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.”

Stormwater Assessments

August 7th, 2015

City of Ladue Stormwater AssessmentWith record rainfall in the St. Louis area in June 2015 (13.14 inches), many municipalities and residents struggled with devastating flooding. Some municipalities are taking proactive steps to address their stormwater management needs and help eventually reduce flooding issues. In March 2015, Geotechnology was retained by HR Green, Inc. to assist with stream and rapid geomorphic assessments of approximately 21 miles of streams within a St. Louis County municipality. The purpose of the assessments was to evaluate and document the existing conditions of various streams within the municipality as well as to identify problem areas. In conjunction with public input, hydraulic modeling, and existing complaint data, the results of the rapid geomorphic stream assessments will ultimately be used to help define the municipality’s Stormwater Management Plan as well as prioritize future stormwater projects.

The rapid geomorphic stream assessments were conducted along eleven tributaries of Deer Creek within the city limits in March and April 2015. Each tributary system was walked, and observations were recorded regarding geomorphic features, adverse stream conditions, erosional concerns, existing stabilization structures, evidence of flooding, riparian vegetation, and ecological function. Geotechnology assisted HR Green, Inc. in compiling the findings into a summary report that documented problem areas, which will be subsequently evaluated to address possible mitigation options.

For additional information, please email Michael Roark, R.G., LEED AP or call 314-997-7440.