Our Voice

The ideas behind the ideas, and what pictures don’t show.

Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

Keep Your Project Moving Forward with Virtual Site Visits

With the mountain of changes that are suddenly upon us due to COVID-19, the business world is turning to digital tools more quickly than we ever thought possible. Many of us are stepping outside our comfort zones to find new solutions. Virtual meetings are now the primary way that we are communicating with our teams,... Read Full Post

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase V Breaks Ground

After beginning as a Feasibility Study in 2015, design is now complete and the Williamson County Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase V project celebrated its groundbreaking earlier this month. Planning for the ambitious Brushy Creek Regional Trail began in 2000, seeking to connect over 30 miles from Cedar Park to Hutto, Texas. The project has... Read Full Post

Let's Tailgate!

If you’ve been around Austin for any length of time, you know there are some things that never change…the State Capitol, Barton Springs, the ‘Y’ at Oak Hill. Whoa…the ‘Y’ at Oak Hill? Yes, unfortunately, this congested intersection in southwest Austin has been a monument to local anti-road sentiment for decades. As a result, several... Read Full Post

4 Key Strategies for a Successful Public Engagement Meeting

When managed well, public engagement in the design process can build momentum and support for the project, solve problems, and help ensure the project is as responsive as possible to the community’s needs and desires. With decades of public involvement under our belts, we offer the following tips for planning and executing a successful public... Read Full Post

Austin's Oak Hill Parkway Success Story Presented at ASLA Conference

RVi Principal and Vice President Mark Smith presented alongside TxDOT Project Manager James Williams and RTG Transportation Engineer Wade Strong last month at the Texas ASLA Annual Conference in Fort Worth.  In a presentation entitled CSS: Where Process Meets the Road, the trio highlighted the use of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) as the process which... Read Full Post

RVi Helps ABIA Recover after October Floods

Last October brought flooding of historic proportions to Austin that temporarily shut down Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), flooded the control tower, and handicapped operations for nearly five days.  Although flights resumed their normal schedules months ago, the airport is still working to complete its flood recovery effort. This includes renovating the flood-damaged landscape around... Read Full Post

Show and Tell: The Importance of Visualization in Transportation Design

How many words is that picture worth? For many of us involved in the design of the built environment, renderings and visual simulations are valuable tools that can transform a mundane, two-dimensional CAD drawing into an appealing, three-dimensional color image which communicates the look and feel of the project much more effectively to clients and... Read Full Post