Ulmer and Wilson Present at OTEC 2017

The Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) is one of the nation’s largest, hosting over 3,750 transportation professionals, government officials, and academics for a two-day focus on new ways to safely and efficiently move people and goods throughout the state. S&ME had two presentations accepted for the 2017 conference.

Michael Ulmer, PE, Vice President and Principal Engineer for Geotechnical Services, joined Jim O’Connor, PE, CEng MIEI, Vice President at Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. in presenting “Geotechnical and Structural Design Challenges in the High Seismic Soft-Ground Environment of the Port Access Road Project.” The focus of the case study is the new Port Access Road that will provide a direct connection from I-26 to the Hugh Leatherman Container Terminal under construction on the former Charleston Navy Complex in North Charleston, South Carolina. The presentation provides insight into the site conditions as well as the geotechnical and structural challenges of the project and how they were addressed.

Justin Wilson, PE, Project Engineer for Construction Services delivered “Non-Destructive Testing Methods for Construction Materials.” His presentation describes the innovative and successful implementation of advanced non-destructive testing methods such as Ground Penetrating Radar, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Ultrasonic Tomography, CAPO, and aerial photography with drones, among others in transportation projects. Justin demonstrates the value of using specific advanced test methods to provide design teams and owners with accurate and useable information to keep projects on tract.

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