Thursday, October 3, 2019

2019 Parade of Homes Winners

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the 2019 Parade of Homes. Several of our clients were award winners and some of TEP's subdivisions were featured in the 2019 Parade of Homes!

A few of our clients featured are Cozort Custom Homes, Capital Homes, & Forest Ridge. Some of TEPs developments were also featured and include: Spring Hill at Forest Ridge, Aspen Crossing, Forest Ridge, and Haddington Heights.
Capital Homes also won the $190,000-$224,999 People's Choice Award.

$225,000-$259,999 First Place 2019 Parade of Homes Winner
2025 W. Huntsville Place in Aspen Crossing - A Residential Development by TEP

Best Interior D├ęcor: Capital Homes, 2025 W. Huntsville Place, Aspen Crossing
TEP's longtime client of 30 Years, Forest Ridge, won the Parade of Homes 2019 Subdivision Winner Award.
We are so excited for our clients and their continued success!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hiring for Land Survey Manager

Job Type: Full-Time
Job Summary:
Tulsa Engineering and Planning (tep) is an established full-service civil engineering and land surveying firm seeking an experienced Land Survey Manager to fill a key position in its land survey department. The applicant will work in conjunction with a Professional Land Surveyor to perform a wide variety of survey related tasks in an office setting. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills and be adaptable to fill a number of roles while working effectively with planning, engineering, and surveying team members.
 Job Responsibilities:
- Manage and have responsible charge over the field crews and field crew scheduling, including the  preparation of construction staking and compilation of field data for engineering design use
- Align daily work with differing project scopes and critical deadlines

- Supervise and positively motivate field personnel while identifying negative trends, problem issues, and implement solutions to reduce adverse impacts to overall survey performance
- Maintain close communication with the Project Manager, Director of Survey and the Client or Contractor to report progress and schedule daily/weekly work
- May go to the field from time to time
- Efficiently plan and prepare CAD drawings using Civil 3D and Carlson Survey for a broad range of projects including; topographic surveys, ALTA/NSPS surveys, boundary surveys, subdivision plats, construction staking surveys, and as-built surveys
- Create and interpret 3D surface models, triangulated irregular networks, and contours
- Perform quality control check of plats and engineering plans
- Perform research and gather data for new and ongoing projects
- Knowledge of survey ethics and technical standards
- Previous survey field crew and management experience required
- General knowledge of field survey procedures and equipment. Leica experience preferred.
- Minimum of 4 years of survey related AutoCAD or Civil3D experience preferred
- Experience with land survey specific processing software - Carlson Survey preferred
- An Associate's Degree in a Survey Related Field and/or formal CAD training preferred
- Ability to read and interpret property legal descriptions, easements and right-of-ways
- Ability to understand construction plans and general construction principals
- Must have knowledge in GPS survey methods, electronic data collection, the processes and computer programs necessary for survey data review and transfer to and from data collectors.
- Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities to fulfill the job responsibilities would be considered qualifying
tep offers an excellent benefits package for full-time employees which include paid family healthcare, dental, 401K, paid time off and educational assistance.
Please send resume to: Kirk Richardson, COO at


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Trident Aquatic Center - Owasso's Newest Swim Center

Trident Aquatics announced in early May of 2019 that it is breaking ground on a 18,000-square-foot aquatic center in Owasso, Oklahoma. The swim center is located at the Owasso Medical Campus site, at the Hwy 169 96th Street exit. The swim facility includes two pools; a world-class eight-lane competition pool and a shallow teaching pool.

Trident has trained swimmers from around the Tulsa area since 2014 and has placed athletes at the state, regional and national levels, including the 2016 Olympic Trials! Over 65 percent of graduating athletes in their program have gone on to swim at the collegiate level, with most receiving meaningful scholarships. This is going to be an excellent amenity for Owasso and surrounding communities.

TEP is excited for the Owasso Community as this project breaks ground. As with almost every project, this project had its challenges. Even smaller projects like this one can pose civil engineering challenges. One challenge on this project was the water distribution for the site. Even though this is within the City of Owasso, the site is within the Rural Water District service area. This took communication between the City and Rural Water District, and all of us working together as a team.

Another challenge on this project was the environmental aspect. The American Burying Beetle is an endangered species that requires studies at certain times of the year to determine if they are present on a project site. The majority of the Trident site is clear but along the stream on the east side of the site, potential Burying Beetle habitat is present. This means a study needs to be completed on this portion of the site when temperatures are above a certain temperature for several days in a row. Until the site has been cleared this portion of the site is to be left undisturbed.  If the weather fluctuates, this can slow the project down significantly.

Along with endangered species, a United States Geographical Survey (USGS) stream is on site, which shows as a blue line on a USGS Quad Map. When a “blue line” is on site and any work is to be conducted within that, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) gets involved. A permit from them is needed to conduct work in the channel. As a Civil Engineer, these are things that need to be assessed upfront and completed or they will impact construction start dates significantly.
We are very excited for Sean Callan, Trident's Founder, and his team to open up this swim center in Owasso. It has been an honor for TEP to be a part of this project and we are excited for the City of Owasso as this will be a huge benefit for Owasso and surrounding communities! 
Follow us as we post updates as Trident moves further along! For more information about the Trident Aquatic Center, click the links below.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Broken Arrow's Premier Social Club

Have you been wondering where in Broken Arrow you could go to get a good workout in, eat some delicious food, get a facial or a massage, play a game of tennis or a round of golf, and have a drink by the pool after? Well wonder no more! On March 1st of this year, Forest Ridge opened a premier social club, The Ridge Club, to the public.

You may be thinking, “But I don’t live in Forest Ridge!” No worries! The Ridge Club is not only open to the residents at Forest Ridge but to the residents of Broken Arrow and surrounding communities as well!

With the improvements to the clubhouse comes a number of great benefits for the community. Outside features include a resort style pool, fire pit, two additional lighted tennis courts for a total of six, sand volleyball courts, bocce ball courts, pop tennis, pickle ball, and a playground. Inside the clubhouse you’ll find a Bistro, Private Member Lounge and Bar, a state-of-the art work out facility, and Stone Creek Spa.

But wait- there’s more! It wouldn’t be a social club without events, right? Right! The Ridge Club ALSO has monthly events and exercise classes! There are even tennis lessons (for both kids and adults), Tennis Camps, and several different levels of swim lessons for the kids.

TEP has had the privilege of serving the Master Planned Community of Forest Ridge since 1989, designing its’ numerous residential subdivisions around it’s award winning PGA golf course, ponds, and parks; and now TEP had the privilege of being a part of a multi-disciplined team to build The Ridge Club.

So what are you waiting for?! Click the links below to check out Forest Ridge’s website for details so you can be a part of Broken Arrow’s finest Social Club.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

World's Largest Lemonade and Ice Tea Cup

Ever seen the World's Largest Lemonade and Ice Tea Cup? Chick-fil-A has set the record with 1,100 U.S. Gallon capacity cup. We were asked as a third party to certify the cup capacity both times. The lemonade record was set on August 20, 2008. Tomorrow August 4, 2010, the record for the largest ice tea will be recorded at Nienhuis Park, Broken Arrow.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Keeping a business strong

Frustrated why things just don't work out like they used to? The way businesses used to operate based on integrity, character, and humility seems to be a thing of the past. Many businesses today are going for the quick dollar and have forgotten the mentality of taking care of the client. Just the other day, I saw the movie "Forever Strong". A great movie that has a great parrallel to keeping a business strong. The one principle that was weaved throughout the movie was this... to never do anything to bring shame or dishonor to yourself, family, friends, and team. Why would this be important to keeping a business strong? If your business conduct is one that is dishonorable and cutting corners, what does this say about you?
Your business team is comprised of many different people with varying skillsets and your clients. Enabling your team to work effeciently in an environment of high standards and character is a start. Your team is as strong as its weakest member. Strengthen, encourage, and lead by example. Take the first steps to change your business and be forever strong by never doing anything to bring shame to yourself, family, friends, and team.
Forever Strong!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Site Drainage Inspections - Are they worth it?

Just recently, we received a call from a homeowner who had flooding issues around their home. They received several bids to install a french drain system which was in excess of $5,000. Fortunately, one of the contractors mentioned that they should ask a hydrologist / civil engineer and that was where we came in. After an on-site investigation, we diagnosed the problem - a downspout discharging in their front landscape bed, which trapped the water and was causing the flooding. The fix - to reroute the downspout and discharge point, in addition to a couple of other site modifications. The cost of these fixes, under $1,000. So, was it worth it to the homeowner to call?

Many times, we (including myself) think we can save money by doing it ourselves. This type of thinking is what gets us all in trouble, especially when the "little" project becomes an overwhelming project, costing 4x the expected budget. There are times when calling in a professional for recommendations and for contractor leads, will pay dividends to your pocketbook. It may seem a bit expensive at first, but at the end the savings will reward you.

So, are site drainage inspections worth it? Is saving your money worth the investment in asking the professional?

TEP provides site drainage inspections. We are here to solve your problems in the most cost efficient means possible.