Author Archives: Jason Davis

About Jason Davis

Having served in the military, Jason understands the intricacies of federal work. An owner at Affinis, his extensive knowledge makes him a great asset to us, as well as our clients.

MILCON: What to Expect and How It’s Changed

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by
In Federal Services, tagged in Tags:
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More than 10 years ago, there was a large push to realign posts and air force bases with the Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC) program. In keeping with this, we are seeing less new construction in the Military Construction Program (MILCON). In fact, we expect this trend to continue and the focus to remain on […]

Relief Well Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by
In Projects, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , , ,
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Relief wells are constructed to provide pressure relief caused by floodwaters at the landward toe of the levee. Excessive pressure at the landward toe of a levee can cause sand boils to develop. When this occurs, levee material moves (called piping). If enough material is piped from the foundation, a direct path can be created, […]

Weatherby Lake Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by
In Clients, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , ,
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For nearly 30 years, we have provided professional engineering services to the Weatherby Lake Improvement Company (WLIC). During that time, we have worked on a variety of projects related to the lake, its dam, and the spillway. Some of the services have included: Dam inspections Lake bottom surveys FEMA Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) Spillway […]

Identifying Subsurface Materials with Geophysical Methods

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by
In Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying, tagged in Tags: , ,
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Determining what lies beneath the surface of our roads is an important part of creating safe thoroughfares and streets. Used to identify subsurface materials, geotechnical engineering can do just that. Some common applications are: Characterizing subsurface materials, like bedrock depth, rock type, layer boundaries, water table, groundwater flow, locating fractures, weak zones, expansive clays, and […]

Federal Services – Levees

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by
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Last week, we showcased several of the environmental services we offer. Today, we’re sharing descriptions, funding information, and requirements surrounding levee work. Levee Relief Well Design and Rehabilitation Affinis is currently providing a multi-year program for the Kansas City Downtown Airport to replace or clean existing relief wells in order to provide a fully functional relief […]

Federal Services – Environmental

Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by
In Federal Services, Projects, tagged in Tags: , , , ,
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Within the Federal Services team at Affinis, we have two, prior-service, military members, Ryan Stobaugh (8 years Navy) and myself (22 years Army). Over the years, we’ve tackled a number of projects. In fact, some of the work we complete under the federal services umbrella is even outside the federal realm. For example, projects performed […]

Future City Competition

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: ,
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Last month, I helped judge entries at Future City, a science and engineering competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities that represent their vision of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineering mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to […]

Evaluating Projects Within the Envision Rating System

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by
In Sustainability, tagged in Tags:
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Envision certification was created by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) to maintain a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure. It is not intended to evaluate human-occupied, interior, conditioned buildings, but can be used in conjunction with building rating systems. As opposed to pre-planned measures, it acts as a guide, assigning credits based on decisions […]

Periodic Levee Inspections

Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by
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Periodic levee inspections are critical to maintaining a safe, effective system for flood damage reduction. Over the last five years, we’ve worked on a number of these projects. In fact, we recently completed our fourth task order for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Omaha District as part of our nationwide dam and levee […]