Low Impact Development (LID)
Low Impact Development is a term widely used to describe a more natural land planning and engineering design approach to managing stormwater runoff. LID emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features to protect water quality. This approach implements engineered small scale hydrologic controls that replicate the predevelopment hydrologic regime of watersheds through infiltrating, filtering, storing, evaporating and detaining runoff close to the source. Research is currently being conducted at many levels locally to assess the viability and functionality of LID techniques appropriate for our northern climate. LID is seen to:
- Provide habitat protection
- Improve management of water quantity (e.g. reduced risk of flooding)
- Reduce impervious surfaces and runoff (peak flow volume and rate)
- Recharge groundwater through infiltration
- Provide water quality improvements
- Create community value (i.e. increased aesthetics)
- Create cost savings.
Through work with the Urban Development Institute and municipal administrations Select will continue to explore and implement feasible alternative low impact stormwater management techniques in the greater Edmonton region. Select has experience with the following:
- Bio-retention cells, also known as rain gardens
- Cisterns and rain barrels
- Green roofs
- Pervious concrete, also called "porous pavement", similar to Permeable paving
- Grassed swales, also known as bioswales
- Commercially manufactured stormwater management devices that capture pollutants (e.g., media filters) and/or aid in on-site infiltration
- Sustainable planting
The political will to adopt Low Impact Development is strong and Select is committed to being leaders in its evolution.
AutoCAD Civil 3D
At the inception of Select Engineering Consultants Ltd. in 2008, serious considerations were made to determine how our design work force could be improved to provide more advanced and efficient design methods/alternatives for our clientele's projects. While the majority of our design and engineering staff had a great handle on the Land Development Desktop platform (the preferred software for AutoCAD users at the time), we had realized the implementations that Autodesk was providing through their newer AutoCAD Civil 3D software platform.
Select Engineering Consultants Ltd. has, and continues to invest in training for new and current design staff. A large portion of our training is focused on an annual participation with local trainers for professional AutoCAD Civil 3D courses as well as online video training modules, customized to our staff's requirements and made available 24/7.
Select Engineering Consultants Ltd. has had great experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D to date, and continues to promote our designers and engineers to dig deeper into this vast engineering design tool. With Civil 3D as our main CADD software, we are realizing the benefits of dynamic modelling for parcelling, sewer design, storm water design, road networking and site grading design. Select Engineering also uses AutoCAD Civil 3D to incorporate these dynamic designs directly into our production plans, which are routinely used for approval and construction issue drawing sets.
AutoCAD Civil 3D software is continually improving with annual upgrades from Autodesk, and Select Engineering continues to subscribe to Autodesk's Subscription Program to ensure all of the latest software updates are available to our designers and engineers.