Pipe Corrosion Rehabilitation

If you have small bridges or pipe culverts, take time to look at them closely. You may be surprised to find rusted or missing sections of material, a gaping hole, or light shining from above. Many communities often do not know this until there is a collapse of the roadway or the formation of a […]

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Virtual Walkthroughs – See your Project come to Life!

As part of Commonwealth’s design process, 3D virtual walkthroughs of proposed facilities are often developed to ensure client expectations are met, resulting in significantly better collaboration with the client. For years, we would hold design review meetings by providing 2D plan sheets, which were often quickly viewed by clients with no clear visual understanding of the end product. With 3D virtual walkthroughs, we can send a website link to a client that allows them to navigate the proposed space as if they were walking through the facility in person, which can be done at any time, not just at contractual […]

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The ASCE Annual Infrastructure Report is complete. What Is our grade?

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Annual Infrastructure Report Card is complete. The report card assigns grades and offers solutions to various infrastructure categories, three of which we will be focusing on: Drinking Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater. As a country, Drinking Water has come up in their grade to a C- where wastewater stayed the same at […]

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Commonwealth Engineers Announces Staff Promotions

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. announces the promotion of three staff members to the Associate Program. The Associate Program exists to develop talent within our organization and provide growth opportunities to develop into future leadership roles. Jeremy Schmitt, P.E. Jeremy joined Commonwealth in 2017 and works in our Indianapolis Office. He has 23 years of experience in the […]

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Commonwealth Engineers Announces Two New Business Development Managers

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. welcomes two new employees serving in the capacity of Business Development Manager. Gabrielle Biciunas will be based in the Crown Point office and will serve as the Northwest Indiana Business Development Manager.  Her primary responsibility will be heading Commonwealth’s efforts to create and maintain client relationships in Northwest and North Central Indiana. Before joining […]

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New House Bill Could Affect Your Utility Plans

House Bill 1527 is currently in the hands of the Indiana Senate after being passed by the House on Tuesday, February 22. The bill focuses on Eminent Domain, which could affect utility projects after December 31, 2021. If a municipality is exercising eminent domain authority outside of its corporate boundaries (e.g., for a water or […]

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Are you prepared for the unexpected?

In the Midwest, we are accustomed to bitter cold temperatures, high snow totals, and associated impacts to our water and wastewater infrastructure.  In the South, they are used to enjoying warm temperatures, no snow, and little concern for prolonged subfreezing impacts to their utilities.  In Texas, dangerously low potable water levels were recently reached across […]

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Utility SCADA Systems Cybersecurity

You may have read the recent headlines about the Oldsmar Florida Water Treatment Facilities control system being hacked. Chemical feed rates for sodium hydroxide (the ingredient commonly found in drain cleaner) was increased from 100 ppm to 11,200 ppm. If not for the plant manager’s prompt reaction, those headlines would likely also include a report […]

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