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.

 

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...

Earth Wind Water Engineering Staff to Sit on Stormwater Task Force

In January 2018, the Building Industry Association of San Diego (BIA) requested that Dan S. Biggs (principal engineer at Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering) continue to serve on the Industry advisory task force for stormwater regulations.  The BIA is very active in...

City of San Diego Development Services Department Releases new Forms for Stormwater Infiltration

As a part of the recently released PDP SWQMP template, the City has issued new forms that must now be used in the evaluation of a site for infiltration.  These forms are in the "I Group" and deal with various evaluations of the site's infiltration...

City of San Diego Publishes New Template for PDP SWQMPs

Late in February 2018, the City of San Diego posted a new template which must be used when preparing Storm Water Quality Management Plans for Priority Developments in the City of San Diego.  The template contains much of the same information as before but...

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Rancho Bernardo, CA Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has accepted an invitation to join the national effort by civil engineers to meet the challenges of designing more environmentally sustaining project.  The organization behind this effort is called the Institute...

New Project Engagement in Del Mar, CA

Rancho Bernardo, CA EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering is very pleased to have been chosen to work with well-known Architect Allan Teta and Landscape Architect Brian Grove on a complex project in Del Mar, CA.  The project is taking a "ranch style" home on a large lot...

San Diego County Gets Final Model BMP Design Manual

Rancho Bernardo, CA Ever since the Region 9 Water Bard passed the new Storm Water Rule of 2013, it has been a "wait and see" situation for many site design professionals.  With the release of the June 2015 "Final Draft" ... we now can see how all of the Cities in San...