Looking back: top 5 stories of 2021 – WithersRavenel

Looking back: top 5 stories of 2021

Looking back: top 5 stories of 2021

As the world continued to see a mix of virtual and in-person activities in 2021, WithersRavenel kept up our commitment to providing digital content to our clients. We strive to provide timely, informative, and actionable resources via our social media channels, newsletters, webinars, and, of course, this blog. Below are the top 5 stories our public and private clients found most helpful in their engineering, planning, and surveying journeys this year.

1. The ArcGIS Utility Network Data Model: What Local Governments Need to Know

The Utility Network Data Model (UNDM) lets users create, manage, and share wet and dry utility asset data. Like the Local Government Information Model (LGIM), it aims to standardize the fields and attributes used to capture and describe assets. If your organization uses the LGIM or is looking to enter the world of utility GIS, you may be wondering what all of this means. We shared the details on what the UNDM is, how it will benefit you, and what you need to know before you start making the switch.

This story first appeared in the public edition of our newsletter Client Success Solutions. You can sign up to receive our newsletter here.

2. WithersRavenel Opens Its 8th NC Location in Charlotte

After 38 years in business WithersRavenel remains a North Carolina-based, North Carolina-focused firm. We reaffirmed our commitment to responsive service by opening our eighth office in Charlotte. Our four full-time staff members are ready to deliver stormwater management and design support, transportation, and funding and asset management expertise for your public and private projects.

Are you looking to start or change careers in Charlotte, NC? Check out our open positions to discover your future as an employee-owner. Hybrid and fully remote opportunities are also available!

3. Longtime Engineer Ken Jesneck Retires from WithersRavenel

From subdivisions to stormwater, water lines to transportation and construction, Ken Jesneck’s career ran the gamut of civil engineering responsibilities. After more than 30 years on the job, Ken was ready to retire. He reminisces about the growth of the company, his most memorable project, and his plans in retirement.

WithersRavenel also waved a fond farewell to retiring employee-owners Earl Beal and Larry Murray, Jenny Mizelle, Randy Hintz, and Dave Brubaker this year.

4. Tim Bowes Takes the Reins of Geomatics Team at WithersRavenel

We could think of no better person to lead the Geomatics Team than Tim Bowes. Tim is a veteran professional land surveyor with more than 30 years of project and management experience. He served as the 2019 President of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors, as well as a member of the Triangle chapter of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. His interest in training, mentorship, and volunteerism mean clients will benefit from his knowledge no matter which Geomatics staff member takes on their project.

Are you looking for surveying services? Have questions about an upcoming project? Reach out to Tim at (919) 238-0411 or tbowes@withersravenel.com.

5. Stimulus Legislation Promises Funding for Local Governments

Our funding professionals closely monitor funding sources and regulations to maximize opportunities for our clients to get their projects funded. In March, we covered a $1.9 trillion stimulus package geared toward COVID-19 recovery and long-term infrastructure resilience. Since then, we have assembled a page of resources and hosted webinars to help communities like yours understand what options are—or may become—available.

Have you prepared a list of potential projects in need of funding? Are your projects aligned with program requirements? Our Funding Team can help you get ready for whatever 2022 holds, including the May 2 ARP deadline.

We can only guess what 2022 will bring, but you can count on WithersRavenel to bring you articles on how to navigate whatever the year has in store.