As a full-service engineering consultant, TWM prides itself on being able to provide a host of related services in-house. Our clients benefit from time and cost savings and from simplified procurement processes. Here we explain a few such services.
It’s difficult to fix a problem you can’t see. And if you don’t know it exists, you can hardly expect to fix it. TWM’s video inspection services can help locate problems and potential problems before they escalate.
Our camera-equipped robotic crawler captures full-color streaming video and still images as our technician remotely steers it through spaces ranging from 6” to 48” in diameter. The crawler can go virtually any place a person cannot, including sanitary and storm sewers, crawl spaces, tanks, ductwork, foundations and bridge footings. It is also pole mountable to inspect other hard-to-reach places like manholes. To get the information collected into the client’s hands as quickly as possible, TWM’s technician produces and delivers a DVD on site.
While it is obviously helpful to use the crawler to find and diagnose problems when they occur, you may also benefit from a more proactive approach to maintaining inaccessible infrastructure. Some of our clients have found that periodic inspection and cataloging of potential trouble spots can significantly reduce spending on costly emergency repairs. We also work with municipalities who have passed ordinances requiring developers to provide video inspection of new sewer installations as a way of documenting that they are in acceptable condition and for recording tap locations for future reference.
Municipal wastewater managers can use flow monitoring to better understand the hydraulic loading of the community’s system. Flow monitoring helps pinpoint problem areas and facilitates improved operations. An inflow and infiltration study locates areas where storm water and ground water are entering the collection system.
Flow monitoring also can be conducted in ditches and canals to assist in the design and management of storm water drainage systems. Information obtained from storm water flow monitoring can be critical to preventing and eliminating flooding after heavy rainfall.
TWM’s staff uses the data from flow monitoring to determine the most cost effective solutions for client problems. Municipalities can use the information to determine whether or not to expand their facilities or to eliminate inflow and infiltration so that they avoid the need to expand their facilities altogether.
TWM assists public sector clients in pursuing grants and funding opportunities. The following are a sample of the different types of funding we have successfully secured for our clients in recent years:
- Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant (USDA)
- Surface Transportation Program (STP)
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)
- Illinois Department of Transportation Corridor Planning Grant
- Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP)
- Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant (OSLAD)
- Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
- Illinois Bicycle Path Program
- Metro East Park and Recreation District Grant (MEPRD)
- St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Grant
In addition to familiarity with the different programs and their application requirements, our staff is experienced in preparing and submitting the applications for funding and in presenting details to councils and other leadership bodies for input and discussion.
We have also assisted in coordinating public meetings, posting public notices, maintaining contact with regulatory bodies, and preparing exhibits, press releases, and survey questionnaires.