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Dumbing Down Hydrology

TASA ID: 651

This article was originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of Stormh2o.com.

Why are we dumbing down hydrology for engineers? When I say, "dumbing down," what I mean is that we (the stormwater profession) are telling engineers to use pre-computer, simple methods and techniques to size stormwater facilities.  I recently asked a noted, national stormwater expert this question, and his response was (to paraphrase him), "We need to keep things simple because 99% of stormwater design is being done by a general civil engineer using somewhat dated models, or simple automations of older methods, for whom the stormwater design is about 10% of what he does." That may be true, but it is hardly an appropriate excuse.  Today in the United States, we spend billions of dollars on stormwater management. For that much money, isn't it important that we use the most accurate tools and methods available? So, why in most parts of the country are we still using pre-computer, slide rule hydrology to do our calculations?

TROUBLED STRIP CENTERS BREED WRONGFUL DEATH LITIGATION

TASA ID: 396

Virtually every one of my dozen plus cases of wrongful death and/or serious injury has occurred in troubled, older strip centers that have gone through several different ownerships. Only one case has involved a major mall REIT as owner. This fact alone tells me that these centers are usually not professionally operated or managed. 

What is an Appraisal?

TASA ID: 379

It may seem like a silly question, but often the silly questions are the best.  What exactly is an appraisal? The answer and its consequences may surprise you, whether you are a professional appraiser, one that uses appraisal services, or just an interested third party.

According to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, an appraisal is the act or process of developing an opinion of value.  To be even simpler, it is an opinion of value.  Anytime a “professional” places the monetary worth on an item, whatever the item might be, the result could be called an appraisal.  This could be expressed numerically; it usually is, but it could also be rendered as a relationship (“it’s worth more than a trip to Disneyland”).


Business Incubation Programs

TASA ID: 15318

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The purpose of this report is: 1) to raise awareness of how business and technology incubation programs have succeeded across the country, and 2) to better understand how new incubators might be developed as thriving engines of regional and economic growth.

Information presented in this report was taken from several sources: 1) phone interviews with directors of business incubators and industry consultants from across the United States, 2) Business Incubators'

 

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Key Trends in Green Development & Investment

TASA ID: 15318

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to focus attention on important trends that are occurring and will continue to influence:
  • Increasing real estate development and investment in green, and
  • Growing market demand and value of sustainable projects.

The points highlighted in this paper are culled from presentations and discussions with industry leaders in real estate, finance, architecture and construction, at the 2008 Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference on sustainability.

“Green” topics are currently a focus of almost every industry and the media. At the same time, it is hoped that the trends presented in this paper will provide a unique perspective of further value, development and investment in sustainable and green projects, over the next 10 to 20 years.

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