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How Municipal Projects Continue During COVID-19

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter the personal and professional lives of people around the globe, many individuals continue to work on essential jobs. One of the jobs that continue as scheduled deals with municipal sewer and pipe projects. These particular projects are vital during the COVID-19 pandemic as the strain to existing infrastructure increases and more people are forced to stay at home.

Yet despite this heightened demand, workers continue to tackle projects for the convenience and betterment of citizens. Here is how our professionals brave conditions to bring people the sewer and water services they need.

Basic Safety Protocols and Precautions

Although some contractors and builders have deemed their businesses nonessential, municipal projects are an integral service. That’s why many jurisdictions are continuing their projects as scheduled. Even as these water and sewer projects continue, companies, governments, and contractors are putting specific safety protocols and precautions on work.

EPS Engineering considers safety a top priority for both our employees and the community. We follow all guidelines by the CDC and have protocols in place to continue serving our community safely.

On March 25, 2020, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC)—a group of 25 trade associations—released safety guidelines to protect employees and workers as they continued to fix or install sewer and water lines. In addition to masks and other personal protective equipment, the protocols also outline other tips, including:

  • Disinfecting and cleaning surfaces.
  • Work practices to ensure cleanliness and minimize the spread of disease.
  • How to handle potential illnesses on the job site.
  • Social distancing

Using these guidelines, municipal job sites can remain secure and free from the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Constant Assessment of Job Sites

To secure the job site, foremen and supervisors should constantly assess job sites. Not only should this include a thorough daily inspection of the site, but also making sure that workers follow the guidelines laid out by the CISC.

Social distancing should also be enforced throughout the workday, and discussions or disciplinary action handed out to workers who disobey these rules.

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Municipal Projects

Despite some companies continuing their projects and efforts during COVID-19, certain aspects of the business continue to suffer. According to one survey of the Associated General Contractors of America, 28% of companies reported that the government or a local agency had prevented them from bidding on or completing work. In addition, 22% discussed the lack of material because of a supplier cancellation, as well as up to 20% of projects cancelled or delayed for at least 30 days.

The long-term effects on municipal projects may not be recognized until after these stay-at-home directives are lifted. But our technicians, engineers, and plumbers continue to follow strict safety guidelines to ensure that our local community has the services they need.

Although “essential” is a loose definition, our workers and company repairs and builds sewer and water infrastructure and we continue to improve the lives of others during this time of uncertainty.

Our essential services are what continue to make this time less difficult, while also ensuring the integrity of infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

From our entire team at EPS Inc. We are here for our Bay Area community and remind everyone to keep hope alive as we navigate through this pandemic.


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Why Is Civil Engineering More Complex?

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A civil engineering contractor provides a complex form of engineering for several reasons. Not only do civil engineers provide the transportation, utility infrastructure, and buildings that allow modern society to function, but they must also make it coexist with existing structures and nature.

With so much responsibility riding on the shoulders of civil engineering projects, it’s important to understand the various aspects that make it a complex and crucial part of all types of construction projects.

EPS Inc. has been providing civil engineering services and underground infrastructure support in the Bay Area for multiple decades. We rely on our experience, advanced equipment and professional staff to support the residential, commercial, and municipal sector in the South Bay.

Underground Infrastructure

Underground infrastructure is what makes high quality of life possible. Although few people ever see the underpinnings of plumbing, sewer, and other utility lines, they’re an integral part of everyday life.

Deciding how and where to lay underground infrastructure is one of the most difficult problems faced in civil engineering. These pipes and utility lines must follow a specific set of guidelines without interfering with existing infrastructure or affecting the property of private individuals for a prolonged period of time.

Unlike other branches of engineering, the area to build such infrastructure isn’t a blank canvas. Rather, it’s a time-consuming process that has several moving parts. Figuring out how to complete a project on time and under budget is a crucial aspect that further exacerbates the challenge of many civil engineering projects.

Limiting Damage to Existing Infrastructure

Another crucial aspect of civil engineering is attempting to limit the damage to existing infrastructure. When laying or repairing sewer lines, underground pipe, electrical lines, and other utilities, the overarching idea is to reduce the potentially devastating effect it has on roads, sidewalks, and greenery.

To complete this task, many civil engineers turn to trenchless digging. To complete underground projects without disturbing the surface, civil engineers start by assessing the damaged areas or the places that are ideal for new pipes and lines. Once they’ve determined where to start the project, trenchless digging comes into play.

Without an abundance of crew and equipment needed for digging, trenchless options reduce costs and don’t need to tear out roads or landscaping. Workers either dig a small pit to place the trenchless digging equipment or they drive the pipe downward using specialized equipment. This allows crews to complete the project with only a mild disturbance above ground.

Choosing the Right Civil Engineering Contractor for Projects

Once a civil engineering project has been conceptualized, budgeted, and planned, the next step is to find a reputable, respected, honest and experienced civil engineering contractor. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, especially if the funding or budget isn’t concrete.

That’s why you need a licensed, experienced, and well-equipped civil engineering contractor. When you choose a company with proper licensing and experience, you can feel confident that the job will be completed up to professional standard without worrying about any shortcomings. Well-equipped and well-staffed companies can also limit the amount of time it takes to complete a civil engineering project, enabling you to stay on task.

On your next civil engineering project, don’t take any chances by going with a cheaper or less experienced contractor. The success and outcome of your venture will depend on it. Contact us with any upcoming projects no matter how simple or complex anywhere in the Bay Area.


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Engineering Perfect Systems and Underground Construction

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Our name says it all EPS Inc in the Bay Area stands for Engineering Perfect Systems.  Our team of civil engineers are the first line of defense for municipalities, residential, industrial, and commercial clients in and around the San Francisco Area.  From infrastructure to existing framework, we are eager to to serve as your Bay Area engineering contractor.

What is Underground Construction?

Since 1989, EPS has completed thousands of Bay Area underground construction projects by engineering perfect systems and providing small, and large-scale plumbing solutions for clients throughout multiple industry disciplines.

Government agencies, and the private sector rely on our expertise for installing new pipe, locating problems within existing pipes, or repairing underground pipe using the latest and most advanced technology available in the industry.

Minimal disruption, and less down time is our standard operating procedure.  We work with clients to ensure we provide efficiency and the highest quality they not only expect but meet the most stringent standards

  • Underground Utility Locating
  • 100% accurate location
  • Recorded and reported information

Line Inspection and Pipe Locating Equipment for Underground construction

One of our EPS CCTV main line lateral inspection & pipe locating trucks.

Engineering Perfect Systems with EPS Inc.

Our team of civil engineers are the #1 referred among municipalities and underground construction clients throughout the Bay Area because we only hire the best, most qualified engineers in the industry.

Our emphasis is always placed on experience and continued education which intern translates to quality, customer satisfaction, safety, and community service.

As you walk around the Bay Area above ground, tap your feet a few extra times, an EPS engineer may just be underground solving an issue or designing a new pipeline framework.

Plumbing Solutions Not Problems

We love the words plumbing solutions because at EPS Inc. there’s never a plumbing problem without a solution.  Our team of expert commercial, residential and municipal plumbers are eager to engineer perfect systems and solutions to resolve the issues quickly and effectively.

  • Sewer Lateral inspections
  • Water Pipeline
  • Storm Drainage Systems
  • And more…

There’s no project too small or too large for our EPS team to handle.  We install large scale underground sewer pipeline infrastructure using heavy equipment.  They call us “The heavy construction team for a reason”.

When you rely on EPS for your project, you’ll be sure to get an EPS team.  We are the team that develops the framework for your project.  Not all companies that advertise underground construction and engineering systems have the man power or equipment to handle large projects, they rely on subcontractors to complete the tasks.

When you ask us to engineer perfect systems, you know who you’re dealing with from the start to the end of the project.  Our experienced EPS team has been proudly installing, locating, recording, and repairing underground pipe and utilities in the Bay Area for over 20 years.

We forecast an increase in infrastructure projects in the coming year, and we look forward to serving our community.

Contact Nick Bechwati to discuss any upcoming underground project in and around the Bay Area.

 


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