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Auth Consulting & Associates has been providing innovative engineering services for 20 years. As our employees grew from two people in 1995 to the 27 employees we have today, our services have also grown to meet the engineering and regulatory challenges that affect our clients – wherever they are located. Planning, engineering, building design, and surveying; AC/a is there providing the personalized service and innovative solutions you’ve come to expect– that will never change!

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Two New Staff Members Join the AC/a Team

Mike Woodcock a recent graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College joined AC/a as a Drafting Technician.  While at CVTC Mike earned his degree in Architectural Structural Design.  He will help support all of AC/a's engineering departments with his drafting skills. Mike grew up in the Chippewa Falls area and decided he would like to continue to live and work in the area to be close to family and friends.

Andrew Entenza joined AC/a as a Mechanical Engineer after graduating recently from UW-Platteville.  Andrew earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Drafting and Project Development Technology.  He will focus his attention to supporting our mechanical engineering staff.  Andrew grew up in Hudson and appreciates being able to stay in the area and work for a local company.

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AC/a volunteers at local Dairy Breakfast

As some of you may know June is considered Dairy month in Wisconsin.  This tradition started in the early 1960's but the first public event was not held until 1970 in Jefferson County.  And although the events have changed in size over the years the purpose of this event has remained the same: to bring communities together to celebrate Wisconsin's dairy industry.

This years Dunn County event was held at Val-O- Mo Farm, operated by the Weinzirl family. Due to heavy rains that week and early morning of the event, back up transportation was provided via buses from the town of Eau Galle.  Thank goodness the buses were on call because the muddy fields did not deter any of the breakfast goers.  Maybe it was the promise of waffles, fresh whipped cream, sausages, cheese curds, milk, and activities that kept up their spirits!   

Fortunately the rain held off and people started showing up at 7:00 a.m. to get their breakfast and cheese curd fix. Guests were entertained with barn tours, wagon rides, a bake sale, and music by the 4H club.

All in all, it was a fun educational morning with great food and great people.  You should all mark your calendars for June next year!

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AC/a participates in local Whitehall event

Since opening an office in Whitehall, WI back in March of this year, we have continued to spread the word to the community that we are available to help with their engineering and surveying needs.  It so happened that another local company, Komro Sales, was hosting a customer appreciation day and asked us to set up a table. 

The day called for possible storms and high temps, fortunately the storms missed us but the sun was plenty hot!  Luckily there was a tent for customers to eat under and talk with representatives on equipment and services provided. 

So thank you to everyone that made it out that day and stopped by to find out about AC/a's surveying and engineering services!

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Project Highlights

Glass Manufacturing Plant

AC/a specializes in civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering for industrial manufacturing clients, we have had the opportunity to work within the glass manufacturing industry.  AC/a's Professional Engineers have completed numerous projects for many of the North American Glass Manufacturers. 

One particular project was for a Pollution Control and Continuous Emissions Monitoring System.  The project involved environmental reclamation of soils, stormwater system modifications, use of micro-pile deep foundations, structural steel supports, and a new power distribution system to service the new equipment.  Planning for site design and foundation systems were done to accommodate on-going factory operations. Due to the high level of collaboration with vendors, management and facility employees, AC/a engineers worked tirelessly to keep a smooth flow of communication going at all times.  Our continuous and effective teamwork resulted in a successful project and a satisfied customer.

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Project Highlight

City of Eau Claire Waste Water Treatment Plant

 AC/a's Professional Land Surveyors completed a bathymetric survey, the study of underwater depths, of a dredgeable area for the City of Eau Claire Waste Water Treatment Plant that discharged into the backwaters of the Chippewa River.  The purpose of this survey was to document the preconstruction top of sediment elevations.  The data collected was used for calculating the sediment volume removed following the dredging operations as well as support for the permit submittals to the DNR.

The survey was done in (2) phases.  The first phase was the original bathymetric survey of the undisturbed top of sediment area that was done in November 2015. This involved traversing the site in waders and collecting vertical and horizontal data of the undisturbed top of sediment.  When we arrived on site, we encountered an extremely high water stage of the Chippewa River. The surveyed area was 4.6 acres with an average water depth of 4 feet to 4.5 feet. The Chippewa River's normal water depth is usually around 2 feet.  So we had to deal with higher than normal water depths.  Because of the time frame of the project, we could not wait for the water to recede and did not have much of a choice when we had to collect the data.

The second phase of the project was the post dredging bathymetric survey to collect data of the final dredged areas.  This was done in February of 2016 during a cold period with below zero temperatures.  There were (2) areas that were dredged and needed the bathymetric survey for calculating the volume of the sediment that was removed.  At the time of this data collection, one of the areas had been frozen for some time.  So we had the contractor use their backhoe bucket to break up the ice to get us access to the area.  This was a challenge due to the fact we had to deal with floating ice chunks while walking with waders and possible deep holes.  The second dredged area was frozen enough for us to safely walk on and chisel holes to take our measurements.  The water depth at that time was only 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet deep.

The project required coordination and timely scheduling with the client, contractors and weather.  The client received all the survey data for their volume calculations and permitting within the scheduled time frame and were very satisfied with our work.

AC/a provided a licensed land surveyor for all contacts and coordination to ensure that the needs of all parties involved were met.

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