GRI had a fantastic year thanks to our friends and clients! To see a few of our highlights from 2016, click here!
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 was 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 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 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.
Mike will be giving a presentation on the geologic characterization and landslide hazard assessment of the Oregon Coast Range transmission line. If you are attending the meeting, this presentation will be a part of Technical Session #7 this Thursday at 8:40am. Below is a synopsis of the presentation:
Geologic Route Characterization and Landslide Hazard Assessment of
Oregon Coast Range Power Transmission Line
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) elected to replace an aging 115-kV power transmission line in the Oregon Coast Range, which is a belt of uplifted sedimentary and volcanic rocks near the Pacific Ocean. A geologic route characterization and landslide hazard assessment were conducted to characterize and map landslides and identify areas of potential slope instability that could damage transmission structures. The type and occurrence of landslides were evaluated using information gathered through review of geologic maps and literature, aerial photography, Statewide Landslide Database for Oregon (SLIDO), and lidar data. Landslides identified from literature and remotely sensed data were cataloged in GIS, and a surface reconnaissance was conducted by GRI. A total of 76 structures were located in areas identified as landslide topography. Ground cracks indicative of slope movement were observed at nine structures, and four locations were identified with loose guy wires during the surface reconnaissance. Each of the 331 structures assessed were assigned a hazard rating based on documented or observed landslide features, indications of recent mass movement, and/or observed ground cracks. Structures were rated from high to low risk for the prioritization of mitigation efforts. Of the 331 structures assessed, 12 structures were identified as having a high risk for future slope instability. All but three of the high-risk structures appeared to be associated with sidecast fill placed as part of access roads and structure work pad construction. In general, the slope instability associated with the roads and bench areas appeared to be the result of oversteepened, loose sidecast fill placed on steep natural slopes or steep cut slopes.
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George will be giving a presentation on the engineering geology of the Meyers Cone along Interstate 84. If you are attending the meeting, this presentation will be a part of Technical Session #17 this Friday at 9:40 am. Below is a synopsis of the presentation:
Engineering Geology of the Meyers Cone,
Interstate 84, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Lidar and new geologic data have revealed a previously unmapped Quaternary volcanic vent system near MP 49 along Interstate 84 (I-84) in Hood River County, Oregon. We refer to the feature as the Meyers Cone, which is a 650-ft-high olivine basalt edifice with two prominent flow lobes, the Anderson Point and Trotter Point lobes, that extend under I-84 into the Bonneville Pool. Features including a 25-ft-high, 1,200-ft-long volcanic flow are preserved on the inside of the cone. A northeast-southwest trending rampart system is present on the west side of the cone and goes toward other newly identified vents to the southwest. Eruptions on the east side of the cone deposit on a pre-existing, north-sloping, alluvial fan complex. A band of east-west oriented tension features (scarps) on the upper portion of the fan are interpreted to be the result of destabilization of the fan by deposition of material near the fan toe. The historical Fountain Landslide along I-84, east of the Meyers Cone, is located near the toe of the fan. Previous workers interpreted the subject area solely as a distal portion of the Trout Creek Hill basalt (385 Ka) that flowed down the Wind River drainage from Washington and temporarily blocked the Columbia River. Beginning with railroad construction in the 1880s and continuing with the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway in 1914-15, US-30 in the 1950s, and I-80N/I-84 in the 1960s, the geology of these transportation routes has been influenced by the Meyers Cone. We propose the cone should be officially named after Joseph Meyers, the Oregon geologist who first identified some of the flow features in the 1950s.
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A few GRI kickball enthusiasts took part in the 8th annual Engineers Without Borders (EWB) fundraiser. It was a blistering hot day, and each team brought their top competitors. GRI took the field first and was able to hold back the opponent the first few innings, but after several scoring runs, we lost the first game. After a small break, GRI was back on the field facing off against a new team. Every inning, we seemed to be evenly matched, and after a few controversial plays, the other team eventually pulled ahead. Now 0-2, we had one more game to restore our honor. There was no way we could walk away without a win, and it was time to take the field for the last time. Third time is the charm, because we dominated our third game. Unfortunately, we did not qualify to make it to the next round…but there is always next year.
GRI is a big advocate of the EWB organization and was one of the sponsors of the event. The GRI team captain, Kyle Wolfe, also regularly volunteers for the organization. Currently, he is the Responsible Engineer-in-Charge for the Honduras Program. Thanks to the contributions of all the sponsors, EWB was able to raise $20,500, which will be distributed between the active EWB projects. For more information on the active projects or how to get involved, visit the Portland Chapter website: http://www.ewbportland.org/projects
The ground breaking ceremony for the Vancouver Waterfront Park – Grant Street Pier took place on July 18, 2016, and commenced Phase I of park construction for this project, which has been in the making for more than 10 years. The renovations will reconnect downtown Vancouver to the Columbia River and inspire a new vivacity in the Vancouver Community.
GRI’s Washington office, located in downtown Vancouver, has taken an active role in the development stages of the project and is excited to provide geotechnical support to an innovative transformation of the Vancouver Waterfront. GRI conducted the geotechnical investigation for the Grant Street Pier and core park improvements, which include a large plaza, viewing platforms, and riverfront access. This investigation included review of available geotechnical information for the site; subsurface explorations; laboratory testing; and engineering analyses for the planned pier, walls, and other improvements. GRI is currently providing construction engineering services to support construction of the Grant Street Pier foundations.
The planned location of the 7.3-acre Vancouver Waterfront Park is on the north bank of the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver at the site of a previous Boise-Cascade paper finishing plant. The park will be approximately 2,300 ft long, will extend about 250 ft north of the river, and is scheduled to open to the public in 2017.
For more information regarding the project, please visit: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/waterfrontpark/page/waterfront-park-big-picture
Jack Gordon, PE
John (Jack) K. Gordon, PE, has been promoted to Senior Engineer after nine years with GRI. As a senior engineer, he is responsible for managing complex subsurface investigations and laboratory testing programs and providing geotechnical engineering recommendations on a wide variety of projects. Jack specializes in projects involving deep excavations and shoring, seismic design, instrumentation and monitoring, and deep foundation support.
When not at work, Jack can be found spending time with his growing family and enjoys hiking, riding dirt bikes, and gardening.
Dr. Seth Reddy joined GRI in 2014 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. He is now a registered professional engineer with the state of Washington. Dr. Reddy has expertise in deep foundations and his dissertation involved reliability-based design of deep foundations. He is well versed in dynamic load testing and pile driving monitoring via the pile driving analyzer (PDA) and signal matching software. Dr. Reddy has performed PDA testing since 2008 and received a PDA certificate from Foundation QA.
Kyle Wolfe joined our Beaverton office in April 2016. Since coming on board, Kyle has successfully applied his versatile skillset in multiple industries and has been providing support to several of our most challenging and innovative projects. Kyle is a great asset to our team.
Kyle brings with him nine years of project management, geotechnical engineering, and engineering geologic experience in a wide range of projects within the following industries: water and natural resources, transportation, power transmission, renewable energy, oil and gas, aviation, and commercial development.
His diverse background ranges from lead engineer for civil and geotechnical design projects to founder of technology startup Fieldbook Mobile Applications. To date, Kyle has successfully completed over $10 million in projects.
Kyle also serves as the Responsible Engineer-in-Charge for the Engineers without Borders, Honduras Program. As such, his responsibilities over the next four years will include program strategy, planning, and oversight. The program seeks to address the lack of proper stormwater drainage that causes unreliable and dangerous roads during much of the monsoon season in Honduras and engineering and construction of a reliable water conveyance system.
Mike joined GRI in 2012 and is registered in the states of Oregon and Washington as a geologist. He has his Master of Science Degree in Geology from Portland State University. Mike’s project background involves geologic mapping and evaluation of geologic hazards, including faults, landslides, steep slopes, volcanic hazards, and rockfall hazards. He has completed several environmental assessments and remediation projects and provides GIS analysis and interpretation as needed.