Eco-Resort Planning in West Hanoi, Vietnam

An epic sunset over the Da River valley, west of Hanoi, Vietnam. GEO is working with SOM based out of San Francisco to develop a master plan for this 402 hectare resort development tucked within broad-leaf tropical forested hillsides. GEO is leading the roadway, drainage design, and ecological planning for this project. Lucky to have my partner in crime, Bill Lucas with me on these trips.

Baxi Island is Thriving in a Dynamic River Landscape

Mark Merkelbach worked with the SWA Laguna Beach office to provide hydraulic and ecological design of the  Baxi Island in Changsha, China. This involved modeling river water surface elevations which were used as a basis for design of permeable island levees, multiple wetland complexes, and habitat wood structures. This project was recently recognized as a ULI Urban Open Space Award Finalist.


ULI Urban Open Space Award Finalist: Baxi River Forest Island


The Great Escape: Koi Swimming in Guangzhou’s Roadways

Typhoon Nida caused substantial flooding in Guangzhou last week. GEO is working with Chinese cities (i.e. Wuhan, Ningbo, Zhenjiang) to optimize existing infrastructure and designing retrofits using SMART technologies to make cities more resilient to extreme events.

Video courtesy of Shenzhen University

GEO’s Taiwan LID Retrofit Project is Complete!

Green Earth Operations attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Dihua Wastewater Treatment LID retrofit project in Taipei. The Taipei City Public Works Commissioner,  Cheng-sheng Pong also in attendance was a big advocate for this project and wants to promote more LID throughout the city. GEO was the lead civil and landscape designer.

Twelve China Stormwater Cities and Coutning

GEO has been working on stormwater projects well before the central government coined the term “Sponge City.” We are one of few foreign firms with comprehensive experience and success in terms of planning, analysis, design, and construction. We work directly for municipal governments and partner with local and foreign design teams. Let us know how GEO can help!

Xing Yuan New Town Forest Gate Weir Construction

The foundation for the Forest Gate Weir has been constructed. This weir spans 34 meters in length was design to convey base and flood flows (5 cubic meters). This is one of 55 individual water structures that GEO designed with Terrain Studios for the 26 square kilometer Xing Yuan New Town project in the City of Hanzhong, China. Stay tuned for updates in the reaming 54 structures!!!!

GEO’s babies are soon to fly the coop

Two Anna’s hummingbird babies hatched about 15 days ago and are growing at exponential rates. The two of them barely fit in the nest. It will be a sad day to see them leave but we are hopeful to see mom next year, same time, same tree and start a new family. Happy spring to all!

Hummingbirds are back at GEO

We are lucky to have another Anna’s hummingbird nest right outside our office in a stand of cedars. It is cold outside (mid-40s) but it does not seem to faze these soon to be parents. Anna’s hummingbirds are a west coast species whose name comes from a 19th century Italian duchess Anna De Belle Massena. The female builds the nest that is super camouflaged  and cares for the young. There are typically 1 or 2 eggs per nest, which is the case this year. The hummingbird eggs are roughly the size and shape of a small jellybean.


Taiwan LID: Porous Asphalt Paving is Functioning as Designed

We are thrilled at the quality of the porous asphalt street paving installation that GEO designed for the Dihua Sewage Treatment Plant LID retrofit project in Taipei, Taiwan. Kudos to Chao Jan Construction Ltd, they are true professionals.  Power washing at regular intervals will clean small particles of debris that have blocked the tiny holes in the asphalt, preventing water from draining through the pavement. Taiwan has higher humidity than colder climate so GEO has suggested more frequent cleaning cycles  because of mossy or moldy growth that blocks the holes.

GEO’s First Stormwater LID Project is Under Construction in Taiwan

We broke ground last month on a Low Impact Development (LID) project in Taipei, Taiwan. This is our first LID project in Taiwan and one of the first LID demonstration projects in Taiwan using US design methods.

The project site is located at the Dihua Sewage Treatment Plant in Taipei. This LID retrofit project provides pervious parking space and connection pathways for staff and visitors. The total area is about 9,530m2, which includes 98 “green” vehicle parking spaces while protecting 111 existing trees. To collect, treat, and detain stormwater onsite, we designed subsurface gravel storage, porous asphalt, rain gardens, and constructed wetlands.

All the LID tools will be constructed and fully functional prior to the rain season. On average, Taiwan experiences three typhoons every year (July-September), providing much of the water supply, but also causing damage, flooding, and landslides. This new infrastructure will help build in resiliency to combat more intense storm events resulting from climate change.