Harris County Engineering Department

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Harris County Engineering Department is a regional leader in providing wholly integrated professional services to a broad range of clients. The vision of the Engineering Department is to enhance environments and create new buildings that will elevate the quality of life for the ever-growing community of Harris County.

๐Ÿšง๐ŸŒ Attention Engineers! ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ—๏ธโœจGeotechnical engineering forms the foundation of consistent, reliable and high-quality const...
12/06/2023

๐Ÿšง๐ŸŒ Attention Engineers! ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ—๏ธโœจ

Geotechnical engineering forms the foundation of consistent, reliable and high-quality construction practices. They provide a robust analysis of the ground below to ensure the proper performance of the structures above, which is crucial for the safety and success of construction projects for all of Harris County.

The recently published 2023 Standard Specifications for the Construction of Roads and Bridges are now available for download. These specifications will be your guide to a seamless and standardized process in your material testing endeavors.

Keep up the exceptional work, and together, let's continue to build a resilient and sustainable Harris County! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐ŸŒŽ Today is National Soil Day, Harris County! ๐ŸŒŽWorld Soil Day highlights the importance of soil in supporting life on Ear...
12/05/2023

๐ŸŒŽ Today is National Soil Day, Harris County! ๐ŸŒŽ

World Soil Day highlights the importance of soil in supporting life on Earth. From roads to bridges, the soil in our county plays an integral role in our infrastructure, providing a foundation for safer, stronger, and more sustainable spaces. Understanding its behavior is key to building solid and stable structures that surround us.

Thank you to the Construction Material Testing (CMT) firms, who ensure that what's under our feet is strong and ready to support us. So, hereโ€™s to our soil and the geotechnical engineers who keep Harris County strong and steady! ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ

HCED's fall interns recently took a trip to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. They were able to learn all ab...
11/30/2023

HCED's fall interns recently took a trip to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. They were able to learn all about how this facility allows residents a convenient, safe and environmentally compliant way to dispose of chemicals and some other non-hazardous recyclable items used in their homes.

The HHW facility services around 1.3 million residents of unincorporated Harris County, and makes a pivotal impact within the community every day!

Our County Engineer, Dr. Milton Rahman, was featured in the Houston Chronicle as part of a piece focusing on the increas...
11/28/2023

Our County Engineer, Dr. Milton Rahman, was featured in the Houston Chronicle as part of a piece focusing on the increasing diversity of transportation leaders in the Houston area.

Houston transportation leadership is no longer comprised of lookalikes, with elected officials reflecting the diversity of modern Houston more than ever before.

๐Ÿ—๏ธ Stormwater Control Insight: The Role of Curb Inlets with Manholes ๐ŸŒง๏ธ  Ever wondered why we see curb inlets with manho...
11/27/2023

๐Ÿ—๏ธ Stormwater Control Insight: The Role of Curb Inlets with Manholes ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Ever wondered why we see curb inlets with manholes? ๐Ÿค” They're not just there by chance; they play a vital role!

๐ŸŒŠ Function: These inlets are engineered to channel rainwater safely, preventing flooding and directing it away from roads and buildings. They're a cornerstone of effective stormwater management. ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ˜๏ธ

Next time you spot one, remember it's all about keeping our surroundings dry and safe when the skies open up! ๐Ÿž๏ธ

We would like to wish you all a safe & happy Thanksgiving, from HCED! ๐Ÿฆƒ May you enjoy food, family, friends and all othe...
11/23/2023

We would like to wish you all a safe & happy Thanksgiving, from HCED! ๐Ÿฆƒ

May you enjoy food, family, friends and all other fulfilling things this holiday may bring you.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, our offices will be closed Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. We...
11/21/2023

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, our offices will be closed Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 27.

Recently, HCED participated in the University of Texas at Tyler - Houston's Engineering Internship and Career Fair. We m...
11/20/2023

Recently, HCED participated in the University of Texas at Tyler - Houston's Engineering Internship and Career Fair. We met with lots of students and professionals ready to take their career to the next level.

HCED is now accepting applications for spring interns. We encourage you to head to bit.ly/hcedcareers and check out our most recent job postings. Come and grow your career with us!

Bayland Park Community โ€“ we invite you to the Bayland Masterplan Workshop!The Bayland Park planning project creates a ma...
11/17/2023

Bayland Park Community โ€“ we invite you to the Bayland Masterplan Workshop!

The Bayland Park planning project creates a master plan for improvements in the existing park in Harris County Precinct 4, Office of Commissioner Lesley Briones, Precinct 4. This plan will give recommendations for creating an inclusive park with improved facilities, programming and connectivity to better serve recreational and open space needs of the community.

If you are unable to make the meeting, we encourage you to give your input by taking the community survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/baylandparkcommunityinput1

Harris County Engineering joined Harris County Precinct 2 for the ribbon cutting of the Water Control Improvement Distri...
11/17/2023

Harris County Engineering joined Harris County Precinct 2 for the ribbon cutting of the Water Control Improvement District (WCID) 50 Drainage Improvement project, an area where over 80 structures flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

This project will reduce the flood risk in the WCID 50 community and reduce the number of flooded homes while alleviating ponding in streets. The increasing of storm sewers and outfall sizes will greatly impact this community. HCED feels honored to have been a part of this project!

Let's keep the stormwater celebration going with some stormwater education!Unlike the water we use in our homes, stormwa...
11/16/2023

Let's keep the stormwater celebration going with some stormwater education!

Unlike the water we use in our homes, stormwater receives no treatment. Stormwater runoff may be contaminated with pesticides, fertilizers, animal droppings, trash, food wastes and other toxic substances.

Pictured here, you'll see one of the many ways Harris County Engineering enforces best practices for stormwater management. This properly-protected storm drain is an excellent way to control sediment, erosion and stormwater runoff. Harris County's leadership in the water quality field continues to this day!

Happy National Stormwater Day! The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance has proclaimed November 16 to commemorate when...
11/16/2023

Happy National Stormwater Day!

The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance has proclaimed November 16 to commemorate when the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program was proclaimed in the Federal Register, in 1990.

Over the last 30 years thousands of communities have implemented millions of stormwater control measures to address urban runoff pollution. A day dedicated to stormwater awareness is a day for HCED!

'Tis the season! HCED's annual Thanksgiving potluck was a gobbling good time! ๐Ÿฆƒ Great food. Great people. Great fellowsh...
11/15/2023

'Tis the season! HCED's annual Thanksgiving potluck was a gobbling good time! ๐Ÿฆƒ

Great food. Great people. Great fellowship. We are *THANKFUL* for it all.

HCED's Director of Community Resilience & Transportation Planning Dr. Patrick Mandapaka joined TexITE Houston Area Secti...
11/13/2023

HCED's Director of Community Resilience & Transportation Planning Dr. Patrick Mandapaka joined TexITE Houston Area Section at their November Panel Discussion.

The Engineering Department enjoys the opportunity to chat about interagency collaboration, the implementation of emerging technology in multimodal systems and overall improvement of system safety. We thank TexITE for this invite!

Today, and everyday, we honor the courage and sacrifice of our veterans. We thank you for your service, bravery and comm...
11/11/2023

Today, and everyday, we honor the courage and sacrifice of our veterans.

We thank you for your service, bravery and commitment to this great nation.

Happy Friday. Happy Intern Spotlight Day. Meet Erin Trejo - a Sam Houston State University student whose graduation date...
11/10/2023

Happy Friday. Happy Intern Spotlight Day.

Meet Erin Trejo - a Sam Houston State University student whose graduation date is right around the corner in December!

Erin has not only gained engineering experience, but has also networked with HCED professionals throughout her internship. One of her favorite takeaways from being the Permits intern has been learning how to navigate through the professional world and how her knowledge and skills can benefit Harris County.

"Her enthusiasm and proactive attitude towards tasks are truly admirable," said Armanda Sanchez, Compliance Manager, who worked closely with Erin.

Erin has built meaningful relationships with colleagues that will help her future success. She hopes to continue making an impact through Harris County Engineering. We can't wait to see what's next for Erin!

Today, leaders from Harris County Engineering joined like-minded professionals at the 3rd Annual Environmental & Water R...
11/09/2023

Today, leaders from Harris County Engineering joined like-minded professionals at the 3rd Annual Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Houston Conference.

Director of our Recovery & Resiliency Division (RRD) Erwin Burden and Division Manager Isabel Fung presented on an array of topics such as an RRD overview, an in-depth look into our subdivision drainage improvement projects process, and the ins and outs of what keeps engineering moving forward.

HCED appreciates the opportunity to share the innovative ways we are improving the Harris County community, one project at a time.

Last week Assistant County Engineer Susan Fraser accompanied leadership in our Recovery and Resiliency Division to visit...
11/07/2023

Last week Assistant County Engineer Susan Fraser accompanied leadership in our Recovery and Resiliency Division to visit three project areas: Castlewood, Western Homes and High Meadows where she got to see neighborhood drainage projects in various stages of completion.

Embrace the Colors of Safety: Utility Markings Unveiled! ๐ŸŸ  Orange: Communication lines are underground. Protect services...
11/06/2023

Embrace the Colors of Safety: Utility Markings Unveiled!

๐ŸŸ  Orange: Communication lines are underground. Protect services like phones, cable TV, and fiber optics by respecting orange markers.
๐ŸŸก Yellow: Yellow flags mean gas lines. Don't let damaged lines lead to gas leaks or fires. Be cautious around yellow markings.
๐Ÿ”ต Blue: Blue marks point to water lines. Keep your water pure and flowing by treating blue markings with care.

Utility knowledge is for everyone, no matter your profession. Remember, anyone can call 811 before you dig. Stay safe, stay informed!

You know what day it is... It's Intern Spotlight Friday! Technical Services intern Tanjina Islam is embracing her opport...
11/03/2023

You know what day it is... It's Intern Spotlight Friday!

Technical Services intern Tanjina Islam is embracing her opportunity to network with engineers around our department, and learn all the tips and tricks.

As a University of Houston student with an anticipated graduation year of 2026, Tanjina was intrigued to learn more about working with a team on a professional project, and how certain projects relate to civil engineering.

She is still sorting out which engineering avenue she will take, but is confident this internship has given her great insight & experience. We know she is on the right path! ๐Ÿค

Taco Thursday? Yes, please! Leaders from HCED met up with a few of our survey crews to catch up & enjoy breakfast tacos ...
11/02/2023

Taco Thursday? Yes, please!

Leaders from HCED met up with a few of our survey crews to catch up & enjoy breakfast tacos together.

The overall work that surveyors do assists Engineering Design Teams with plans for future roadways, parks and other improvements beneficial to the community. In addition, there are field crews assigned to Precincts 1-4 to provide professional expertise of performing existing ditch profiling for maintenance. They also assist Permits by sizing, leveling and determining elevations of existing ditches and culverts for new driveways.

The work performed helps keep roadside ditches flowing efficiently as well as assisting the public with their new driveways to access their property. Our surveyors play an important role in the success of the engineering department. This was a great opportunity to catch up and show appreciation!

These COLD temps having us thinking โ„๏ธWINTERโ„๏ธ Be sure to have your Winter Storm Preparedness Kit ready to roll for the ...
10/31/2023

These COLD temps having us thinking โ„๏ธWINTERโ„๏ธ

Be sure to have your Winter Storm Preparedness Kit ready to roll for the season. You can find more details on what to include athttps://texasready.gov/resources/assets/TexasReady-Build-a-Disaster-Kit-English.pdf

๐Ÿšง Understanding Inactive Inlets and Detention Ponds in Construction ๐ŸŒง๏ธ  Have you ever driven past a construction site an...
10/30/2023

๐Ÿšง Understanding Inactive Inlets and Detention Ponds in Construction ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

Have you ever driven past a construction site and wondered what's happening below the surface? Well, there's more to it than meets the eye.

โ€ข Inactive Inlets: These are like helpers in waiting, only springing into action when the roads or buildings are ready.
โ€ข Inactive Detention Ponds: These are like big rainwater bathtubs. With the help of a sediment removal pump, they step in to separate sediment, allowing only clean water to be sucked out.

Together, they help keep water under control, prevent soil erosion, and ensure our communities remain safe and clean. ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ—๏ธ ๐Ÿš€

Intern Spotlight!Born and raised in Houston, Joshlyn Mendez knows just how BIG Harris County is. She joins Engineering's...
10/27/2023

Intern Spotlight!

Born and raised in Houston, Joshlyn Mendez knows just how BIG Harris County is. She joins Engineering's Environmental Services team eager to learn the details of project planning and process implementation for such a large area.

Joshlyn became interested in this internship program because of the work she's seen in the County done for the betterment of the community. She wants to become an engineer to help people, and we are certain she'll accomplish this.

As a senior at University of Houston she is near graduation, and is ready to take what she's learned from HCED so far and apply that to her future success!

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšง Eco-friendly Construction Alert!Did you know? Our engineers are crucial players on construction sites near dry cl...
10/26/2023

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšง Eco-friendly Construction Alert!

Did you know? Our engineers are crucial players on construction sites near dry cleaning facilities. They work to keep harmful contaminants like perchloroethylene (PERC) and other toxic solvents at bay, safeguarding community health and the environment.

With their expertise, engineers implement eco-friendly solutions like:
๐ŸŒฌ๏ธVentilation systems: They clear the air of harmful chemicals like PERC.
๐Ÿšง Containment structures: Preventing contamination spread.
๐Ÿฅฝ Protective Gear: Personal protective gear for workers.
๐Ÿ“Š Real-Time Monitoring: To always maintain safety.
๐Ÿšจ Emergency Plans: Ready for the unexpected.

Before construction begins, engineers break down contaminants in soil and groundwater. They inject chemicals or use bacteria to make the area safer. Groundwater is pumped out, treated, and returned clean. Kudos to engineers for ensuring construction is safe and eco-friendly.

Take a few minutes from your day and fill out this Harris County Public Health survey!
10/25/2023

Take a few minutes from your day and fill out this Harris County Public Health survey!

Congratulations to Okechukwu (Oke) Chika on achieving his Professional Engineer (PE) certification in Electrical Enginee...
10/24/2023

Congratulations to Okechukwu (Oke) Chika on achieving his Professional Engineer (PE) certification in Electrical Engineering. ๐Ÿค

As our chief utility coordinator, Oke leverages over a decade of experience in the power delivery industry to mitigate utility, pipeline and railroad conflicts, supporting the ex*****on of our road and bridge projects. His goal is to establish a harmonious working relationship between local and regional utility companies and the County through continuously refining our utility identification, notification and coordination practices. Oke says heโ€™s grateful to Harris County for fostering an environment of continuing education and is looking forward to making a positive impact on our project delivery efforts.

We applaud his dedication and look forward to witnessing the continued impact of his PE certification in our projects and communities.

Upcoming generation of engineering meets (& greets) with leaders from one of the largest infrastructure agencies in the ...
10/23/2023

Upcoming generation of engineering meets (& greets) with leaders from one of the largest infrastructure agencies in the country.

That's us!

At our Meet & Greet, HCED leaders had a great time getting to know our interns, the future of engineering. Interns were also able to share their experiences so far throughout the program. Needless to say, the engineering future is bright!

Intern Spotlight!This Friday is no different... we're highlighting Nhu Le, Texas A&M student who is interning with our C...
10/20/2023

Intern Spotlight!

This Friday is no different... we're highlighting Nhu Le, Texas A&M student who is interning with our Community Resilience and Transportation Planning team! ๐ŸŒŸ

Nhu is enjoying building connections throughout the department, and the opportunity to bring what she's learned in school to her internship. She is continuing to learn more about real-world projects and hopes this will help her identify a career path once this program is over.

"HCED is a solid foundation for sharpening my knowledge since they have an exciting internship program that makes me step out of my comfort zone."

Join us in congratulating James Esparza for earning his Engineer-in-Training certification! James' knowledge of engineer...
10/19/2023

Join us in congratulating James Esparza for earning his Engineer-in-Training certification! James' knowledge of engineering principles combined with hands-on experience through practical projects led him to reaching this milestone.

"Earning the Engineer-in-Training certification is a significant milestone in my professional journey. It means I am one step closer to obtaining my Professional Engineer license in the future."

James has had a rewarding experience with HCED where he's been a part of projects that have provided him with a diverse set of challenges and opportunities for growth. We can't wait to witness his continued success!

Check out this article from Dredging Today, highlighting our impactful work removing silt at the San Jacinto River and L...
10/18/2023

Check out this article from Dredging Today, highlighting our impactful work removing silt at the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County Engineering, along with the City of Houston, worked together to remove accumulated silt and sediment deposits at the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County Engineering joined many agencies from across the state at the Houston SAME/APWA Joint CIP Briefing today. ...
10/18/2023

Harris County Engineering joined many agencies from across the state at the Houston SAME/APWA Joint CIP Briefing today.

HCED's Chief of Staff John Dyess provided an active project overview, upcoming RFQ's and bid opportunities through December 2023. It was a great time talking innovation and investments!

Harris County Engineering, along with the City of Houston, worked together to remove accumulated silt and sediment depos...
10/16/2023

Harris County Engineering, along with the City of Houston, worked together to remove accumulated silt and sediment deposits at the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey.

The State of Texas allocated $30M to Harris County designed to increase flood risk mitigation through the dredging process. After three years, expending all funds, this program removed over 770,000 cubic yards (enough to fill half of the Astrodome!) of materials which was tested for contaminates and beneficially used elsewhere.

This was an excellent example of the State, County and City partnering together for a great cause!

Weโ€™re proud that Tuesdayโ€™s Commissionerโ€™s Court adopted updates and revisions to the Standard Specifications for the Con...
10/13/2023

Weโ€™re proud that Tuesdayโ€™s Commissionerโ€™s Court adopted updates and revisions to the Standard Specifications for the Construction of Roads and Bridges in Harris County. These modern standards replace the version from 2017, increasing the quality of infrastructure for all residents. The Harris County Infrastructure Regulations were also updated to reflect the revised standards, ensuring that all permitted development meet the current criteria.

County Engineer Dr. Milton Rahman:

โ€œI want to thank all our team members for their work on this major update, which will make the County more resilient and sustainable.โ€

For a link to the full Standard Specifications, visit https://bit.ly/HCEDStandardSpecifications2023

What better way to jumpstart the weekend than highlighting another one of our passionate interns?Meet Eleazar Mora, a Un...
10/13/2023

What better way to jumpstart the weekend than highlighting another one of our passionate interns?

Meet Eleazar Mora, a University of Houston student majoring in Construction Management. He is interning with our Real Property Division!

He became interested in this program after completing jury duty. This experience made Eleazar proud to provide a civil service to the community, and he wanted to keep that going with his internship. He is ready to find out what makes working for the County so special and continue to strengthen his engineering experience. Graduation is around the corner for Eleazar and we can't wait to see what's next for him! ๐Ÿ‘

10/12/2023

Are your pets included in your emergency plan? Always keep an extra bag of food and include your petโ€™s favorite things to help them stay calm during an emergency.

Visit https://www.ready.gov/pets for more tips!

Harris County Engineering attended the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grantee Summit ...
10/11/2023

Harris County Engineering attended the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grantee Summit at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in D.C.

In April, we received a $2M SMART Grant that will improve transportation safety and resilience.

The goal of the summit was to build community through interactive sessions, connect with USDOT leadership and engage with SMART Grants staff and share feedback. When there is an opportunity to chat innovation and workforce development, count us IN!

When in doubt, talk it out!
10/11/2023

When in doubt, talk it out!

Having you been putting a project off because you havenโ€™t figured out if it requires a permit? Contact the Harris County Permits Office at: 713-274-3900 or email [email protected] to find out if a permit is required for your project. You may also visit our website at: https://www.eng.hctx.net/permits/

Did you know that the Texas Bitterweed, once considered a pest, underwent a remarkable transformation in 1989, thanks to...
10/10/2023

Did you know that the Texas Bitterweed, once considered a pest, underwent a remarkable transformation in 1989, thanks to the creativity of local school-aged kids?

Standing at a modest 3.5-18 cm tall, this endangered plant got a fresh start when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service organized a contest to rename it. The winning name, "Texas Prairie Dawn," came from children eager to give it a new image that captures its natural beauty and resilience. HCED plays an important role in the effort to help preserve the flower. ๐ŸŒผ

Fridays are for Intern Spotlights!University of Houston โ€“ Main Campus student Star Monique Pilar joins HCED as the Recov...
10/06/2023

Fridays are for Intern Spotlights!

University of Houston โ€“ Main Campus student Star Monique Pilar joins HCED as the Recovery and Resiliency Division intern. She is eager to visit different construction sites, understand plans and learn how different aspects of construction connect to one another.

HCED has many different divisions, and Star is excited to learn more about them and discover other growth opportunities within the department.

With an anticipated graduation of Spring 2024, we canโ€™t wait to see her shine bright like a STAR! ๐ŸŒŸ

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