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State of the Environmental Industry | June 2019

Posted by Andrew Timmis on Thu, Jun 20, 2019

We’re nearly halfway through 2019, and unless you’ve been in a cave or under a rock, you understand that the environmental market is exploding right now. I have been in the environmental industry for 32 years (wow that’s a long time), and I do not believe I have ever experienced this much activity. The size, scopes, and complexities of our current projects are overwhelming. J.F Brennan Company (Brennan) is extremely fortunate to have a very busy, robust workload this year with some exciting projects underway, and more that are set to begin once fish windows open. Based on our own surplus of work and activity, I wanted to share my observations and discuss the current state of the environmental community from a dredging contractor’s perspective.

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IMX 2019: Our can’t-miss takeaways from the Inland Marine Expo

Posted by Kimberly Walters on Thu, May 30, 2019

The Inland Marine Expo (IMX) took place last week in St. Louis, MO, overlapping with National Maritime Day. Conference attendees, exhibitors, keynotes and panelists came together at the Dome at America’s Center to educate, celebrate (and sometimes commiserate), the state of the inland marine industry.

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Getting Work Done When Boats Don't Run: Under-Ice Dive Construction and Inspection

Posted by Kimberly Walters on Mon, Apr 8, 2019

Our team withstood one of the most unpredictable winters in recent memory. As we finally head into warmer weather, we reflect on all we were able to accomplish under the ice this past season. The ice may have been thick - really thick - four to five feet thick. But that didn’t stop us from taking on the most demanding under-ice dive projects.

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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 different kinds of dams of various sizes and functions. As very few new dams are built each year in the U.S., 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 some best practices that will increase the lifespan of these gates, as well as increase their functionality. 

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3 Critical (and Simple) Steps to Prevent Stray Current Corrosion at Barge Terminals

Posted by Dillon Hogan on Tue, Oct 2, 2018

Stray current corrosion is a common threat to water-based steel structures such as barge terminals. Though hard to identify the source, damage from stray current can be prevented by following 3 simple steps.

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