parametrix inspired people blog

Women's History Month: Allie Reiling, EIT

3-22-2019

March is Women's History Month. We asked the women of Parametrix – who inspires you and what advice would you give to other women in the industry? Today we introduce you to Allie Reiling, EIT.

Allie is a water engineer based out of Parametrix’s Portland office. In her four years of experience, she has already had the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on projects in her community and abroad. Last year, Allie took a few months off work to travel to Ecuador and work alongside women coffee farmers.

Why did you decide to become a water engineer?

I wanted to become an engineer so that I could have a tangible skill to help people and make our world a better place. And what other way to do that, than with one of our most powerful, yet ... (more)

 

National Surveyors Week: March 17 – 23

3-21-2019

This week has been established by the National Society of Professional Surveyors to help kids discover and be inspired by careers in surveying. This National Surveyors Week we would like to thank surveyors for what they do and encourage others to learn more about this exciting career opportunity.

Parametrix has provided surveying services since we were founded 50 years ago. Today, we have 40 surveyors based out of ten offices across the Western United States. We asked a few of them what inspired them to pursue a career in surveying and what they enjoy most about their job.

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Colin Palmer... (more)

 

The 4th Industrial Revolution: Where are we in history?

3-20-2019

By Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE

Co-authored by Jackie Kuechenmeister, AICP

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?

We are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is the convergence of and the interaction between emerging technologies. Unlike the three industrial revolutions that came before (steam and water power, electricity and assembly lines, and computerization), this industrial revolution is unfolding within and around us, pushing beyond new forms of mechanization and challenging our ideas about what it means to be human.

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Beating the Storm - Meet the CSO Solution Revolutionizing the Way Combined Sewage is Treated

2-20-2019

By Doug Berschauer and Mike Ollivant

During major rainfall events many wastewater systems have insufficient capacity to convey all of the combined water and stormwater to the plant. It results in a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) or Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) into an adjacent water body. These overflows occur sporadically during heavy rainfall but are required to be treated or limited to one event per year under EPA consent decree in Washington State.

CSO and SSO equipment only operates a few times a year. These CSO/SSO treatment systems are often very costly and take up a lot of room. They also require quick start up at a moment’s notice.

What if there was a system that took up less space, could start quickly, and provide extremely high-quality water? Approximately 3 years ago, Parametrix began working with the manufacturer OVIVO, a water and wastewater technology solutions company based in Austin, ... (more)

 

Nearly 20 Years of Planning Comes to Fruition: SR 99 Tunnel Opens to Traffic

Courtney Purdin | 2-06-2019

This week, the State Route 99 tunnel through downtown Seattle opened to traffic, culminating many years of planning efforts. At over $3 billion, the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program has been one of the largest transportation investments in Washington State. The now-closed viaduct carried more than 110,000 vehicles per day along the City’s waterfront. While many Seattleites will miss the view from the double-decker freeway, we will all be much safer. The structure was not expected to withstand the “big one” – the major earthquake due for the Seattle area. The possibility of damage or failure in the next earthquake gave the project a sense of urgency and drive for progress.

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View from the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Parametrix began working on the envi... (more)

 

Employee-Owners Volunteer at Mary’s Place Soup Kitchen on New Year’s Eve

Jason Ceralde | 1-21-2019

Over the holidays, we had an amazing nine people participate in helping at the soup kitchen near our Bremerton, WA office on New Year’s Eve.

The group, including several Parametrix employee-owners and their families, helped clean up after dinner was served. It was about an hour-and-a-half of bussing tables, wiping down tables and chairs and mopping. 

A number of community leaders were present, which was great to see. They spent their time washing dishes and teaching us all how to mop the floors!

I spoke with a woman who has been helping the local homeless in our area by making bubble-wrap camp mats to help people get up off the cold, wet ground. She estimated that there are about 4,000 homeless in the Bremerton area, half of whom are living outside of formal shelters (either in their vehicles or in tents).

A big thanks to these employee-owners and their families who were able to help out. This was ... (more)

 

Future City: Parametrix Employee-Owners Serve as Judges for STEM Learning Program

Charles Guthrie, EIT | 1-18-2019

Future City is a project-based STEM learning program that allows students to design cities using advanced technology (real or not) to solve complex problems that we face today and then compete against other students. There are several regions in the US that make up about 40,000 participating middle school students. Each team is formed through a group at their school, and also has a professional mentor, usually with a background in engineering or architecture. This competition is a great way for the kids to reach that next level of creativity by solving complex problems without the structure of a classroom or standardized test.

I, along with several of my fellow employee-owners, had the honor of judging the Idaho Regional Future City competition last week. The winner of the Idaho Regional competition will go on to compete in the national competition next month in Washington D.C.

With over 30 teams to judge, we saw some ... (more)

 

ViaBoom: Transportation Panelists Discuss the Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure

John Perlic, PE | 1-16-2019

Photo courtesy of the Pacific Science Center.

Background: The Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR99) is the "double-decker" freeway that runs along the Seattle Waterfront. This month it is being shut down permanently. Experts say the structure would not survive the big earthquake that the Seattle area is due for. Therefore it is being torn down and replaced by an underground tunnel. With Seattle traffic already hectic, this shut down has been a major topic in the news and has many Seattleites worried about their commute.

On a rainy night exactly two days and three hours prior to the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Pacific Science Center hosted a panel of transportation geeks to talk about the future of transportation in Seattle. The timing was great, as Seattleites grew anxious about the impending doom to their commute thanks to the extensive news coverage on the closure.

I was honored to be par... (more)

 

50 Years of Inspired People, Inspired Solutions, Making a Difference at Parametrix

Courtney Purdin | 1-14-2019

2019 marks Parametrix’s 50th anniversary as a company. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating this milestone by sharing the history of Parametrix. Today, we would like to share an overview of how Parametrix was founded and has grown into the company we are today.

Parametrix was founded in 1969 in Sumner, WA by George Capestany and Waite Dalrymple, originally as Delta Engineering. The firm was focused on the wastewater business but grew quickly and diversified into six very different business divisions. In 1974, two of the divisions, Delta Engineering and Seattle Marine Laboratories were restructured as Parametrix. With strength in both engineering and science, Parametrix became known as the premier firm for solid waste and city engineering in Washington. Continued steady growth led to expansion into Oregon in 1989 with the opening of our Portland office which specialized in solid waste and environmental remedia... (more)

 

4 Key Takeaways from the Future of the Profession/4th Industrial Revolution Summit

Jeff Peacock, PE | 12-20-2018

On December 11, 2018 industry leaders from the public and private sector gathered in Seattle to discuss topics such as Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Smart Cities, Utilities of the Future and what it all means for the future of our industry. 

Here are the 4 Key Takeways from the summit.


1. Our world is rapidly changing and we need to change with it.

“Historical boundaries are disappearing, and better-connected and community-centered aspirations are driving us to seek new ways of living and working.”  - Eleanor Allen, PE, CEO at Water for People


2. We have lots of data – the ch... (more)