Permanent Canal Closures & Pump Stations Project

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V&A Consulting Engineers was retained by Stantec to provide corrosion engineering services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Permanent Canal Closures & Pump Stations Project located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The project included the design and construction of three pump stations intended to discharge water from the city into Lake Pontchartrain in the event of flooding. A steel bulkhead structure was installed at each pump station to convey water from existing canals to the pump stations; the bulkhead structures consisted of multiple face and drag sheet piles driven to a depth of approximately 80-feet. Due to the corrosive environment at the project locations, cathodic protection (CP) systems were required to mitigate corrosion of the bulkheads.

V&A designed three cathodic protection (CP) systems for each pump station bulkhead; a galvanic anode CP system for the exterior water side of the bulkhead, a galvanic anode CP system for the exterior soil side of the bulkhead, and an impressed current CP system for the interior soil side of the bulkhead. CP system design calculations, details, and specifications were submitted for each CP system. Once the installation of the systems was complete, V&A performed a site visit to each project location to activate, test, and adjust the CP systems to ensure corrosion of the bulkheads was mitigated per NACE International SP-0169 criteria for adequate corrosion control. A report was submitted to present the data collected during the field testing and to provide recommendations for future operations and maintenance of the CP systems.

Water Buffalo's Ride with Purpose Raises $130,000

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V&A's President, Debra L. Kaye, PE

Ready to #ridewithpurpose

V&A's President, Debra L. Kaye, PE joined other motorcycle enthusiasts, in the Water Buffalo's Ride with Purpose. All of this fun is in the spirit of raising money and awareness for non-profit organizations that provide for safe drinking water, sanitation services and environmental stewardship to communities in need. V&A was also a sponsor contributing to the overall $130,000 raised for Water for People and AWWA's Community Engineering Corp.

WATER FOR PEOPLE is an international non-profit working across 9 countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4 million people. It exists to develop high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.
https://www.waterforpeople.org

Community Engineering Corps is an alliance between AWWA, American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Without Borders-USA. The alliance combines the strengths of three organizations to provide technical expertise to underserved communities in the United States and ensure that their infrastructure meets their community's needs. https://www.awwa.org/membership/get-involved/community-engineering-corps.aspx

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UESI Pipelines 2018 Conference

Revitalizing Global Underground Utility Infrastructure
Toronto, Canada | July 15-18, 2018

Join us at the premier conference for buried utility engineering, underground infrastructure management, and surveying practice.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Expand your knowledge base to enhance the success of your projects at this leading industry event for practitioners covering the most current state-of-the-art engineering technologies for pipeline and utilities infrastructure.
  • Take advantage of the international setting to network with your peers, potential clients and project team leads.
  • Earn up to 26 PDHs via thought-provoking interdisciplinary education, inspiring and enlightening keynote speakers, tours, and short courses on topics relevant to pipeline and trenchless technologies in water, wastewater, storm drainage, gas and oil pipeline systems.
  • Connect with exhibitors show-casing over one hundred top products and services in pipelines technologies.
  • Explore the Canadian heritage in Toronto and the larger surrounding area including the breathtaking Niagara Falls, and neighboring cities of Mississauga and Brampton.

Pipelines 2018 is part of the new ASCE Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI). The conference will continue to provide a forum for pipeline engineers and practitioners from all around the world to share their experiences in meeting the challenges of today's pipeline infrastructure. This premier industry event has become the conference of choice for utility and pipeline owners, design and consulting engineers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, students, educators, researchers, and pipeline professionals. The conference will also include surveying as it relates to pipeline and utility projects. The Pipelines 2018 Conference will provide a dynamic and inspiring venue for participants to share and gain valuable knowledge related to planning, designing, constructing, renewing, operating, managing and maintaining the lifeline assets.

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Reliable Condition Assessment Data Requires Confined Space Entries

PROJECT: CONDITION ASSESSMENT
LOCATION: ELSINORE, CA

Condition assessment evaluations of water and wastewater facilities often require confined space entries to get the required data. V&A has conducted over 20,000 entries over the last 10 years.
 
Condition assessment methods include visual assessment, concrete sounding, concrete penetration tests, concrete surface pH, surface penetrating radar, coating evaluation, concrete core samples, and metal ultrasonic measurements as appropriate. 
 
The objective of the condition assessment is to provide physical and analytical condition data to support rehabilitation, expansion and upgrade design of the facilities and the determination of remaining useful life. Condition assessment methods will include visual assessment, concrete sounding, concrete penetration tests, concrete surface pH, surface penetrating radar, coating evaluation, concrete core samples, and metal ultrasonic measurements as appropriate. 

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Corrosion Test Systems for Transit

PROJECT: CORROSION/TRANSIT AUTHORITY
LOCATION: HOUSTON, TX

V&A is conducting annual corrosion control surveys over a three-year period for Houston’s METRO light rail transit (LRT) system. The METRO LRT system is continuing to expand, with new lines and extensions opening in recent years. In addition to the ongoing measurements of stray current on the existing system, V&A has performed corrosion control testing on the new lines and line segments during construction and during the pre- and post-startup phases. This testing includes track-to-earth resistance testing for both electrically isolated and electrically interconnected track segments, holiday testing of rail boot insulators, and baseline measurements of pipe-to-soil potentials on adjacent utility pipelines. 

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Debra Kaye, PE Assumes Role of President Effective June 1, 2017

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OAKLAND, CA, June 8, 2017. Company founder, José Villalobos, PE relinquishes the post after 38 years at the helm. José will continue with the firm in a more focused role as Chief Marketing Officer.

“I am delighted to turn the reins over to Debra,” says Villalobos. ”She brings a wealth of experience and I have every confidence that she will be a valuable asset in leading the firm.”

Kaye is a licensed professional civil engineer and brings 30 years of diverse experience from the water and wastewater industries—as water treatment plant operator, design and planning engineer, water systems operations and maintenance manager, general manager, water and sewer infrastructure professional consultant, client services manager, and most recently as Vice President of NeoTech Aqua Solutions.

In 2015, Kaye joined V&A as Senior Project Manager and was promptly moved into the role of Southwest Regional Manager. Since Debra began managing the San Diego office, it has doubled in staff size and become a healthy contributor to V&A’s bottom line.

“Debra shares the vision, core values, and believes in our established corporate culture,” says Villalobos. “She has the track record of accomplishment and the necessary tools to take V&A to the next level.” I am certain her managerial experience, client relationships, and her knack for winning and executing large and complex projects will guide us forward.”

Kaye graduated from the University of Reno with a BS in Civil Engineering and is licensed in California and Nevada. Kaye also maintains her Water Treatment Plant Operator and Water Distribution Operator certifications. Debra has been very active with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in many roles including a seat on the Board of Directors, as Vice President, as well as the Young Professionals and Sustainability Committees. She has also received several awards from the CA-NV Section of AWWA— Chair’s Award, George A. Elliott Memorial Award, and the Warren Fuller Award. Debra was also featured in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) book “Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers” published in February 2006.

 “I am honored to take on this challenge and the 38-year legacy of this niche corrosion engineering firm,” Kaye says. “It is so exciting to lead an extremely talented team dedicated to serving our client’s infrastructure needs. Commitment to a quality work product, teamwork and profitability will ensure the future success of V&A.”

For more information, contact José Villalobos, Marketing Director
510.987.8118 or jvillalobos@vaengineering.com

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