PILLAR Talk

Green Benjamin Franklin

Are you counting pennies or benjamins?

As an engineer, I am very analytical and linear in my thought process. This is natural and almost expected as I deal with equations following specific procedures to arrive at design solutions. After all, there is no gray in engineering – it is either black or white. I refer to this thought process as counting […]

Pillar Infrastructure Asset Management

What PILLAR Asset Management Means For Your Company

Is “asset management” more than a buzz-word to you and your organization? Are regulations and costs leading you to question whether you need a better understanding of your assets and their future value, risks, and needs? You may find yourself wondering “How can we boost asset life-span?” or “Has the cost of this asset been […]

Pillar Worker Underneath Bridge

Safety Summit 2016

Hello friends, colleagues, and clients, I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting at the 3rd Annual BLR Safety Summit, held April 4-6, 2016 in Austin, Texas. I will kick off the Summit with a Preconference Workshop on job hazard analysis and risk management, explaining how you can go beyond basic hazard identification […]

Pillar Road Surveying Trucks

Choosing a commercial surveyor

Surveying is a vital step in commercial property development and construction. Land surveyors are licensed professionals who are knowledgeable about local, state and federal requirements. They also provide important information for your attorney, banker, realtor, architect and builder. An experienced surveyor will advise you on what type of survey—boundary, topographic, land title, or mortgage inspection—should […]

Transportation Asset Inventory on iPad

Keeping and Maintaining Inventory for Roadway Infrastructure

“Now where did I put that (insert item here)?” This is a question I ask myself more than I should. Usually I’m looking for some sort of tool around my house that doesn’t get used very often, but, when I need it I need it now. The wrench to remove the element in my water […]

2 Pillar Surveyors

Land Surveying: Is what I found what was set?

“IP”… I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a survey plat (mostly older ones) and cringed when I saw those two little letters at the change in direction of a boundary line. Over the last almost 20 years of being a Land Surveyor, I think that I have come across almost everything imaginable […]

Machine Plowing Snow on Road

Snow and Ice Control: Roadway Winter Preparations

Pillar, Inc. offers consulting services to Public Private Partnerships, specifically regarding the many different Operations and Maintenance services these specialized procurements include. In order to better educate our partners, as part of our Continuous Improvement philosophy, Pillar periodically provides these informational O&M fact sheets to interested parties.  NOW is the season to order your stockpiles of salt, abrasives, and […]

Pillar Employees Surveying Land

Violence In The Workplace

In the US, public health authorities and OSHA have identified violence as the fastest growing occupational safety hazard and are taking steps to address this issue. Some worker populations are more at risk than others, such as delivery drivers, cab drivers, health care workers, social workers, mental health workers, and others who carry cash or […]