Associate Geotechnical Engineer
- Tacoma, WA
Being a geotechnical engineer allows Morgan to be involved in the interaction between humans and natural processes, something he says has always interested him. At GeoEngineers, Morgan manages geotechnical projects, specializing in how subsurface conditions affect the design of highways, bridges, culvert replacements, piers, wharves, schools, hospitals and other structures and has specific expertise in transportation, electrical transmission/distribution, K-12 educational facilities and port and waterfront structures.
Morgan relishes the challenge of starting a project with unknown subsurface conditions and designing solutions that are based on the results of his team’s investigations and assessments. One impressive example of this kind of challenge is the SP-SSA International Terminal in Vietnam.
“We have used innovative and unique solutions to assist in development of an international container shipping terminal at a site underlain by very soft clay soils alongside a waterway,” Morgan explains. “Much of the design has been done on short notice and there has been significant back-and-forth interaction between the civil/structural firm and GeoEngineers.”
No matter the challenges, Morgan takes pride in his ability to collaborate with design team members to develop innovative solutions to save clients time and money.
Working and playing in the natural world is his way of life, Morgan says. When he’s not working, he enjoys hiking, camping and gardening—or any outdoor activity he can share with his wife, daughters, and other family members.
- “Development of the SP-SSA International Terminal, Vietnam,” Morgan McArthur, co-author, Ports 2010