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  • PlanGrid – Connecting the Office with the Field

    May 25, 2018
    Successful projects start with great communication, which is why AMT uses PlanGrid to access all the construction plans and documentation associated with our projects.
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    PlanGrid – Connecting the Office with the Field
  • Dry Utilities – Never a Dry Moment

    March 20, 2018
    When it comes to public space utilities it is best to be proactive in evaluating potential conflicts with future site construction. With a dry utility due diligence study, many of these conflicts can be identified in the early design phase of the project.
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    Dry Utilities – Never a Dry Moment
  • AMT Drone Use Program

    September 15, 2017
    AMT has established a drone use program in the last few months and we are moving ahead with various assignments that add value to our firm capabilities and the products we deliver to our clientele.
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    AMT Drone Use Program
  • Traveling Abroad to Give Back

    July 13, 2017
    AMT’s Marcello Arroio, a project engineer in AMT’s Rockville headquarters, is soon to embark on a service trip to Thibaud, Dominica. This wonderful opportunity allows him to work in conjunction with other
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    Traveling Abroad to Give Back
  • Envisioning A Construction Project in 3D

    February 13, 2017
    When designing something new for clients, something unusual, design teams create a lot of data. Plan sheets depict every detail of the project to the fraction of an inch; it could be precisely constructed. But what will it look like when finished? How will it function? A designer or builder...
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    Envisioning A Construction Project in 3D
  • Reimagining Parking

    September 15, 2016
    Recently, I was asked to photograph AMT’s work on the Brookside Gardens Parking Lot and Entryway in Wheaton Maryland. At first I wondered how I might go about making a parking lot seem interesting. I was wrong to wonder.
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    Reimagining Parking
  • Why I Walk

    April 18, 2016
    Our story starts nearly ten years ago just as spring was turning to summer. My wife Ashley and I were expecting our first child at the end of August and all of our regular checkups showed the growth of a normal
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    Why I Walk
  • The Basics of Runoff

    March 1, 2016
    Last summer on the blog, AMT's Greg Fox told you about his stormwater management presentation to the Virginia Municipal Stormwater Association. It gave a great outline as to our skills in helping businesses and communities meet their stormwater management requirements, but why do these requirements exist in the first place?
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    The Basics of Runoff
  • Protecting a Shoreline

    October 29, 2015
    Picture this: It is Labor Day weekend and we’re driving east on U.S. 50, heading to Lewes, Delaware to spend a couple of days at the beach. Crossing the Kent Island Narrows bridge in Maryland, we turn north off the highway for a late seafood lunch of anything with Old...
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    Protecting a Shoreline
  • Where We Work – Charlotte

    September 2, 2015
    With the opening of our new office in Charlotte, we thought we’d take a moment to introduce you to the city. The 17th largest city in the U.S. in total population, Charlotte is also among the fastest growing cities in the country, predicted to grow by 71 percent by 2030....
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    Where We Work – Charlotte
  • The Ultimate Retracement

    June 30, 2015
    Last spring, AMT was tasked to complete a boundary survey in Brandywine, Maryland on the county line between Charles and Prince George’s counties. The survey consisted of retracing about 100 acres of land that is being donated to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This land is located within...
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    The Ultimate Retracement
  • The not-so-secret wisdom of the mentor

    May 19, 2015
    The passing of one of my most fervent mentors has illuminated the topic for me as of late. My mentor was a former boss who always knew when to push or to pull or even when to stand down with a good “you’ll figure it out.” This mentorship taught me...
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    The not-so-secret wisdom of the mentor
  • Tunneling Through History

    April 10, 2015
    The historical Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel is a mile-long train tunnel that was built to allow trains to pass through the Afton Mountain at Rockfish Gap, a natural low point on the mountain in Central Virginia. The tunnel
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    Tunneling Through History
  • Surveying the Haunted

    March 3, 2015
    AMT was contracted to provide civil engineering and surveying services for the restoration of the Point Lookout Lighthouse. The AMT Project Survey Team created a specific deliverable for the project--a 3D Point Cloud of the Interior and Exterior of the Lighthouse Building. While conducting research for the project, going through...
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    Surveying the Haunted
  • Presenting on our Stormwater Experience

    January 21, 2015
    The Virginia Metropolitan Stormwater Association, also called VAMSA, asked Don Rissmeyer to present AMT’s experience to its members during its quarterly meeting last week in Richmond. Don and I were excited to share our best management practice designs with a focus on stream restoration. As this was my
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    Presenting on our Stormwater Experience
  • Sometimes It’s Easy

    December 24, 2014
    It started with an idea. We do “Bring Your Child to Work Day,” and Discover Engineering Family Day, what about those whose kids have fur? What about our “furbabies?” They need love too! “We should do
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    Sometimes It’s Easy
  • Solving Problems with High Tech Gadgets

    October 31, 2014
    Inspecting water and sewer lines hasn’t always been easy. While there were ways to do it, they either required getting down into the sewers or waiting until something flooded to find the compromised pipe. As technology has improved, other methods were developed. Now we have the option of using remotely...
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    Solving Problems with High Tech Gadgets
  • Developing the next generation of STEM students

    October 7, 2014
    Science, Technology, Education and Math, or STEM, education is a prevalent topic in our country’s dialogue. Currently, we don’t educate enough students in these fields to replace retiring professionals or to support the scientific advances and innovations that we hope to accomplish. The Virginia Department of Transportation-Northern Virginia District Civil...
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    Developing the next generation of STEM students
  • In Praise of Praise

    August 8, 2014
    I received an email from a colleague today praising a document that a member of our marketing team put together. I’ve had a fairly productive day, but likely the best task I did today was to find out which team member
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  • Carolyn’s Journey

    July 2, 2014
    In December 2011, I was diagnosed with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
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    Carolyn’s Journey
  • Training Tips from the Military

    June 11, 2014
    In the fall of 2010, I was on the red-eye returning to DC from a laser scanning conference in San Francisco and a previous passenger had left the November 2010 issue of the Harvard Business Review in the seat back pocket. The focus of the issue was on leadership lessons
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    Training Tips from the Military
  • Boots on the Ground – Dramatic Digital

    May 21, 2014
    Most employees have hobbies that are separate from their chosen careers. Sometimes these hobbies reveal great talents. Ryan Gilbert, a project engineer from AMT’s Richmond office, started
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    Boots on the Ground – Dramatic Digital
  • Reflecting on the Future

    May 2, 2014
    Last week we celebrated Bring Your Child to Work Day by showing 34 of our employees' children what we do for a living. Days like this make one think of the future. These will be the people taking over for us when we retire. Or will they?
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    Reflecting on the Future
  • Work Zone Awareness Week

    April 9, 2014
    This week marks the annual public outreach campaign “Work Zone Awareness Week.” Since its inception more than a decade ago, the campaign has grown from a localized event in the mid-Atlantic to a nationwide initiative to promote safety at the beginning of each construction season. In 2012, 611 people
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    Work Zone Awareness Week
  • Where We Work – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

    March 14, 2014
    In this installment of “Where we Work,” we visit the location of one of AMT’s newer offices, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Mechanicsburg is a collection of townships named for the mechanics who made and repaired wagons in the early 1800s and continues as a
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    Where We Work – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Landscape Architects: More Than a Pretty Garden

    February 11, 2014
    Landscape architecture is often viewed by the public as a beautification measure rather than an integration of natural systems and design. This integration creates functional landscapes that address environmental issues, sustainably manage stormwater, and create desirable spaces while respecting the surrounding environment. What makes landscape architecture beneficial on new and...
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    Landscape Architects: More Than a Pretty Garden
  • Getting Ahead by Doing it Wrong

    January 15, 2014
    A recent LinkedIn post by Kevin Roose of New York Magazine suggests that you can get ahead using spelling mistakes and bad email etiquette. The post cites an exchange between Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and Evan Spiegel of Snapchat in which Zuckerberg contacted Spiegel looking for a meeting. Spiegel’s...
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  • Boots on the Ground – Christmas Wonderland

    December 4, 2013
    The Boots on the Ground series features the people at AMT who do the work out in the field, create the designs, plans, and analyses, and provide support that allows our company to thrive. In this edition of Boots on the Ground, we feature Silver McElroy, Billing Specialist in our...
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    Boots on the Ground – Christmas Wonderland
  • The holiday in the middle

    November 21, 2013
    The beginning of the holiday season is upon us, and while we’re taking a moment to decide whether to say “happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas” or preparing for the start of Hanukah or other celebrations, it’s worth focusing on the holiday at hand. The A/E community has a good amount...
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    The holiday in the middle
  • Where we Work – Rockville

    November 7, 2013
    If you check out our news section, you’ll see that AMT is moving our headquarters office. You’ll also see that we’re staying in Rockville, Maryland. So it seemed apropos to start a new series in the blog on the places AMT works with Rockville.
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    Where we Work – Rockville
  • Nine tips for sharing the roadway

    October 23, 2013
    There has been increasing interest in recent years toward Complete Streets designs and bicycle and pedestrian friendly amenities in designing new roadways. As these roadway designs are being implemented and are less geared toward motorized traffic, there is also a push toward safety when it comes to sharing the road....
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    Nine tips for sharing the roadway
  • Remembering Trevor

    October 9, 2013
    After a tragic accident last week, AMT Inspector Trevor Blankenship was laid to rest yesterday. Listening to Trevor’s friends and relatives recount and recall stories of how Trevor had touched their lives was nothing short of amazing.
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    Remembering Trevor
  • Support Those Who Support You

    September 27, 2013
    Whether it’s through serving our current contracts and clients or pushing to win new ones, it seems that members of the A/E/C community are continually operating at full capacity. But with as busy as we get, it's good to stop and take time to engage with those...
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  • Boots on the Ground – Speed Manager

    August 14, 2013
    In our first Boots on the Ground post, we feature Eric Groah, a construction manager who works out of our Verona office with the Virginia Department of Transportation in its North West Regional Operations administering projects such as Signals, Guardrail, Signs, Pavement Markings, etc. While Eric is a great construction...
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    Boots on the Ground – Speed Manager
  • Unwinding the Backwards Presentation

    July 31, 2013
    So you’ve received some good news—your proposal was chosen for shortlist. Fantastic news! You gather some key players to sit down and discuss the upcoming presentation. You begin discussing the presentation slides: who will create them, what project examples will be used, and images are typical topics. After hours of...
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    Unwinding the Backwards Presentation
  • Are Permeable Pavements Affordable?

    July 17, 2013
    New and innovative stormwater management approaches are appearing every day through the creativity and experience of stormwater professionals. One of the technologies gaining traction with our clients is permeable pavement, especially in urban areas where land is unavailable and costs are at the highest. Permeable pavement eliminates the need...
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    Are Permeable Pavements Affordable?
  • Keeping Safe on the Fourth

    July 3, 2013
    Here are a few ideas that may help you all have a safe and happy Fourth:
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    Keeping Safe on the Fourth
  • A Minute Taken

    June 20, 2013
    The process of restructuring and redoing a website requires some reflection on who we are as a company and what we truly want to say to those who want to know about us. After a great deal of exploration, we have come up with a site that reflects our company...
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  • Working in Isolation

    April 19, 2013
    In American culture, we strive for independence. As we achieve success in our careers, we are rewarded with ever-increasing amounts of isolation. We have our own corner offices. We see working from home as a reward. It allows us to get things accomplished. Yet at the same time, without physically...
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    Working in Isolation
  • A Culture of Awards

    April 19, 2013
    A colleague related a story to me today. He was being a bit of a stickler on a quality issue with a contractor. The client, knowing that one of our projects had just won an award, said, “You’re just looking for another award.” I was so proud of my colleague...
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    A Culture of Awards