Flatirons, Inc., Surveying, Engineering & Geomatics is a local small business that has been providing professional services in the Boulder County, Colorado region since 1983. Many of our own employees suffered greatly as a result of the recent flooding. Seven of our 53 employees faced forced evacuations. Some are still not back in their homes. As such, we have a direct interest in helping the rebuilding effort move along as quickly, efficiently, and correctly as possible.
Ed Bristow photo taken 9/12/13, of “tent city” erected on the hillside in Lyons in order to avoid rising flood waters.
Our three offices stayed operational during and immediately after the flood event, and we offered our resources, knowledge and local experience regarding flood mitigation and recovery to help with the rebuilding effort. The Flatirons Team is currently working with Boulder County, the Town of Lyons and the City of Longmont on flood recovery work. We are providing multiple services for the repair of damaged roads and structures including surveying, hydrologic/hydraulic studies, structure damage analysis, environmental review, design, plan preparation, construction management, and construction observation. Flatirons survey field crews, using the latest in GNSS/RTK with GLONASS capabilities (Trimble R8 and R 10 units), and ground based 3d LiDAR laser scanning, provided the necessary initial land surveying support. This latest technological equipment allows us to gather the necessary data without putting our personnel in harm’s way. We can gather otherwise inaccessible data without direct access to the location or structure itself. This has been extremely helpful where riverbeds are replaced with rubble fields, and homes and upland ground is now the new riverbed. In some cased, bridges stand in place on a sandbar, some distance from the water. Flatirons’ Engineering Manager, Curt Parker, was formerly an Engineer with Boulder County, in charge of floodplain management, the County bridge inspection program, and development review. He is a known expert in floodplain regulations and mitigation, and in “green infrastructure design” (also known as “Low Impact Development”). He has the technical support of our engineering, land surveying, and GIS departments. In addition to providing the necessary engineering capabilities, Curt often accompanies field crews to make sure the data collected is adequate for the tasks at hand.
Photo of former McConnell Drive, taken by Ed Bristow, 9/13/13, one block from his home.
As part of this effort, Flatirons has teamed with several other companies to provide expertise in structural, environmental and other disciplines. Our team is very familiar with all of the current local, State and Federal policies and procedures that have been put in place with respect to the post-flood recovery effort, including completion of the required FEMA, FHWA, NRCS, and COE forms and documentation necessary for completion of work and future reimbursements. We have extensive working knowledge of the State and Federal environmental and permitting requirements that need to be addressed in order to complete post-flood recovery and repairs. We are proud to be able to provide these professional services to Boulder County, the Town of Lyons, as well as numerous private individuals and homeowners’ associations.