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Industry perspectives, features and technical commentary from GeoEngineers’ experts.

Digging into Dams: Celebrating National Dam Safety Awareness Day

GeoEngineers is passionate about using earth science and engineering expertise to help our clients find a balance between human needs and the earth’s physical systems. Dams and hydropower are integral to so many of these things—managing natural resources, keeping the lights on, and moving goods and people. Our dam services team strives to help improve […]

Fingers in the Dam: Managing Risk in a Crumbling Dam Network

The United States relies on a vast network of dams to power our homes, fill our tubs, and protect our communities from flooding. Many of these dams were built during the infrastructure boom of the ‘50s and ‘60s, or even earlier, and are now in desperate need of modernization or replacement. It’s been estimated that […]

Waiting for the Big One: Assessing the New Madrid Seismic Threat

The hills of Western Tennessee are not what most of us picture when we think about earthquake risks, but we would be mistaken. Far to the east of the better-known subduction zones of California and the Pacific Northwest lies the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The area includes parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas […]

Watching the Slopes: Landslide Mitigation and Response

Landslides are a real public safety hazard in many areas of the United States. They can have devastating effects on people and property, but because they often occur in less populated areas, the risks and causes of landslides are sometimes overlooked. I have spent most of my 40-year geotechnical career working in the Pacific Northwest […]

Inclusive Contracting: A Success Story

Inclusive contracting is a popular topic right now among government contractors, and for good reason. It is now common to see diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals for subcontractors encouraged—if they are not required outright. Identifying and working with certified firms (minority/women/veteran-owned, small and disadvantaged) can strengthen a project team while fulfilling these contracting requirements. GeoEngineers has been […]

Final Drilled Shaft Completed on Lynnwood Link Extension

On December 11, Sound Transit’s $800 million Lynnwood Link Extension (L300) project reached an important milestone as contractors completed the last of the 110 drilled shafts required for the northern segment of this light rail expansion. Sound Transit, the public transit authority for the greater Seattle, Washington region, is expanding its network with 8.5 miles […]

Spokane Hosts Distanced but Delicious Cookie Exchange

GeoEngineers’ Spokane, Washington office hosts an annual holiday cookie exchange. It’s a tradition that raises money for a good cause while helping the local A/E/C community connect over shared treats and recipes. Thanks to public health concerns this year, it looked like the usual lunch-hour gathering of 75-plus women and hundreds of little bags of […]

Improving Diversity in Subcontracting

Diversity, inclusion and equity are critical issues in the architecture/engineering/consulting (A/E/C) industry. Integrating these concepts into pursuits and projects can enhance firm culture and reflect a company’s values—helping others get a seat at the table is the right thing to do! According to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), it is increasingly important for […]

Four Tips for a Successful Design-Build Project

Our modern society depends on large, complex civil engineering projects like bridges, skyscrapers and mass transit systems. It takes more than just engineering and construction expertise to build our cities and public infrastructure—it takes effective project management and collaboration. Moving a project from rough concept to completion requires careful planning, cooperative problem solving, and a […]

Redeveloping Riverfront Park

I’ve had the privilege of growing up in Spokane, and it’s been amazing to watch the city change over the past 40 years. During all that time, Riverfront Park has been a part of my life. The historic 100-acre downtown park includes picturesque scenery of the Spokane River, event spaces, two islands and one of […]

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