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Presenting at the NEWWA Spring Conference Expo! April 4-5th, 2018

Don’t miss these Tata and Howard presentations.

The New England Water Works Association’s (NEWWA) upcoming Spring Joint Regional Conference and Exhibition will feature several Tata & Howard engineers speaking at the conference’s technical sessions.

This year’s Technical Program is packed with a wide range of topics and Training Contract Hours (TCH) are available to meet operator re-certification and professional engineering renewal requirements. Be sure to check out the full program at  NEWWA.

Wednesday April 4th

Session 3—11:00am:
“Wiscasset Water District – A Decade of Water Main Replacement Projects.”

Paul Cote, P. E.

Wiscasset Water District is completing the last in a decade-long series of water main projects improving system hydraulics, water quality, and reducing main breaks.  The district has followed recommendations from a Capitol Efficiency Plan™ prepared by Tata & Howard in 2009.

Paul Cote, P.E. and Dustin Lacombe will present along with Chris Cossett, Superintendent, WWD.

Session 5—9:30am-11:30am:

Karen Gracey, P. E.

Karen Gracey, P.E. will co-moderate a series of discussions on Groundwater from ‘Safe Yield’ predictive modeling and Microgravity for Water Supply Prospecting to challenges and solutions for replacement well installations and small water systems. 

 

 

Thursday April 5th

Session 12—10:00am:
“New Life for an Aging Reservoir-Rehabilitation of Aquarion Water’s Burbank Reservoir.”

Matt Barry, Project Engineer

Tata and Howard partnered with DN Tanks to rehabilitate a 123-year old fieldstone lined water tank with a new shotcrete liner, concrete flooring, and miscellaneous pipe repairs. Matthew Barry, Project Engineer, along with Joseph Pappo from DN Tanks and Aquarion’s Stephen Olson will present.

Session 17—2:00pm: “Getting the Lead Out – Lessons Learned from a Full-Scale Lead Service Replacement Program.”

Molly Coughlin, Assistant Project Engineer

Molly Coughlin, Assistant Project Engineer will discuss how the city of Newton implemented a Lead Service Replacement Program for approximately 600 suspected lead water services. This presentation will review some of the challenges and progress made including how the homes were identified, public response to the program, and construction coordination.

Girl Day 2018! Introduce a Girl to Engineering.

National Girl Day is February 22, 2018!

This is a perfect time to inspire a girl’s future by sharing your knowledge and experience that girls, science, and engineering can make a difference in this world!

Tata & Howard Engineer and former New England Patriots Cheerleader – Trish Kelliher!

Tata & Howard Project Engineer Patricia Kelliher (Trish) and former New England Patriots Cheerleader talks about her experience:

“After retiring from the Patriots in 2013, I was able to speak at the Pop Warner Little Scholars banquet in Boston. About 1,500 Pop Warner football players and cheerleaders with their parents attend the banquet every year.

The Science Cheerleaders have a partnership with Pop Warner where they help their cheerleaders feel empowered to ditch stereotypes (about female scientists/engineers and about cheerleaders) and maybe even consider science or engineering as a career option.  I was able to give a 20-minute speech on my story, how I became interested in both cheerleading and engineering, and hopefully try and encourage the cheerleaders in attendance to break stereotypes.”

Continue reading Girl Day 2018! Introduce a Girl to Engineering.

ATCAVE 2018 Presentation

William J. Grant

Distribution and Storage (Session B) – “Large Scale Buried Pump Station Design and Construction Greenwich, CT.”

Presented by William J. Grant

William will be presenting on the challenges associated with a large pump station designed for Aquarion.  This presentation is part of the CTAWWA’s “Young Professionals” committee contest.

ATCAVE 2018
February 27, 2018, 9:00am – 11:00am
Radisson Cromwell
100 Berlin Road  | Cromwell, CT 06416

Please stop by our booth and say Hi. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

For more information or to register, please click here.

Engineering Technician – Waterbury, CT

Job Description:

We are looking for a motivated Engineering Technician to join our Waterbury, CT office. The primary purpose of this position is to support this busy office in a variety of areas including but not limited to assisting in field surveys, general office work, drafting of plans, construction inspection, soil testing, assisting with dam inspections, GIS, client correspondence, and report writing.  The selected candidate will work directly with project managers.  The successful candidate will have a strong interest in water resources, and must be a self-starter and willing to help our team with a variety of assignments, both in the office and in the field.  Experience with MS Office is required, and experience with GIS and Auto CAD is preferred, although training will be provided if other experience meets our requirements.

Requirements:

  • Associates Degree in Engineering Technology or equivalent.
  • Strong verbal communication and a willingness to learn.
  • Candidate must be able to work well independently and in teams and manage multiple assignments simultaneously.

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Project Manager, Water Engineering – Marlborough, MA

Job Description:

We are looking for a qualified and highly motivated Project Manager, Water Engineering with 10-12 years’ experience in water distribution engineering to join our Marlborough office. The selected candidate will work directly with our clients and a team of design engineers in a variety of civil engineering projects including but not limited to pipelines, pump stations, and water treatment. The successful candidate will have a proven record of meeting project deadlines and budgets.  Other responsibilities include mentoring and training junior engineers, coordinating/participating in the preparation of plans and specifications, technical report writing, and documenting project activities, findings, and recommendations, with limited supervision. This position will also have business development responsibilities including lead identification, prospect meetings, and participation in proposals as appropriate.  The candidate must be a self-starter with a solid understanding of the consulting engineering industry. Familiarity with Deltek Vision project management system a plus.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
  • 10-12 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry involving the design of municipal water systems.
  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Massachusetts or the ability to obtain through reciprocity.
  • Previous experience working on and managing projects for municipal water clients.
  • Proven history of developing and managing projects from design through construction.
  • Candidate must have strong technical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must be able to work well independently and in teams and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

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Fun At Work Day – 2018

In celebration of “Fun at Work Day”, Tata & Howard employees took a break from lunch and competed in The Marshmallow Challenge!

Table 5 in deep concentration.

Made popular by TED Talks’ Tom Wujec, The Marshmallow Challenge is simple – teams compete to build the tallest freestanding structure in 18 minutes using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of tape, a yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to sit on top of the freestanding structure.

Did we mention the challenge is simple? Well…interestingly the challenge is not as simple as it seems – the marshmallow is pretty heavy! In addition, time ticks away very quickly!

While we were having some ‘Fun at Work’, The Marshmallow Challenge was also a terrific team building exercise and we did learn some valuable lessons.

Key lessons we learned from this challenge:

  1. Teamwork is key. Every team member needed to contribute. Working well together was especially effective and efficient.
  2. Testing the design intent

    Testing: Working out theories and testing materials early in the challenge helped formulate the overall design. However, taking too long in the planning impacted the construction time.

  3. Time Management. As we learned from the testing phase, time management turned out to be an equally important lesson. Teams needed to plan and manage enough time to build the structure.
  4. Innovation: Creativity and originality was really the fun part of this challenge. All teams approached this challenge differently and every structure was unique.

Here’s a blow-by-blow account of the competing teams:

At our Marlborough office five teams competed:

Table 1 planning their structure

Table 1 – Mike, Molly and Maya spent a good part of the time planning and testing. They also exercised good time management and built a very stable structure reaching 15 ½”.

Table 2 – Using all their materials, Katie, Jenna and Meghan built the tallest structure at 16 1/2”. Although not the prettiest to look at, it was very stable and even with vigorous table shaking the tower stood tall!  Winning Team!!

Table 3 – Brian, Maria, and Derek had the sad misfortune of their structure collapsing shamelessly into a ½” pile of broken spaghetti!

Table 4 – Although, James, Mary and Karen’s structure measured 10 1/2” after partially collapsing, they finished with time to spare and managed to have some materials left over!

Table 5 – Adam, Matt and Jim ambitiously engineered a very tall structure, but it sadly collapsed under its own weight.  Still, there were some measurable structural components and came in at 8” high.

At our Waterbury, CT office, two teams competed:

The Seniors at work.

The Seniors (Sal, Bill, Dave and Nan) had an early lead and constructed a fairly stable structure of modest height with about 5 minutes left.  However, their table was jarred, and the structure ended up toppling. They could not re-assemble before time ran out.

The Young professionals (Chelsea, Ryan, Kevin, Will, Natalia) used the early stages to plan the construction and had some good ideas, however, they were a little too ambitious with the final marshmallow top and their structure also collapsed.  In fact, it never really stood at all.  And, the final height of their marshmallow was below the table surface!

Young Professionals make progress.

In less than an hour, the Marshmallow Challenge is a fun way to foster innovation and teamwork. If you’re interested, the challenge rules can be seen here [Marshmallow Challenge Instructions].  Hope you find time to  have fun at work too!

February 27th – ATCAVE 2018 – AWWA-CT Conference and Vendor Exposition

The AWWA – Connecticut Section is hosting its 22nd Annual Technical Conference and Vendor Exposition (ATCAVE) on February 27th at the Radisson Cromwell, CT.

This is Connecticut’s premier water supply event. ATCAVE features a variety of technical classes, social events, fundraising activities for Water for People, and a sold-out vendor hall.

Steve Rupar, P.E., Vice President and Karen Gracey, P.E., Co-President will be in attendance, as well as the following presenter:

Presentation:
William Grant – Distribution and Storage (Session B), “Large Scale Buried Pump Station Design and Construction Greenwich, CT.”  He’ll be presenting on the challenges associated with a large pump station designed for Aquarion.

To view more details about William’s presentation [click here]

Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello and enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

ATCAVE 2018
February 27th
8:00AM – 3:30PM
The Radisson Cromwell, Exit 21 on I-91

April 4-5, 2018: NEWWA Spring Conference & Exhibition

New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tata and Howard will be at the annual 2018 NEWWA Spring Conference & Exhibition.

April 4-5, 2018

DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Booth #712

Be sure to stop by our booth to say HI and enter to win an Amazon gift card!

 

Tata & Howard to Conduct Water Asset Management Plan and Hydraulic Study

Turner Falls, MA benefits from $40,000 state grant to improve water system.

Turner Fall MAMARLBOROUGH, MA, January 15, 2018Tata & Howard, Inc., a leading innovator in water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental engineering solutions, was named the principal engineering firm to conduct a water asset management plan and hydraulic study for the water district in Turner Falls, MA.

Turner Falls will soon be able to assess their water inventory infrastructure after receiving a $40,000 grant from the Baker-Polito administration.  Turner Falls is one of ten communities in Massachusetts to receive a portion of $388,000 in grant monies from the state to improve the town’s drinking water systems or wastewater systems.

Tata and Howard, will assist the town in completing an asset management plan and hydraulic study, which will including above and below ground reviews.

Working with Mike Brown, superintendent for the water district, the study will include an inventory of water mains, age of pipes, past inspection reports, dates when wells were installed, and water quality tests.  “I was very excited to see we were qualified, said Mr. Brown.  “Some of our mains are 80-100 years old and could be corroded or built up with mineral deposits.”

According to Karen Gracey, co-president of Tata and Howard, “The grant is specifically for the funding of the plan and study. We are scheduled to begin in February and complete the report by May.”

From the information gathered and analyzed, Tata and Howard will make recommendations for water infrastructure improvements and replacements.

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Sr. Project Manager – Portland, ME

Job Description:

Tata & Howard has a Sr. Project Manager opportunity in our Portland, ME office for a senior level candidate with 15+ years of direct, hands-on project management experience in the design and development of water and wastewater engineering applications. Candidates must also possess solid experience working directly with clients and client development, and must have proven ability to lead and manage multiple project teams that consistently meet project deadlines.

This position will also have corporate responsibilities including contributing towards the strategic management and development of the firm and participation in proposal efforts and invoicing.  Minimum qualifications include Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering as well as a Professional Engineer license in the state of Maine.

In addition, successful candidates must show evidence of success in managing projects from proposal through inception and into final stage of completion (previous project management experience), and must have strong technical and business writing skills, evidenced by examples.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.
  • 15+ years of experience in the consulting engineering industry involving the design of municipal water systems.
  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Maine or the ability to obtain through reciprocity.
  • Previous experience working on and managing projects for municipal water and wastewater clients.
  • Proven history of developing and managing projects from design through construction.
  • Candidate must have strong technical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidate must be able to work well independently and in teams and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must have capability of developing new business in the State of Maine.

Please note that Tata & Howard does not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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