Public Works White Papers

White Papers from leading Public Works experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant Public Works topics.

Preventing Sewer System Overflow

May 1, 2013

One of the most important parts of any major residential or commercial development is the creation of a sewer system that can safely disregard and dispose of waste, avoiding any chance of overflows that could significantly degrade the quality of the surrounding area. Before beginning construction, it's a good idea to understand not only the ways to best avoid a sewer system overflow, but also the most common causes and consequences of such an occurrence. By understanding each aspect of modern sewer systems, and sewer complications, developers will be able to more easily guard against a reality that negatively impacts business, property values, and the health of local residents.

Understanding the Benefits of Roundabouts

February 1, 2013

Though they’re easily the most common type of intersection in most countries around the world, roundabouts haven't enjoyed very much popularity in the United States for at least the past 100 years. At one time, they were the dominant intersection mechanism used in North America. They have since fallen behind four-way intersections, traffic lights, and a wide range of other road layouts that actually pose a number of serious disadvantages to both motorists and local transportation departments. Download this white paper to learn the benefits of the use of roundabouts.

Developing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

November 1, 2012

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan describes the actions that will be taken to prevent pollution due to stormwater runoff. At facilities and municipalities, the runoff is typically impounded until it can be treated and discharged. Large properties often impound the water to allow it time to be absorbed into areas of land set aside for such a purpose. These options are not practical at construction sites, but the runoff from these sites is very detrimental to the environment. Download this white paper to learn how to develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for construction sites.

Best Practices in Bike Lanes

August 7, 2012

When planning and constructing a bike lane, it is necessary to keep a variety of factors in mind. In addition to knowing the best practice for bike lane planning and construction, you must also know the best practices for bike lane use. Review the following information and familiarize yourself with the best practices in bike lanes in order to ensure the ultimate success of a cyclist-friendly project in your area.

Using Social Media to Connect with Your Community

May 16, 2012

Social media is the newest way to communicate and a technological issue that has taken the world by storm. There are a million ways that public works professionals can use social media to connect with their communities and garner support for the work they are doing as they simultaneously raise awareness. This white paper will discuss some of the best ways that these individuals can use social media to connect with their communities. Don’t miss out on this valuable information.