The Land Development Conference & Expo West—Nov. 2-3, 2006, in Las Vegas—offers a national and regional perspective of some of the most critical issues facing land development professionals. In addition, an accompanying exhibition provides attendees a look at products and services targeted to this market. The following exhibitors (as of press time) provided information about some of the products and services on display.
AbTech Industries, Inc.
4110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Products: Ultra-Urban Filter with Smart Sponge
Description: AbTech Industries is an environmental technologies firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to communities and industry, addressing issues of water pollutants and bacterial contamination. Its products are based on polymer technologies capable of removing hydrocarbons, bacterial pathogens, sediment, and other foreign elements from still or flowing water. AbTech's Smart Sponge Plus technology is the only non-toxic, fully recyclable filtration system that destroys bacteria at the street level. The Ultra-Urban Filter with Smart Sponge is a low-cost BMP that helps meet NPDES requirements with effective filtration, efficient application, and moderate maintenance. The Ultra-Urban Filter absorbs oil and grease, captures trash and sediment, and destroys bacteria from stormwater runoff before it enters the storm drain system.
200 Tower Dr., Suite A
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Products: Vacuum sewage collection system
Description: For more than 30 years, AIRVAC has provided cost-effective, vacuum sewer system technology solutions for existing communities, new land developments, commercial and industrial buildings, and the marine industry. The company manufactures vacuum valves, valve pits, and vacuum station equipment, as well as assists with the design, construction, and operation of complete vacuum sewer systems.
CDS Technologies, Inc.
16360 Monterey Rd., Suite 250
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Products: Stormwater filtration systems
Description: CDS Technologies offers non-blocking, indirect screening units to treat urban stormwater runoff from areas subject to the buildup of oil, grease, sediment, trash, and debris. This technology is also being effectively applied to treat combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). CDS units are capable of treating stormwater flows from 0.7 to 300 cubic feet per second.
CONTECH Bridge Solutions
9025 Centre Pointe Dr., Suite 400
West Chester, OH 45069
Description: CONTECH Bridge Solutions offers a comprehensive line of vehicular and pedestrian bridges. A collection of precast concrete, truss, and metal plate products include the CON/SPAN Bridge System, the BEBO Arch System, Steadfast Bridges and Continental Bridges, and CONTECH Structural Plate. The CONTECH Structural Plate product line offers the advantages of metal plate and aluminum bridge structures, including light weight, durability and ease of installation. Structures can be pre-assembled on-site and lifted into place without heavy or specialized equipment. With spans from 12 to 102 feet, BEBO and CON/SPAN precast concrete arch bridges can be installed quickly with minimal long-term maintenance. The precast modular systems offer set-in-place construction and aesthetically pleasing solutions. Steadfast and Continental steel truss bridges provide a complete line of vehicular and pedestrian bridge options in varying styles and with several finish options. Vehicular bridges span up to 120 feet, and pedestrian bridges up to 400 feet.
24123 Peachland Blvd., C4 PMB 310
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Service: Project bid notification
Description: Envirobidnet.com is a leading resource for obtaining new bid opportunities for environmental, demolition, contracting, engineering, waste, and analytical projects. Subscriptions are available on a monthly or annual basis.
Envision Design Group
11653 S. Redwood Rd.
Riverton, UT 84095
Services: Professional 3-D visualization and multimedia
Orenco Systems, Inc.
814 Airway Ave.
Sutherlin, OR 97479
Products: Decentralized systems for collecting, treating, and monitoring wastewater
Description: For 25 years, Orenco Systems has researched, designed, and manufactured leading-edge onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment technologies. Its wastewater solutions include watertight fiberglass tanks, in-tank pumping and filtration systems, advanced secondary treatment systems, community collection systems, and electrical controls. Orenco's flagship products include AdvanTex Treatment Systems for both residential and commercial markets, coupled with VeriComm and TCOM remote telemetry systems for round-the-clock monitoring and control. Orenco recently introduced a lightweight and watertight fiberglass tank.
Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering, Inc.
17520 Newhope St., Suite 200
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Services: Water resource civil engineering
Description: PACE is a civil engineering firm formed in 1987 specializing in water resources, working "in partnership with nature." PACE is focused on providing environmentally based solutions in the areas of stormwater management, water and wastewater infrastructure and treatment, and recreational water features. Headquarters are located in Fountain Valley, Calif., with additional office locations in Stockton, Calif., and Phoenix. Ron Rovansek, Ph.D., P.E., is presenting a session at Land Development West—Case Study: Multi-Purpose Stormwater Infrastructure—on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 2:45 p.m. His session provides an example of how creativity and applications of natural water systems combine to add aesthetic and monetary value on a project, as well as solve common stormwater infrastructure challenges.
Pacific Lock + Load
1681 Chestnut, Suite 400
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6J4M6
Products: Segmental retaining walls
Description: Lock + Load is a patented retaining wall system that gives high-strength concrete the appearance of architectural quarried stone. Full compaction provides uniform foundation support for any hard surface directly behind the wall face, maximizing usable real estate.
Paradigm Engineering, Ltd.
1965 Lakepointe Dr.
Lewisville, TX 75057
Services: Stormwater management civil engineering
Description: For more than 13 years, Paradigm Engineering has delivered proven stormwater expertise to reduce the risk and costs associated with Environmental Protection Agency compliance. With more than 1,800 clients, Paradigm serves 75 percent of the nation's largest home builders and commercial construction companies. The firm's goals are to ensure that clients meet federal, state, and local regulations; to take the risk out of stormwater compliance; and to leave clients safe, secure, and hassle-free.
Paragon Bridge Works
19240 U.S. Highway 85
Gilcrest, CO 80620
Description: Paragon converts railroad flat cars into bridges for land developers, general contractors, and government agencies. The company uses professional engineers to guarantee the desired load capacity as great at 100 tons. Its nationwide network of storage facilities allows bridge spans to be delivered anywhere in the United States within a few weeks. Custom options include pre-cast concrete abutments, wrought iron handrails, stone facades, and various new deck choices. Optional upgrades are added to bridges at Pargon's facility and delivered ready to be installed. The company's capabilities range from the basic bridge structure to full-service installation.
18240 North Bank Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Products: Pre-engineered lift stations for wastewater and stormwater
Description: Romtec Utilities offers a pre-engineered lift station for wastewater and stormwater. The complete system ships directly to a customer's site, where Romtec's construction support services ensure a speedy installation and successful start-up. Systems include pre-cast self-cleaning wet wells in 6-foot- and 8-foot-diameters; pressure-tested valve and flow meter vaults with 4-inch- to 10-inch-diameter piping; ITT Flygt duplex or triplex pumps; UL-listed control panels with choice of SCADA and alarming systems; and standby generators by Cummins. Romtec Utilities also delivers solid and secure control buildings. These pre-engineered concrete structures meet all building codes. Integrated-systems design means that Romtec is 100-percent responsible for the complete lift station, including structural, mechanical, electrical, and communications.
5405 Momont Rd.
Missoula, MT 59808
Products: Pre-engineered modular vehicle or trail bridges
Description: Pre-engineered modular steel bridges and pedestrian trail bridges serve a range of needs, including golf courses, rural county highways, parks, fish passages and animal access, logging roads, farms, ranches, and private development. A simple, bolt-together construction method eliminates field welding, and the modular design allows for installation in just hours. The bridges are constructed out of weathering steel, which provides long life and natural beauty as it ages. A variety of options are available so that each bridge can be custom tailored to each customer's application and needs. Options include special load requirements, special widths, decking and curb configurations, guard and safety rail styles, and degree of camber.
Sunrise Tree Farm, Inc.
22439 N. 163rd Ave.
Sun City West, AZ 85387
Products: Nursery stock
Description: Sunrise Tree Farm is a wholesale nursery specializing in drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, and cacti for arid climates. Its extensive inventory ranges from 1-gallon to 36-inch box trees. The nursery's growing grounds are equipped with innovative automatic fertilizer and irrigation systems that, according to the company, produce the highest quality plant material in the market.
Windswept Organix, Inc.
850 S. Bogle Ave., Suite #2
Chandler, AZ 85225
Products: Erosion control and SWPPP management solutions
Description: Windswept Organix provides erosion control and stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) management solutions for developers and builders. The company ensures its customers stay in compliance with NPDES Phase II regulations. It approaches SWPPP management as risk management because builders face financial, civil, and criminal risks for non-compliance with federal and local NPDES law. Windswept Organix provides cost-effective, conventional Best Management Practices (BMPs), as well as new technologies from Filtrexx and a wide range of custom services. The company specializes in designing and installing robust, technologically advanced erosion and stormwater control BMPs that stand up to real-world conditions.
Bentley Systems, Inc.
685 Stockton Dr.
Exton, PA 19341
Products: PowerCivil, CEI Toolset, MicroStation, and ProjectWise
Description: Bentley's comprehensive software portfolio for the civil, building, plant, and geospatial sectors spans architecture, engineering, construction, and operations. Bentley PowerCivil—an integrated, multidiscipline product for survey, graphical coordinate geometry, digital terrain modeling, site grading, water and sewer, storm drainage, and street design—is the complete software solution for land development and site design. PowerCivil users can increase design efficiency through the program's integrated civil and platform tools, stable design environment, proven technology, construction take offs, and original object-oriented design. PowerCivil offers a comprehensive workflow solution that includes relationship modeling, so when one piece of a site plan changes, other parts update automatically. Wizard toolsets enable the design of stormwater ponds, building pads, channels, and entire road networks, including cul-de-sacs and intersections, in one process. All these features can interact with each other to dynamically update, and use basic CAD elements in their creation.
IBM Plaza, 330 N. Wabash, Ste. 3201
Chicago, IL 60611
Product: Monthly business magazine for civil engineers
Description: Known as the magazine "for the business of civil engineering," the award-winning editorial content of CE News delivers a full array of topics each month to help civil engineers and land surveyors who work for private consulting engineering firms and governmental agencies advance their businesses, their careers, and the industry as a whole.