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Study Time at the Fish Disco: Installing a Bio-Acoustic Asian Carp Barrier System

Posted by Raen Schechinger on Mon, Oct 14, 2019

British company Fish Guidance Systems Ltd specializes in fish guidance equipment. They were set to work alongside Barr Engineering (Barr) as the prime contractor in a new study-based project in Kentucky, and hired J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) to help execute their revolutionary endeavor.

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The Science Behind Radial Gate Tensioning

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

At Brennan, we have worked on many dams of various sizes and functions. As very few new dams are built each year, most of our work consists of rehabilitation and repairs. Dams are built to last for long periods of time, however certain components will require periodic repairs and replacements. For instance, radial gates are some of the most common components that need attention. In our experience, we have found certain best practices that will increase the lifespan of these gates, as well as increase their functionality. 

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Waterway Infrastructure from the Eyes of Those Who Build It

Posted by Mark Binsfeld on Thu, Mar 22, 2018

There is a lot of buzz around the president’s infrastructure plan lately. It is clear that everyone wants better infrastructure, regardless to which party an individual may belong. The biggest challenge to getting what everyone wants is funding, and making matters more difficult, the allocation of this funding is another source of disagreement. As a contractor that provides construction services to owners of infrastructure, it is clear that the waterways are suffering the most from lack of investment.

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Our Crumbling Lock & Dams

Posted by Ella Overholt on Fri, Sep 18, 2015

When considering our infrastructure often times our inland waterways are forgotten. What most people may not know is that barge transportation is as important as railways or highways.  Barges are responsible for moving more than 60% of grain exports throughout the United States.  Barge transportation is a very efficient mode of moving bulk materials such as grains, coal, and other commodities.  As stated by the National Waterways Foundation 1,750 short tons of dry cargo fit into one barge which is otherwise 16 rail cars or 70 trucks.   

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