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.

The Critical Role of Safety

February 17th, 2016

JoeDarmodyBlogSafety in the workplace is an integral part of caring for the wellbeing of employees. A company has a responsibility to protect its employees and offer them a safe and healthy work environment. Going beyond the wellbeing of employees, safety is playing a bigger role on the business side of the company, says Geotechnology Corporate Risk Manager Joe Darmody.

“Increasingly, clients are using safety statistics as pre-qualifiers and differentiators in the proposal process,” says Darmody. “As part of many prequalification submittals, we are asked to document our safety programs and our path to improvement from a safety perspective; those efforts have only made us stronger as a company in the long-term.”

Geotechnology has always had a strong commitment and focus on safety. Within the past year, under Darmody’s direction, the company has taken additional steps to put safety at the forefront of all parts of the business.

Safety Logo_2in Round Sticker_PRINT-01Darmody has been with Geotechnology for nearly ten years in a variety of key positions. In January 2015, he assumed the role as the company’s first full-time Corporate Risk Manager.

“We are in an evolving industry and our safety culture must continue to evolve,” says Darmody. “Overall, we want to make sure our operational teams think more about safety from the beginning of a project with proposals and budgets all the way through completion.”

Darmody is responsible for safety, radiation, insurance, DOT compliance and much more. His previous project management and environmental group management experience helps him integrate safety throughout existing company operations. Better methods of communications have helped the company become even more consistent in its practices.

“We continue to look for ways to keep safety first and foremost throughout the company,” he says. “This is especially important because Geotechnology has grown so much during the past year and brought on many more people. Through newer text-based programs, a robust company-wide intranet and improved email capabilities, we’re now able to reach the entire company on a regular basis, which has made a big difference for us.”

This year began with a Safety Kick-Off event in each of Geotechnology’s 10 offices. Employees signed a banner signified that “I am Committed” to exceeding safety expectations this year and beyond. This comes in addition to safety being designated as one of the company’s six core values in 2015.

Darmody visits each office frequently throughout the year to stress the importance of getting new employees acclimated with the culture of safety. Those opportunities to address safety topics and conduct jobsite safety visits will continue regularly in 2016.

“Throughout our history, we have been committed to establishing and maintaining stringent safety programs,” said President and CEO Ed Alizadeh. “As we expand into new markets, we will incorporate that same high standard for safety across the country.”

Geotechnology is growing and expanding to better serve our clients in 2016 and beyond.

February 10th, 2016

Thank you to our clients, employees, and industry partners for making 2015 another successful year for Geotechnology. We are proud of our past accomplishments and the role we have played in our clients’ success. However, we are focusing on the future and how we can improve as a company. We have established three focus points for improvement in 2016: geographic expansion, safety leadership, and service enhancement.

Geographic Expansion: Geotechnology acquired the assets of Thelen Associates inAugust 2015, increasing our staff by 50% to almost 300 employees and adding substantial equipment, facilities and boots on the ground in Kentucky and Ohio. At the beginning of 2015, we also established satellite offices in Mississippi and Arkansas. As a result, Geotechnology enters 2016 with 10 offices in 8 states: MO, KY, TN, KS, OH, IL, MS and AR. This expanded geographic reach allows us to better serve clients in the Midwest, Midsouth and throughout the heartland. As clients, you rely on Geotechnology having the right specialty operators and equipment in reasonably close proximity to your projects. Thus, our geographic expansion is critical to more efficiently and effectively serve you. Some of the projects we are working on include the Archgrounds transformation in St. Louis, MO, the Mountain Parkway in Eastern KY, Lenexa Logistics office park in Lenexa, KS, new Baptist Hospital in Oxford, MS and Miami University’s Athletic Performance Center in Oxford, OH.

Safety Logo_2in Round Sticker_PRINT-01Safety Leadership: Geotechnology’s safety program is growing alongside our expanded operations. Safety is a core value of Geotechnology and is our highest priority. In January 2015, we selected Joe Darmody for the fulltime position of Corporate Risk Manager. Joe has the full authority and responsibility to implement safety and risk management tools to enhance the safety of our workforce. He is supported by a robust safety committee with representatives from each branch office and me. Each branch has a safety coordinator who leads the safety efforts in their respective offices. In late 2015, Geotechnology established a new safety logo to clearly identify the company’s commitment to safety. On January 4, 2016, employees in each of our offices participated in a Safety KickOff and placed their signatures on banners that read: “I am Committed.” Those banners now hang prominently in each office. As clients, you expect us to be safe on your projects and at your facilities, and we are committed to exceeding that expectation each and every day in each and every task.

Service Improvement: Geotechnology has focused on client service for all 31 years of our existence, and we continually seek to improve. Part of that effort to improve has been to seek direct feedback from our clients. Client responses to surveys in 2014 and 2015 indicate that 99% of our clients were happy with our services and 97% would utilize us again. While encouraging, we are not satisfied with those results and are actively working to improve our service to you. As part of our strategic plan, we are enhancing the project management and client relationship skills of our staff. We are also working to improve our client communication tools, including field data reporting and easier to read reports. Most importantly, we need to understand your objectives and work together to develop and execute an appropriate scope of services. Finally, we are expanding the services offered at several of our branches to include environmental, geophysics and deep foundation testing. If you have ideas about how Geotechnology could improve, please call me at 3149977440 or email me at

Thank you for your continued confidence in Geotechnology. Let’s make 2016 great!

Ed Alizadeh, P.E.

President and CEO


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