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ackerman john 2 1 ppTwin Oaks Consulting, LLC is the incorporated successor to the consulting engineering and geology practice of John R. Ackerman, P.E., P.G., BCEE, F.NSPE being incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in June 2012.

John R. Ackerman, Principal Engineer and Geologist, has provided consulting services to public and private clients for over 39 years both on his own and with consulting engineering firms.  On the environmental site, his projects ranged from complete design of municipal and industrial wastewater, including AMD treatment systems, and hazardous waste treatment plants to process design for improved aeration systems, pumping systems, water treatment systems and odor control, both within the plant and within the collection systems. He also has considerable experience managing private and public infrastructure development projects as Director of Operations for CAN DO, Inc. and as City Engineer for the City of Hazleton and large scale site development projects, such as the 1.6 million square foot manufacturing/warehouse complex for the Arm and Hammer Project Independence project in York County, Pennsylvania.

Alfred G. Handy, P.E., Principal - Civil Engineering brings over 30 years of municipal and transportation engineering to the firm.   Besides acting as Township Engineer for several Pennsylvania municipalities he has performed such special projects as the Pike County, PA Storm Water Management Act (Act 167) Plan and Analomink Dam Spillway Analysis, Stroud Township, Monroe County, PA.  In addition, he managed the Monroe County, PA Bridge Maintenance Program and acted as Assistant Superintendent of Bridges for Warren County, NJ.  On the transportation side he managed worked on highway projects for the New Jersey Turnpike and the New Jersey and New York Departments of Transportation along with numerous highway and intersection design projects throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He also has aviation infrastructure experience from projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Twin Oaks Consulting’s philosophy is to look beyond the surface to evaluate all aspects of a proposed project.  By looking for alternative methodologies we can provide the client with the most cost effective alternative in both terms of design and construction costs.  Twin Oaks values the relationship with our clients and always strives to provide you the most cost effective consultant services available.

The Rainmaker Water Harvesting System is here! Watch the video to learn more about this award-winner for Best Value in Green Engineering and learn about water harvesting from unconventional sources.

John Ackerman webTwin Oaks Water Systems' RainMaker water harvester has been selected as the "Best Value in Green Engineering” in the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Innovation Contest.

Twin Oaks’ President John R. Ackerman, PE, PG, BCEE, F.NSPE, M.ASCE of Hazle Township, and Director of Operations Al Handy, PE, of Blairstown, NJ, received their award certificates at a recent event at ASCE’s world headquarters in Reston, Virginia, where Ackerman presented a paper entitled "Water Harvesting from Unconventional, Non-Potable Sources.”

The annual ASCE Innovation Contest is part of the ASCE Grand Challenge, where civil engineers from around the world are taking a pledge to meet the Grand Challenge goal of cutting infrastructure life-cycle costs in half by 2025. ASCE Innovation Contest solutions revolved around four key elements: life-cycle cost analysis, performance-based standards, resilience, and innovation.

“Innovation is interesting because one of the things is it sometimes takes a little bit longer to consider. Innovation doesn’t happen in that fast framework of things you’re familiar with in your routine,” said Kristie Dunkin, a managing director for the Chambers Group in Santa Ana, CA. “It happens in the times when you can sit back and think about something. One of the fundamental approaches is to give people some time to think about things.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

Through the expertise of its active membership, ASCE is a leading provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education, the world’s largest publisher of civil engineering content, and an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.

The Society advances civil engineering technical specialties through nine dynamic Institutes and leads with its many professional- and public-focused programs.

For more information on the contest and award winners, visit http://news.asce.org/innovation-contest-winners-showcase-forward-thinking-ideas/.

For more information on Twin Oaks Water Systems, Inc., visit http://www.twinoaks.biz/Services/water-harvesting.html.

Pictured below are diagrams of the two-trailer Model OG RainMaker water harvester unit.

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John Ackerman, PE, PG, President of Twin Oaks Research Centre, Inc., was invited to attend the U.S.-Saudi Investment Forum  - 2015 on September 4th.  The Forum was held at the Ritz-Carleton in Washington, DC.  Over 700 attendees were present.

Pleanary Session

The Forum was held in conjunction with the visit to the United States of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.  The highlight of the Forum was the Ministerial Plenary Discussion on the Fostering an Attractive Investment Climate.  The ministers comprising the Plenary Panel included: H.E. Irbrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; H.E. Tawfig Alrabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Health; and H.E. Abdullahtif Al-Othman, Governor and Chairman of the Board of SAGIA.

In conjunction with the Forum the "Invest Saudi" Exhibition was held by the Saudi Export Development Authority with leading Saudi companies like Saudi Aramco and the Saline Water Conversion Company present along with numerous Saudi Government organizations.  Mr. Ackerman discussed the Research Centre's new desalinization technology with many of the exhibitors.

Wounded WarriorsThe line of Jeeps that would carry the Veterans on a 2 hour trail ride.

On August 29, 2014, Twin Oaks Principal in Charge of Civil Engineering attended the "Wheelers for the Wounded" event in northern New Jersey.

Volunteers provide the opportunity for local veterans to experience a much deserved day of adventure and relaxation in the outdoors. The day starts with a continental breakfast followed by a JEEP ride through the woods of northern New Jersey. They ended their ride with a hot lunch of pulled pork, BBQ ribs, chicken and all the fixin's.

Wheelers for the Wounded-NJ was formed seven years ago and this year had 167 Veterans/families, drivers and volunteers attend.

Wheelers for the Wounded is a nation-wide event that provides a weekend of off-roading for both wounded and non-wounded military veterans.  This excellent multi-state program was conceived by Jason Havlik, a Gulf War veteran.

Al and Jimmy"Jeepin' Al" and his Veteran son, Jimmy with Al's Jeep


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