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    Keeping Up-To-Date with Stormwater Management Practices – 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference Recap

Keeping Up-To-Date with Stormwater Management Practices – 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference Recap

As regulations, technology, and engineering practices evolve, it is important for civil engineers, city officials, and those in the construction community to keep up to date with changes in the world of stormwater management. Here in Ohio, we’re lucky that the Ohio Stormwater Association coordinates the annual Ohio Stormwater Conference, providing a one-stop shop for networking with and learning from those who are stormwater management experts and those who are responsible for the regulations governing the design of stormwater systems.

I was fortunate to be one of the over 900 attendees at the 2018 conference held in May at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio. The event served as a great resource to get updates on environmental issues, new technologies, regulatory information and pollution prevention as it relates to stormwater management.

Following are a few key takeaways from the conference:

A major topic at the conference was the Ohio EPA’s General Construction Permit update. This document specifies guidelines engineers must follow when designing a site, providing quantities, equations, and descriptions for different engineering techniques. The major change to the permit is a new water quality volume calculation. In the equations, the constant for precipitation depth was changed from 0.75 […]

July 19th, 2018|Conferences|
  • Ted Beltavski named chair of Visiting Committee at CSU Washkewicz College of Engineering

    Ted Beltavski, PE, MS named chair of Visiting Committee at CSU Washkewicz College of Engineering

Ted Beltavski, PE, MS named chair of Visiting Committee at CSU Washkewicz College of Engineering

R.E. Warner President & CEO Ted Beltavski, PE, MS has been named Chair of the Visiting Committee at Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering.

To maintain its accreditation by ABET, the College must have in place an advisory committee comprised of members from industry, government and research bodies. Representing the interests of Washkewicz’s customers, the committee “meets regularly to assist in guiding the efforts of the college so as to produce engineers that satisfy the needs of today’s employers, as well as moving to improve the overall health and reputation of Cleveland State’s engineering programs.”

Ted has been a member of the visiting committee for the past several years and recently accepted the invitation to serve as Chair. R.E. Warner views our involvement with the College as key to recruiting top talent and ensuring today’s students are prepared to be tomorrow’s engineers. Further, we are proud to be associated with one of the top engineering schools in the region.

The Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University is one of the fastest growing engineering colleges in the U.S., currently enrolling over 2,000 students. The College recently dedicated its new 100,000 square foot building addition with teaching and research laboratories, simulation […]

June 19th, 2018|Corporate News|

Happy Retirement to Project Director Bob Ramer

R.E. Warner staff, retirees, and friends gathered yesterday to celebrate Bob Ramer as he retires from the firm. Senior Vice President Brett Neff, Project Director Ed Dziubek, retired former R.E. Warner president Dave Sminchak, and retired structural engineer Dave Moes gave speeches honoring Bob’s impact on all those he worked with and his positive influence in helping to grow the company.

The company also recently celebrated Bob’s 50-Year Work Anniversary. Reprinted below is the profile of his illustrious career prepared for that occasion.

Bob, you will be missed!


Project Director Bob Ramer Celebrates 50 Years at R.E. Warner
June 1, 2017

It is extremely rare for a person to reach 50 years working for one company. R.E. Warner is pleased to share that on Thursday, June 1, 2017, project director Bob Ramer celebrates this milestone.

“This momentous occasion is a testament to Bob’s character. He is well regarded by clients and colleagues alike, and we are fortunate for his positive influence on our company over the last five decades” president Ted Beltavski, PE said.

Robert “Bob” C. Ramer, PE joined R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc. on June 1, 1967 as an entry-level draftsman after having looked for a part-time position that would allow him to continue attending classes […]

June 14th, 2018|Corporate News|

Celebrating Brett Neff – 25 Years with R.E. Warner

Today marks the 25th anniversary of service for our firm’s Senior Vice President, Brett Neff. Brett joined R.E. Warner on June 7, 1993 after graduating from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He quickly emerged as a firm leader and business development natural due to his technical mindset, business sense, and penchant for networking.

Over the years, Brett has served as a civil design engineer, resident construction representative, project manager, division manager and director of business development. He was selected as a shareholder in 2000, Member of the Board of Directors in 2003, Vice President in 2007 and Senior Vice President in 2015. Brett also serves as Principal of the Government, Commercial and Auto & Manufacturing markets.

“Brett has been a valuable employee for our firm for decades,” said Ted Beltavski, president. “His ‘can do’ leadership style gets things done at a very high level. On a personal note, Brett and I have been close friends for 20 years. It’s been my pleasure to watch him grow into a true industry leader.”

Brett participates in numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the Cleveland Engineering Society Board of Directors, and he is one of the […]

June 7th, 2018|Corporate News|
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    Understanding Levels of Development in Building Information Modeling

Understanding Levels of Development in Building Information Modeling

More is Not Necessarily Better

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) becomes increasingly utilized in our day-to-day work, it is increasingly apparent that there is a need to better explain the Levels of Development (LOD) to which a model can be created.

When a client requests a model, it is on us as the consultant to ask what the intended use will be and from there make a recommendation as to which LOD the model should be created. More detail is not necessarily better. First, the higher the LOD, the more cost the client will incur – we do not want to spend additional time modeling elements above the desired level. Second, the higher the LOD, the larger the computer file. Large model files become more burdensome on computer resources and can be unusable by the client.

Ultimately, we want to develop a model at an LOD where all the necessary information is available, but there is no extraneous detail that has driven up the cost of the project and/or made the file size unwieldy. Sometimes this may mean creating the overall model at a lower LOD but drawing certain elements or areas of the model at a slightly higher LOD. For example, […]