Useful Technology

EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering makes extreme use of technology to do our work.  We know that our experience can best be applied to your project by maximizing productivity through the intelligent use of technology. Technology comes in many forms starting with enhanced communication, ending with the very best available 3-dimensional design software.

These are exciting times to be in Civil Engineering.  There are major new challenges as our economy struggles to rise out of the terrible situation created by the recession of 2008.  Today we must provide more with less.

Full 3-D Design Technology

We use the most sophisticated suite of design software available anywhere.  Our designs make use of the latest versions of Autodesk’s Civil 3D software.  We also use Autodesk’s 3D Studio software to make our designs understandable to clients and the design team.

Water Quality Analysis & Design

We use the most advanced computer solutions to model, compute and analyze the stormwater pollution solutions for your project.  One of our favorites is the new software from Clear Creek Solutions that allows us to analyze an entire watershed or project drainage area using tools that integrate EPA SWMM and EPA HSPF.  This is a very new tool that has been used on dozens of projects to evaluate pollutant removal BMPs as well as compute the requirements for remedial hydromodification associated with “rain gardens” and “bioretention basins”.


Hydraulic & Hydrologic Analysis of Drainage Systems

The backbone of our stormwater design and analysis is the use of Hydrology Studio and Stormwater Studio software systems from Colorado-based engineer Terry Springer.  These are elegant and easy-to-use tools that make the most sophisticated drainage systems workable.  We use this for conveyance system analysis under various design storm frequencies.  We also use it for computation of hydrographs using the rational method, modified-rational method, and SCS (TR-55) hydrology methods.


Project Visualization (See what your project will look like)

Most clients want to know what their completed project will look like.  This is because most don’t fully understand the civil engineering plans they are shown.  Since they will be spending thousands of dollars on the design effort, it is fair and reasonable to expect to see what they will get.

Another important consideration is that providing accurate visualizations of land development efforts can greatly speed their approval / permitting by local agencies and public over-sight groups.  Also, lenders and investors greatly appreciate being able to see what their project actually looks like.

Obviously, if taken to the extreme – visualization can be cost-prohibitive.  However, it is now practical to prepare project visualizations at a reasonable cost.


Virtual Meetings (Video Conferencing)

Because times have changed and projects must move forward despite weather or “social separation” requirements, Earth Wind and Water Civil Engineering has totally embraced “remote meeting technology”.  We have chosen a system called “ZOOM”.  We use it in meetings with clients, design team members, and even city reviewers.  It allows for easy-to-have, meetings, conferences, and discussions.  Because we can share our plans and concepts over the system it meets our needs and likely improves communications even over the face-to-face that we commonly have.  We have enabled the options that work on computers, laptops, phones, and tablets.  We now use it on every project.

If you would like to see a demonstration, just ask.

Rapid Project Previews

For decades as we have worked with Architects, Developers and Engineers, they have asked for a "quick and dirty" idea of what their planned project would look like on this or that piece of property. After privately rolling our eyes, we would begin the process of...

Integration of “Zoom” for Virtual Meetings

It is unfortunate that it took an emergency like the Covid-19 pandemic to bring about this change, but because of it Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering is announcing that effective immediately, we have fully integrated the ZOOM remote meeting conferencing system...

Our COVID-19 Response

We are in the middle of an epidemic that is unprecedented.  Our hearts go out to all who are affected by the disease, the work stoppages, and the generally high level of stress it is causing around the country.  In response to the government's request for isolation,...

Our SLIP Design Process

We are often asked by design-teams "what's different about designing for low environmental impact projects"?  The answer is that we "SLIP" a couple of things into the normal process. SLIP refers to a "Sensitive Low Impact Project".  Low-Impact development is simply...

36 Acre Truck Parking Facility is Designed

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has completed the design of a large light industrial park near San Diego's Brown Field, cargo airport.  Similar to many of our previous projects in this area (called Otay Mesa) the transportation facility will meet a need created by...

Site Development Visualization

We are often asked ... Why do you offer a service to do "visualizations" of engineering projects? It's a fair question.  And the answer is not based on high-technology or anything like that.  It is because all decision-makers who approve civil engineering projects (no...

Earth Wind Water Completes Urban Infill Project

Even though we have completed almost 100 water quality projects in San Diego, it is still satisfying to reach approval on the design of another one.  Our most recent project, a 14 unit apartment "in-fill-project" located in eastern San Diego.  The project was designed...

ASFPM Issues Flooding Resilience Paper

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering frequently performs floodplain civil engineering work.  Our founder, Dan Biggs is a Certified Floodplain Manager (a national certification) so we closely follow changes to regulations and policies of urban flooding. Recently the...

26 Acre Truck Transport Facility

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has been selected to design the grading and improvements for a 26-acre trucking facility in Otay Mesa, CA.  The facility known as a Truck Transport Facility is used to transfer freight trailers from Mexican trucking companies to US...

New office in Colorado Springs

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering (EWW)  announced the opening of an office in Colorado Springs today.  The office will be in a new office building north of the downtown area.  The plans are to offer a menu of services to support local civil engineers and architect...