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Current Title:
Current Agency or Organization
Public Works Group (am also employed as an engineer with a government agency in Illinois)
What Best Describes Your Role?
Educational Background (Degree, School):
BSCE - Univ. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
Topics I Care About
I work for the government because:
I like to make our community better and help people.
My favorite public servant is:
Homer Simpson when he became garbage commissioner because it is a great example of typical misunderstanding of how government functions

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Pam Broviak commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"@Peter that explains the exception of the rut made by a construction vehicle on a jobsite :-) Looks like we might be in for a long haul with this new rule then if it is adopted."
Peter Sperry commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"@Pam - A few years ago the Corps and the EPA tried to include rain puddles in their jurisdiction. They claimed any standing ground water or area of otherwise dry land which held more than a minimal amount of water for more than 6 noncontiguous weeks…"
Pam Broviak commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"@Jarrod @Peter I keep hearing both sides of it so am not sure what to think. If it hadn't been for the EPA recently trying to impose their own version of post development stormwater regs on everyone, I would be leaning more on the…"
Jarrod Breuer commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"US ACE and the EPA had these powers.  This is trying to reduce litigation about the definitions of these powers, which is a good thing overall."
Peter Sperry commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?'
"Seems like another full employment plan for lawyers. Courts have an uneven record but in general, agencies which arbitrarily expand there jurisdiction without prior and explicit legislative authority often get reigned in rapidly and painfully."
Pam Broviak posted blog posts
Joe Dougherty commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Infographic of the Month – February 2014 (Snapchat!)'
"Hi, Pam. I'm not surprised more agencies aren't using Snapchat. I'm using Mashable's snapchat account as my mentor. Search Mashable and you'll find them, no problem. Good luck! Our preparedness stories are posted only one or…"
Mar 19
Pam Broviak commented on Pam Broviak's blog post 'Infographic of the Month – February 2014 (Snapchat!)'
"Joe Thanks for posting about your agency's Snapchat account. I'm thinking of writing a short article about using Snapchat in our industry and would be very interested in seeing how you are using it. I added it so I could check it out! So…"
Mar 14

Pam Broviak's Blog

Augview – a Window to Your Underground Assets

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:18am 0 Comments


Water Main Installation

Augview, founded by Michael Bundock in 2012 in New Zealand, is the first commercial, mobile application I have seen offered to the public works industry allowing utilities to geospatially capture, store, and display underground utilities in 3D through the use of a tablet or other mobile device. The software,…


Proposed New Rule to Extend Army Corps Jurisdiction and Oversight?

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 2:48pm 5 Comments

St. Charles on the Fox

According to a recently released Latham & Watkins Client Alert Commentary, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a proposed rule on March 25, 2014, which would…


Infographic of the Month – March 2014 (FEMA Flood Maps!)

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:36am 0 Comments

This month's infographic comes from FEMA – our friendly folks who work to keep us safe and help us when there's a disaster. One of FEMA's tasks is to develop flood maps which show us where flooding is most likely to occur. There's a lot that goes into determining flood boundaries and making these maps so FEMA prepared an infographic to help us better visualize the process. Because this infographic is produced by the U.S. government, there is no copyright. Therefore, any agency or company can…


Free 3D Software for Civil Engineers

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 10:05pm 0 Comments

If you regularly read this blog, you already know we strongly believe 3D visualizations and environments will play a big role in the future of civil engineering. Over the last several years we've seen an increasing use of 3D products to help people better plan and build large-scale developments and structures. Last year, FHWA incorporated 3D into their Every Day Counts initiative, and recently President Obama announced…


Infographic of the Month – February 2014 (Snapchat!)

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:02pm 3 Comments

Over the last month or so I've gotten several inquiries from people who were wondering about Snapchat – a newer social media tool most often used as an app on a mobile device. The idea behind Snapchat is for you to send an image with or without a message to either all of your followers or a select few. What makes Snapchat different than other social media tools offering similar capabilities is that the image disappears within a…


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At 3:06pm on August 24, 2011, Susan Bishel said…
Great to "meet" you through the forum -- I used to work in Geneva! It's a neat town.
At 5:59pm on February 21, 2011, GovLoop said…
Love the header picture in your profile = so cool!
At 4:50pm on February 21, 2011, James Ferreira said…
I am sorry you had a rotten experience with the bad side gov where the ego politicals dwell. Keep doing the right thing, that is all that matters.
At 11:43am on January 21, 2011, Stephen Peteritas gave Pam Broviak a gift
Congrats on kicking butt on GovLoop this week. You made our Fab 5:
At 12:20am on September 1, 2010, Caryn Wesner-Early said…
Thanks - it worked! Cool projects.

At 2:22am on August 28, 2010, Caryn Wesner-Early said…
I really want to read the Grid Works publications, especially the one on government, but I can't figure out how to get them the right size to read. It's too small to start, but when I click once to magnify, it's about 6 times the size of my screen. What am I missing?
At 6:16pm on June 2, 2010, Crystal Wilson said…
I love the idea of using AR for public works such as utilities. Let's chat soon! If you have the data, we can make it happen.
At 7:34pm on May 31, 2010, Kristy Dalton said…
Yes, born & raised in Aurora, Illinois, and right before I came out here I was the pr coordinator for the City of Wheaton! Glad to hear you're a local :-)
At 11:48am on May 10, 2010, Adriel Hampton said…
BTW, love your profile page header!!!
At 11:48am on May 10, 2010, Adriel Hampton said…
Chris J. Moore was selling my on SL yesterday. Hopefully at some point this stuff will be a core job function for me and I can branch out more :)

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