June Newsletter – Optimizing Snow Plow Routes, Funding for Trails, and Celebrating Women Engineers

June 28, 2022

Optimize your snow plow routes now and save time later

Optimizing snow plow routes

Spring is the best time to start evaluating your routes for the upcoming winter season. BETA provides GIS tools for snowplow, salt, and sanding route optimization, creating maps and summary reports that benefit communities, saving them time and money. For some municipalities, we have used existing municipal-wide plow route map data, coded it into a GIS program, combined it with truck inventory and characterization details, and output an optimized plan. Communities are then provided with individualized maps for each plow route as well as town-wide maps. What’s more, these maps can be the foundation for additional projects such as fall clean-up and debris removal.

BETA has taken plow routing to the next level by integrating plow route data into web-based maps. This enables Public Works directors to track vehicles during snow storms and provides turn-by-turn directions to plow drivers. 

Wondering where operational improvements can be made to improve efficiencies in your community? Contact us today to learn more about our GIS Winter Maintenance Operations package. 

National Trails Day & Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month

This first Saturday of June was National Trails Day, a day dedicated to preserving trails throughout local and national parks. June is also Great Outdoors Month, a month to encourage nature enthusiasts of all kinds to get outdoors and enjoy our natural resources as much as possible.

This summer, BETA continues to advocate for the development of accessible trails and parks throughout New England. We believe that, in addition to the importance of meeting ADA regulations, greater access to nature can support healthy aging, physical rehabilitation, and important physical activity for all. If you’re interested in finding funding for a trails project in your municipality, we encourage you to look into the Recreation Trails Grant Program offered by the USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration.

Celebrating Women in Engineering

INWED 2022

International Women in Engineering Day, brought to you by Women’s Engineering Society (WES), celebrates its 9th year in 2022. INWED gives women engineers around the world a spotlight when they are still hugely under-represented in their industry. We’re proud to celebrate the work our women engineers do every day to improve the communities in which we live and work. To learn about women engineers at BETA, click here.

Welcome our newest hires to the team!

David McKinley, BETA Landscape Architect

David McKinley, RLA, ASLA has joined BETA’s landscape architecture group in our Norwood office as an Associate. David has a diverse portfolio of landscape architecture projects, including design of education, fire, and police facilities.

He holds a BS in political science from Northeastern University and a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts. 

As a registered Landscape Architect in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, David will support all of our New England offices with his well-rounded capabilities.

Ben Boynton, BETA Engineering Designer

Benjamin Beliveau has joined BETA’s transportation group as an Engineering Designer in our Norwood office. Ben previously interned for the Laconia, NH Department of Public Works and is proficient in ArcGIS, Revit, Autocad, and QGIS.

Ben has a BS in Civil Engineering from WPI where he completed his capstone project on ways to improve the lead corrosion testing process and was a member of an international project team focusing on light pollution for Berlin, Germany.

Do you want to become an employee owner?

We are currently looking for talented staff across many of our disciplines in offices throughout New England. BETA will challenge you with interesting work and offers the potential for growth and advancement. Browse our current job openings.

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