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MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound McDowell Road exit at the ...

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MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point I did not like school ...

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Licensing changes could streamline and shorten path to gaining an architectural degree

New rules proposed by the board that develops programs for state licensing of architects aims to streamline internship requirements by eliminating elective hours from the equation. Ultimately the action could reduce the time it takes from graduation to becoming licensed by one third without compromising the profession’s emphasis on education, experience and examination, proponents say. “We have talked about this ...

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MMBA honors Neel-Schaffer for diversity efforts

JACKSON — Neel-Schaffer received the Minority Business Champion Award for 2014 at the recent Mississippi Minority Business Alliance banquet. Founded in 1997, the MMBA is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance minority business opportunities. The Minority Business Champion Award, according to MMBA Chief Executive Officer Shellie Michael, is given annually to “corporate citizens who have demonstrated continuous commitment to ...

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American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi installs officers to board of directors

The American Council of Engineering Companies-Mississippi has installed officers to the board of directors. Members of the 2014-2015 board include: president, Jimmy Nelson of Allen & Hoshall; president-elect, David Bowman of Neel-Schaffer Inc.; secretary/treasurer, Scott Burge of A. Garner Russell & Associates; past president, Jeff Dungan of Dungan Engineering, P.A.; national director, David Compton of Compton Engineering Inc.; and board ...

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MSU, MGCCC strike partnership to bring engineering courses to Coast

STARKVILLE and GAUTIER — Mississippi State University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College haze signed a partnership agreement to bring engineering courses to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. MSU President Mark E. Keenum and MGCCC President Mary S. Graham said they believe engineering programs offered at MGCCC’s Jackson County Campus in Gautier will enhance the economic and industrial development of the ...

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Veteran Aillet joins Neel-Schaffer as a Senior Project Manager

JACKSON, Mississippi — Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has announced that Richard Aillet, PE, the former director of engineering services for the City of Ruston, La., has joined the firm and will work out of Neel-Schaffer’s office in Shreveport, La. Aillet will serve as a Senior Project Manager, with an emphasis on water and wastewater projects. He worked for the City of Ruston for 14 ...

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Anthony Jones gets nod at Waggoner Engineering

Waggoner Engineering has named Anthony Jones to the position of CADD III technician in the company’s water resources division. He joined Waggoner in 2013 as a CADD technician in the firm’s civil, structural and aviation division. Jones has more than 19 years experience as a designer/draftsman, and has worked on projects including the Milan road and pedestrian ADA compliance improvements ...

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Neel-Schaffer makes national ranking for 20th consecutive year

JACKSON — Neel-Schaffer Inc. is once again ranked among the nation’s Top 500 design firms by Engineering News-Record, coming in at 199th on ENR’s list for 2014. It marks the 20th consecutive year Neel-Schaffer has been included in ENR’s Top 500. Neel-Schaffer is the only Mississippi-based firm that is ranked among the top 200 nationally by ENR. The Top 500 ...

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Students compete in bridge-building competition

JACKSON — Yesterday, middle and high school students from around the state competed in the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Bridge Building Competition at the Hilton Garden Inn (King Edward Hotel) in Jackson. The TRAC program introduces students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the field of engineering and teaches students how to apply math and science concepts ...

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