Part of what makes asphalt so effective is because many precautions are taken to provide proper water drainage. Slopes and catch basins prevent water from getting under the asphalt (which can freeze and thaw) and can cause serious damage.

High Water Tables

We have had a ton of rain this past month. High water tables can cause all kinds of issues during the construction process. The water table is the surface zone in which water can saturate the soil. There are a variety of factors that can impact the water tables such as degree of ground saturation, …

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Parking Lots and Design

For the most space-conscious parking slots, always opt for the 90 degree angled spaces.  They are also easier for customers to park especially in high traffic areas such as convenience stores.

Parking Lot Design

A parking lot design is heavily influenced by the purpose it serves. For example, a truck stop gas station will have a thicker asphalt then a regular gas station to accommodate the extra weight of larger vehicles. The soil subclass, the type of vehicles and the volume of traffic all impact the thickness of the …

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Catch Basins

A catch basin might do any combination of functions such as catch, hold and filter the runoff water from the lawn, around the house and off road surfaces. You can find catch basins in homes, roads, highways and parking lots that use both public and private water-conveyance systems. They are usually found below the ground.

Velocity and Sewage and Piping Systems

In sewage piping and pumping systems, the flow velocity must exceed certain limits to maintain smooth flowing operation and to avoid settling and sedimentation of solids. On the other hand, the flow velocity should not exceed certain limits to avoid potential wear and tear due to erosion and abrasion.

Alberta Campgrounds

Campground in Alberta are designed to foster the conservation of wetlands, wildlife habitats and management of steep slopes. There are several campground design rules and guidelines managed by the Province of Alberta to maximize usage for both people and wildlife.