New Application for Mood Ring Technology

mood-ringThe mood ring, a popular fad in the late 1970s, is a specialized liquid crystal thermometer typically ornamented with a faux gemstone (usually made of quartz or glass). Temperature changes in the wearer’s finger cause the crystal to reflect different wavelengths of light, which change the color of the stone.  Green is considered normal or average, while blue is calm and relaxed and black is stressed and tense. Continue Reading…

Carless Bridges Hit the Road

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An October 2015 article in The Atlantic examined the allure of carless bridges, citing innovative design possibilities, cheaper construction cost (millions instead of billions), and the overall movement to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrian-only bridges are connecting neighborhoods across the country, while many motorist bridges under reconstruction are adding facilities for bicycles and pedestrians. Continue Reading…

HAKS’ Bridge Inspections and Evaluations Span the Northeast

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Manhattan Bridge Inspection, New York City

A comprehensive bridge condition assessment program helps public agencies to better identify their needs, prioritize actions, and allocate available funds to preserve structures.

HAKS has become one of the Northeast region’s premier bridge inspection and evaluation firms, conducting high-profile bridge inspections primarily in the tri-state area.  Biennial inspections constitute a substantial part of our bridge infrastructure work; we have been conducting award-winning bridge biennial inspections for more than two decades.  We recently won a major NYSDOT biennial inspection in Queens County, where the firm will examine 480 bridges with more than 3,000 spans.  Challenges here include coordinating with events scheduled at Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium; work in the heavily traveled Long Island Expressway; and complicated sets of ramps on the Van Wyck Expressway.   The expansion of our bridge inspection services includes naming Rob Gizzi as Senior Vice President of Bridge Inspection for the New York region. Continue Reading…

HAKS Welcomes PA/Delaware Branch Manager Charles DiCello

C_DiCello_2255 copyCharles DiCello has joined HAKS as Assistant Vice President and Pennsylvania/Delaware branch manager, offering more than 15 years of experience in the transportation industry.  An accomplished project manager and expert structural engineer, Mr. DiCello has managed highway and bridge projects ranging in value from $1.2 to $170 million.  He is also an experienced bridge inspection team leader, having conducted more than 1,000 in-depth inspections of numerous structures as well as underwater bridge inspections.  Continue Reading…