GRAVES ENGINEERING | Construction Field Resident
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Construction Field Resident

Graves Engineering’s field resident services take our construction administration services to the next level for projects that require a full-time resident engineer or representative.


Graves Engineering performs detail and topographic surveys for most our engineering projects. This work is performed in the field utilizing a total station and electronic data collector. The field data is then reduced and imported into an AutoCAD electronic drawing. The three dimensional survey points are then used to create an existing conditions site drawing complete with contours.

We also perform construction control layout for footings, foundations, building column lines, site utilities, parking lots, roadways, retaining walls, stormwater detention/retention systems, and more.

Feasibility Studies

Graves Engineering is often called upon to assess a potential project’s feasibility for development; sometimes referred to as a due diligence assessment. This work may include conceptual layout schemes, evaluation of zoning and environmental constraints, site access, availability of utilities, off-site enhancements, construction costs, and permitting requirements.

Master Planning

Master planning services offered by Graves Engineering focus primarily on water and wastewater engineering. Our expertise in water supply, distribution, storage, and treatment allow us to prepare master plans for existing water systems as well as new systems. The clients can be municipalities or private water utilities. Similarly, our strong wastewater collection and treatment knowledge allows us to offer comprehensive wastewater management plans to municipal and commercial clients.

General Consulting

As a primary focus of our business since the beginning, Graves Engineering prides ourselves in providing professional consulting services for municipal boards. These services often include “peer review” as well as general engineering guidance on commercial and residential projects and construction phase services. Our services often include the following:


  • Planning Board Peer Review
  • Conservation Commission Peer Review
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Peer Review
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Peer Review


  • Construction Field Resident Observation
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Surety Bond Value Estimating
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Punch-Lists
  • Construction Completion Certification


With Graves Engineering’s extensive municipal consulting experience, we are often asked to review a municipality’s existing regulations and recommend updates to current State or Federal standards and regulations, or to reflect changes in construction practices and standards. We have also assisted municipalities in generating new regulations for stormwater control, sediment and erosion control, and developments such as wireless communication and wind generation facilities.

Site Design

Graves Engineering has provided design services for many exciting projects throughout the years. We provide full civil engineering design services including residential and commercial site development, water and wastewater, roadway, drainage and stormwater management, and more. Our combination of professionalism, experience, responsiveness, and attention to our Client’s needs have resulted in many successful projects throughout New England. We focus on remaining educated on innovative and emerging technologies to meet the ever changing needs of the industry and our Clients. From the simple to the complex, we have the tools to get the project done.


Nearly every project requires some level of permitting from local to Federal level. Graves Engineering has permitted projects through every level of regulatory agency including local Boards and Commissions, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), US Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (MEPA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to name a few.

Bid Phase Assistance

Graves Engineering performs construction bid phase assistance on state and municipal projects. These services typically include finalization of bid advertising and bid opening dates; printing of contract documents; placement of legal advertisements in Central Register and local newspapers; distribution of bid documents to prospective bidders; screening of bidder questions; preparation of addenda; attendance at pre-bid meeting; attendance at public bid opening; review of bids for completeness and accuracy; reference checks on low bidder; contract award recommendation; and coordination assistance with construction contract execution.

Construction Administration

During the construction phase, Graves Engineering will provide necessary construction administration services such as attendance at pre-construction and routine construction progress meetings, preparation of meeting minutes, recommendations on change order requests, review shop drawings, review contractor monthly payment requisitions, intermittent site visits to review construction progress, preparation of punch list for substantial completion, and preparation of construction final completion forms and certifications.

Construction Field Resident

Graves Engineering’s field resident services take our construction administration services to the next level for projects that require a full-time resident engineer or representative.


Graves Engineering assists clients with the preparation and submittal of grant applications as well as assistance with administration of grants during construction phase.