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See the New Port of Toledo Mobile Lift in Action!

5658 Port of Toledo 03-05-15 (7)The Port of Toledo Boatyard is owned and operated by the Port of Toledo, Oregon.  The Boatyard is located just over 7 miles east of Newport, Oregon, on the Yaquina River and is quickly becoming Oregon’s premier service and repair facility with the addition of a new 660-ton mobile lift to the Boatyard.  The new haul-out structure consists of two fixed piers and a concrete approach slab.  As part of a design build team, GRI worked closely with BergerABAM and Bergerson Construction, Inc. to provide geotechnical consultation and construction observation services for the new haul-out pier.   All driven piles for the project were installed to the estimated depths into the underlying variably weathered rock.

Check out this video of the new mobile lift in action, side-by-side with the existing 85-ton lift.

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GRI Promotes George Freitag, CEG, LEG, LHG, to Principal

Freitag_web_2GRI is pleased to announce that George Freitag has been promoted to Principal!  George has been a part of the GRI family for over 22 years, and has contributed greatly to our success. Not only is he an engineering geologist with 30 years of experience, he also leads our environmental services and business development efforts. Based on his experience and devotion to the success of the company, his promotion is most definitely well deserved!

Outside the office, George enjoys playing ice hockey with friends, colleagues, and his son. He also enjoys exploring the geology of Oregon and Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

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ASCE Oregon Recognizes Gene Tupper as Engineer of the Year

The ASCE Oregon Section Annual Meeting and Gala was held this year at Kells Irish Pub on September 20, 2016.  The event started with a dynamic social hour and dinner followed by annual awards, officer installations, and a lively talk by Hayward Baker’s Michael J. Marasa, PE, on the sinkhole remediation at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The highlight of the evening in-text-photowas the awards ceremony, where GRI’s Gene Tupper, PE, GE, M.ASCE, received the 2016 Engineer of the Year award.  Gene has been an active participant in ASCE for many years and served as the Oregon Section President from 2009 to 2010.  Her contributions to the group have included assistance in preparing the Oregon Section’s first infrastructure report card, and she also coordinated sponsorships for the 2016 annual ASCE National Convention in Portland, Oregon.

Gene follows in the footsteps of GRI engineers Dave Driscoll, PE, GE, and Stan Kelsay, PE, GE, who also received the distinguished award in 1997 and 2003, respectively.  In a touching speech, Gene thanked her mentors at GRI, her OSU professors, specifically Drs. JR Bell and Lee Schroeder, and her family for the technical, business, and general support that they have offered her throughout her career.

Other award recipients of the evening included Jason Magalen, PE, CH, M.ASCE, the Young Engineer of the Year; Ken Archibald, PE, M.ASCE, the
Government Engineer of the Year; and Raychel O’Hare, S.M.ASCE, recipient of this year’s Journalism Award.

Awards were followed by the welcoming of ASCE Oregon’s newest officers, Eric Destival, PE, M.ASCE — President; Allison Pyrch, PE, GE, M.ASCE — President-Elect; and Tyler Pierce, PE, M.ASCE — Secretary.

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients and officers!  Your involvement in ASCE is crucial to the civil engineering community, and we thank you for all of your efforts.

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OEMA Innovation Award for Seismic Risk Assessment

The principals of GRI have provided the Port of Portland (Port) with geotechnical, environmental, and seismic-related consulting services for over 30 years.  The geotechnical services have primarily involved floodplain and waterfront developments along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.  Notable projects include concourses, parking structures, and roadway expansion projects at Portland International Airport; multiple water-transportation terminals, wharves, bulkheads, and docks; various industrial developments and office parks (structures, foundations, piers and piling, parking lots, roadways, embankments, infrastructure design); and numerous projects involving rivers, including bank stabilization and dredging projects.

In 2015 the Port was awarded the Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) Partner Award for Innovation for the recently completed port-wide seismic risk assessment.  In response to the 2013 Oregon Resiliency Plan created by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, the Port’s management team selected their top 20 marine and aviation assets for evaluation based primarily on a combination of revenue stream and their potential role in supporting resiliency following a significant regional earthquake.  The objective of the project was to understand the general seismic vulnerability of selected critical Port facilities and to provide benefit/cost analyses of selected mitigation strategies that could be considered for inclusion in the Port’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

It was an honor to be a part of this innovative project and helping to increase the seismic resiliency of the Port and the Pacific Northwest. For more information about OEMA visit their website: http://www.oregonemergency.com/.

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