LEI sponsored Camp Sunshine’s Run for the Sun. We provided recycle bins for the water bottles and plastic cups used by the runners. A special thanks to Caitlin Callow for participating in the run and for braving the 90 degree heat!
For four days in March, four LEI employees attended the Civil 3D Fundamentals online training course in order to sharpen and upgrade their skills with the program.
Topics covered in the course included:
Techniques for organizing project data
Increased productivity through the use of template files
Create and work with points and point groups
Create, edit, view and analyze surfaces
Create and edit alignments
Create sites, profiles and cross-sections
Create assemblies and corridors
Create grading solutions
Perform quantity takeoffs and volume calculations
Each employee received a Certificate of Recognition acknowledging their successful completion of the course.
LEI was recently awarded grant funding through West Michigan Works as part of the Going PRO Talent Fund. The grant funding will be used throughout 2019 to provide on-going training for LEI employees. Specifically, courses that employees will be participating in include AutoCAD Civil 3D training, various wetland courses, drone operation, and mapping with drones utilizing GIS. More information on training outcomes to follow!
2018 Wetland Delineation Training Course
Wetland Training Institution
Fall of 2018 Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. enrolled team member, Kelly Dvorak, in the Wetland Training Institution’s Wetland Delineation Course.
This 40 hour certification course took place in Portage Wisconsin and followed training requirements specified by the Corps of Engineers. The class was led by instructor Charlie Newling, one of the original authors of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual.
The class was split between lecture and field work. The lecture portion of the class was held at the inspiring Aldo Leopold Foundation Legacy Center outside of Portage WI. The field work portion of the class was held various wetland environments in the area.
The class focused on the technical guidelines for wetland delineations, field indicators for vegetation, soils, and wetland hydrology. Methods for making jurisdictional determinations and methods to apply in difficult situations were also practiced in both the class room and in the field.
Staff Review of the Course:
Kelly: I am returning from this class with newfound confidence about performing wetland delineations. Charlie was a wonderful instructor. He was able to breakdown the detailed 1897 Corps of Engineers Manual in a way that both experienced and inexperienced wetland scientists could learn. He gave great examples from his many years of performing delineations. My favorite thing to learn was how to troubleshoot a problem area and learn what steps to take to determine if an area of interest is truly a regulated wetland or not.
This course was very beneficial to my training and now I will be able to more efficiently and thoroughly provide regulated wetland delineations for clients. I am thankful LEI was able to enroll me in this course and help me move forward in reaching my career goals.
On November 3, 2016, LEI celebrated the opening of our office at 800 Monroe Avenue, NW (Suite 120) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously on Three Mile Road in Walker, we moved to this location to be close to our downtown clients and to enjoy the urban lifestyle. For more on our open house and ribbon cutting, visit the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.grandrapids.org/lakeshore-environmental-inc/.