Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. Ms. Franks has been the President, Founding Principal, and Managing Director of TGE Resources, Inc., for over 19 years. Her specialties include Real Property Assessment and Characterization, Clean-up, and Closure in the commercial, industrial, oil and gas, and healthcare industries.
Consulting Services Include:
Real Property Assessment
Industrial Compliance Auditing
Oil and Gas Real Estate Clean-up
Well Blow-out / Underground Storage Tank Project Management
Ms. Franks has been actively involved in more than 35 "merger/acquisition" projects encompassing over 750 sites nationwide. As senior Technical Advisor, she has been involved in thousands of real property investigations, many of which have involved remediation/closure projects within Texas and throughout the United States.
Ms. Franks is a professional lecturer who delivers presentations and instruction throughout the United States.
Macauley Trenchless provides trenchless feasibility and design services in support of a variety of Trenchless Projects including auger boring, direct pipe, horizontal directional drilling, pipe ramming, guided auger boring, microtunneling, and pipe bursting.
Located in the Seattle area, Macauley Trenchless can provide professional engineering services in Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
Trenchless Design Alternative Analysis
Expert Witness Services
Principal, Michelle Macauley is a Geotechnical Engineer and Trenchless Expert that specializes in aspects of new installation and rehabilitation projects for infrastructure replacement, improvement, and capacity enhancement using trenchless technologies. She has spent over 21 years in the Pacific Northwest, with a particular emphasis on geotechnical engineering, trenchless design, and involvement in the water / wastewater industry.
Background Experience: Prior to starting Macauley Trenchless, Ms. Macauley was the National Trenchless Practice Lead for Jacobs Engineering and oversaw multiple trenchless projects across the company. Prior to working at Jacobs, she was a senior geotechnical engineer specializing in trenchless design and construction with GeoEngineers and Staheli Trenchless Consultants.
In addition to her extensive project experience, she has been active in trenchless technologies at a national level. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) and is a regular presenter at NASTT's national trenchless conference (No-Dig). She is an active member of ASCE and serves on the Trenchless Installation of Pipes (TIPs) subcommittee, is helping re-write the Manual of Practice (MoP) on Pipe Ramming, is helping write the new MoP on Direct Pipe, and has consulted on other MoPs.
Rudolph P. Frizzi, PE, GE, D.GE is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of extensive practical Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering experience. His geotechnical Engineering and project management experience is extensive with particular emphasis on: foundation design and construction in urban areas and large scale land and waterfront public and private development projects throughout the United States and internationally. Mr. Frizzi has interacted on projects located in practically every continent world-wide.
Ground Improvement and Soil / Rock Slope Stabilization
Tunneling, Underground, and Trenchless Construction
Waterfront Design and Marine Engineering
Temporary and Permanent Groundwater Control
Controlled Inspection and Instrumentation Monitoring During Construction
Mr. Frizzi has obtained extensive field, office supervision, project management, and forensic experience including soil and rock sampling and in-situ testing; monitoring pre, during, and post construction with state of the art geotechnical instrumentation; nondestructive testing; aqueous and sub-aqueous inspections and investigations and heavy construction field inspection which has contributed to his practical approach to geotechnical problem solving. Selected Projects:
One57 - 1,005 feet tall, 5-star, 210 room Park Hyatt Hotel and 95 premium condominiums and residences. Performed geotechnical and environmental engineering investigations, and provided foundation recommendations to support the proposed tower on spread footings supported on rock
Farmer's Field Event Center - geotechnical and environmental engineer for this highly anticipated 1,700,000-square-foot state-of-the-art sports stadium, entertainment venue, and premier convention center that will bring the NFL back to Los Angeles
GEO Associates provides litigation support services and expert witness testimony for civil and criminal investigations and insurance industry cases (both plaintiff and defendant) that involve Groundwater Pollution and Data Analysis, Forensic Geology and Geophysics, Hydrology Modeling, and Forensic Meteorology including Weather Event Re-Construction and Force Majeure cases. GEO Associates can assist attorneys and insurance claim professionals in obtaining, analyzing, modeling, and interpreting the correct geophysical/geological and meteorological data for their case.
GEO Associates uses the latest approved Regulatory EPA and USGS numerical modeling software to map the concentration levels and transport of air and groundwater pollutants. GEO Associates numerical modeling expertise, combined with their advanced knowledge of meteorological, geophysical and geological data gathering and processing, provides strong support to the attorney and client for cases involving Air Pollution, Reduced Visibility, Severe Storms, Groundwater Contamination, Flooding, Wind Damage and Hazardous Material Spills and Releases to Air and/or Water, which result in accidents, contamination of aquifers, toxic air, property damage, personal injury and death.
Industrial Groundwater Pollution
Toxic Tort Strategy
Environmental Surface and Groundwater Pollution
Mapping of Surface and Groundwater Contamination
Groundwater Computer Modeling
Aquifer Systems Analysis
Hazardous Spill Releases
Geological and Geophysical Data Acquisition, Processing and Analysis
Geological and Geophysical Mapping of Reservoirs
Observational Field Programs
Reflection and Refraction Seismology
Oil and Gas Operations and Operator Performance
Marine and Land Seismic Operations
Value Analysis of Proprietary Geophysical and Geological Data
2D and 3D Reflection Seismology Modeling and Analysis
Dr. Ed Garbin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE is a veteran geostructural engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience and 30 years of construction experience. A former General Contractor, Adjunct Professor at USF, Chief Engineer at Hayward Baker, and Vice President of Engineering at Earth Tech, he specializes in the design and construction oversight of ground improvement and specialty geostructural systems on complex sites. Dr. Garbin is the founder, President, and Principal Engineer of Garbin GeoStructural Group and is a licensed Professional Engineer in 19 states. He is also a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering from ASCE's Academy of Geo-Professionals.
Dr. Garbin is well-known for being a highly effective communicator able to convey complex topics in a simple, understandable manner. He is available for design assistance, continuing education training, and litigation support.
Areas of Technical Expertise:
Heavy Civil Engineering Design and Construction
Ground Improvement for Weak Soils and Karst
Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems
Ground Improvement / Modification Systems
Geo-structural Instrumentation and Data Acquisition
David Wilshaw, MS, PG has over 35 years of international experience in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics, Engineering Geophysics, Hydrogeology and Geoenvironmental Assessments. He is licensed as a Professional Geologist in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Mr. Wilshaw is also a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London in the United Kingdom. Over a long career, Mr. Wilshaw has provided geological, geotechnical & geoenvironmental expertise for residential, commercial & retail development, public buildings and infrastructure, open pit and underground mining reclamation, power plants, roads, railroads and ports. He has extensive experience in pre-construction geohazard and contaminated land assessment. He has been the statutory Professional Geologist pursuant to s.627.707 Florida Statutes for more than 850 sinkhole insurance claims and he is a certified Neutral Evaluator (under s.627.7074 Florida Statutes). Mr. Wilshaw has extensive peer review & litigation experience, having provided expert witness testimony at over 150 depositions and over 40 jury trials. Mr. Wilshaw is also majority owner and President of Integrity Drilling & Geophysical Services, LLC, www.idgsfl.com, providing geotechnical drilling, soil testing and geophysical surveying throughout Florida. IGDS owns and operates four (4) SPT drilling rigs, GPR equipment and a soil testing laboratory. In 2019, he relocated Ground Stiffness Surveys Ltd from the UK to Florida and is President of successor company Ground Stiffness Surveys LLC, www.groundstiffnesssurveys.com
Consulting Services Include:
Intrusive and Non-Intrusive Subsurface Exploration techniques
Evaluation of Disputed Sinkhole Insurance Claims (defense & plaintiff)
Development of Ground Stabilization and Improvement Schemes