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Joe Yanni Sports Field Makeover Is State-Of-The-Art

USD_Story_ImageComing in the Summer of 2018, the Joe Yanni Sports Field makeover at Pershing County High School in Lovelock, Nevada will stop you in its tracks! Tom Donaldson, the man in charge of the Pershing County School District facilities is spearheading the project. The new Sports Field will give high school students in Lovelock, state-of-the-art facilities using the same NFL Grade Coolplay FieldTurf System that has recently been installed for the New England Patriots and universities across the country, including UNR. The new bright red track will be the same NCAA compliant synthetic track systems used on the best track and fields in the world. The makeover will include the world class Musco LED stadium lighting system for crystal clear viewing during night games. There will be no missed calls under these lights!

Project Manager, Steve Brigman, Principal at Shaw Engineering has scheduled design completion for early this September. “Construction should begin shortly after football season at the end of October or the beginning of November,” says Brigman “We are excited to be a part of this upgrade, which will benefit the students, teachers and families in Lovelock. It’s a fun project and will be a wonderful addition to the community.”

The project is being funded by the Pershing County School District Capital Project Fund. We want to thank the Superintendent, Russell Fecht and the School District Board of Trustees; Walter Bringerhoff, Shayla Hudson, Joe Crim, James Evans, and Michael Mancebo for their support in bringing this project to fruition. Go Mustangs!

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Enhanced GIS and Hydraulic Modeling Capabilities

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have evolved over the last 20 years into the standard of the industry for developing comprehensive maps that use the underlying data to provide numeric and graphical results, that aid engineers and planners in project specific analysis for their clients. From applying land use and zoning information to developing future demand forecasts, to linking client billing data to hydraulic models, comprehensive evaluations over large geographic areas become routine. The availability of GIS data sets has grown exponentially due to advances in hardware and software, but more importantly due to the Agencies throughout the world who have developed and shared the data to foster advances for all.

Software and hardware do not solve problems, experience and knowledge coupled with technology do! Shaw’s commitment to maintain the highest level expertise with continued senior level management of all projects remains; as we continue to add the most advanced technologies to get the job done. We are now using software systems like ArcGis with Innovyze (InfoWater) for hydraulic modeling within the GIS environment. Using InfoWater provides the ability to quickly populate hydraulic models with demand and topology information provided in typical data sets that many of our clients maintain. Depending on our clients data availability/format, GIS provides numerous options to link operational data for more refined model calibrations, surge evaluations, and both energy and water quality analysis in extended period simulations (EPS). Shaw continues to offer hydraulic modeling with WaterCad (Bentley), and as always, we can convert any EPAnet model to/from either InfoWater or Water Cad if client conversions are needed.

Toilet to Tap or Great Idea! by Cody Black, P.E.

A Popular Solution to a Growing Problem?

W13 Focus Images-WaterReuseAs the drought continues, all of us are having to look at planning for a future with less water resources. For decades, we have been using recycled or reclaimed wastewater to irrigate our golf courses and large fields. These projects have been limited to certain high demand irrigation areas and have benefitted us in more ways than one. This includes providing a disposal location for wastewater treatment plant effluent while providing green open space in our communities. It is no surprise that this has been a popular solution, but will it remain so when even more restrictions are being placed on our household uses of water?

Wastewater and Direct Potable Reuse

indirect-potable-reuse1As we look forward to the need for more conservation and more efficient uses of our resources, are Nevadan’s ready to take the next step to Direct Potable Reuse (DPR)? An increasingly popular solution with the hurdle of overcoming the “toilet to tap” moniker. Even with press conferences showing City Mayors and celebrities like Bill Gates drinking shiny clear glasses of treated wastewater, will the public accept the idea?

This solution goes beyond indirect potable reuse, where some wastewater is blended with fresh surface or ground water and allowed to be introduced to a water treatment plant after certain residence time. With DPR, that treated wastewater goes through similar extensive purification and is then piped directly to a water treatment plant. This is why some call this “pipe-to-pipe” or “toilet-to-tap”.

The Benefits of Direct Potable Reuse

ehp.122-A332.g002Changing the regulations is where we start to get to the best efficiency of our resources. This is the direction that California is already headed. Direct Potable Reuse. This term is going to be talked about more and more in the coming years. Direct potable reuse is going to be a major tool for making the best use of our limited water resources.

This cannot be implemented without changing some regulations. California is moving toward DPR with their final California Legislature report due by the end of 2016 and Texas currently has DPR in operation in some plants. The technology to accomplish this is readily available. The next step is regulations and education.

Let’s spread the word about the benefits of direct potable reuse and look to the future where we can expand our populations while limiting the use of our precious water resources.

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