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Put Some Honey On It – National Honey Bee Day

Mark O’Malley and Paul Tanner, PG, LEP August 22 is National Honey Bee Day This post is the first of two concerning insects.  Today’s subject concerns honeybees, the beloved non-native insects that were first brought to North America in colonial times.  About 20% of OTO staff have direct experience with honeybees;  one engineer worked with […]

Industrial Archaeology

I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s annual conference, held in Richmond, Virginia. The SIA is an interdisciplinary professional organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of industrial history and artifacts. While there, I gave a presentation about my recent research topic, the historic manufactured gas industry of Massachusetts, […]

OTO Sponsors Net Positive Symposium at Hampshire College

O’Reilly Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. participated as a sponsor in the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education, held at one of our recently completed projects, the R.W. Kern Center on the beautiful Hampshire College campus in Amherst, Massachusetts.  The R.W. Kern Center   is Living Certified by the International Living Future Institute, meaning that: […]

Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean

My name is Jhonatan Escobar and I joined O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. (OTO) after obtaining my BS in Civil Engineering in 2017.  Working as a full time field engineer represents a lifetime milestone for me..  This achievement was greatly facilitated by Western New England University (WNEU) and the extracurricular activities that were available […]

Geotechnical Engineering Series: Building Settlement issues in Western New England

  The OTO geotechnical group will feature a series of blogs discussing soil settlement concerns and mitigation.  Topics will include forensic studies and remediation alternatives for existing building settlement and damage, as well as providing geotechnical engineering solutions for new construction to mitigate settlement concerns.   Part I:  Soil Detectives! Assessment of Settlement of Existing […]

An Ounce of Prevention

A lot of what OTO does involves helping clients manage risks. Sometimes we do this in a reactive mode– digging up leaking gasoline tanks, capping abandoned landfills, and otherwise resolving problems that already exist. The proactive side is less obvious and dramatic (ok, and maybe a little less fun), and consists mostly of identifying potential […]