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Government engineer of the year

Ben Ratliff of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Whitfield Project Office has been recognized as the Mississippi Engineering Society’s “Government Engineer of the Year.” The award is judged on the following criteria: education, professional/technical society activities, civic and humanitarian activities and primarily on professional achievements.  Ratliff received the award at MES’ Annual Awards Banquet. Ratliff has been with MDOT for ...

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WILSON CROCKETT: Making the most of your summer internship

As you progress through your college career, the thought of finding a full-time job becomes more and more daunting. In the engineering field, more specifically the civil engineering field, there are many routes one can take upon graduation. For me, this provided quite a bit of uncertainty with regard to how I wanted to spend my career. I found that ...

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New architect in Clinton

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting for a new architecture firm in Clinton. Mayor Phil Fisher among other guests welcomed Durrell Design Group, PLLC, during a ceremony March 31 at 851 E. Northside Drive, Suite B in Clinton. Greg L. Durrell, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He has over ...

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Engineer Research and Development Center director wins top honor

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Director Dr. Jeffery P. Holland was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Executive, Presidential Rank Award. It is the highest honor for members of the Senior Executive Service and recognizes strong leaders, professionals and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public ...

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Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Transportation has rejected all design-build proposals submitted for the Interstate 55 project that is from the I- 20 interchange and Byram. “After reviewing bids received April 17, it was determined the lowest bid had several major errors and could not be awarded,” MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said Friday in a news release. ...

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Design-build and design-bid-build methods get projects done on time

By LYNN LOFTON Architects, engineers and construction managers are embracing the design-build and design-bid-build methods for projects that include transportation and water infrastructure projects, office buildings, schools, and stadiums. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility, according to the Design-Build Institute of America. The goal is to overlap ...

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Mississippi geography offers engineering challenges

By LISA MONTI If you look at the geography of Mississippi with an engineer’s eye, you can see some of the challenges those professionals face in their practices. “Mississippi is an interesting state for structural design,” said Jason McQueen, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. “On the Coast there are design requirements for hurricanes and floods. In the central ...

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BUILDING BRIDGES — Civil engineer Cindy Rich manages time between family and projects

It has been said that modern women can’t have it all, raise a family while also climbing the career ladder and accomplishing great things at work. But Cindy Rich, a licensed civil engineer who is vice president and engineer manager for the structures department at Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has been able to oversee major engineering projects like the new Greenville bridge ...

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Curb appeal takes a turn toward commercial

Business owners from mom-and-pops on Main Street to big-box national retailers are paying attention to their curb appeal as they build new storefronts. The most obvious reason for investing in appearances is to make the stores more inviting to customers but sometimes the improvements are required by the governing bodies where the business is located. The city of Madison has ...

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MSU engineers cited for African water project

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders is capturing national attention as its parent organization earns an award for international humanitarian work. Engineers Without Borders-USA recently was honored with the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association’s 2014 Spirit Award at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla. The recognition singled out the university chapter’s water project in Zambia as an ...

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