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No Time? Or No Time Like the Present?

One of our very own young professionals, Carrie Cox, discusses the importance of making time to get involved. Carrie shares with other young engineers, and all Journal AWWA readers, why she became a member of AWWA and how it has impacted her career.


Preparing to Plug in: Michigan's Electric Vehicle Preparedness Plan

Our own Aaron Domini teamed with the Clean Energy Coalition and the City of Auburn Hills to pen this piece for the July/Aug 2012 issue of Michigan Planner. The article explains the purpose and the content of Michigan's Electric Vehicle Preparedness Plan, as well as the approach that was taken to developing it.


OHM Advisors Published in OpFlow

Our own Carrie Cox and Vyto Kaunelis were recently published in the July issue of the AWWA's OpFlow Magazine.Their article, “Manage Peak Water Usage with Customer Incentives” profiles how DWSD incentives have altered the behaviors and operations of communities in Southeast Michigan, and in turn lowered peak water usage and costs.


A Better Way to Model Wet-Weather Sanitary Sewer Flows

A new approach to predicting wet-weather sanitary sewer flows incorporates antecedent moisture information and actual long-term rainfall data.

MWS Article-March-2012-Article.pdf


"Ask yourself - will things really change if we have no plan?"

Bill Costick, director of community relations at OHM Advisors and retired city manager of Farmington Hills, Michigan, looks ahead to 2020. What a community needs today is a positive and exciting vision for the future of its downtown, neighborhoods, commercial corridor, and/or waterfront. With a willingness to nurture the vision at every opportunity, by 2020 your community just might realize its dream.



This paper will depict “a tale of two storms” highlighting the challenges that antecedent moisture effects present in modeling and sizing of wet weather capital upgrades, and how modeling technology borrowed from the aerospace industry is able to solve it. The complex paths of inflow and infiltration (I/I) result in interaction with the subsurface soils, and groundwater table, which cause sanitary collection system flows to be highly dependent on the wetness, or antecedent moisture, of the system.

WEF 2011 - Session 89 - Czachorski & Oconnell - Tale of 2 storms.pdf

Operational Changes Save Money and Improve Water Service

A water system experiencing significant and costly flow fluctuations was the impetus for implementing a new system strategy for managing water storage facilities. In an article published in the Great Lakes Reporter, Carrie Cox from OHM Advisors profiles how system control changes saved money and provided peace of mind to a community facing significant rate increases.


The UV Light at the End of the Sewer Tunnel

Our very own Matt Parks explores some of the best trenchless methods for repairing sanitary sewer pipes, including one of the newest options - quick seal UV spot repair.


Managing Peak Water Usage

In a paper they delivered at the American Water Works Association’s national conference, ACE11, in June 2011, Carrie Cox, PE, and Vyto Kaunelis, PE, share case studies of how several southeast Michigan communities successfully trimmed costs by managing their water usage.  


The Simple Method 2.0: Enhancing the Results

As a stormwater pollution load estimation model, the Simple Method is quick, easy, and straightforward. However, there may be some overestimation of the output pollution load. Scott Kaiser and Murat Ulasir from OHM Advisors suggest an adjustment to this method in a paper published by Stormwater Magazine.

Stormwater 2.0_Stormwater Mag.pdf