Engineering lessons from the hammock

HammockNow that spring is here, it’s time to get out into nature and enjoy some fresh air.

Whether you’re heading up into the mountains for a weekend camping trip, or are jetting out to Hawaii in the coming weeks, you’ll want to make sure you have a hammock.

There’s something special about this simple hanging bed, and yet it has a lot to teach in regards to engineering.

Here are three things to think about next time you are setting your hammock up:

Knots. Were you in the boy scouts or girl scouts as a child? Did you get your knot-tying merit badge? Maybe you fished instead? New to knots? Hanging a hammock properly requires creativity and knot-tying skills. Start by familiarizing yourself with the basics here, then start watching some beginner’s knot-tying tutorials. With a little bit of focus, you’ll be a master in no time.

Measuring. Hanging a hammock requires finding the perfect two trees. If they’re too close together, you’ll crunch your body up, and won’t be able to hang comfortably. On the other hand, if they’re too far apart, and you don’t have any extra rope, your hammock will get too far extended, and be unable to tie properly. You need to find two trees that are just the right length apart. It takes some patience and a good eye, but it is possible.

Ingenuity. Depending on the kind of trees that grow where you are staying, you may have a very easy time hanging your hammock, or a very difficult time. Sometimes you’re going to have to get creative. That may mean moving rocks and shrubs. Clearing out space under the hammock to avoid a fall, or setting up your hammock farther away from camp than maybe you’d like.

You’ll be hanging up your hammock this summer anyway. Might as well make it a learning experience. Have fun and see what tips and tricks work best for you. Happy swinging.

Don’t make any building plans without an expert at your side

EngineeringPlanning a new construction project is both stressful and intimidating, especially if you don’t come from an architecture or engineering background. Even the best plans can go wrong without a trustworthy, dependable and proven contracting team at your side.

That’s why we recommend doing your due diligence, and trusting your next project to the friendly, knowledgeable and professional team right here at McNeil Engineering.

Whether you are planning a new structure, need help re-designing your parking lot or landscaping, are looking to refortify an older building, or just want assistance with laser scanning and surveying, we do it all.

It’s not just about offering multiple services, though. We take great pride in everything that we do, which is why so many businesses all over the United States have trusted our team to make their dreams come to fruition.

We treat each and every one of our projects with great care,, and if you aren’t satisfied with the end results than neither are we. Regardless of the size of your project, or your budget, we’ll be happy to work with you and find a plan of attack that suits your needs and desires.

Your next project deserves the best. To find out more about the services we offer, or how we can assist you, give us a call at (801) 255 – 7700. Let’s get to work!

Let our civil engineering team get you prepped for the winter

Winter ConstructionIt’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is right around the corner, and with it the freezing temperatures, wet weather and biting winds. Before the winter sets in, now is a great time to have our civil engineering team out to your home or place of business to make sure everything is in tip top shape. Here’s a brief overview of a few of our services.


Storm water detention. With it being an El Nino year, this winter is supposed to be even colder and snowier than usual. Is your parking lot equipped to handle the increased amount of snow melt off?  Even with snow blowers doing their job, chances are good you’ll have to deal with increased ice pack and extra sludge. Better to have a working storm water detention system than a flooded lot.


Erosion Control. Snow, ice, sleet and wind take their toll on your parking lot, sidewalks and building walls overtime. Maybe you’ve been putting off getting necessary repairs, or were thinking about waiting one more winter before you make a big investment. Don’t risk not taking preventative measures. You never know what size of storm is right around the corner.


Grading design/earthwork analysis. Have you started a project, but don’t think it’ll be finished by the time the first snows hit? Let our civil engineering team take over and get your project back on track. We’re experts in grading design and earthwork analysis and know exactly what it takes to finish the job. Don’t be left with a half finished construction project buried under half a foot of snow.


These are only a few of the services our civil engineering team can offer you. Contact us today in order to start prepping for winter. The cold will be here before you know it.

What can our civil engineering department do for you?

McNeil Civil EngineeringNow that spring is here and temperatures are starting to rise, there’s no better time to start work on the projects you’ve been holding off on. Before you wade into the depths of the Internet trying to find the right team for the job, take a few moments to see what the civil engineering team at McNeil Engineering has to offer. We’d love the opportunity to work with you!


Site feasibility studies and due diligent analysis. Have a new project in mind? Maybe even a location that you’re thinking about? Our civil engineering team will do a thorough and in-depth job surveying the area, ensuring it’s perfect for what you have in mind. We don’t cut corners or try to speed our way through things. What’s important to you is equally important to us, and we guarantee we’ll keep you in the loop during every step of the planning process.


Sanitary sewer system design. Need an update or complete override of your existing sewer system? Or maybe you’re the owner of a new plot of land and want to know your facility will meet plumbing codes and save on water costs. The civil engineers at McNeil Engineering have years of experience and knowledge regarding sewer design. We’ll do our part to research every aspect of your property, always keeping sanitation requirements and employee safety in mind.


Subdivision design. Are you a developer or property owner looking to build a new subdivision? Don’t risk selecting a civil engineering partner that’s new to the area or willy nilly with their project designs. We’ve assisted in a number of subdivision and housing complex projects. In addition to design, we also provide 3D modeling and will assist you in attaining the permits, paperwork and approval needed from city and state agencies.


For more information on what the civil engineering team at McNeil Engineering can do for you, just click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Drones make all the difference

Drones for EngineeringWe’ve all heard about the use of drones for military applications, news gathering purposes, even package delivery, but did you know we regularly utilize them at McNeil Engineering, too? Here’s a quick look at how the DJI Phantom Quadracopter (with a mounted GoPro camera) has made our work easier.


Our goal has always been to give customers a comprehensive view of each and every work site. We know their time is valuable and it isn’t always feasible to keep tabs on ongoing construction. Utilizing a drone has enabled us to take an entire work site and upload it digitally to a client’s computer. By combining aerial videos with our 3D Laser scanning capabilities, engineers and architects can make accurate measurements and decisions, while company owners can view entire projects from the comfort of their own office or home.


The process is relatively simple. We mount a GoPro camera to our quadracopter drone and then make a circular pass of the work area. This takes place during the survey phase of the project and documents everything on the ground. Video recording gives our customers a unique perspective that they wouldn’t receive from 2D renderings, and is great for providing visual answers to questions.


Want to see our quadracopter in action? Check out this video of a recent ALTA survey we completed. If you think our drone would be a great fit for your company’s next project, contact our knowledgable team! Whether you need land surveying, laser scanning, Civil and Structural Engineering, or have a roofing or paving project in the pipeline, we’re here to assist you.