Design-Build Interchange, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 25th, 2016

oct1The Thelen/Geotechnology – Cincinnati Branch has just begun the third year of a three-year design-build project for the new MLK interchange in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Prime Contractor is Kokosing Construction and the lead designer is HDR Engineering.  This $80+ million project includes the construction of two new bridges, widening and/or improvements to three additional bridges, removal of two bridges, construction of six ramps, extensive retaining walls and improvements to other roadways in the vicinity of the interchange.

Thelen/Geotechnology provided geotechnical drilling and laboratory testing services during the design of the project.  Project challenges included significant changes in rock elevation with rock excavation required in some areas, wick drains necessary to expedite consolidation of weak soils in other areas, and urban fill that required overexcavation and replacement.

oct2During the construction phase, Thelen/Geotechnology is providing ongoing construction review services including density testing for the embankments, wall and utility backfill, concrete testing, and testing for the cement stabilized subgrade.

The project will significantly improve the travel time and access to Cincinnati Uptown, Cincinnati Zoo, and University of Cincinnati areas. The project began in the fall of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.

Please contact us for more information regarding our services for your next Design-Build project.

GeoBlast Feb. 2016 – Expanded Design Services

February 17th, 2016

Feb DesignServicesGeotechnology, Inc. has expanded our design services for projects that have solely geotechnical elements. Geotechnology now offers services that can include: preparation of plans & specifications, bidding assistance, construction review, administration for landslide stabilizations and other entirely geotechnical projects. Examples include:

  • Landslide stabilizations
    • Earthwork/regrading
    • Earthwork buttresses
    • Slope reconstruction with benches and underdrains
    • Stabilization with driven or drilled piles or drilled piers
    • Stabilization with retaining structures
    • Stabilization with deep soil mixing or other ground improvement
  • Retaining Structures
    • Cantilever drilled pier or soldier pile walls
    • Tied back drilled pier or soldier pile walls
  • Mechanically stabilized earth walls
  • Shoring walls
    • Cantilever, internally braced or tied back sheet pile or soldier pile walls
    • Soil nail walls

Geotechnology continues to assist our clients and their projects with characterization of site surface and subsurface conditions, and development of design and construction recommendations for site grading, drainage, structure foundations, retaining walls, environmental assessments and abatement monitoring.

For additional information, please contact your trusted advisors at Geotechnology via Joel Weinhold in St. Louis, Matt McQuality in Kansas City, Pat Donovan in Memphis, Keith Pryse in Cincinnati, Lee Czor in Lexington or Ted Vogelpohl in Erlanger.

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.

Geotechnology Acquires EOI-Illinois

August 2nd, 2013

St. Louis, MO (August 2, 2013) – Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing, and drilling services, announced today that it has purchased substantially all of the operating assets of Environmental Operations of Illinois, LLC (EOI-Illinois), formerly Shively Engineering.

Located in Fairview Heights, Illinois, the firm provided geotechnical engineering and materials testing services.  The newly expanded Geotechnology will now offer customers additional services such as drilling and geophysical capabilities.  With the move, Geotechnology is merging its existing Collinsville, IL branch staff and capabilities with the entire staff, as well as equipment and services of the Fairview Heights location. As a result, clients will continue to receive the excellent service they have become accustomed to with the benefit of additional resources and capabilities.

We are very excited to announce this next step in the growth of Geotechnology,” said Ed Alizadeh, President and CEO of Geotechnology, Inc.  “It’s great news for us, and great news for those customers who can now take advantage of a broader range of geotechnical services.”

The new, expanded Geotechnology branch in Fairview Heights will be managed by Luke Heuerman.

Geotechnology’s Dr. Ashraf Elsayed Earns Engineering Industry Designation

June 19th, 2013

May, 2013 – Memphis, TN

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing, and drilling services, announced today that Dr. Ashraf Elsayed, PE, has received the designation of Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) by the Academy of Geo-Professionals.  This prestigious post-license credential provides professional engineers an opportunity to gain further recognition in the field of geotechnical engineering.

Dr. Elsayed is currently Chief Engineer and Geotechnical Manager at Geotechnology’s Memphis, TN office.  He began his engineering career in highway and airport construction in Cairo, Egypt, which was followed by graduate studies.  Since earning his Ph.D. in 1995, he’s focused on geotechnical engineering, and continues to share his knowledge of transportation engineering and construction with clients, employees and students alike.

Dr. Elsayed joined the Memphis office in 2000, when it was known as Hall, Blake and Associates, Inc., and has served in leadership roles ever since.  He also enjoys teaching as an assistant professor at Arkansas State University, helping young professionals grow and watching them develop their skills over the years. He previously taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, and during his graduate studies at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Elsayed is a member of the Governor of Arkansas Earthquake Advisory Council (GEAC), the Christian Brothers University Civil Engineering Advisory Board and the Southwest Tennessee Community College Advisory Board. In addition to engineering, he enjoys travelling, listening to music and watching sports, and is a devout fan of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Geotechnology’s Sheryl Gallagher Elected President of ASCE-Kansas City Chapter

June 19th, 2013

June,  2013 – St. Louis, MO

Geotechnology, Inc. announced that Sheryl D. Gallagher, P.E. has been elected president of the Kansas City chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).   Ms. Gallagher is Senior Project Manager in Geotechnology’s Overland Park, KS office.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. Ms. Gallagher served the last two years as treasurer of the KC chapter, and was scheduled to serve as vice-president this year.  However, the current president stepped aside and Ms. Gallagher was unanimously elected president.

A licensed professional engineer, Ms. Gallagher joined Geotechnology in 2003, and has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of projects involving mines, slope stability, bridges, roadways, embankments, retaining walls and buildings.

Ms. Gallagher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.  She was designated the 2010/2011 National Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.   Geotechnology’s Overland Park office has been involved with numerous large scale, long-term projects such as Adams Dairy Landing, Lewis & Clark Expressway and the Kansas City Race Track.

Geotechnology’s Anna Saindon, PhD, RG, PE presents

March 11th, 2013

Geotechnology’s Anna Saindon, PhD, RG, PE will present at EUCI’s conference on Fossil Fuel Generation Retirement: Mothballing and Decommissioning Facilities March 18-19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  An in-depth brochure about the conference can be found in this link. The program is authorized IACET to offer .9 CEUs for this program.

To register for the conference go to EUCI’s event website here.

Saindon is a Senior Engineer at Geotechnology’s St. Louis, Missouri office and works in the Environmental Group.

Soils Lab Manager Leads ASTM International Subcommittee

June 30th, 2010

Kendra Adams, RG, has been chosen to lead a subcommittee of ASTM International. She serves as Manager of the Geotechnical Group’s Soils Laboratory in the St. Louis office. ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world and is the trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.

Ms. Adams has been selected to chair the subcommittee for Rock Mechanics. As the chair, she is the technical contact for 33 ASTM Standards. Ms. Adams also serves as vice-chair of the subcommittee for Strength and Compressibility of Soils. Both of these committees report to the Committee for Soil and Rock, which has more than 900 members from 40 countries, and develops or reviews more than 350 standards. She has also been tasked with drafting two new standards.

“ASTM is critical to our operations. Everything we do in the lab centers around the ASTM standards. Making sure they are up-to-date and relevant to current industry practices is one of the many goal the volunteers at ASTM work on at the meetings.”

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Geology and Geophysics, and a Masters Degree in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (UMR), and is a registered Geologist.

8 Ideas to Help With Project Efficiency…from your Geoprofessional

June 10th, 2010

Staying on budget and on schedule while maintaining quality is the challenge and goal of every project, but the reality is that there are speed bumps and unknowns. We want to help reduce those situations or provide knowledge in helping to resolve them as they relate to geotechnical, environmental, drilling and testing services. We’ve included a handful of ideas that we’ve culled from both lessons learned and successful implementation. We’d love to discuss them with you to see if we can be of assistance in planning a successful project.

1.  Conduct an environmental audit of existing operations at the planning stage to assure expansion plans are environmentally compliant and to avoid fines and negative public relations.

2.  Reliable estimates are possible with adequate design and schedule information. When early preliminary budgets are based upon assumptions, commit to revisiting those estimates and provide appropriate contingencies.

3.  Review the testing budget and scope with the project team. Careful planning increases the team’s understanding of the project requirements and assures that observations and tests are conducted in a timely and efficient manner.

4.  When conducting environmental assessments, assess all potential issues that could impact future development. Issues that may be omitted from the list but could be important include mold, lead paint, wetlands, floodplains and endangered habitat.

5.  Consider lump sum contracts and evaluate them to see if they would be a good fit for the project.

6.  Consider pre-drilling pier holes to reduce schedule and budget risk, better define quantity of rock removal and enhance safety.

7.  Ask for regular tracking of fees at certain milestones. Periodically update estimate of final costs.

8.  Negotiate scope and fee with geotechnical, environmental and materials testing consultants. Through negotiation, a scope and fee can be established that is just right for your project. Procuring these services through a low bid process only encourages a low initial fee. A negotiated scope and fee development focuses more on the total project cost implications of the recommendations made by your foundation and environmental consultants, which are much more significant than the consulting fee.

John Baker Earns Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering Certification

March 15th, 2010

In February 2010 John Baker, Construction Materials Testing & Non-destructive Testing Group Manager, earned the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification through The Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP), a group within the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute. This Specialty Certification is a post-license credential program that provides recognition for geotechnical engineers. The D.GE is based upon formal education, professional licensure, professional engineering experience, strong professional ethics, oral or written examination, and continuing professional development. John is part of AGP’s second class of D.GE recipients and the only person in Geotechnology with this certification.

John co-founded Geotechnology, Inc. in 1984 and continues to serve as a leader and mentor within the firm and the St. Louis engineering community. He served as principal-in-charge of three of the firm’s largest contracts: Special Inspections and Construction Materials Testing for the St. Louis Cardinals New Downtown Ballpark; Quality Assurance Testing for the City of St. Louis Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Expansion; and Quality Assurance Testing for the Metro Cross-County Expansion in St. Louis.

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