2021 National Conference Going Virtual Pocono Mountains PA

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ASHE 2021 National Conference

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May 25 - May 27, 2021

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Session 4, Track 1

Overcoming Foundation Challenges in Dual Highly Charged Aquifers

The Stark-77 project has a 50 foot tall wall-type abutment supporting mainline I-77 and a ramp in Canton, Ohio was sliding laterally. Site monitoring, research and exploration uncovered dual charged aquifers atop a pre-glacial buried valley. Of the nearly 9000 LF of friction shafts bid, 10-48” diameter drilled shafts constructed for the ramp pier needed to pass through both aquifers to using specialty drilled shaft installations. Unique design, testing and construction sequencing will be covered.

Eric Dues, PE, SE, Gannett Fleming Project Manager - Columbus, OH  

Eric Dues leads the Columbus, Ohio bridge group for Gannett Fleming and has been with the company for all of his 17 years of professional work. He is the consultant project manager for the Stark-77 project, holds an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wright State University, a Bachelors degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is routinely involved in bridge and structure projects ranging from railroad to roadway to construction engineering and is a licensed PE or SE in 6 states. Eric is an active member of AREMA Subcommittee 15, Steel Structures, and occasional university research partner and thesis advisor.

Tom Monaco, PE, Gannett Fleming Lead Geotechnical Engineer - Columbus, OH  

Tom Monaco leads the Ohio geotechnical group for Gannett Fleming, has been with the company for 13 years of his 23 year career, and is the lead geotechnical engineer for the Stark-77 project. He is a licensed engineer in Ohio and is experienced in the investigation, engineering, and construction of foundations for bridges and buildings.

Laura Beese, PE, Ohio Department of Transportation PM - Columbus, OH  

Laura M. Beese, P.E. is currently the ODOT District 4 Design Engineer, which oversees in-house design, consultant management, right-of-way, LPA, and contracts. Laura has over 17 years of professional experience in the transportation industry and is the ODOT Project manager for the Stark-77 Interchange Project, better known as the “Floating Bridge Project”, that was awarded in 2019 for $56 million. Laura is currently the lead ODOT project manager on the SUM-8-1.75 High Level Bridge Project as well as a recent TRAC project, completed last year, which is a brand-new interchange in Mahoning County at I-680 and SR 164. Laura is a Youngstown State University graduate and currently resides in Green, Ohio.