How many attendees can you fit in one conference room at an Alpha Testing seminar? As many as can fit! Especially if you take advantage of the carpet as a seat! Phil Johnson and Jeff Wilt presented to a group of 26 from Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio. They even had Archie the dog stop in to listen – an Alpha first!
Although it’s been 90 degrees outside, fall is here and Halloween is right around the corner! From festivals to candy to pumpkins, DFW celebrates the season with a Texas-sized array of attractions. Want to try a new spot this year? We’ve done our homework and compiled a list of weekend festivals for the family and trick-or-treating spots that set the bar for neighborhoods across North Texas.
Trick or Treat at the Dallas Arboretum – Oct 29
Day of the Dead Festival at the Denton Courthouse Square – Oct 29
Yesterland Farm in Canton – Events all weekend
Trunk or Treat at UT Dallas – Oct 28
Fall Carnival at the South Irving Library – Oct 28
Lakewood neighborhood in Dallas along White Rock Lake
Deerfield neighborhood in Plano
Villages of Sunset Pointe neighborhood in Fort Worth
Panther Creek Estates neighborhood in Frisco
Treat Street Fort Worth Stockyards – Oct 31
Scare on the Square in downtown McKinney – Oct 31
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Last week, our Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Missouri S&T alumni, David Schledorn, P.E. was a guest speaker at Burns & McDonnell in Dallas for a group of high school seniors interested in studying engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. David earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T and shared his industry wisdom and college experience with the seniors and their parents. His presentation on “My Missouri S&T Experience and How it Helped Me in my Professional Career”, included topics on problem solving, judgement in the practice of engineering, and the importance of having good technical writing skills.
At 55 feet tall, Big Tex is not just the cowboy who greets us every fall at the State Fair, but he is also an unforgettable Texas icon. In 2013, Big Tex got a Big makeover. He got a new steel frame, six motors, a new wardrobe, and a sturdy place to stand. Our cowboy looks sharp, but he has put on a few extra pounds… his hat alone weighs 900 pounds! In order to see that he stands tall, Big Tex is bolted into an 18” thick slab of concrete. Alpha Testing is proud to have provided the geotechnical engineering for the base and vault underneath, built to house the power supply and sound control system. Get the scoop on the inner mechanics of our beloved cowboy here and don’t forget to check out the Canstruction exhibit at the Fair!
Staff from each of our four offices came together under one roof for a two day conference at the Gaylord Texan. On Friday morning there were many familiar voices, but new faces. By Saturday afternoon, we’d like to think that the team parted with all familiar faces. Here are some highlights from the conference and Texas Rangers game!