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Dock, Dock, Goose

Co-written w/ Ed Avizinis, CPSS, PWS | Avizinis Environmental Services avizinis.com One frequent question we get, particularly for folks purchasing waterfront parcels is: Can I have a dock? We love docks, many of us in the office are boaters, surfers and sailors, and...

Raising Houses part 2

This article is intended for homeowners with non-flood compliant homes, who may be considering raising their home, or performing a major addition or renovation. The requirements surrounding these practices are complex, and this article is not a substitute for...

Raising Houses part 1

This article is intended for homeowners with non-flood compliant houses, who may be considering raising their home or performing a major addition or renovation. The requirements surrounding these practices are complex and this article is not a substitute for...

Project Planning, Design and Contract Procedures

The main goal of the project planning phase is to provide proposals and estimates to clients that are clear and comprehensive. We want our clients to be able to understand our proposals (and have a clear total) so that they have reliable figures when they do their own...

What’s Your Budget?

Understanding a client’s project budget is crucial for the design and planning process. Some clients are often unwilling to divulge specific budgets, for a variety of reasons. This can lead to an inefficient or ineffective design process. The core of this post is to...

CRMC and RIDEM – Environmental Permitting in Rhode Island

* This article is not a suitable replacement for a detailed and site-specific project review by a consulting Surveyor, Engineer or Architect. This is intended as an overview which will enable clients to understand the necessary permitting pathways for project...

V Zone Foundation Construction – in photos

Today you'll learn what a V Zone is! Using soils, geotechnical data and site information (as well as site data, the flood zone, grades, architectural design, etc.), we are able to design an appropriate foundation for any home or structure. How that’s done deserves its...

Surveys 101

If you’ve landed here, you probably need a survey done. You’re in the right place. What this post attempts to do is outline the general types of surveys available and provide a few examples of what types of surveys work for what types of problems (e.g. I want to...

Septic Systems: Everything You Never Wanted to Know

This article is principally for homeowners in Rhode Island who are building a new home or looking to have a septic system designed. We perform system designs (Title V) in Massachusetts, but MA predominantly uses conventional septic systems with some rudimentary...

Building in Flood Zones – a Client Primer

The first thing I would say to a new client about new construction or a substantial rehab (>50% building value) in flood zones is don't do it, unless you can afford to lose it. First time homebuyers, homebuyers financing a significant portion of the property, and /...

Basements: A hole in the ground you put your stuff in…

Basements can be great, if they are well designed; if you just went out and dug a basement sized hole in your yard, chances are it would fill up with water sooner or later. Part of our job is to make sure that does not happen. Basements are a relatively inexpensive...

Droning on…

Using UAV’s for land surveying, development, and modeling. UAV, UAS, RPA, RPV, RPAS, etc. are all (generally) abbreviations for what’s commonly known as a “drone.” They are all good terms, we’re going to stick with UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which is a good enough...