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Heavy Civil Engineering Projects on The Rise Post Pandemic

Heavy Civil Engineering Projects on The Rise Post Pandemic

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COVID had a dramatic impact on construction throughout 2020 and into early 2021. And while projects never completely halted, they were often derailed or delayed, at least momentarily. However, President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion plan to improve infrastructure by repairing or upgrading roads, highways, bridges, and more is a promising development for the construction industry, especially for heavy civil engineering projects. With more government funding and better-paying jobs to boost manpower, civil engineering firms are the ideal choice for municipalities.

Why Heavy Civil Engineering Projects Are on the Rise Post-COVID

With the availability of vaccinations, most Americans plan on getting vaccinated or already are. While this will lead to a boost in entertainment, shopping, and dining, it also has a profound effect on heavy civil engineering. Workers and employers aren’t as concerned about the spread of disease, leading to an all-hands-on-deck approach to projects that have been delayed due to COVID.

Furthermore, many local governments and municipalities can take advantage of Biden’s infrastructure bill to reduce overall costs or prevent increased taxes. Through this funding, more projects can be planned and executed on time and, hopefully, under budget.

How To Select a Heavy Civil Engineering Firm for Your Next Project

Not all civil engineering firms are created equal. With a high degree of complexity, engineering projects require a company that has the know-how and resources to get the job done right. Here are some things you should look for when you’re collecting bids or searching for a company to hire.

Manpower

Due to COVID, manpower has been significantly depleted within the heavy construction industry. Whether workers are too scared to show up or companies lay off workers to cut costs, having the right people isn’t as easy as it once was.

However, a top-notch heavy civil engineering firm always brings on the best staff to ensure the project fits the timeline and budget. With a team of workers with knowledge and a strong work ethic, projects can get off the ground more easily and finish without delay.

Machinery

Heavy machinery is a quintessential component of any civil engineering project. As a result, you’ll want to search for companies that own their own equipment. These companies may be able to significantly lower their overhead because owning is often less expensive over time than renting. Moreover, these companies can use depreciation tax breaks to their advantage, which also makes owning the equipment a source of cost reduction that they pass onto customers.

Experience and Expertise

Experience and expertise is a tandem that you can’t afford to overlook. The more experience a heavy civil engineering firm has, the more likely that they’re able to adhere to guidelines and get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Don’t Skimp on Costs by Hiring the Wrong Company

Although a reputable heavy civil engineering firm may come with a higher price tag, that money is well spent. With the manpower, machinery, and experience to deliver a project within your budget and timeline, you’re actually saving money over other firms that may cause the project to lag behind schedule. In other words, you get what you pay for. So don’t hire the cheapest contractor just to save a bit of money. You’ll actually end up spending more in the long run. EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing has been serving the Bay Area with underground and heavy construction services for multiple decades.  Our crew is the most experienced, and our fleet of equipment is state-of-the-art.  There is no project too big, too small, or too complicated for our crew to handle.  We’d love to share our portfolio of previous projects with you and are here to assist you with any upcoming projects.  Book a private meeting with us today.


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New Construction Engineering

New Construction Engineering

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As the housing market continues to boom, new construction engineering becomes essential to both developers and homeowners. Both residential and commercial projects can benefit from excellent planning and implementation of such engineering, especially with respect to underground infrastructure and utilities. Whether you’re building a new home, are a business owner expanding to new locations, or a municipality in charge with regulating construction, underground engineering is vital to the success of the project and continued functionality for years to come.

Why Underground Infrastructure Is Integral to Success

Subterranean infrastructure provides a number of benefits that can’t be achieved through above-ground options. However, choosing to use underground infrastructure is a decision that developers and local government must make prior to breaking ground. As such, all involved parties should understand the advantages of underground infrastructure to make an educated decision on why it’s the better option.

Less Expensive Over Time

Though the initial cost is often more expensive, the results provide cost savings over a period of time. The construction of above-ground utilities and infrastructure can often cause disruption to local roads and commerce. Moreover, the risk of damage to existing utilities can also pose a threat that increases expenses.

Less Maintenance

With the latest trenchless technology tools and equipment, building underground infrastructure is less invasive than ever. Not only is it a less time-consuming option, but the chance of extraneous costs and future maintenance is diminished.

EPS dba Express Plumbing specializes in underground construction engineering and plumbing.  We have worked with municipalities, developers, homeowners and business owners to ensure their projects are meticulously completed to their satisfaction.

Working With the Right Company

Experienced engineering firms with dozens of underground infrastructure projects know exactly what needs to be done to achieve success. That’s why developers and municipalities rely on our crew’s expertise to get the job done right the first time around.  No project is too big or too small for us to handle in the Bay Area.

We work closely with architectural engineers, contractors, and local government to lay the groundwork for a successful project. This means that detailed plans are drawn up far before the project gets started.

Through this planning, our engineering team can identify any potential pitfalls while also streamlining the project. This not only ensures on-time delivery of the new construction, but also eliminates the incidence of issues that can put the project over budget.

The Hallmarks of a Great Engineering Company

Reputation and experience should always play roles in selecting an underground engineering company for new construction. Yet the selection of a quality company goes beyond this. Not only should the company have experience, but also the workers, ranging from project managers all the way to laborers.

In addition, the company should also have the fleet of advanced equipment necessary to complete the project.  Add all of these attributes together, and you’ll have both a company you trust and a partner that’s as interested as completing the project on time as you are.

Why You Should Choose an Experienced Civil Engineering Firm

While the construction market is often inundated with cheap labor and contractors providing low-ball bids, developers, homeowners, and municipalities should be wary of such companies for complex underground engineering projects.

Before you choose a company to complete the work, weigh experience, equipment, and personnel against price. With a reputable, licensed, and experienced underground contractor, the higher initial cost will actually lead to a lower overall cost in terms of upkeep and maintenance. That’s a trade-off that’s well worth the price. If you have a project in the horizon you’d like to discuss, give us a call or contact Nick Bechwati to discuss the details.


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Why Choose Trenchless Utility Installations

Why Choose Trenchless Utility Installations

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Integral to infrastructure, underground utilities sustain and enhance the quality of life within residential communities and businesses. Maintaining such an infrastructure is another story. In the past, the arduous task of replacing or repairing such utilities required digging massive trenches while also shutting down roads and other above-ground infrastructure. That is until trenchless solutions became widespread. Today, this technology provides a solution to underground repairs and installations that makes old methods nearly obsolete.

Reasons to Choose Trenchless Technology

So why choose trenchless technology? Because it has a number of upsides that can’t be attained by antiquated digging methods. Plus, it has a variety of applications that make it as diverse of a procedure as possible. EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing relies on advanced solutions to achieve successful outcomes, that combined with experienced staff and advanced equipment leads to some great perks when choosing trenchless.

Versatility

Every type of underground utility can benefit from trenchless technology, including:

With so many practical applications, trenchless technology provides companies with an avenue to fix any type of issues. So whether you need to repair 100-year-old clay sewer pipes or just replace a section of a gas line with a leak, trenchless technology provides a versatile solution to your problems.

Less Disruptive

Digging holes for utility installation or repair can uproot the very infrastructure it’s supposed to support. In most instances, trenchless technology allows utilities and other infrastructure to run continuously throughout the installation or repair. That means that residents, business, and road traffic are all free to operate just as they ordinarily would.

Cost-Efficient

Oftentimes, the cost of shutting off utilities or roads that bring local or intrastate commerce is immense. Not only does the repair cost money, but the inflow of money also takes a dramatic hit. In addition, the risk of a spill or damage to an existing utility line is far higher when digging than with trenchless technology.

However, trenchless tech negates these hindrances. It prevents the incidence of accidents that can draw out the project and drain a budget while also allowing businesses to continue to operate unimpeded.

Safety

Safety is another major concern when dealing with underground infrastructure. The settling of soil can create problems when boring underground, while piles of dirt or rubble can pose a problem to local residential populations. Furthermore, a break in a sewer or gas line may require people to temporarily move out of their neighborhood or business, creating even more issues.

With trenchless technology, you no longer need to worry about safety issues, as digging huge holes is no longer necessary.

Accuracy

With cameras, sensors, and more, trenchless technology is far more accurate than any other technique. Instead of reading old reports or digging through trial-and-error, trenchless solutions can “see” exactly where utility lines are and what needs to be done. This accuracy translates to both safety and the speed of installation.

Trenchless technology has revolutionized the ability to install underground utilities and piping. With minimal hassle and less staff needed, going trenchless is both quick and cost-effective. So whether you’re a business, residence, or municipality that needs utility repair or installation, trenchless technology is the ideal and smart choice. 

Contact our Bay Area plumbing professionals to schedule a complimentary evaluation or to discuss your particular plumbing needs.


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Planning and Civil Engineering Projects In the Covid Era

Planning and Civil Engineering Projects In the Covid Era

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The COVID era has changed the way people live their lives. From mass quarantines to social distancing and mask-wearing, the pandemic maintains its stranglehold on normality. And while much above-ground has changed, humans still need one aspect to stay strong: underground infrastructure. Every person still relies on this infrastructure for water, power, sewer, and more. Without it, the world would plunge into uncertainty never before seen on such a mass scale. For municipalities and urban areas to thrive, the planning of civil engineering projects for underground infrastructure becomes even more integral—something that planners can’t ignore.

How Civil Engineering Firms Are Handling the COVID Pandemic

Before diving into the importance of planning and civil engineering projects in the COVID era, governments and the public should understand how these firms are handling COVID. To some degree, many firms have adopted hybrid workplaces. These workplaces split their staff so about half work from home and half work onsite during a given period. After a set amount of time, these employees switch places. Not only does this adhere to social distancing guidelines, but it also allows civil engineering companies to stay on task during the pandemic.

Why You Should Still Move Ahead With Civil Engineering Projects

Many people don’t understand the magnitude of underground infrastructure and the impact it has on daily activities. Without new construction or proper maintenance of these utilities, quality of life and staying true to COVID regulations could be an arduous or almost impossible task. Therefore, leaders and politicians should remain on schedule to maintain underground utilities and services such as:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Power
  • CCTV lines

And these are only just a handful of the list of actual projects that need constant attention, maintenance, and expansion. COVID may cause an interruption in above-ground services, but these can’t be ignored.

Civil Engineering Projects Integral to Weathering the COVID-Era Storm

Underground civil engineering projects are more than just digging a hole and replacing pipes. Reputable companies have skilled, experienced employees, years of knowledge, and relevant project management to keep the infrastructure running smoothly.

The reason to hire such a company is twofold: to meet the needs of an expanding population/city limits and to repair outdated infrastructure. In some cities and towns, pipes can be decades old, meaning that a full-on catastrophe is only a matter of time. That’s what makes maintenance and new projects so crucial. With new technology and equipment, these projects take only a fraction of the time compared to old-school methods. This includes new advancements such as:

  • Pipe bursting
  • Pipe reaming
  • Laser-guided horizontal boring
  • Directional drilling
  • And more

With so many options, you can fit your timeline and budgetary constraints while providing the infrastructure needed to make people’s lives easier during a global pandemic.

Although planning and civil engineering projects in the COVID era require special attention to detail, they’re still as feasible as they were in the pre-COVID age. By hiring a reputable contractor and creating and adhering to a plan, municipalities can overcome COVID with success and future plans in case history should repeat itself. Even during a global pandemic, that’s something to take solace in.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is an underground civil engineering contractor serving the entire Bay Area for multiple decades.  Rely on our experience and advanced equipment to get your project done on time and within budget.  Let’s discuss any upcoming project together, begin by contacting us for a meeting today.


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Underground Design and Construction Requires Proper Planning

Underground Design and Construction Requires Proper Planning

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Urban development is more than just commercial and residential zoning. It requires careful planning of several aspects that aren’t visible to politicians or the businesses or residents living there. Notably, this pertains to underground infrastructure and construction. Without proper planning of this facet, the area won’t get the utilities and services it requires. So to sustain urban development and build a better area for the present and future, here are some vital components of underground design and building.


How Underground Construction Affects Urban Planning


Urban development is a process where a city or municipality plans land use through detailed plans that apply to land use, zoning, and other considerations. Until relatively recently, this didn’t always concern underground design and construction, especially for areas that didn’t require underground transit.

But times have changed with respect to underground utilities and infrastructure. More governments want to place wires and pipes for gas, electricity, and the internet underground for numerous reasons. Not only does it prevent potential damage from weather or man-made disasters, but it also eliminates some of the eyesores associated with above-ground utilities.

As a result, city planners, project managers, underground construction companies, and utility companies must all have an in-depth knowledge of subsurface design and construction.

Geological Excavation


Geological excavation is one of the most vital parts of urban planning, yet this requires more than surveying for gas and electrical lines. In some municipalities, this may necessitate an excavation for Native American or American historical artifacts, as well as a search for any valuable deposits or minerals.

Furthermore, geological excavation must be done correctly to ensure the sturdiness and integrity of the ground after the excavation is complete. This is an arduous and time-consuming process. But without this step, urban development can fall behind schedule or go over budget.


Underground Assessment

Going hand-in-hand with geological excavation is an underground assessment. This assessment should determine the potential for underground utilities and construction in a specific area. By conducting this assessment, blueprints and plans are far easier to draft, resulting in a more straightforward approach to underground construction.

In addition, this underground assessment will factor into where utilities are placed based on the soil type. For example, clay, sand, and silt are not ideal for building, as frost or drainage issues can plague certain utilities long after construction.


Choosing the Right Underground Design and Construction Company


Whether urban development requires a company to assess, excavate, design, or build underground systems, they should always go with a reputable business. Companies that fit the mold often have the same characteristics, including:
The right equipment for the task, including underground technology that’s minimally invasive to the surface.
Experience in underground design and construction, as well as urban development
Knowledgeable staff from managers to laborers

While urban development certainly has potential pitfalls and other issues, this shouldn’t act as a deterrent for growing cities and municipalities. With EPS Engineering, a thorough development proposal, and contingency plans, urban development can turn a blighted area under budget and on time.

For multiple decades now, EPS Engineering has partnered with local municipalities on some of the most complex underground projects. Our in-depth experiences combined with an excellent team and the largest fleet of advanced equipment, allows us to deliver successful project in time and within budget every time. Give us a call and let’s discuss your next project.


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Domestic Drinking Water and City Infrastructure

Domestic Drinking Water and City Infrastructure

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Clean water is essential for a high quality of life throughout the world. In westernized nations, the dependence on domestic water lines and treatment plants to deliver this water shouldn’t be understated. That’s why maintenance on these systems are so important. Without a trusted civil engineering firm providing top-notch service, clean water can become a concern for municipalities. To improve city infrastructure and domestic drinking water capabilities, local governments shouldn’t opt for second-best or cost-cutting measures.

A Quick History of Clean Drinking Water

Drinking water comes from a variety of sources. While some areas rely on lakes, rivers, or reservoirs, others obtain their water from underground aquifers. However, it wasn’t until 1974 that the U.S. government established the Safe Drinking Water Act. This piece of legislation appointed the EPA as an authority over all water purification processes and set the standard of water cleanliness on a national scale.

The Importance of Clean Drinking Water

Clean drinking water is more than just a quick drink out of the faucet. It’s an important facet of everyday life. Everything from cooking to showering requires clean water to prevent the incidence of waterborne illnesses. And although the United States has one of the world’s cleanest water supplies, obstacles still remain to maintain this privilege to the general public.

Water Line Maintenance Concerns in the United States

Maintaining clean water is far more involved than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control, many water pipes and systems—even in urbanized areas—are more than 100 years old. As a result, these systems are more susceptible to cracked or burst pipes and water main breaks that can result in boil orders or contaminated water.

Moreover, the American Water Works Association estimates that repairing existing systems and expanding drinking water systems to reach a sprawling suburban migration will cost up to $1 trillion over the next 25 years.

Using a Trusted Civil Engineering Company to Maintain Domestic Water Lines

As more and more systems require maintenance, municipalities must act quickly to keep their clean water pipes from falling into disrepair. Yet not just any company is up to the task. As a result, local governments must choose a trusted civil engineering company to maintain domestic water lines.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing has years of experience in the industry, an expert staff to get the job done, and a proven track record for water line maintenance, installation, and repair. In addition, we have the proper equipment. This includes separate equipment for working on drinking water lines as opposed to sewer lines to limit the chance of contamination and waterborne illnesses.

Clean drinking water isn’t just a benefit of citizens; it’s something that should be a human right. But even in countries such as the U.S., outdated infrastructure and less experienced companies put this right at risk. Therefore, a reputable civil engineering company is the only true solution to the problems associated with maintenance, installation, and repair of water lines. It may cost a bit more, but the results will speak for themselves. If you’d like to discuss a Bay Area underground construction or civil engineering project with our team, give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist.  No project is too large or too small for our experienced team to handle, we’ll be happy to share our large portfolio of complete project over the past two decades with you


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Municipal Underground Sewer Rehabilitation

Municipal Underground Sewer Rehabilitation

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Talk about trenchless technology and sewer rehabilitation that involves municipalities and entire

neighborhoods. Just like plumbing at home, lines and pipes underground take a beating so the cities and local counties are always involved in rehabilitating these underground lines.  EPS Inc. is proud to be a reliable partner for the Bay Area municipalities when they need an equipped and experienced underground construction contractor.

Many underground sewers throughout the country are aged and outdated, relying on old technology such as clay and cast-iron pipes. As a result, the threat of sewers backing up and underground infrastructure failing is an alarming reality. Fortunately, municipalities are rising up to the challenge of aging infrastructure by undergoing mass sewer rehabilitation.

With the added benefit of trenchless technology, the process is becoming far less invasive, yet the results are the same: a fully functioning sewer system with a minimal chance of catastrophic failure. Here’s a glance at how the process works and what to expect as a result.

Why Underground Sewers Fail

Underground sewer pipes can fail for a number of reasons. But perhaps the most severe problem is due to the corrosive effects of hydrogen sulfide gas. A natural byproduct of human waste, this gas can corrode manholes as well as metal pipes. The gas is also highly flammable, adding another unsavory dimension to sewer rehab.

Rapid population growth in many municipalities has also led to increased levels of this gas, along with excess use on dated sewer systems. Throughout the country, many sewer systems are reaching the end of their useful life—typically in the range of 40 to 50 years. This can lead to a bevy of issues, including pipe displacement or pipe bursts.

One other reason why underground sewer systems fail is due to the material of the pipes. Clay pipes can break and move over time, while cast-iron and other metal pipes corrode due to water seepage and hydrogen sulfide gas. Fortunately, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes can amend this situation. Made from plastic, these pipes are durable, non-corrosive, lightweight, and easier to install.

How Trenchless Technology Is Revolutionizing Sewer Rehabilitation

In years past, sewer rehabilitation was an arduous process. Not only did workers have to dig out and replace pipes manually, but the disruption to traffic and damage to municipal and personal property was vast. Plus, the costs were exorbitant.

Today, trenchless technology makes these problems an aspect of the past. Unlike traditional sewer repair, this technology allows contractors to repair pipes within a matter of hours or days rather than weeks or months.

Making the repair process easier, trenchless technology also comes in a variety of options to suit timeframes and budgetary restrictions. The most common trenchless repairs for municipalities include:

  • Directional boring
  • Pipe bursting
  • Epoxy and resin (manhole-to-manhole lining)
  • Lateral pipe lining
  • Sectional point repairs

With several options, municipalities can choose the perfect option for their sewer rehabilitation needs. 

Sewer rehabilitation isn’t an aspect of municipal utilities that can wait until failure. Much to the contrary, it’s a process that requires a proactive approach from local councils and politicians With EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing on their side, they know they have a hands-on company that relies on its experienced staffed and vast fleet of necessary equipment to get the job done quickly, within budget, and least disruption to the local community.

Call to discuss an upcoming underground construction project in the Bay Area with Nick Bechwati, leading the way in providing innovative civil engineering techniques and technology to accomplish the task at hand no matter how complicated, large or small an underground construction project is.


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Risk Assessment, Performance and Failure of Elements in Underground Infrastructure

Risk Assessment, Performance and Failure of Elements in Underground Infrastructure

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Failures can happen in any construction or underground infrastructure project. Whether the catastrophe is the product of oversight, negligence, or poor planning, the result is a setback that can ruin budgets and blur time constraints.

Fortunately, risk assessment is a vital component of planning that any reputable company doesn’t take lightly. Here’s a look at how these we avoid failure through risk assessment, and why any underground infrastructure project requires timely planning and communication.

Why Do Some Underground Infrastructure Projects Fail?

Most underground infrastructure projects center around the flow of water, whether it’s sewer, water lines, or other piping. However, project planners must consider a number of potential issues in the planning phase of the project. Without this organization and forethought, the result can be disastrous. So why do some projects fail?

  • Cracks in the piping system
  • Corrosion
  • Obstacles to water flow such as tree roots or man-made objects
  • Positional deviation due to incorrect planning, natural disasters, or soil settling
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Leaks

With so many variables, project managers must research and assess every potential failure as a way to avoid them.

When it comes to underground infrastructure engineering, experience matters!  EPS Inc dba Express Plumbing has been providing civil engineering and underground construction services in the Bay Area for over two decades.  We strive for perfection by having all the equipment and most experienced staff on each project we perform.  Our work is evident throughout the Bay Area above and below ground.

How Risk Assessment Prevents Failure in Underground Infrastructure Projects

Risk can never be wholly eliminated. But risk assessment can drastically mitigate any potential hazards. Therefore, every underground infrastructure project must undergo a period of risk assessment.

In particular, the advent of trenchless digging has posed a threat to many infrastructure projects, simply because what lies beneath the surface is relatively unknown. However, pairing a knowledgeable underground contractor with realistic project parameters and subjective judgment can lower the overall risk, while also creating contingency plans in unforeseen circumstances.  Ask our residential, commercial and municipal customers about the hundreds of successful projects EPS has performed throughout the Bay Area.

Following Up on Underground Infrastructure Projects

Building upon risk assessment, following up on the performance of underground infrastructure is tantamount to success and necessary maintenance. The methods of such performance testing vary depending on the type of project. But we conduct routine inspections to ensure everything works correctly.

In addition, governments and contractors work closely together and develop a plan to alert the public about projects and digging hazards. Most states now have phone numbers or websites that allow homeowners to inquire about utilities and pipes before they dig, effectively mitigating the chance for damage to existing infrastructure.

Why You Should Choose a Reputable Underground Contractor in the Bay Area

Although underground infrastructure projects can fail for a variety of reasons, the contractor plays a crucial role in success. Not only should municipalities choose a reputable contractor, but it should also search for companies that have dozens—if not hundreds—of projects to its credit. Furthermore, these contractors should also have the equipment to get the job done and an experienced staff. By combining all of these facets, the chance for underground infrastructure failure is far less, especially in combination with due diligence and risk assessment.

Through risk assessment and regular performance checks, underground infrastructure projects are a durable and dependable part of overall infrastructure. But only when you select the right contractor. With a reliable contractor, the risk of failure becomes an afterthought. The only aspect left is a product that improves the quality of life for citizens and government.

EPS Inc dba Express Plumbing is the go-to underground contractor in the Bay Area because no project is too small, too large, or too complicated for us to handle.  We rely on our fleet of advanced equipment and experienced staff to provide a successful completed project every time.

Have an upcoming project that requires expertise and precision?  Contact us to schedule a meeting with Nick Bechwati to discuss and answer all your questions.


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How Civil Engineering Projects Continue During Covid-19

How Civil Engineering Projects Continue During Covid-19

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Civil engineering is a profession that typically comes with onsite responsibilities. Overseeing a construction project, monitoring its success, and adhering to goals and budgets require constant attention. But with the rise of COVID-19, many civil engineers have been forced to work at home. So how do civil engineering projects continue during COVID-19? Read on to find out.

“We want to begin by thanking all the emergency response teams, the EPS Express Plumbing technicians, plumbers, engineers, and project managers for their continued dedication while serving our Bay Area Community.  EPS Engineering has been serving the Bay Area for multiple decades and you can continue to depend on us during these difficult times as we complete projects and proceed with caution following the recommended guidelines.”

Protection During Onsite Visits

Although many civil engineers have started to telecommute, the job still necessitates visits to various job sites. Whether these engineers have to monitor a construction project or put together an overall assessment of a project, they must eventually venture out of the home office to keep projects running smoothly.

During these onsite journeys, self-care and protection are essential. The wearing of masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, as well as the use of hand sanitizer are integral to the health of our engineers. In addition, adhering to social-distancing protocols and avoiding large groups of people are mandatory. By sticking to these rules, our employees can complete their job without the threat of infection or spread, especially with the high percentage of infected persons who don’t experience any symptoms.

Diverse Teams

Because civil engineers must visit sites routinely, some municipalities have started a rotating schedule of diverse teams. Each team has an expert in a particular field, such as asbestos removal, sewer systems, and other specialties.  Where in the past all may show up at the same time, now the schedule is well thought out and planned accordingly.

On a given day, one team will head out into the field, while others remain home on their virtual workstation. As a result, this process limits exposure to COVID-19 while also allowing our experts to monitor certain projects. The uncertainty of the current pandemic will inhibit teams from their normal work routine. However, it will not hinder the progress that we have on our current projects.  No matter how big or small, above ground or below ground, we always deliver excellence.

Remote-Friendly Technology

Perhaps the most striking aspect of civil engineers completing their jobs during the pandemic is their ability to work from home. Thanks to the advent of collaborative, file-sharing, and video-conferencing technology, many civil engineers can still do certain parts of jobs much in the same way as before.  Nick Bechwati, if you know him well, you know that he is a hands-on leader.  He still has boots on the ground and on-site anytime he gets the opportunity.

By using popular platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack, communication is just as easy as it is in the field, and perhaps even more convenient than ever. Instant messaging, on-the-fly video chats, and other types of cooperative software provides access to all important parties, as well as files that are integral to the success of a given project.

Our willingness to adapt, upgrade, and invest in technology, latest modern equipment, and most experienced employees are a few of the reasons we are a successful underground engineering contractor in the Bay Area you can always rely on.

Clear Expectations

Like many other professions, the transition to telecommuting requires clear expectations and guidelines. As such, we have put together plans for workers in the field. With these carefully managed and organized plans, projects can stay on track.

Uncertainty and fear remain part of the COVID-19 world. But with the efforts of civil engineers and builders, others can sustain a quality and comfort of life similar to before the pandemic. That’s an amazing feat, and one that hopefully will continue as the country and the world continues its trek towards normalcy.

Contact us to discuss any civil engineering projects above or underground anywhere in the Bay Area.  We serve the residential, commercial and municipal sector.


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What is Heavy Construction?

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Heavy construction is a subset of the construction industry geared toward larger structures. Because of the amount of engineering and project management that goes into heavy construction, specialized equipment and highly experienced individuals are part of the successful completion of a project. In many cases, these are municipal and government projects. So how should companies and government entities plan for large-scale heavy construction? Read on to find out.

Heavy Construction Planning: The First Step of a Successful Project

Before starting any heavy construction project, planning is essential. This multistep process starts with a project initiation document or PID. This preliminary document estimates the cost of the project (budget), the necessary materials to complete the project, and how many workers are required. Without this document, construction firms cannot conduct a feasibility test of whether the project is profitable or doable.

EPS Inc. has been serving our municipal, commercial and residential clients for multiple decades. Our experience, manpower and equipment availability gives us the ability to be price when planning a heavy construction project. We are the Bay Area heavy construction company of choice for many municipality projects due to our commitment to quality and excellence.

Once the construction company drafts a PID, it moves on to more specific estimates of the resources required, as well as technical portions of the project. Using the PID, a more accurate and specific plan comes together, as well as a strategy to complete the project under these rubrics. Many times, construction software eases this complex step and crunches numbers to provide the information for a proposal or presentation.

Equipment and Manpower for Heavy Construction

Determining the equipment and manpower for a heavy construction project isn’t always easy. Volatility in economic conditions and other situations can cause variability. In this regard, estimates may change.

However, the initial step of project planning can provide a solid estimate for the amount of equipment and manpower. A formulaic approach can help determine this number, as well as past projects. The idea is that a company with more experience in municipal and large-scale construction projects is more apt to provide a concrete idea for these numbers.

In addition, heavy construction firms must make seemingly smaller decisions that have a huge impact on a project. This includes aspects such as:

  • Whether to lease, buy, or use already purchased equipment
  • What subcontractors to hire
  • Whether to hire temporary personnel to meet the demand of the project
  • Where to buy wholesale materials
  • Other logistical considerations

By determining these needs, a heavy construction project can move forward without any hiccups. In this regard, trade magazines and journals are a vital resource to limit the amount of overhead and get the best workers for the job. Experienced firms may already have a team of suppliers and workers assembled to limit the chances for sunk costs.

Beyond these vital aspects, heavy construction companies must also devote a portion of their efforts to contingency plans. Few projects of this scale will proceed without a hitch. Therefore, a contingency or emergency plan can prevent a bleeding of resources and cash flow.

By choosing a company that has the necessary manpower, machinery, and expertise to finish a heavy construction project, governmental organizations and private builders can avoid any headaches during the process. With a well-constructed building delivered on time and under budget, all parties can enjoy the result of planning and project management.

When you rely on our EPS team, you’re in good hands. From manpower to equipment availability and experience. We get the job done! Contact us with any heavy construction project you’re planning, and we’ll be glad to assist you from start to finish.


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