Dr. Luis D. Alfaro
Panama Canal Authority
We are pleased to report that the Keynote Address at the ADSC’s 2012 Equipment EXPO & Technical Conference will be delivered by Dr. Luis D. Alfaro G. The presentation is entitled the “Panama Canal Expansion Program”. The Panama Canal expansion is one of the most important and challenging construction projects going on today. Alfaro is the Vice President of Engineering for the Panama Canal Authority.This is the autonomous agency that manages the Canal, which is the leading inter-oceanic waterway serving world maritime commerce. Mr. Alfaro began his professional career in the engineering field. For many years, he was a lead Geotechnical Engineer for the Panama Canal Commission, including Manager of the Geotechnical Engineering Branch from 1991 to 1997. He was the Manager of the Engineering Division of the Panama Canal Commission in 1999 which is the time at which the waterway was transferred to the Republic of Panama. Mr. Alfaro held this position until 2007. Since then he has served as the Authority’s Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Alfaro received a BSCE from Universidad de Panama, a MSCE from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. In 2011 he was honored by Purdue University as the recipient of its prestigious Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.
Tom Bird
Williams Form Engineering
Mr. Bird has over 17 years experience in ground anchoring, micropiles and other geosupport disciplines. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Saginaw Valley State University and has a Master of Science Degree from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, both in Michigan. Mr. Bird currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ADSC where he is the past Chairman of the ADSC Anchored Earth Retention Committee. He is actively involved in numerous committees for ADSC, DFI and also PTI, where he served on the committee for the latest revision of the Post Tensioning Institute’s Recommendations for Prestressed Rock & Soil Anchor document.
0Michael Blanchard, CSP, ALCM, ARM
Anderson Drilling
Mr. Blanchard is the Director of Safety for Anderson Drilling. He received his B.S degree in Agriculture from the Colorado State University, his Certified Safety Professional (Comprehensive Practice); Associate in Loss Control Management; Associate in Risk Management; work experience: U.S. Navy Seabees
Dan Brown, Ph.D., P.E. D.GE.
Dan Brown and Associates, PC
Dr. Dan Brown is recognized as one of America’s leading authorities on the construction and design of deep foundations for transportation structures. After 22 years on the faculty at Auburn University, Dr. Brown remains active in deep foundation practice through his consulting firm, Dan Brown and Associates. He is an honorary member of ADSC and recipient of the 1994 ADSC Outstanding Service Award. He is a trustee of the Deep Foundations Institute, past chair of the Geo-Institute Deep Foundations Committee, a current member of Transportation Research Board Committee AFS30
Donald A. Bruce, Ph.D., D.GE., C.En
Geosystems, L.P.
Dr. Bruce was educated in Scotland and has degrees in Geology and Civil Engineering. He has worked as a contractor, researcher, teacher and consultant in geotechnical engineering for 38 years. He is the author of over 270 papers and 3 textbooks, the latest being “Specialty Construction Techniques for Dam and Levee Remediation: The U.S. Technology Review."
Allen Cadden, P.E., D.GE.
Schnabel Engineering
Mr. Cadden has over 25 years of design, quality control and, and management experience in a variety of projects throughout the United States. As the Director of Strategic Development for Schnabel, Mr. Cadden is responsible for implementation of the strategic direction of the firm, and provides supervision of firm wide business development, marketing services, and professional development & training. Mr. Cadden has extensive experience with the design and construction of micropile systems and is the lead instructor for the National Highway Institutes, Micropile Design and Construction Course. He is a past member of the ADSC Board of Directors and currently serves as the Chairman of the International Society for Micropiles and is a Governor for the Geo-Institute.
William M. Camp III, P.E., D.GE,
S&ME, Inc.
Mr. Camp is a Technical Principal, Vice President and Senior Geotechnical Engineer with S&ME, Inc. and is based in their Charleston, SC office. During his 22 year tenure with S&ME, a significant portion of his practice has involved the design and testing of deep foundations. He serves on various committees within DFI, PDCA and the Geo-Institute and is currently on the G-I Board. Billy Camp received a BSCE from University of Virginia and an MSCE from University of Texas at Austin.
Jerry A. DiMaggio, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE
Jerry DiMaggio Consulting, LLC
Mr. DiMaggio is a principal at Jerry A. DiMaggio Consulting, LLC a small specialized consulting firm serving the civil engineering and construction industry related to design, construction, monitoring and disputes resolution of structural foundations, earth retaining structures, ground improvement techniques and earthworks. Mr. DiMaggio has also served on a number of projects related to Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD), risk management assessment/ mitigation plans, and value engineering, He is the retired (2008) Principal Bridge Engineer – and Geotechnical National Program Manager with the U.S. DOT, Federal Highway Administration in Washington D.C. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in New York State and is a registered professional engineer in several states. Mr. DiMaggio is a certified Master Trainer and licensed Contract Arbitrator (AAA). He has provided consulting services related to design, construction and contract matters on over on over 1000 civil construction projects in all 50 states, throughout Central and South America several Middle Eastern countries and Australia.
Jesús Gómez, Ph.D., P.E.,D.GE.
Schnabel Engineering
Dr. Gómez has over twenty years of design and construction experience. His areas of expertise include design and installation of pressure-injected (Franki piles), drilled piers, micropiles, shoring, grouting and tiebacks. He has worked on Design-Build projects as a geotechnical contractor performing complete design, supervision, and monitoring of geotechnical solutions for large industrial and residential projects. He has authored or coauthored over twenty published papers on practical technological applications and design in geotechnical engineering.
Bernie Hertlein, M.ASCE
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
Mr. Hertlein has over 30 years experience in testing and evaluating deep foundations using low-strain nondestructive test methods throughout North America, Europe, Hong Kong and Algeria. He is Secretary of ACI Committee 336 on Footings, Mats and Drilled Piers and Chairman of ASTM C9-64 Nondestructive and In-place Testing. He co-author of the book Nondestructive testing of Deep Foundations
0Greg Lewis
Moretrench American Corporation
Mr. Lewis is the Corporate Safety Director for Moretrench American Corporation/ Ground Water Treatment and Technology based out of the Metro New York area and covering operations in the contiguous United States. Greg has 16+ years of experience in all phases of heavy civil construction with the oversight of safety on multi-million dollar projects in the private and public sector with extensive experience in the transportation sector on various rail projects and highway work. Mr. Lewis has spent the last 7 years applying his knowledge in the deep foundation industry. Mr. Lewis is a certified trainer in many disciplines such as HAZWOPER, OSHA outreach and First Aid/CPR. Greg is the Vice Chairman of the ADSC Safety Committee as well as a 15 year member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
J. Erik Loehr, Ph.D.
University of Missouri
Mr. Loehr received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research includes numerous full-scale field and large-scale laboratory measurements of foundation performance with focus on reliability. Mr. Loehr prides himself on development of practical, yet effective procedures for design of deep foundations and earth slopes, especially using LRFD.
Rick Marshall
Richard Goettle, Inc.
Rick has worked in the construction trades since 1973 as a Carpenter/Piledriver Foreman and Superintendent. He began working for Goettle in 1985 as a Field Superintendent and in 1992, he was promoted to his current position as Safety Director. Rick has instructed at several ADSC schools; Drill Rig Operators School (DROS), Anchor & Micropile Installation School (AMPIS), Supervisory Personnel Training Institute (SPTI), Management Personnel Training Institute (MPTI), and the ADSC OSHA 10 hour course. In addition, he instructs safety classes at the Southwest Ohio Carpenters Training Center.
Martin McDermott
Weeks Marine, Inc.
Martin McDermott received a BA in Geology from LaSalle University and his MS in Engineering Geology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. McDermott is a licensed professional Geologist in PA. From 1983 to 1996, he worked as a geotechnical and environmental engineering consultant performing investigations, design and resident engineering work predominately with Woodward-Clyde Consultants. In 1996, he joined McKinney Drilling Company and was District Manager overseeing the drilled shaft construction operations covering the northeast from Philadelphia, PA. Mr. McDermott recently joined Weeks Marine in Cranford, NJ, as an Area Manager for the Drilled Foundation Division. Mr. McDermott has been an active member of the ADSC, past president of the NE ADSC chapter and current member of the ADSC national board.
Gray Mullins, Ph.D.
University of South Florida
Dr. Mullins is a professor at the University of South Florida where he conducts research in a wide range of topics including: ground improvement, instrumentation, load testing, capacity enhancement, structural rehabilitation, and quality assurance. He has over 70 publications in refereed journals, conferences, Industry and technical forums that highlight those findings.
Silas Nichols, P.E.
Federal Highway Administration
Silas is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer in FHWA Office of Infrastructure Silas is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Geotechnical program through technical guidance and policy Development, and coordination with industry and professional groups. Silas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Tuft’s University.
Matt Niermann
Schnabel Foundation Company
Mr. Niermann is a research engineer with Schnabel Foundation Company in Sterling, Virginia. He received his BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently serving as chairman of the Post Tensioning Institute’s Prestressed Rock and Soil Anchor Committee.
Anand Puppala, Ph.D., Professor
University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Puppala is a distinguished teaching professor and awarded regents teaching award in 2010. He published well over 200 papers and conducted research in several areas of geotechnical engineering. His current research funding levels are close to $1.8 Millions. He is also on the editorial board of five esteemed Geotechnical journals including ASCE and ASTM journals
Lance Rasband
Malcolm Drilling Co., Inc.
Lance received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. He began working for Malcolm Drilling Co., Inc. in the field in 2001. Starting in 2007 he began in Project Management. His experience includes design-build conventional soldier pile and lagging, larger diameter oscillator/rotator drilled shafts, Secant pile Compression rings from micro tunneling access shafts, and soil nailing.
Thomas D. Richards, Jr. P.E., D.GE
Nicholson Construction Company
For over 20 years at Nicholson, Mr. Richards has dealt with technical aspects of a multitude of specialized geotechnical projects using micropiles, anchors, soil nails, diaphragm walls, and numerous grouting techniques. Tom’s responsibilities include design, quality control, research, testing, and instrumentation. He is active in numerous Committees of DFI, ADSC, PTI, and ASCE leading to frequent commenting on FHWA and other industry documents.
Timothy C. Siegel, P.E., D.GE
Dan Brown and Associates, PC
Mr. Siegel has over 20 years experience in the geotechnical industry with several consulting firms, a nationwide foundation contractor, and with the University of Tennessee as adjunct faculty. His specialties include design and construction of deep foundations, ground improvement, and geotechnical earthquake engineering. He has served as chair of the Geo-Institutes Computational Geotechnics Committee and now actively serves on several committees in DFI and the Geo-Institute
Frederick (Rick) W. Slack, P.E
Richard Goettle, Inc.
Mr. Slack has been with Richard Goettle, Inc. for 39 years. In 1996 was appointed their Chief Engineer. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati receiving his BSCE 1973 and his MS 1974. He is licensed P.E. in OH, IN, PA, MI and AL. Mr. Slack is a member of ADSC, ASCE, ACI and DFI.
Elizabeth M. Smith, PE, GE
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Ms. Smith received her BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech (geotechnical specialty). She has significant experience in geotechnical engineering for design-build transportation projects since 1991. Ms. Smith is member of the following organizations: ADSC, ASCE, DBIA, DFI, Geo-Institute, and WTS. She is active on several committees including: TRB Foundations of Bridges and Other Structures, TRB Alternate Project Delivery, and Geo-Institute Deep Foundations.
Dan Thome, P.E.
Nicholson Construction Company
Mr. Thome is a district manager at Nicholson Construction Company’s Kalamazoo, Michigan office. He has been involved in geotechnical projects with Nicholson for over ten years and has extensive experience with design, testing, field QA/QC, and management of deep foundation, earth retention, ground treatment, and ground improvement projects. Mr. Thome received a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. In addition to being the Chairman of the ADSC’s Anchored Earth Retention Committee, Mr. Thome is a member of ASCE, DFI, ACI and the Chi Epsilon National Honor Society.
W. Robert Thompson III, P.E., D.GE
Dan Brown & Associates, PC
Robert has over 17 years experience as a geotechnical engineering consultant, the last 6 of which have been with DBA. He BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Auburn University, and was an ADSC scholarship recipient in 1994. Robert is licensed in several states and is Secretary of the Geo-Institute Deep Foundations Committee.
Joseph A Waxse, P.E., D.GE.,M.ASCE
Mr. Waxse is a Senior Principal of Terracon and provides technical consultation and business development services for the San Antonio office and the South Texas division. He also serves company-wide as a review engineer on major projects, national client manager, and consultant in the areas of in-situ testing, geo-synthetics, geotechnical instrumentation, ground modification, and deep foundations. Joe served as a Manager of Terracon’s Omaha office until he became a Senior Consultant and moved to Texas in 2006. An affiliate Member of ADSC, Joe has also been active in ASCE for over 30 years, having served as President and Director of the Nebraska Section and the San Antonio Branch, Chair of the District 16 Council and VP Professional of the Texas Section. He is currently Chair of the Geo-Institute’s San Antonio Chapter and Chair of the national G-I Local Involvement Committee. Joe has been instrumental in production of an annual full-day geotechnical seminar, first in Omaha and now in Texas, for the past 25 years.
Tom Witherspoon, Ph.D. , P.E.
S&W Foundation Contractors
Dr. Witherspoon founded S &W Foundation Contractors where he has served for over 22 years as President. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University, a masters degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at Dallas and recently completed his Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He maintains several licenses including: Professional Engineer (Tx), Surveying (Tx), GeoScience (Tx), Structural Engineering (SECB), Geotechnical Engineering ( AGP Diplomate), Structural Repair (US), Foundation Repair (US), Sanitation (Tx) and Irrigation (Tx). His interests include piering and piling for remedial repair, which was the basis for his dissertation. He is a frequent publisher in Foundation Drilling and many other industry and engineering publications. He is the author of two books: Residential Foundation Performance, Infrastructure - Evaluation, Maintenance and Repair and several standards for foundation remediation. He is a frequent speaker at ADSC seminars and meetings and other engineering and industry meetings
John R. Wolosick, P.E., D.GE.
Hayward Baker Inc.
Mr. Wolosick is Director of Engineering for Hayward Baker Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He has more than 30 years experience in Geotechnical Engineering. He is Secretary of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI). Mr. Wolosick received the Martin Kapp Foundation Engineering Award from ASCE in 2008.