Stormwater

Automated Detention Basins: A Look at RTC, CMAC and What’s Next

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 by Nevene Fanous
In Stormwater, tagged in automated detention basins

The introduction of “smart” technologies into stormwater management is a concept that has been gaining traction around the world in recent years (García et al. 2015; Mullapudi et al. 2017; Schütze et al. 2004; Shishegar et al. 2018). A promising form of smart stormwater management is Real Time Control (RTC). Through internet connected sensors and […]

How PCSWMM Improves Project Analysis

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by Drew Pjesky
In Stormwater, tagged in pcswmm affinis engineering

PCSWMM supports the comprehensive analysis of existing stormwater systems. It can provide cities with the ability to target and identify key components for upgrade. Communities can use this information to maximize their budget and prioritize projects, while protecting residents. PCSWMM allows our team to easily create hydraulic models using a variety of data sources. We […]

3 Water Quality Application Trends in Kansas City

Posted on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 by Nevene Fanous
In Stormwater, tagged in water quality applications

The interest in improving water quality is increasing in the area with places, like Johnson County Kansas and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, paving the way. This change is driven by several factors locally, including the region’s commitment to sustainability and making our outdoor spaces more accessible and engaging. In addition, the growing national […]

Overland Park to Repair 5 Storm Sewers at 5 Sites in the Next Year

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 by Maeve VanLandingham
In Stormwater, tagged in overland park stormwater design

The City of Overland Park, Kansas repairs deteriorating stormwater infrastructure as part of their annual program. In 2021, our team partnered with them on five, separate project sites for this effort. Four are set to be constructed this fall, while the fifth is being moved to 2022 to allow time for utility relocations. Below, you’ll […]

What You Should Know Before Starting a CMP Repair or Replacement Project

Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 by Drew Pjesky
In Project Strategies, Stormwater, tagged in cmp repair replacement

As infrastructure ages, maintaining its integrity is an ongoing challenge for local communities. Cities are faced with deciding which projects to tackle first and how to best stretch tax dollars. When it comes to updating stormwater systems, there is a new approach. Instead of simply replacing corrugated metal pipes (CMPs), some communities are choosing to […]

City of Olathe Improves Aging Neighborhood with Full Reconstruction

Posted on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Roadway, Stormwater, tagged in cedar street stormwater reconstruction

The City of Olathe, Kansas maintains the integrity of their infrastructure with an ongoing reconstruction program. They monitor pavement thickness to determine which roadways need to be paved and which should be reconstructed. When analyzing Cedar Street, between S. Parker and east of Walnut Street, they decided a full reconstruction was required and selected it […]

Tested Strategies for Improving Utility Coordination

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 by Affinis Corp
In Roadway, Stormwater, Survey, tagged in utility coordination strategies

Utility coordination is an important component of many of our projects. In today’s post, we interviewed Survey Technician Brandon Gann, Intern Engineer Levi Cole, and Project Engineer Jacob Wilson about their favorite strategies. Find out what works well for them and how their strategies change based on the utility and phase below. What are a […]

APWA Reporter Magazine Article Tackles Stormwater Prioritization, GIS, and PCSWMM

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 by Canyon Mallory
In Stormwater, tagged in stormwater prioritization affinis

Affinis project engineer, John Spell, PE recently wrote an article for APWA’s Reporter magazine. It discusses a Kansas municipality’s stormwater study, which analyzed a historic portion of town. We interviewed John about the article, asking him about the project and his background with GIS and PCSWMM. Can you tell us about the catalyst for the […]

Prairie Village Stormwater Program Improves Three Local Areas

Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Stormwater, tagged in prairie village stormwater improvements

The City of Prairie Village, Kansas identifies and repairs maintenance-based stormwater issues as part of their annual Drainage Improvements Program. The purpose of this effort is to fix old pipes and undersized boxes, which are failing. For the 2019 program, our team worked with them to improve three sites. Each came with their own distinct […]

The 2021 Flood Season: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 by Jason Davis
In Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , 2021 flood season predictions

Flood season formally begins April 1 and ends August 1 each year. Experts are predicting we can expect an average or below average runoff for the Missouri River Basin based on soil moisture conditions, plains snowpack, mountain snowpack, and long-term precipitation and temperature outlooks. While some factors are outside of a levee operator’s control, proper […]