Hands-free clipboard

  • Stormwater engineer Boyd Church developed the “Advanced Clip Board” to free up his hands during inspections, scopes of work, and other field measurements.
    Stormwater engineer Boyd Church developed the “Advanced Clip Board” to free up his hands during inspections, scopes of work, and other field measurements.
Boyd M. Church
Senior Stormwater Engineer
Loudoun County, Va.
571-258-3204
boyd.church@loudoun.gov

Laugh if you want; his co-workers did when he showed them his “Advanced Clip Board.” But anyone who needs at least four hands on a job — two to maintain balance while walking over riprap or bushwhacking down drainage channels and two to take measurements — will appreciate how Boyd Church tweaked a standard piece of equipment.

The Loudoun County, Va., stormwater engineer added a strap and a pouch with pockets to his clipboard. The strap frees his hands; the pouch holds his measuring tape, pens, and business cards.

“No more putting my clipboard on the ground while I take measurements and no more lost or forgotten tapes,” he says. “I put an extra clip on the front and made the strap a little longer than normal, which allowed a flat surface to make notes and take down other information. I got a few digs but so far my invention’s worked great.”

Stephanie Johnston