One of KFA’s core values is providing continuous opportunities to learn and grow professionally. That’s why we have developed a strong system of internal training programs (such as Lunch & Learns, KFA Seminars, Brown Bags, and Readers’ Roundtables) and found ways to continue these programs in today’s largely virtual COVID-19 environment.
Throughout 2020 we have gathered virtually as a team to learn about technical topics from KFA team members including the following:
- Alexis Woffenden, PE, CFM, presented key techniques for designing detention ponds – how to flatten a different type of curve.
- Chris Boentges, PE, and Tyler Kierstead, EIT, described our role as a subconsultant on design and construction of the San Antonio Water System W6 Upper Segment, for which we analyzed tunneling alternatives, designed crossings of Leon Creek and Callaghan Road, and obtained TxDOT and City of San Antonio permits.
- Greg Blackburn, PE, and Dale Murphy, PE, shared an overview of the City of Leander San Gabriel East Pump Station project (pictured above), which we helped identify in the 2015 Water Master Plan, modeled using WaterCAD V8i, and designed with interim and ultimate phases amid significant site constraints.
- Jason Bybel, PE, explained how to select the best pipe materials for water/wastewater systems. Did you know that in 1664, King Louis XIV ordered construction of 15-miles of cast iron pipe for Versailles – and that pipe remained in service for 330 years? Not a bad design life.
- Geoffrey Elfers, PE, CFM, Paul Shattuck, PE, CFM, and Hannah Zeeb, EIT, shared the basics of software programs for hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, as well as common design challenges to watch out for when designing culverts or modeling a riverine system.
While we are looking forward to the days when we can gather safely as an entire team again, we’re thankful for the technology that allows us to continue to connect with one another and learn new skills from our homes and offices across Texas.