During college, Braydan discovered that he loved the combination of technical analysis and field work involved in geotechnical engineering. “My mind was set after my first project as a summer intern with GeoEngineers, where I observed a soil nail wall being constructed in downtown Bellevue.”
As a project manager in GeoEngineers’ geotechnical group. Braydan plans, coordinates and leads geotechnical exploration programs to characterize subsurface soil and groundwater conditions. He completes detailed geotechnical analyses and reports the team’s findings in geotechnical reports to support owners, architects, structural and civil engineers, and contractors working on the projects.
Braydan’s passion is working on large civil design-build projects. “The complexity of design-build projects keeps me on my toes with very demanding schedules and performance expectations,” he says, pointing to the SR 530 Oso Landslide design-build projects as an example.
“Our team designed and rebuilt the highway in record time after the Oso Landslide devastated the surrounding communities” Braydan says. “The designers, contractor and WSDOT worked efficiently together to successfully complete the project which helped the surrounding communities begin to heal.”
When he’s not at work, Braydan values spending time with his family and working at home on his hobby farm growing hay and raising animals.
“Working on the farm with my family gives me time each day to unwind which helps me to be a more focused engineer,” Braydan says.
He also gives time to volunteering at his church and with the Boy Scouts of America. Braydan enjoys hiking, backpacking, and alpine climbing and has climbed Mount Baker and Mount Rainier multiple times.
- “Evaluation of Seismic Response of a Class F Site Using Equivalent Linear and Nonlinear Computer Codes,” by King Chin, Braydan DuRee and Whitney Trent. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Sand Diego, CA, May 2010.