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Mark Statz

Senior Project Manager

St. Paul, Minnesota

Mark serves as a civil engineer and has a well-rounded background leading or assisting in the design of numerous street and utility reconstruction projects throughout Minnesota. His projects have involved water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, streets, storm ponding/infiltration, lift stations, streetscaping, lighting, parks and trails.

Mark’s goal is to always make clients feel like the Stantec team is part of their own team. He believes that a well-maintained city and well-kept public roads, parks and sidewalks add to the quality of life for a city’s residents. His advice to new engineers: “Trust your instincts. Much of what we do as engineers is just well-thought-out common sense.” In his free time, Mark likes to work on his golf game.

Safe On Shore

Mini-boat Water Body Surveys

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<p><b>Mark Statz</b></p> <p>With the new NPCA regulations on stormwater, the renewal of the MS4 permit for many of our cities in the metro area here, eventually you’re going to need to have an idea of the depth of sediment in your stormponds.</p> <p>Essentially dredging them out when they need to be dredged, and if you can be more efficient about how you do that, rather than just taking one or two depth measurements and saying “well it looks like it’s filled up and let’s dredge the whole thing”. If you can come in and say “you know it’s just really this corner that’s an issue and we’d like to just dredge that one corner,” I think that would be a big advantage to our clients.</p> <p>This project involved the replacement of a large diameter gas main that was crossing the Minnesota River. They wanted a profile of the bottom of the river, and rather than use traditional methods, we looked into a little different idea with this mini boat.</p> <p><b>Pete Eckert</b></p> <p>We didn’t have to go out in a boat on a river and be reaching over the edge to get the depth. We were able to just walk into 6 inches of water and set it down and operate it remote control.</p> <p>the cost was a very reasonable rental fee, with a one-time set up fee. And also the speed of it was good. We were actually in the water for just over an hour and got almost 700 survey shots. To do that the old fashioned way would have took us easily all day and we probably would have got 75 shots.</p> <p><b>Mark Statz</b></p> <p>We’ve already been in conversations with some watershed districts. I had a conversation with one gentleman who thought, they have a fairly major wetland complex, it’s an open water wetland complex that they’d like to, they’d been monitoring for a number of years</p> <p>He thought this would be a great application for that, again because you can get a much more comprehensive look at the bottom. Is the sediment isolated to one spot, is there a shape or form to it, could it be more efficient to excavate it out in one particular area if we could get a more comprehensive look at it,</p> <p>I really feel like that’s going to be a big emphasis for our cities is to try to get those mapped as the new regulations come out here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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