Engineers present instrumentation case study in Las Vegas

Jim Hance, P.E., Senior Project Manager and Vice President (Finance); Engineering Geologist D.J. Benedetto, both of Eustis Engineering; and sensemetrics president Cory Baldwin get together after the presentation.

D.J. Benedetto, Jim Hance and Cory Baldwin

Jim Hance, Senior Project Manager and Vice President (Finance), and Engineering Geologist D. J. Benedetto presented a case study at HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas on 15 June. The presentation focused on a Eustis Engineering project that used nearly real-time geotechnical instrumentation to assess a distressed industrial dock on the Mississippi River. Data collected from the instrumentation are being used to design a permanent solution to stabilize the dock. HxGN LIVE, a conference presented by information technology company Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, explores innovative technologies. In photo: From left, Hance, Benedetto, and Cory Baldwin, president of sensemetrics, our data management and instrumentation vendor.

VP participates in leadership panel

Senior Project Manager and Vice President (Finance) Jim Hance, P.E., took part in a Leadership Panel for the ASCE Younger Member Group at CellarDoor on 25 May. The discussion centered on the pros and cons of working at an established company as opposed to entrepreneurship. Sean Walsh, P.E., co-chaired the event, which was attended by co-workers Patrick Thurmond, E.I., and Nick Izzo, E.I.

Board Chairman leads levee graders

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently published the 2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, giving American infrastructure as a whole a D+. The Louisiana Section of the ASCE formed committees that evaluated 11 infrastructure areas in the state. One of those areas was Levees/Flood Control Systems, and Chairman of Eustis Engineering’s Board of Directors William Gwyn, P.E., served as the committee chair for this report.

Bill and the seven other professional engineers on the Levees/Flood Control Systems Committee gave Levees/Flood Control Systems a grade of C. Overall, Louisiana’s infrastructure also earned a grade of D+.

“The levee grade was affected by the federal government’s substantial funding of projects after Hurricane Katrina,” Mr. Gwyn said. “Also, as part of recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, the levee boards have focused more on levee inspection and maintenance.”

“Our major recommendations are to generally raise levee heights and fund maintenance for recent projects constructed after Hurricane Katrina,” said Mr. Gwyn, who has 46 years of experience with Louisiana’s levees.

The committees spent 18 months on the assessment. “The report card represents a significant effort on the part of the levee committee with excellent direction and support from the Louisiana Section’s Executive Board for the ASCE Report Card,” Mr. Gwyn said.