Tim Wilson, promoted to Field Safety Specialist

April 20th, 2016

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, has announced that Tim Wilson has been promoted to Field Safety Specialist working in the Geotechnology Corporate Group.

A registered geologist, Wilson has been a member of the Geotechnology team for more than 15 years. He most recently served as a Senior Geologist in the Geophysics Group in St. Louis where he led geophysical investigations for the past eight years.

As Field Safety Specialist, Wilson’s primary responsibilities include conducting field safety observations and providing safety resources to Geotechnology staff on project sites throughout the United States. He will be based in the St. Louis office.

“Tim’s diverse and hands-on experience in several of Geotechnology’s operational groups will be an asset to identifying and controlling the hazards that our field staff face on a daily basis,” said Geotechnology Corporate Risk Manager Joe Darmody. “I am looking forward to working with Tim to improve the safety of our field operations company-wide.”

Wilson is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where he received a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Geology/Earth Science.

Company Expansion & Acquisitions

November 6th, 2015

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Geotechnology Company Expansion Continues:
One of the goals of Geotechnology’s 5-year strategic expansion plan has been to expand our reach geographically and to do so in a way that will provide a benefit to our clients. September 17th marked the five-year anniversary of our expansion into the mid-south region with the acquisition of Hall, Blake & Associates (HBA). Hall, Blake & Associates was founded in 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee, has established an excellent reputation providing geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and drilling services.

By combining forces with Geotechnology, Inc., HBA is now able to provide their clients with increased services due to additional equipment and staff experienced in environmental, geophysical and non-destructive testing capabilities. For those clients associated with our other offices, the merger infused an already talented staff with 26 additional engineers, geologists, drilling, laboratory and field staff along with HBA’s laboratory and other equipment.

The new company expansion and acquisition was finalized in 2010 and in 2013 the office moved to its current location at 3312 Winbrook Drive in Memphis. Since the acquisition, our Memphis office has been involved with a variety of landmark projects including the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Shelby Farms Park with its Patriot Lake Expansion, Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, and the newly opened I-240 flyovers.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of these regional projects. We look forward to continuing to provide you with our services for any of your future project needs.

September 17th also marked the one month anniversary of our significant expansion to the east.  Geotechnology and Thelen Associates came together bringing four new offices and over 100 additional staff to the Geotechnology team.  You can learn more about the Thelen Associates acquisition at our website:  geotechnology.com.   We appreciate your continued trust and remain interested in growing our business to better serve our expanding client base throughout the Midwest and Mid-South.

 

Geotechnology Announces Major Expansion

August 18th, 2015

THE_ForProjectsAugust 17, 2015 – Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, has announced that it has purchased substantially all of the assets of Thelen Associates. Closing on the transaction occurred on August 17, 2015.

Thelen Associates, an engineering firm founded in 1971, provides geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing services locally in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area, and regionally in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Since 1971 Thelen has provided engineering, testing and construction review services for more than 35,000 projects. Currently, Thelen has 108 employees operating from four offices.

With the addition of Thelen, Geotechnology will have 280 employees operating from 10 offices. The company anticipates that number will increase with expanding project opportunities. This expansion allows Geotechnology and Thelen to efficiently and effectively serve clients throughout the middle part of the country.

Thelen’s projects include transportation infrastructure; commercial, institutional, industrial and retail developments; water/wastewater; dams and levees; and major sports facilities. Representative projects include the Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals), the Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park, The Banks Project (a mixed-use development between the two stadiums), and the Kennedy Connector in Cincinnati, Ohio; RiverCenter high-rise office and hotel development on the Covington, Kentucky riverfront; the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky; the KY 4 (New Circle Road) project and the University of Kentucky Gatton Business School in Lexington, Kentucky; the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky; Kentucky’s new Mountain Parkway Project in South-Central Kentucky; the Lawrenceburg Levee project in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and the Miami University Farmer School of Business in Oxford, Ohio.

Geotechnology Offices 150817Geotechnology’s purchase of Thelen’s assets is part of a long-term strategic plan of geographic expansion. Founded more than 30 years ago in St. Louis, Geotechnology opened offices in Illinois and Kansas as demand for its services increased. In 2010, Geotechnology purchased Hall, Blake & Associates in Memphis. Earlier in 2015, the company opened two new branch operations in Oxford, Mississippi and Jonesboro, Arkansas. The Thelen acquisition provides a greater presence to Geotechnology’s current Midwest and Midsouth operations.

“This business decision was made based upon careful consideration of how to best augment our resources, assets and service lines,” said Geotechnology President and CEO Ed Alizadeh, P.E., J.D. “Thelen Associates has a highly regarded reputation in the industry, along with excellent staff and equipment. Currently, Thelen Associates does not offer geophysics or environmental services, which have been highly sought after services by our other clients. With more resources available, we will be able to help our clients solve problems and grow their businesses.”

“We are excited to be a part of the Geotechnology family,” said Thelen Associates President Don Thelen, P.E. “The pace of design and construction projects is more aggressive with each passing year. Increasing our capabilities, specialized staff and technologies will afford us even more opportunities and successes.”

Geotechnology Announces Human Resources Changes

April 10th, 2015

bailey codeyGeotechnology announced the promotion of Bailey Cody to the position of Human Resources Manager.

The company also announced that Karen Kunzelmann is retiring as its Director of Human Resources. Kunzelmann has been with Geotechnology for more than 10 years, and will continue to work with the company as a consultant.

Cody joined Geotechnology in 2012 as an intern, and became the company’s Human Resources Generalist in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Lindenwood University, and is pursuing her master’s degree in business administration, with an expected completion date of July 2015.

Requeil Hill

In addition, Requeil Hill has been promoted to the position of Human Resources Administrative Assistant.

Hill joined Geotechnology in 2004, has been a receptionist and has assisted the technical groups in St. Louis, as well as providing support to accounting, safety and HR at the corporate level.

In December 2014, Hill graduated with her Associate of Arts in Business Administration from St. Louis Community College.

She lives in St. Charles County and is registered as an on call volunteer with the American Red Cross. She works many of the American Red Cross blood drive events, such as the Women’s Expo, Women’s Survival Show, the Black Expo and the Charles Drew Blood Drive. She also loves to support charitable causes such as the American Heart Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Two new hires CMT and Accounting

April 3rd, 2015

MattMelly copyGeotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, announced Matt Melly, P.E., joined its St. Louis Construction Materials Testing (CMT) group as a Senior Staff Engineer and Kerri Less has joined the Accounting Group in its St. Louis office as a Project Accountant.

Melly has experience working as a project engineer, technical specialist and construction inspector engineer. His experience with Nondestructive Testing (NDT) and steel testing will enhance Geotechnology’s already robust in-house capabilities.

A graduate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a certification in Structural Engineering in 2009. Melly was also a member of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter and involved in the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams.

Kerri LessPreviously, Less worked for BJC HealthCare Planning, Design and Construction for more than six years as a Financial Project Manager. She graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., with a Bachelor of Accounting.

Less resides in O’Fallon, Mo. with her husband and three children. She volunteers at church, enjoys live music, outdoor activities, traveling and photography.

Demand Spurs Geotechnology to Open Offices in Arkansas and Mississippi

April 2nd, 2015

Office locationsSt. Louis, Mo. (March 30, 2015) – Geotechnology, Inc., has opened two new offices, one in Oxford, Miss., and one in Jonesboro, Ark.

The company, whose corporate offices are in St. Louis, expanded its operations in 2010 to Memphis. It also has offices in Fairview Heights, Ill., and Overland Park, Kan.

President and CEO Ed Alizadeh, P.E., J.D., says the decision to open these new offices was based upon the success of the company’s Memphis operations, the region’s opportunities and the demand for specialized geotechnical and construction materials testing services.

“We made this decision after careful deliberation about the region and its competitive landscape. The Mid-South economy continues to get stronger, and we see great potential for our continued growth in conjunction with it. We have the people, equipment and technology that enable us to provide traditional geotechnical and environmental consulting services as well as specialized services such as seismic testing, geophysics, deep foundation testing and cone penetration testing (CPT).”

The new Jonesboro office is already involved with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s Route 63 from Blackrock to Portia project, as well as a project on the Craighead Forest Park Trail in Jonesboro. The office, located in the Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development, is at 5501 Kreuger Dr, Suite 110, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

The Oxford office is also busy with several projects, including work with the Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Vaught-Hemingway Stadium South End Zone Upgrades. Its address is 1101 Harlan Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

“For more than 30 years, our company has been focused on serving our clients well. We continually look for ways to expand geographically that will allow us to bring more value to our clients. Establishing these two new offices accomplishes this objective.” said Alizadeh.

Ibrawish Promoted to Geotechnology Senior Staff Engineer

March 12th, 2015

Mo IbrawishSt. Louis, Mo. (February 24, 2015) – Geotechnology Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing, geophysics, water resource management, and drilling services, announced that Mohamad “Mo” Ibrawish, P.E., has been promoted to Senior Staff Engineer in the company’s Kansas City office.

Ibrawish joined Geotechnology as a project engineer in 2012, and has 12 years of experience working in the industry.

A licensed engineer in Missouri and Kansas, Ibrawish is an active member of the Kansas City chapters of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Ibrawish earned a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001.

Geotechnology Announces Human Resources Changes

March 12th, 2015

St. Louis, Mo. (March 10, 2015)Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, materials testing, water resource management, and drilling services, has promoted Bailey Cody to the position of Human Resources Manager.

The company also announced that Karen Kunzelmann is retiring as its Director of Human Resources. Kunzelmann has been with Geotechnology for more than 10 years, and will continue to work with the company as a consultant.

Cody joined Geotechnology in 2012 as an intern, and became the company’s Human Resources Generalist in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Lindenwood University, and is pursuing her master’s degree in business administration, with an expected completion date of July 2015.

Geotechnology Hires Bailey Cody

September 3rd, 2014

bailey codeyGeotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing, and drilling services, announced today it has hired Bailey Cody as Human Resources Generalist.

Ms. Cody will be responsible for company recruitment, onboarding, medical surveillance, as well as Geotechnology’s Department of Transportation (DOT) program, and other human resources duties.

Ms. Cody joined Geotechnology’s Human Resources department as an intern in May 2012, and continued to serve in that role while completing her studies at Lindenwood University.  She has since earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, as well as a Certificate of Learning from the Society of Human Resources Management.

Her future plans include pursuing an MBA.

Geotechnology Hires Ziad AlAawar

September 3rd, 2014

photo for websiteGeotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing, and drilling services, announced today it has hired Ziad AlAawari, PhD., P.E., as Senior Geotechnical Engineer in the firm’s Memphis, TN office.

Dr. AlAawari joins Geotechnology with extensive experience as a Geotechnical Engineer and Senior Project Manager.

Dr. AlAawari earned his PhD. in Environmental Engineering (2002), and Masters Degree in Geotechnical Engineering (2008) from the University of Texas-Austin.  He also earned a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from UT in 2007.

In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new things and learning about other cultures.  He also likes foreign movies and a wide variety of ethnic foods.