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Master and Land Use Planning

Special Design Development

Feasibility Planning and Analysis

Mergers and Subdivisions

Design and Construction Guidelines

Redevelopment Facilitation

Slope Erosion Control

On-site Inspections

As-Built Surveys

Development and Government Liaisons

Construction Staking

Legal Descriptions

Property Research

Critical Path Scheduling

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)


 Master and Land Use Planning

Appropriate land use is the result of exploring every option open to the developer.  To arrive at a well-defined, end-user oriented site, TEI is able to actually take the client step by step through the forward planning process.  Our team planners, designers and government liaisons start by critically evaluating a TEI preliminary agenda.

     1)  State laws pertaining to subdivision
     2)  Regional ordinance governing development
     3)  Environmental impact     
     4)  Zoning                              
     5)  Conditional use and variance permits
     6)  Local construction codes
     7)  Topography and manageable resources
     8)  Risk-reduction strategies


TEI is then available to strategize practical alternatives.

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Special Design Development 

TEI has a distinct capability to meet the most challenging client programs.  Our expert construction technique specialists prove resourceful to engineering the required features within the closest functional tolerances allowed.  When called upon to provide innovative solutions TEI ingenuity is keynote to designing the needed technology.  

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 Feasibility Planning and Analysis

Large scale building is amazingly complex.  The impact of each budget dollar is central to developing feasibility studies for today's design and tomorrow's maintenance.  TEI brings a new approach to this important process.

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 Mergers and Subdivisions

TEI Surveyors use the latest emerging survey technology and the commensurate research to gather the information needed by TEI Engineers.  Whether on-site setting the final monuments, at the office calculating exact lot lines or, as project liaisons interfacing with the planning commission, TEI Engineers and Surveyors work jointly to establish new property definition - not to mention superior tentative, parcel or final maps.

Real estate value immediately appreciates because TEI uses the greatest standard of care in making the necessary technical boundary adjustments.

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 Design and Construction Guidelines

Solving the problems of design continuity during different construction phases is an essential part of project management. TEI generates the specifications for both public and private sectors and also provides the review methodologies used for objective, documental control in assessing contractor conformance.

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 Redevelopment Facilitation

To improve or redirect the purpose of a selected community site, TEI zeros in on the criteria of Community Redevelopment Agency guidelines to unite the infrastructure qualities of:

          -  vehicular/pedestrian flow
          -  ingress and egress
          -  hydrology
          -  storm drains
          -  relocation of existing buildings or structure, if any  

Time after time TEI has delivered a successfully persuasive plan to partially or even fully develop a marketably suitable site compatible within a given locality.

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 Slope Erosion Control

Government agencies require slope erosion control plans prior to issuance of grading permits.  Supported by in-house computer-aided drafting (CAD), TEI not only develops the best erosion control plan but in addition generates all construction costs that are automatically monitored and updated by the computer.  This system of "instant gradi-fication" is efficient for slope grading and cost effective for the client.

Grades greater than 5:1 are in frequent need of a method of erosion control.

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 On-site Inspections

TEI does more than just provide the plans that are unmistakable for their clarity and user-friendly specifications.  Referring to their personal knowledge of the client's project design, TEI consultants are called upon to ensure reliable construction administration.  TEI Engineers go directly to the site to verify building integrity.

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 As-Built Surveys

If permanent financing is your goal you can count on TEI to convey the satisfying package.  The TEI program includes:

title company coordination
recorded documents and deed analysis
survey to A.L.T.A. and ACSM specifications (including culture and encroachment)
easement plotting
"total station" on-site data collection
automatic CAD drawing generation
certification

Both our A.L.T.A. and as-built surveys cover all four classes:
(a)  Urban
(b)  Suburban
(c)  Rural
(d)  Mountain terrain

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 Development and Government Liaisons


One of our most important client-oriented services.  TEI takes a leadership role to complete the administrative process within the shortest time possible by providing the chronology of tactics that effect a win-win situation.  As the client's representatives, TEI works on a one-to-one basis to get government approvals, regardless of project size or volume.  Experienced government liaisons isolate the main requirements to increase acceptance and access the most direct path in personally submitting the necessary documents, plan checks, certificates, maps and permits in preparing the site for successful implementation.

Note:  For questions about Caltrans consult us first.     

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 Construction Staking

A specialty of TEI.  For cost-effectiveness and job efficiency a survey staff of three is recommended over the crew of two usually dispatched by most companies.  All staff provided are strictly evaluated by California Surveyors Joint Apprenticeship Committee and work performed is under the on-site supervision of a qualified TEI Certified Party Chief.

Besides the already high standards of TEI, Thomsen Surveyors exceed the required guidelines of the International Union of Operating Engineers and Southern California Association of Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors.

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 Legal Descriptions

TEI precise legal descriptions are basic to all real estate transactions and are used to establish rights-of-way, ownership and entitlement.  They must be unique in order to be valid documents of the property they represent.  As an essential component to boundary issues they prove indispensable.

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 Property Research

Before work commences TEI conducts a thorough investigation into  each subject property  using an extensive in-house archive of property history.  Having our own updated library of local maps and records gives the background data needed before TEI goes into the field and also assists in locating quickly the selected information vital to preparing bids and realistic estimates.

But more is required.  Additional information is retrieved from County and City sources -  the latest recorded activities of public utilities and government agencies that might effect the final product.

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 Critical Path Scheduling

Project development tracking is a standard client service at TEI.  Composed of one company principal, project manager and designated client contact, TEI's Project Scheduling Committee measures time progress and exercises complete control to guarantee proper coordination.  In this way client follow-up is maintained and service activities are expedited.

Another TEI 'hands-on' advantage.

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 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

During the final stage of design, TEI research the requirements of the government agencies, their requirements for Stormwater pollution prevention.  After receiving their requirements, TEI will prepare a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan report design for our client project, and process the report in ordered for our client to obtain the construction permit.


SWPPP - Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
BMP - Best Management Practice

This Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and BMP’s (ESC, CA, etc.) Referenced are from the California Storm Water Best Management Practice Handbooks (Construction, Municipal and Industrial).  The Handbooks may be obtained by calling (510) 444-6771 or writing Blue Print Service, 1700 Jefferson St., Oakland, CA 94612, FAX (510) 444-1262.


INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

This Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required under the general permit and for selecting BMPs that become a part of the SWPPP in accordance with the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Order No. 92-08-DWQ, National PollutantDischarge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. CAS000002.  In California, these permits are issued through the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB).  In general, municipalities with a population of over 100,000, industries which have been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency to be a probable source of storm water pollutants.

The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) calls for BMPs installed to identify the source of sediment and other pollutants from the construction site that affect the quality of storm water discharges generated from the construction site.

The SWPPP will be implemented prior to commencing the construction activity and shall be kept on site and made available upon request of a representative of the Regional Water Quality Board, the City, and/or The County.  These agencies should notify the owner/developer if this SWPPP does not comply with any minimum requirements of the permit.  The owner/developer shall be notified within 30 days to implement changes to comply with the minimum requirements of the Permit, to the Regional Water Quality Control Board and specify when compliance will be made.  Owner/developer shall certify all changes have been made to comply with the minimum requirements.

Whenever there is a change in ownership, construction or operation which may affect the discharge of pollutants to surface waters, ground water, or a separate public storm drain system this SWPPP will be amended. Should there be a violations of any conditions of the Permit or the general objectives of reducing pollutants are not achieved in the storm water discharge from the constructions activity site, the SWPPP will be amended.  Each amendment will be identified with the appropriate information, along with a description or discussion of the nature of the revisions.

IMPLEMENTATION

The SWPPP must be developed and implemented concurrent with the commencement of the construction activities.  The initial element of the SWPPP to be completed is the procedure and training program to ensure that the construction personnel are throughly aware of the overall stormwater pollution management program.  The discharger is responsible for implementing these requirements until the construction activity is over.  For ongoing construction activity involving a change in ownership covered by this general permit, the new owner must implement this SWPPP requirements concurrent with the change of ownership.

TERMINATION

The owner or discharger may cancel or terminate coverage udner the Permit by submitting to the State Water Board, certification that the following has occurred:

1.          The construction activity has been completed

2.          The elements of the SWPPP have been completed

3.          Construction and equipment maintenance wastes have been disposed of properly

4.          The site is in compliance with all local storm water management requirements including erosion/sediment
              control requirements, policies, and guidelines.