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GRI Presents ODOT ‘Brown Bag’ Session

b_rock_cutGRI Principal Dwight Hardin, PE, GE, and Associate Scott Schlechter, PE, GE, were guest speakers at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 4 Brown Bag session on September 1, 2011.  Their presentation entitled, “Addressing Variable Rock Conditions to Minimize Construction Problems,” addressed common types of construction that are impacted by variable rock conditions and how to identify and characterize the variability.  Dwight and Scott presented several case histories that successfully implemented risk mitigation approaches and outlined a cost-effective foundation solution for challenging rock sites.

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Congratulations, Jack!

b_jkg_peCongratulations go out to GRI staff engineer Jack Gordon, who can now add the initials PE after his name!   He passed the state exam and became an Oregon-registered professional engineer in July.

Jack began working part time at GRI in 2005 while finishing his master’s degree at Oregon State University and joined the staff full time in 2007.  Since then he has focused on design of deep excavations, seismic design considerations, and instrumentation monitoring.  He can often be found at construction sites evaluating foundation subgrades or observing micropile load tests.

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Pioneer Mountain Loop Road — Update

b_simpson_ck_brThe new Simpson Creek Bridge on Hwy 20 in Lincoln County, Oregon, was completed over the weekend of May 13, 2011.  Crews from Kerr Contractors, Inc. completed the work ahead of schedule during a weekend closure of the highway.

GRI provided geotechnical and engineering geology design services for the project as part of an on-call contract with Oregon Department of Transportation and observed earthwork and construction of foundations for the new bridge and associated improvements.

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Celebración!

cinco2011Cinco de Mayo has long been one of our favorite holidays at GRI, and this year an overflow crowd joined the celebration.

It’s always good to see new and familiar faces around the office, especially when a party is involved.  Kathryn of Artistic Catering prepared a zesty feast that included chicken and goat cheese enchiladas, tapas-style shrimp, pulled pork sliders, homemade jalapeno poppers, and assorted sweets.

A good time was had by all — even the piñatas made it through the evening in one piece.  How’s that for workplace safety?

Thank you to all who attended, and for those who couldn’t make it, we hope you’ll join us next time!

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Crown Point Viaduct Restoration

b_crown_pointLocated along the Historic Columbia River Highway and high above the Columbia River, Crown Point has long been a favorite destination for viewing the Columbia River Gorge.  Originally constructed in 1914, the structurally supported sidewalk, or viaduct, is located near the top of a sheer basalt cliff and provides unobstructed views of the gorge.  In 1915, a retaining wall was constructed to support the road bed for the highway.  The Vista House was built a year later in 1916.

GRI is part of a multi-discipline design team led by David Evans and Associates, Inc., that is working with the Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation to restore and strengthen the viaduct after nearly a century of use.  The goal of the work is to structurally strengthen the viaduct while preserving the appearance and as much of the original structure as possible.  The challenging site conditions as well as the project requirements have given rise to innovative, yet cost-effective, solutions that will extend the life of this remarkable facility for at least another 50 years.

Courtesy of ODOT Photo and Video Services

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Congratulations, Brian!

b_staff_bjbWe are pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Bayne to the position of Project Geotechnical Engineer.  Brian has been with GRI for 6 years and works from our Vancouver, Washington, office.  He is  a registered professional engineer in Washington, Oregon, and California  and much of his recent work has focused on transportation projects with the Washington Department of Transportation and the Port of Vancouver, USA; waterfront and marine projects; and industrial facilities.  Brian holds BS and MS degrees from Washington State University, is an avid sports fan, and hopes the Cougs’ football fortunes will someday improve.  He is also an accomplished golfer, so think twice before agreeing to any hasty wagers on the course.  We congratulate Brian for his hard work and dedication to our profession!

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