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Swaminathan “Vasan” Srinivasan has been elevated to president of Terracon Consultants Inc. from chief operating officer. In the new role, Srinivasan succeeds David Gaboury, who continues as chairman and CEO. An environmental and geotechnical consultant, Terracon ranks at No. 30 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $602 million in revenue and 3,500 employees. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, has re­appointed Philippe Fauchet to a second five-year term as dean of its school of engineering, beginning on July 1. The school says undergraduate enrollment rose 15% since 2012, and graduate enrollment is up 11%. It had about 2,000 students enrolled as of fall 2015, says its website; about 30% of undergraduates are women. The school also says it is experiencing “negative attrition,” contending that more students are earning undergraduate engineering degrees than the cohort that declared the major as freshmen. U.K.-based contractor Laing O’Rourke plc has named Sir John Parker chairman, effective later this year. He is set to succeed firm founder Ray O’Rourke, who remains CEO. Parker is former president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a visiting fellow at Oxford University. He also held senior roles in several business sectors, including chairman of global mining firm Anglo-American plc, which he left in February. Richard McKinney has joined AECOM as vice president of IT strategy in its management services group’s systems engineering and information solutions business. He had been chief information officer of the U.S. Transportation Dept. and a senior adviser to the secretary of transportation on IT issues.

News Article | May 18, 2017
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EDR, the leader in property due diligence and risk management technology and information, hosted its second annual PRISM conference, held May 1-3, 2017 at the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The conference brought together over 150 leaders from all corners of the real estate diligence ecosystem. “The PRISM conference was established to create a unique forum for collaboration—addressing the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing our industry,” stated Chris Aronson, CEO of EDR. "The PRISM Award program recognizes organizations and individuals who are paving the way for the future.” The 2017 award winners are: Hall of Fame— Georgina Dannatt, Bank of the West Courage in Leadership—Don Kellar, Fulcrum Resources Environmental Industry Influencer—John T. Rybak, BB&T Bank Developing Leader—Emily Currie, AEI Consultants On the Move—The Lotis Engineering Group Technology Innovation, Lending—Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach Technology Innovation, Consulting–Terracon Community Service—Tetra Tech Outstanding Project—SCS Engineers James Haberlen, Managing Director, Lender Services, EDR and host of this year’s ceremony noted, “EDR is honored to recognize the contributions of our long-time industry colleagues as well as the next generation of leaders.” This year’s finale was the induction of Georgina Dannatt to the Industry Hall of Fame, presented to her by last year’s winner, Julie Kilgore of Wasatch Environmental. A strong and effective voice, Dannatt has served as an educator and spokesperson advocating for quality property investigations. Said Dannatt in her acceptance speech, “For over 20 years, the nexus of environmental assessments and the business of managing risk has fascinated me, fueling my passion for this work.” Kilgore noted about her colleague, “Georgina has been a critical industry leader in advancing not only quality environmental due diligence, but meaningful environmental due diligence. Her tireless efforts over two decades have helped shape how we all approach the work we do.” For his development of the Environmental Vendor Management Program and BB&T’s Annual Vendor Roundtable, John T. Rybak was recognized with the industry influencer award. Noted Rybak, “To be honored in front of your peers, and nominated for a leadership award by the very team that you build, is both humbling and affirmation that you must be doing something worthwhile.” A new award for 2017, Emily Currie of AEI Consultants earned the Developing Leader recognition. Currie said, “AEI has given me the opportunity to excel, and more importantly, provided me the guidance, staff and resources to create premium products in a great work environment.” AEI president, Holly Neber, said of Currie, “Emily is an inspiration to work with and I am sure this is only the first award of many in the years to come.” In response to receiving the Courage in Leadership award, Don Kellar noted, “Integrity, perseverance, and loyalty are traits that were instilled in me a long time ago, and I believe this has been the root of my personal and business success stories.” In addition to leading a 50-partner team as CEO, Kellar also regularly gives back to groups like Green Up Our Schools and the Wounded Warrior Project. The On the Move Award, which recognizes a small firm or institution that has demonstrated significant growth, was bestowed upon The Lotis Engineering Group for its emergence in the telecom industry. According to company president, Dave Robinson, “Lotis’ success is due to our team’s willingness to never say no to a new project, continuously expanding our capabilities and market reach.” Tetra Tech received the Community Service award in recognition of its efforts to advance STEM education. Their enrichment programs and book donations reached nearly 6,000 students world-wide. This year the Technology Innovation award was presented in two categories: Lender Risk Management and Consulting. Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach was recognized in part for the implementation of a bank-wide system to streamline the collateral underwriting/risk management process. Terracon Consulting was awarded in this category for the second year in a row, this year for the creation of a mobile app that facilitates field data collection. On behalf of his firm, John Sallman remarked, "We are fortunate to have an incredibly dynamic team who enjoy rising to the challenge of making our processes better each day.” Also added to the PRISM Award program this year was the Outstanding Project Award. John Tabella, SCS’s National Expert for Environmental Due Diligence, said, “The COMM22 project in San Diego exemplifies our turn-key approach with respect to brownfield redevelopment, and the affordable housing outcome is tremendously rewarding.” About PRISM Awards PRISM nominations were reviewed and judged by a third party consultant, the Zweig Group, a firm with an established history of running esteemed awards programs for the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industries. Nominations for the 2018 PRISM awards will open in late 2017 to any professional, firm or lending institution participating in the property due diligence space. Learn more about EDR's PRISM conference and award winners here. About EDR EDR serves the entire real estate ecosystem delivering workflow technology and data. For over 25 years, EDR's goal has been to offer tools and reports that make the work of environmental due diligence professionals more efficient, effective and enjoyable. Its database contains over 3.1 billion historic records, including the most comprehensive repository of environmental and land use information in the United States. EDR also conducts market research and shares strategic intelligence through a variety of online channels and in-person events. Headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut. EDR has regional office located throughout the country. The company is wholly owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust, plc (DMGT).

News Article | April 20, 2017
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"Terracon is focused on growth as evidenced by our internal expansion and acquisition activities," said Gayle Packer, Terracon's chief administrative officer. "Our strategic plan guides us to continue growing at a rate of 10-15 percent each year, and we expect that the employment base at our corporate office will increase accordingly." Olathe has been home to Terracon for more than 10 years. Since 2007, the company has grown from $335 million in revenue to more than $580 million. The announcement follows Terracon's acquisition of five smaller firms on both coasts in2016. Terracon credits a successful partnership with the City of Olathe and the engagement of city officials in helping make the new building possible. "This investment represents the passionate commitment of our employee-owners to progress our growth," said Swaminathan Srinivasan, who was named as Terracon's new president earlier this year. "Inspired by new surroundings, we will focus our future on serving clients in new, innovative ways and seeking out opportunities to make positive impacts on the communities where we live and work." The property is owned and will be developed by a design-build team led by VanTrust Real Estate. The office will emphasize collaborative spaces including a new training conference center and expanded amenities. The new building is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices serving all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record's list of Top 500 Design Firms. For more information, visit terracon.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/terracon-announces-plans-for-new-headquarters-300442828.html

News Article | May 3, 2017
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"I am humbled by this appointment and the opportunity to serve the North East Division. I am also very excited by the possibilities for profitable growth of the Division and for its continued focus on the safety of our employees," Patel said. Prior to joining Terracon, Patel held management positions with firms specializing in professional infrastructure and environmental services. He holds a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Delaware, and has more than 30 years experience in the field. He is a registered professional geologist in Pennsylvania. Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record's list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit www.terracon.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/terracon-announces-vikram-patel-as-manager-for-its-north-east-division-300450712.html

Wu T.H.,Ohio State University | Gale S.M.,01 Twelve Oaks Center Dr | Zhou S.Z.,Terracon | Geiger E.C.,Office of Geotech. Engineering
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering | Year: 2011

A geotextile-reinforced embankment was built over soft ground. Staged construction and vertical prefabricated drains were used to obtain strength gain via consolidation of the foundation material. Settlement and pore pressure were measured as a part of construction control. Settlement, differential settlement, and rate of consolidation were predicted by simple models. Uncertainties in the predictions were evaluated to assess the reliability of the predictions. The estimated errors were compared with the measured values, and major contributors to prediction errors were identified. © 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Zhang Y.,Terracon | Michalowski R.L.,University of Michigan
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering | Year: 2015

Frost heave and thaw settlement are the cause of substantial damage to infrastructure in regions of seasonal freezing as well as seasonal thawing (permafrost). While frost heaving of soils has been researched for decades, less attention has been paid to quantitative estimates of settlement and loss of strength of soils due to thawing. A constitutive model is developed, capable of simulating freezing and thawing of soils, and associated changes in the soil strength. While the porosity growth parameters describing frost heaving have been calibrated and validated for a specific soil, the description of the thawing phase has not been validated due to a lack of experimental data. The yielding of the frozen soil is described using the critical state concept, with the pore ice content being an important parameter affecting the yield function. The model was calibrated using available laboratory test data and used in the simulation of a freezing-thawing cycle in the soil with embedded footing. © 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Zein A.S.,Terracon | Gassman S.L.,University of South Carolina
Journal of Bridge Engineering | Year: 2010

Numerical and experimental studies were performed to assess the transient impact response of 11 T-beams with various dimensions and aspect ratios. Numerical modeling was performed using a three stage finite-element modeling procedure which included modal analysis, resonant analysis, and three-dimensional transient dynamic analysis. The response at impact locations on both the top centerline of the flange and the bottom centerline of the web was investigated. Physical models of three of the beams were constructed in the laboratory to determine the physical response of the beams when subjected to a transient impact and to verify the numerical results. Relationships between the fundamental frequencies and the frequencies of higher cross-sectional modes of vibration were established for the various aspect ratios. Shape factors were derived from the numerical and experimental results. The practical significance of the results is demonstrated for a project where impact-echo testing was used to nondestructively assess the condition of a decommissioned concrete T-shaped girder. © 2010 ASCE.

Terracon | Date: 2015-09-28

Methods and systems for optimizing pile design based on pile driver data are provided. A pile driving performance monitoring (PDPM) system captures pile driver data for a pile in an identified location using a pile driver data capture device. The pile driver data comprises a pile penetration depth and pile penetration rate based on percussive hammer. The identified location can be determined using a global positioning system. A parsing program component analyzes the pile driver data for the pile. The parsing program component determines whether the pile driver data of the pile meets an anticipated-pile driving criteria, the anticipated-pile driving criteria comprises a test pile driver data that correlates with a predefined capacity for a pile in the identified location. The pile is added to an acceptance report when it meets the anticipated-pile driving criteria or added to exception report when it does not meet the anticipated-pile driving criteria.

News Article | November 3, 2016
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OLATHE, Kan., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, announces the establishment of its first Virginia office locations through the acquisition of Geotechnical Consulting & Testing Inc. (GC&T),...

News Article | December 6, 2016
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OLATHE, Kan., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, announces the acquisition of CHJ Consultants (CHJ). CHJ provides geotechnical and materials testing services from its three southern California...

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