Interchange Blog

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in driving-simulator-in-action

We recently hosted eight Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) roadway engineers at the University of Kansas’s (KU) Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL). At the lab, grad students, under the direction of Dr. Alexandria Kondyli, use an in-house simulator to examine the human factors that impact driving. Current studies are focused on various aspects of distracted […]

Design-Build Project with Kansas City, MO Creates Safe Path for Local Kids

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 by Linda Rottinghaus
In Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in holmes design build affinis

Residents in Kansas City, Missouri were concerned about their children’s safety, as they walked to school. The sidewalk along Holmes was not complete, and in many cases, it was bordered by a deep storm drainage ditch. Residents; Jolie Justus, a council member; and Crestivew Elementary School worked together to secure funding for the project. Musselman […]

The City of Lee’s Summit Makes Ward Road Safer for All Users

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in IMG_0027_1920

The City of Lee’s Summit wanted to improve Ward Road, an arterial on the southwest side of the city, to increase the safety for all users. Pedestrian access was incomplete, and it didn’t easily accommodate cyclists alongside vehicles. They asked our team to redesign the conversion of the two-lane ditch section road, using their standards. […]

Affinis Corp Announces Second President in Firm History

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2019 by Lane Odle
In Culture, tagged in kristen leathers-gratton new affinis president

Kristen Leathers-Gratton, PE, Assoc DBIA has been named the president of Affinis Corp. Over the years, Kristen has built her career at Affinis, joining the team after graduating with her civil engineering degree in 1990. We are thrilled to have her moving into this role. With Kristen at the helm, Affinis will continue to build […]

KC Corporate Challenge Recap

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 by Lee Baer
In Culture, tagged in affinis kc corporate challenge

This year, the Affinis team participated in KC Corporate Challenge (KCCC) from April until the end of June. When we decided to join, it was important to us that sign-ups were voluntary, the intent was to provide a fun, low-pressure way to connect outside of work. Even with a laid-back approach, we competed in 23 events, […]

Affinis Interns Recap Their Summer

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in affinis interns

This summer, we had two college students working as interns at Affinis. Conner Jackson, a construction engineering technology student at Missouri Western University, served on our construction services team, working largely in the field. Jason Eskina, a civil engineering student from the University of Kansas, was in our Overland Park office, learning from our engineers. […]

Affinis Leader, Rick Worrel, Passes at Age 58

Posted on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Uncategorized, tagged in rick worrel

It is with heavy hearts that we share our co-founder, colleague, and friend Rick Worrel passed away on August 28, 2019. The thoughts and prayers of the whole Affinis team are with his family, including his wife Susan, their three daughters, three grandchildren, and his mother Betty. Active in the community is an understatement of […]

New Photogrammetry Software Takes Surveys to New Heights

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 by Chris Farney
In Surveying, tagged in Tags: , , , photogrammetry software affinis orthomosaic

In recent years, there has been a push for communities to maintain their existing infrastructure. But, assessing conditions across a city can take time. With drones and new photogrammetry software, Pix4D, our team can cover a lot of ground more quickly. The results of those efforts are multi-functional, offering valuable data long after a project […]

2019 Affinis Industry Summit

Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 by Lane Odle
In Culture, tagged in Affinis Instagram Library-51

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Lidia’s for our annual Industry Summit. We’ve invited an economic expert to discuss global and national trends and area leaders to share their insight on weather related emergencies. At the event, you’ll have the opportunity to trade valuable insight with peers and move your […]

Our 9 Step Approach to Utility Relocation

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Surveying, tagged in Tags: , , 9 steps to relocate utilities

Utility relocation plays a large role in many of our projects. As a result, we’ve developed a tested process for coordinating with utilities. Here are the nine steps we take each time: We start by communicating early and often. During the survey process, our team will make the “one-call,” survey the flagged areas, prepare a […]