Blueprint Columbus: Near South - Morrill / Ann Area

The City of Columbus has a complex sewer system made up of three types of sewers:

  • Combined Sewers - these carry both sewage and rain water to treatment plants, where both are treated then released into a river

  • Separate Sewers - these are separated sanitary (for sewage) and storm sewers

  • Storm Sewers - located on curbs or in drainage ditches, these sewers empty rain water (and anything carried with it) directly back into rivers.

Many cities, including Columbus, are experiencing issues with their combined and separated sanitary sewer systems, because they are often overloaded during heavy rain events. This causes combined sewers to overflow into rivers (see image below), which causes public health and ecological problems.

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Transportation Infrastructure

Infrastructure has certainly been a buzzword recently, but what does it actually mean? How does it affect our everyday lives? Why is it always in the news?

The term infrastructure describes the various physical and organizational systems and facilities we need to operate as a society, such as the energy grid, our system of interconnecting roads, public transportation and much more. Good infrastructure is critical for a city, organization, country, etc. to function properly and be competitive in the global marketplace.

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Combined Sewer Systems and Green Infrastructure

Do you ever wonder where all the rainwater you see in streets goes? Or what’s under a manhole when you open it up? The short answer is pipes. But these aren’t just pipes. They act as an intricate system that collects rainwater runoff, domestic sewage and industrial wastewater, designed to direct each to an appropriate place.

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What are Smart Cities?

Infrastructure, often intimately connected with civil engineering, provides the backbone and structure that serves various spaces, such as cities or countries. It provides roads and sidewalks for transportation, a water supply for people to drink, sewers to deal with waste, and much more. In the past, infrastructure design and construction has been reactive. It was a response to an event, like a natural disaster, or a local issue such as flooding or fires. Now we are looking for infrastructure to be proactive and work to solve multiple problems with dynamic solutions, like Smart Cities.

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Moody Engineering's E-waste Recycling Drive

While cleaning out our cabinets at Moody Engineering, we realized we could recycle most of our old supplies, including our electronics. Electronic waste (aka e-waste) is of interest to us because the amount of electronics being generated and thrown out is growing rapidly each year, as reported by the EPA. By gathering these items and taking them to appropriate places to be recycled, we were able to ensure they were disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way, which also helps prevent this material from ending up in landfills. Furthermore, electronics are made from natural resources such as copper, silver, and other metals, as well as plastics and glass, which all need energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling these products can help conserve these resources and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by manufacturing and mining processes.

This inspired us at Moody Engineering to host a building-wide e-waste recycling drive this November. We are proud to report that over the three days of our recycling drive, we collected batteries, computers, modems, printers, scanners, CDs, phones, vacuums, stereo systems and more, weighing an estimated 550 lbs!

At Moody Engineering we try to find new ways to continue helping our local communities and the environment. We take this same approach in our work and incorporate sustainable design and construction methods whenever possible.