Report says Michigan 2020 dam failures were ‘preventable’

TRAVERSE CITY — The failure of two Michigan dams that forced the evacuation of 10,000 people and destroyed 150 homes was “foreseeable and preventable,” resulting from errors and miscalculations over nearly a century, an expert panel said Wednesday.

Waugh draws women to the construction industry

What once was just a marketing job opportunity for Jenny Waugh now has turned into a career-long fascination with the construction industry.

Flint water crisis trial will test contractors’ liability

ANN ARBOR — Jury selection starts Tuesday in a trial to determine if engineering contractors bear responsibility for lead-contaminated water in Flint.

Engineering firm relocates amid growth

An environmental consulting and engineering firm relocated its Kentwood office.

Engineer uses practical experience to promote STEM in schools

A local engineer is using her experience to provide children of color in West Michigan with more math and science educational opportunities.

Engineering firm promotes new leadership

A civil engineering and architecture firm promoted three of its staff members for its succession plan.

Developers aim to improve Newaygo housing market

A home building company celebrated the start of the final phase of a pilot program in the city of Newaygo.

Barr Engineering Co. appoints CEO

Barr Engineering Co. named Ward Swanson its next president and CEO.

Partners hosting Industry 4.0 workshops for manufacturers

The Right Place, Feyen Zylstra and The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West will host in-person workshops to guide small and midsized manufacturers through Industry 4.0 changes.

F&V co-founder dies

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced the passing of co-founder Steven R. Vanden Brink at the age of 66. The Grand Rapids professional engineer started F&V with longtime friend and business partner Larry Fleis on Jan. 13, 1993.

Association calls for more county roads investment

The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan claims another $1.84 billion in annual investment is needed for the state’s county-run road and bridge network.

Ford airport receives outstanding civil engineering award

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s terminal apron reconstruction and expansion project received the American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section’s outstanding civil engineering certificate of merit.

Allegan consulting firm acquires land surveyor

Wightman announced it acquired Reynolds Land Surveying, a Hastings-based surveying business founded in 1987.

AIAM, robotics teams hosting virtual Women of Aerospace event

The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan and FIRST robotics are offering a free virtual event for students, parents and companies from Michigan’s aerospace industry.

Prein&Newhof acquires Allendale land surveying company

Grand Rapids-based Prein&Newhof announced it acquired Summit Surveying Inc., a 20-year-old Allendale company focused on land surveying.

Fleis & VandenBrink adds eight employees

Fleis & VandenBrink added eight new staff at its Grand Rapids headquarters, including a new director of human resources.

Michigan-based design company wins firm of the year

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan recently awarded Abonmarche Consultants Inc. the 2021 member Firm of the Year.

Grand Rapids ranks 49th best metro area for STEM professionals

A new report says greater Grand Rapids is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the top metro areas for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

Fleis & VandenBrink announces new president, leadership changes

Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering announced Principal and PE John R. DeVol is the new president of the firm among leadership changes announced by its parent company F&V Companies Inc.

Fleis & VandenBrink adds six members to its staff

A local engineering and architecture firm added six new staff members at its Grand Rapids headquarters.