I remember a time when civil engineers provided not much more than grading and drainage plans for projects. Over the years, regional land planning, environmental protection, legal responsibilities and the role of governmental agencies increased dramatically. As a result, civil engineers now wear many hats, providing the design team with crucial services during land planning, design, and construction.

Civil engineers are brought into the planning and design process early to ensure that land develop­ment projects meet today’s complex requirements. Govern­ment agencies rely heavily on private civil engineering consult­ants to provide erosion control plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans, engineer cost estimates, flood certificates, fire flow calculations, easement docu­ments, and building setback certifications.

Civil engineers and surveyors today also perform the critical work of making computer-generated design drawings begin to become a reality at the construction site. Specifically, we compute and set construction stakes for the construction crews based on drawings that architects, engineers or (in some cases) we create. To meet timelines and budgets during this step, civil engineers and surveyors use sophisticated computer and surveying technologies.

Small- to mid-sized projects are hit with these increasing demands, just as heavily as the large projects. Underwood & Rosen­blum, Inc. takes pride in providing these needed services.