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BELFIELD, ND--(Marketwired - May 9, 2017) - Meridian Energy Group, Inc., the leading developer of innovative solutions for environmentally-compliant oil refining technology, announced today that it has expanded and further defined the role of Vepica USA in the engineering of the Davis Refinery in Belfield, North Dakota. This decision was made by the two firms as Meridian prepares to initiate detailed engineering and equipment fabrication for the initial 27,500 bpd hydro-skimming facility called "Davis Light" -- the first phase of the Davis Refinery project. In a memorandum of understanding dated March 31st, and in subsequent refinements, the role of Vepica USA in the Davis Light refinery project has been further refined to include, among other things, the continued engineering support to the Meridian permitting effort. To-date, Vepica has acted as the principal engineering consultant to Meridian in the preparation and filing of Meridian's amendment to its Permit to Construct (PTC) application to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) for Davis Light, filed on April 5th, 2017. The amendment included engineering and configuration adjustments to further improve emissions and product output from the second stage, Davis Full, of the project, as indicated in the PTC application filed with the NDDH in October of 2016. In addition, Vepica USA will continue to work with Meridian as its principal engineering firm for the initiation of the design of Davis Light, and will now include procurement and fabrication packages for long lead-time equipment items, such as the atmospheric crude tower for the project. Vepica is the key partner in the site layout and planning that will allow the site preparation work to proceed while the project's air quality permit is being processed. On the expanded role with Meridian Derek Blackwood, CEO of Vepica USA said, "Making sure that site preparation starts in 2017, and completing the design of key long lead equipment are critical milestones to meet the aggressive schedule set by Meridian. We enter this new stage under an expanded role as committed as ever in our partnership with Meridian, and their strategy towards completion of Davis Light in 2018". In this area, Meridian will continue to enjoy the support of Trailhead Engineering, with offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Houston, Texas, who serves as the Owner's Engineer for the project. Meridian will also benefit from the ongoing support and participation of Basic Equipment, Inc., of Houston, Texas, who is expected to undertake the fabrication of the atmospheric crude tower when designs are completed. In connection with the permitting of Davis Light, Meridian will also have the ongoing support of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., based in St. Paul, Minnesota, as Meridian's principal site planning and engineering firm. SEH recently began an additional round of geotechnical investigations, site grading plans, and a water use and management program for the project site. Dan Hedrington, SEH Principal, on the advancements of Davis site work, "We at SEH are honored to be working with the extremely talented Meridian team, building a project with so many positive impacts on the local and state economy, as well as the energy independence of America." Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, LLC., based on Los Cruces, New Mexico, is also continuing in its role as the air quality emissions control engineer and emissions dispersion modeling firm for the project, and made a major contribution to the recent PTC amendment filed with NDDH. About Meridian The Mission of Meridian Energy Group, Inc. is to provide long-term shareholder value through the development and operation of the cleanest, most efficient and environmentally compliant crude oil refineries in the world, benefiting the community and its investors. Established in 2013, Meridian is led by energy industry experts with a combined 500 years of world-class expertise in energy & hydrocarbon processing, project development, finance, and large capital project management. Meridian Energy Group, Inc. current headquarters is located in Belfield, ND.

News Article | May 4, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) launched its completely redesigned website, According to Dawn Williams, SEH director of corporate communications, the redesign was in response to growing demand by our clients for professional insight on how to solve their complex challenges. “Content is king on the new website. It’s industry insight, news and thought leadership of our professionals,” said Williams. “All channels and web pages lead back to content, titled Insight on the new website.” This new approach was determined from website analytics, which show dramatic increases to news articles published on the website and distributed through email and social media. The site also helps put clear focus on SEH’s core areas of expertise – better places, renewed infrastructure, clean water and increased mobility – and how they can better serve our customers. The updated website provides visitors with a fresh, clean look and an enhanced user experience. Other features of the redesigned site include: About SEH: In business for 90 years, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH®) is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has more than 30 offices across the Midwest, and in Colorado and Wyoming. SEH is an employee-owned engineering, architecture, environmental and planning firm committed to Building a Better World for All of Us®. For more information, visit:

Sear T.R.,Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. | Martin F.J.,Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. | Hron S.,155 Pilgrim Road | Brault A.,Sheboygan County
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2013: Showcasing the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 Congress | Year: 2013

The Sheboygan River discharges into Lake Michigan at the City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 1985, the lower Sheboygan River and Harbor was designated an Area of Concern (AOC) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The City of Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are implementing the Sheboygan River AOC Habitat Restoration Projects to address habitat-related beneficial use impairments (BUIs). The overall objective of these projects is to transform degraded areas and restore the natural habitat functions of the river corridor using various bioengineering techniques. The projects will stabilize eroded stream banks and improve shoreline habitat for fish, herptiles, birds, and wildlife. Invasive species management is also a major component of the restoration plan. Three sites were targeted for restoration including: (1) the Taylor Drive/Indiana Avenue Site, (2) the Wildwood Island Site, and (3) the Kiwanis Park Site. © 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Sear T.R.,Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. | Elliott P.C.,Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District | Chapman T.W.,Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries, Proceedings of the 2012 Congress | Year: 2012

The Kinnickinnic River (KKR) Watershed is an approximately 25 square mile, highly urbanized drainage area, located in south central Milwaukee County. The KKR has undergone considerable alteration in the past, including channel widening and realignment, and the installation of concrete lining. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has initiated a series of flood management projects within the KKR Watershed that address watercourse rehabilitation, neighborhood revitalization, and the provision of community and recreational benefits. MMSD recently completed an "early out" final design and construction project that included the replacement of the South 6 th Street Bridge, and the rehabilitation of approximately 1,000 feet of KKR watercourse. Watercourse improvements included: removal of 500 feet of concrete lined channel; development of 1,000 feet of stone-lined main channel, with stable floodplain areas and embankments; and the provision of appropriate flood management, native vegetated communities, and enhancements that facilitate maintenance and community access to the river. © 2012 ASCE.

Sloan B.P.,University of Iowa | Sloan B.P.,Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. | Basu N.B.,University of Waterloo | Mantilla R.,University of Iowa
Agricultural Water Management | Year: 2016

Installation of subsurface drainage systems is one of the most common modifications of the agricultural landscape, and while it is well accepted that these systems alter the hydrologic regime, the nature and magnitude of such alterations remains poorly understood. We explore the impact of drainage systems using the field-scale model DRAINMOD and rainfall and soils data for Iowa. Our objective is to understand how climate, landscape and anthropogenic controls modify the hydrological response at the field scale. We show that drainage systems do not significantly alter the annual peak flows (QP). This is because QP is typically generated by the largest storms of the year for which the additional soil storage created by the drains does not significantly alter the total quick-flow volume of water entering the streams, and thus the hydrograph peaks. We identify a threshold storm size (~6cm/day for Iowa) beyond which tiles have minimal impact on the peak flow. Effects are apparent, however, for peak flows generated by other storms in which the percent of peak flow reduction is a function of the storm size and the antecedent moisture conditions. The effect of the drains on runoff production is further investigated using the daily Flashiness Index (FI). For soils with high hydraulic conductivity (K), tile drains increase the FI due to faster flow routing through subsurface drains, while for soils with low K, drainage decreases flashiness due to availability of increased soil storage that reduces surface runoff. We conclude that tile drains homogenize spatial patterns in hydrologic response by minimizing response differences between soil types. Furthermore, we investigate the effects of tile spacing and show that the FI decreases with an increase in drain spacing up to an optimal spacing (SM), beyond which FI increases with greater spacing. The FI-SM relationship was found to be a function of soil type and rainfall intensity, with the U-shaped behavior more apparent for low K soils and high rainfall intensity. © 2015 Elsevier B.V..

News Article | November 10, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®) – an 800-person engineering and architecture firm headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota – named two new Board Members at their 2016 Annual Meeting held October 27. The SEH Shareholders and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) members elected internal candidates Scott Lange and Dave Simons to serve on the SEH Board of Directors. Scott Lange, PE, is a principal, client service manager and project manager for private industrial

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Internet of Things pioneer Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON) is expanding its successful deployment of “white tunable” connected street lighting in White Bear Lake, Minnesota with weather adaptive capabilities powered by its collaboration with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT). Teaming with the municipal leaders of White Bear Lake and design firm Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., the company is deploying its weather adaptive solution alongside the white tuning solution recently implemented at the city’s Railroad Park. Combining the two advanced adaptive control capabilities enables city managers to take advantage of smart controls that adjust park lighting based on real-time weather data as well as activity levels or time of day. For example, lights can be pre-programmed to adapt automatically to real-time weather changes according to predefined preferences, such as a brighter level and a warmer color during a snow storm to minimize glare or a cooler, bluer color during thunder storms to improve visibility. Research suggests that this bluer color, which blocks the release of sleep-inducing melatonin, is ideal for creating greater alertness under adverse weather conditions. “We are extremely excited to expand this proof of concept with weather enabled cognitive capability through the use of the IBM Watson IoT platform," says Sohrab Modi, CTO and VP of Engineering for Echelon. “Through this pragmatic expression of IoT and big data, the Echelon platform demonstrates just what a smart city can look like and how it can enrich the lives of its residents." IBM Watson IoT is a cognitive system that learns from and infuses intelligence into the physical world. By combining IBM Watson IoT data with Echelon’s IoT connected street lighting architecture, municipal leaders gain significant insights which the intelligent control platform uses to automatically respond in ways that improve public safety. IBM Watson IoT capabilities closely align with Echelon’s promise to municipalities – to enable them to more cost-effectively leverage innovations in technology that drive safety and sustainability initiatives. Echelon’s next-generation, connected LED lighting control technology enables municipalities to realize the full scope of LED street lighting benefits, from improved public safety and reduced energy consumption and reduced maintenance and costs, to better health, quality of life and environmental comfort. It also serves as a platform that allows smart cities to integrate IoT applications as desired. Coming together to create this next-generation infrastructure is Echelon’s new CLP 4000 connected lighting controller, SmartServer™ 2.2 converged universal gateway and LumInsight® central management system (CMS). The Lumewave by Echelon weather adaptive service leverages data captured by IBM's The Weather Company’s network of more than 200,000 Personal Weather Stations. This data is incorporated into IBM's Watson IoT platform and made available to the LumInsight CMS in making intelligent lighting decisions. Using the latest secure web and IoT connectivity, Echelon’s controls then adjust the lighting color temperature or brightness levels according to specific weather conditions, balancing the need for sustainability, while enhancing safety and comfort. “Adding the weather adaptive capability to the newly deployed white tuning proof of concept in White Bear Lake was a natural progression,” notes Ken Taillon, Manager of Municipal Lighting Services, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., who led the project engineering. “Expanding the power of the control technology helps us learn more about how real-time adjustment of LED lighting improves the experience for occupants, and delivers new benefits for the city.” The combined solutions can set color and light level scenes based on a pre-programmed schedule, sensor inputs, weather data or manual adjustment. Based on customer interest, Echelon expects to make this new solution available more broadly in 2017. For 25 years Echelon (NASDAQ:ELON) has pioneered the development of open-standard networking platforms for connecting, monitoring and controlling devices in commercial and industrial applications. With more than 110 million devices installed worldwide, Echelon’s proven, scalable solutions host a range of applications enabling customers to reduce energy and operational costs, improve safety and comfort, and create efficiencies through optimizing physical systems. Echelon is focusing today on two IoT (Internet of Things) market areas: Creating smart cities and smart enterprises through connected outdoor lighting systems, and enabling device makers to bring connected products to market faster via a range of IoT-optimized embedded systems. More information about Echelon can be found at Echelon, the Echelon logo, Lumewave by Echelon, LumInsight, and SmartServer are trademarks of Echelon Corporation that may be registered in the United States and other countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. This press release may contain statements relating to future plans, events or performance. Such statements may involve risks and uncertainties, the risk that Echelon's offerings by themselves or combined with other applications or offerings do not perform as designed or do not offer the expected benefits and savings; and other risks identified in Echelon's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Echelon undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Zienty D.,Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings | Year: 2010

The appropriate method for attaching telecommunications antenna and coaxial cable support brackets to water towers is based on factors such as the function/purpose of the bracket, the water tank design, and the tank's structural integrity requirements. The methods employed for attachment includes stud-welding, which is used on standpipes and ground storage reservoirs to avoid excessive damage to a coating system. Another method includes bolting that can be applied to water towers with support columns such as pedestal and fluted designs. Seal welding that involves direct fillet welding of the attachment base plate to the tower and requires removal of the surface coating from the heat-affected area of both the attached component and tower prior to placing a full fillet weld around the perimeter of the base metal. A study conducted to assess the effects of attachment methods includes stud welding, bolting welding and seal welding, which showed that the structural properties of seal welding made it suitable for attaching support brackets for telecommunications equipment.

Zienty D.,Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings | Year: 2013

The city of Anoka, MN, completed the reconditioning of its 400,000-gallon water storage tank in 2003. The significance of the project was that the tank provided the opportunity to test and compare the performance of three coating systems for reconditioning interior surfaces in immersion and above the high water line. Systems tested included two NISF-approved AWWA standard multi-coat systems. An inspection conducted in 2005 had shown that all three systems were performing well without facing any problems. The city awarded a contract to an engineer in 2009 to perform a periodic inspection of the tank, including the interior surfaces. The results of the evaluation led to planning between the city and the engineer for the completion of maintenance repairs scheduled to be conducted in 2011.

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