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Samantha Schmitz

Samantha Schmitz

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Discover the Value of Vinyl Sheet Piling

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on September 18, 2015

Traditionally when it comes to installing sheet piling around a bridge pier or along an embankment we think of steel sheet piling.  Steel sheet piling are the most common, and have been one of the most effective methods of installing a deep foundation.  They have a long history of providing a robust barrier through shaped, interlocking sheets that can last for 75+ years. 

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How to Perform Hydrographic Surveys like a Pro

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on September 18, 2015

            Hydrographic surveys are a very effective way to map the bottom of a river, lake, or other water body.  By using some of the latest technologies a 3-dimensional model can be developed to show contours, obstacles, scour areas, and large debris.  Even in the most turbid conditions, a hydrographic survey done correctly can be very effective. 

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Become a Master of Towing Vessels - Part 3

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on June 08, 2012

Our final installment of becoming a tow boat master focuses on the demanding schedule that one will encounter if he or she chooses this path. It is not an easy schedule, but the rewards have drawn many. 

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Become a Master of Towing Vessels - Part 2

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on June 01, 2012

We continue our series on becoming a Master of Towing Vessels by next addressing the duties in which this person is responsible. Our last entry left off with some fun statistics that outlined the enormity of cargo in which an average sized tow can transport. This statistic, supplied by the National Waterways Foundation, stated that an average sized, 15 barge tow can transport as much as 216 rail cars, and 1,050 semi-tractors!  Just one barge alone can carry 58,333 bushels of wheat, enough for 2.5 million loaves of bread!

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Become a Master of Towing Vessels - Part 1

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on May 25, 2012

Have you ever wondered how you can get a job running a tow boat up and down the Mississippi River?  Did you know that there is actually a shortage of river boat pilots? 

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