Utility Design

Water, Sewer and Storm Drains are the three major wet utilities that Civil Engineers design as a part of a development project.

Water lines are designed to meet both the domestic and fire demands required by local jurisdictions. Our engineers analyze the hydraulics related to pressure and flow based on the available static and residual values obtained from near by water lines. Once we completed a hydraulic analysis of a water system, we prepare design plans showing their horizontal alignments and accessory components which include meters, detector checks, backflow preventors, fire department connections, post indicator valves, air valves, thrust blocks, valves and hydrants.

Sewer Lines are designed in areas were septic tanks and leach fields are infeasible. We first start the design process by evaluating the condition of the existing sewer lines and ensuring that they have sufficient capacity to accept the discharge from a proposed development. We use both theoretical data and actual flow monitoring data to prepare Sewer Studies. Once the condition of the existing sewer lines is found to allow for the construction of an upstream sewer system, we prepare sewer plans that show the horizontal and vertical location of a proposed sewer system as well as its accessory structures such as lift stations, manholes, laterals and clean outs.

Storm Drains are designed and integrated into a grading and drainage plan. The goal of their design is to ensure that the storm water runoff generated from a storm event is property captured, routed and outlet at pre-determined locations throughout a site. The process first starts with reviewing the data gathered from a Hydrology and Hydraulic Analysis in order to know that the sizing of the storm drain system is consistent with the amount of runoff that is expected. The plans which are prepared show the horizontal and vertical location of the storm drain system as well as its accessory structures such as catch basins, manholes, junction structures, transition structures, energy dissipators an concrete collars.

Gas utilities at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.
Point cloud of street and utility pole.
Water system valves.