormwater management solutions based on smaller developments with greater space constraints. 

The Group was discussing and designing layout options which included:

· Shared Privately Owned and Maintained Stormwater Management Practices (SMPs)

· Separate SMPs  Owned and Maintained by Individual Home Owners

· Publicly Owned and Maintained SMPs built through Public/Private Agreements

The charrette was a great opportunity to collaborate with design professionals and developers, as well as to share and learn from the experiences of colleagues. 

The discussion and final recommendations can help the BIA and SBN’s GSI Partners to hone in on best management practices currently accepted for Residential Development in the City of Philadelphia, as well as direct discussions on future policies for managing run-off.




Rodriguez Running to Rebuild Philadelphia

posted Jun 3, 2016, 9:11 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

The Rodriguez Team took part in the Run to Rebuild Philadelphia to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in our city. We enjoyed positive vibes during the run, beautiful views of Wissahickon park, and we can proudly say we got some great results in our Team. Lou was #1 in his category!








Summing Up This Year!

posted Dec 22, 2015, 11:26 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 3:05 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

It's that time of the year when we look back at all the amazing projects we have completed, all the great people we’ve met and how much we have developed within our company.

The Rodriguez Consulting Team works around the clock to maximize the satisfaction of its clients, to improve the city’s infrastructure and to make sure the quality of our deliverables is at the top level.

Why do the people at Rodriguez like to work with each other and why do our clients and contractors appreciate what we do and how we do it? It's all because we have an extremely supportive team, with understanding and patient people. Everyone at Rodriguez understands the value of precision, the beauty of creation and our clients' satisfaction. There is no better reward for the work we do than the respect and admiration for the end result we see. It's this great feeling which keeps us motivated, when we see how our work make people's life easier.

It has been an amazing year for Rodriguez. We’ve had the chance to develop many changes throughout the city. We worked on the new bike-share project, which has been very successful. We have surveyed miles of streets within the city, to work on the new bus shelters. We’ve designed ramps, green infrastructure and residential buildings just to mention few. Tons of research was done, many sites were scanned using 3D scanner, and hundreds of maps were designed.

Sometimes we’ve had to work under the pressure. In a fast-paced, ever-changing engineering world, the tasks, concepts and work directions can change more than a few times throughout the day. But we know how to handle this speed, how to make decisions and solve problems quickly. We can rely on each other and change hats when needed.

Today we have the chance to slow down for a second and put a pause on engineering; exchange some gifts, be thankful for what we have and what we have accomplished. We would also like to use this opportunity to thank our clients and business partners for all the great projects which have brought us together.

The team at Rodriguez Consulting wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.



Welcome Aboard Beth!

posted Nov 4, 2015, 9:43 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

A New Engineering Technician has joined the Rodriguez Consulting team at the Camden office.

Beth Beaumont started in the Civil Engineering business in 1982. She graduated from John K. Ossi Vocational Technical High School in Medford, NJ where she attended the drafting department.

She has over 23 years of professional experience within the surveying field. Looking back on her professional career, she has particularly good memories of companies which were big proponents of the NJ Society of Professional Land Surveyors. During this work, she was able to take part and attend continuing credit education classes during the State convention. While attending these classes, Beth submitted drawings and won several awards for drafting! Here are examples of her distinctions:

2004: 1st place - Title Survey

2005: 2nd place - Planning and Zoning / Land Use

2006: 3rd place - Planning and Zoning / Land Use

2007: 1st place - Subdivision plan

Through her professional career, Beth’s duties included, but were not limited to: Subdivision Plans, Variance plans, Plans of Survey, Existing Condition Plans, Wetlands Plans, Easement Plans, ALTA surveys, Farmland Preservation Surveys.

In her free time Beth enjoys knitting. She has been an avid crocheter for 39 years. Her mother and grandmother taught her the art of knitting which she relays back to her own daughter. Maybe it sounds like she is the type of calm, easy-going person. But let us not buy too into stereotypes. Beth is also a big car racing fan. She has been involved with dirt track racing since 1985 and now she even owns her own cars. Beth raced several times on the track herself, earning one 1st place finish and two second place finishes!

We are very glad to have such an experienced team member and hope you will have a great time working with us.

Welcome to the firm!


        Beth and the checkered flag after her win last year

Meet Sara Poindexter, Managing Engineer at Rodriguez Consulting.

posted Oct 26, 2015, 2:12 PM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 4:22 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

You know that someone was born to do something not simply when they're good at that thing but also when they devote their time and energy to it. Sara, our Managing Engineer, is the best example of such a person.  She started her career as an engineer in Florida. After about 10 years of professional experience she moved to Philadelphia and joined Rodriguez Consulting.

It didn't take her long to get accustomed to the new place and get involved in local engineering movements.  She joined the Sustainable Business Networks' GSI Partners initiative and after a few months in Philadelphia, her talent was recognized, and she became the committee chair. Here are a few questions we have asked Sara about her professional activity.



- How did it happen that you got involved in GSI Partners and became committee chair?

GSI Partners is an initiative of the Sustainable Business Network, which Rodriguez Consulting is a member of.  When I moved here from Florida, I was immediately drawn to GSI Partners' mission to advance the local green stormwater infrastructure industry and I became a member of the Plan Review Committee mostly to network with other like-minded design professionals.  
Having a strong interest in policy and procedure, this committee was a good fit for me. After a few months of active membership, I was asked to take on the role of Committee Chair.


- Is it true that Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water project is one of the most recognized around the world? 

Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water project is a truly innovative and ambitious program to clean the City's waterways and reduce the burden on the existing infrastructure by allowing the stormwater to infiltrate the land surface closer to where it drops.  Most cities and communities are currently sticking with the more traditional approach of piping stormwater quickly off-site to a large storage facility or pond, which prevents recharging of the aquifer and can make filtration more difficult and expensive. The hope is for other municipalities to emulate the success of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water project, which is another reason support received from groups like GSI Partners is so essential.


- Why are stormwater and green city project important for the city/ companies operating here and people living here?

The project reduces infrastructure costs for the City, promotes the local economy through the creation of green jobs and investments in local green product and materials, and creates an overall healthier and more beautiful City for Philadelphians and visitors to enjoy.


- How do you evaluate/ see the cooperation between public and private sector when it comes to stormwater management?

The success of this project depends equally on both the public and private sectors, which is a reason why it is considered to be so ambitious.  The Philadelphia Water Department, in particular, has been a pioneer in developing this program and the regulations required to progress, and I believe the private sector is doing a terrific job of creating assets out of on-site stormwater management systems for private development in Philadelphia.  However, we are still in the early stages of the Green City, Clean Water master plan and there are still hurdles to overcome and work to be done to ensure it's success.


We hope there are lots of interesting and challenging projects waiting for Sara and that she will stay as passionate about engineering as she is now. Fingers crossed that you will continue to succeed in your professional career!



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More information about Sara Poindexter: http://www.rodriguezconsulting.biz/sara-poindexter 


Rodriguez working at William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City Airport

posted Oct 6, 2015, 7:40 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 2:45 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

It doesn’t happen too often that one sees Marzena sitting at her desk and working in the office. This is because for the last few years, she is involved in a big project which takes place at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City Airport. A few days a week, she’s working as a survey data specialist and has the opportunity to take part in various aircraft simulations, experiments and tests conducted at the AC airport. What’s most amazing is that this is the first and only full-scale airport pavement test facility in the world. If you would like to find out more about this project and Marzena’s experience, here are some questions we’ve asked her recently:

Could you tell us something more about the project and facility?

The Airport Technology Research and Development Branch of the Federal Aviation Administration researches and develops airport operation safety procedures and engineering specifications and standards. The branch has two departments – Airport Safety and Airport Pavement. Rodriguez Consulting is working with the Airport Pavement branch to support their research projects. We work at the Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City Airport. The National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF) building is dedicated solely to airport pavement research. It’s a pretty big building: approximately 1200 feet long, 100 feet wide, and 40 feet high. The testing area inside the building is 60 feet wide and 900 feet long. It allows for constructing several pavement test sections and performing tests by simulating aircraft traffic. Each experiment has different objectives. It can be testing a new material type, testing different material layouts, evaluating joint performance, or evaluating or developing new design standards. For example, at present engineers are evaluating current standards on how many heavy aircraft landings a light weight airport landing lane design can take, before it impacts its strength.


What’s the goal of this project and what’s your role in it?

There are several experiments conducted at the facility. I am assisting SRA International as a Survey Data Specialist in preparing engineering drawings, controlling new construction design conformance, collecting survey and 3D laser scanner data, and processing the collected data. Rodriguez Consulting is involved in the following tasks:

·   NAPTF airport pavement research. As I previously stated, the objective is to build a test pavement, simulate aircraft traffic to the point of failure, and then reconstruct. A variety of pavement structures are being tested. At the design phase I prepare construction plans, section and profile drawings showing pavement materials, pavement painting plans, and testing instrumentation layout drawings. When the construction begins, I prepare stakeout coordinates for the surveyor to lay out proposed instruments. As construction proceeds, Rodriguez Consulting collects as-built positions of gages, and scans each material layer. Based on the collected point cloud, I perform a design conformance analysis for grade and thickness conformance, and I produce color coded variation maps (see Figure 1 and Figure 2). Rodriguez Consulting is also assisting at the testing stage of experiments. For example we collect 3D laser scan data after each vehicle trafficking phase to depict pavement deformations and cracks development. I process that data and produce color coded deformation maps (see Figure 3).

·   Field Instrumentation and Testing. The main objective of this project is to better understand long-term pavement behavior in the field under varied climatic and operating conditions, and to improve the characteristics of paving materials. Rodriguez’ role is to collect as-built locations and prepare as-built plans of test instrumentation.

·    National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center (NAPMRC). NAPMRC is a new testing facility which was recently built. Rodriguez assisted during the pavement testing areas’ construction by performing design conformance analysis and as-built surveys. Currently we are working on establishing a control network for high accuracy data collection within both indoor and outdoor testing areas. 


Figure 1 Design Thickness Conformance Map


Figure 2 Color Elevation Map Created in Leica Cyclone




Figure 3 Color Deformation Map Created in Leica Cyclone



Which survey methods do you use? What technology do you use and why this particular one?

To perform stake-out and to collect as-built locations we use conventional survey methods. Each of the testing areas has the local coordinate system aligned with its center line. We’ve established several control points throughout the facility which we use as a reference points. We’ve also used GPS equipment to assign State Plane Coordinates to the control network; however local coordinates are easier to use for scientist and technicians. For survey data collection we use the Leica Nova MS60 and CS20 controller. It is top-of-line the world’s first self-learning MultiStation with scanning capability. The Leica Nova MS60 MultiStation comes with the revolutionary Captivate software turning collected data into 3D models. I use Leica Infinity software to view, process and export data collect in the field.

For 3D scan data collection we use a Leica P20 long range scanner delivering high quality data capable of performing under the toughest environmental conditions. We use the established control network to place scanner targets for scans registration. After the registration and unification process, a point cloud is georeferenced based on known control point coordinates. It is important for each point cloud to be placed in the same coordinate system to be able to see pavement deformation after each trafficking phase and to compare pavement layers thickness. To register scans and analyze the data I use Leica Cyclone software.


To create engineering drawings and as-built plans I use Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 software. It allows me to work with survey and GIS data to create 3D surfaces, dynamic section and profile views, and to perform engineering design analysis. The software is also capable of working with point cloud data. I use the Leica Cloudworx plug-in for additional 3D scan data modeling tools within the CAD environment.


What’s so significant about work happening there?

The National Airport Pavement Test Facility was the first and only full- scale airport pavement test facility in the world. The experiments performed at the facility concentrate on evaluating existing and developing new standards for durable, long life pavements for existing, as well as new and heavier aircrafts. This research center is a unique facility that allows FAA engineers to use custom-designed aircraft vehicle simulators to test pavement materials and instrumentation, including warm-mix and recycled asphalt. Working at this FAA facility, I have a chance to work with highly skilled engineers and scientists doing interesting work. I have a chance to use top-of-the-line surveying and scanning equipment, and work with the newest releases of software.

Why is this such a long term project? Are there that many large differences between runways in New Jersey, California or Alaska?

There are several experiments conducted at the facility at the same time. The pavement tests are so called a construction cycles. A construction cycle includes test pavement and instrumentation layout, traffic pre- and post-test plans, materials testing data, construction test data, traffic data and post-traffic testing (trenching activities and other tests), and pavement removal. Current plans are for the test pavements to be replaced and tested to failure on an 18- month cycle. However if a test section is very complicated to build, just the construction phase may take up to 2 years as all the construction materials have to meet design specifications. The facility is developing national standards; however field experiments are also conducted to study long-term pavement behavior in the field under varied climatic and operating conditions.

We’ve heard they have a new, similar facility. Can you tell us something more about it?

The new facility, National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center (NAPMRC), is also located at the AC Airport, across the parking lot from NAPTF. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on August 27, 2015. It consists of one outdoor and one indoor testing area – see Figure 4. The testing vehicle acquired for this facility is capable of insulating and heating the test pavement. It is the world’s largest and heaviest testing vehicle; it’s one-of-a-kind.



Figure 4 NAPMRC and NAPTF Point Cloud Data



Figure 5 The Heavy Vehicle Simulator-Airfields (HVS-A) Point Cloud Data


As you can see, working at the Technical Center at Atlantic City Airport has important value for airport operation safety, and for that matter our safety while travelling. Especially nowadays as we experience substantial climate changes, it’s important to make sure our infrastructure is solid and resistant. We are glad Rodriguez Consulting can be part of this project and contribute to the development of new procedures, standards and engineering specifications.



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