Monthly Archives: October 2016

Moretrench Turns Out for West Point Football

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For West Point alumnus and Moretrench VP Greg Ziegler, few things beat being back at Michie Stadium to watch the Black Knights play…and the day only gets better when they win handsomely.  On October 15th, under brilliant blue skies, Greg and several Moretrench colleagues were on hand to see Army rack up 62 points against the Lafayette Leopards’ 7 points.  Moretrench hosted a tailgate party, which was joined by West Point engineering major Cadet Erin Savage who recently spent time in the Rockaway office  as part of the United States Military Academy’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (IAID) program (see News Archives for July, 2016).  Moretrench Contracts Manager and Lafayette alumnus Dorothea Buquicchio was also there to cheer on her team.

It was a great day to share America’s school for soldiers,” said Greg. “I’m very proud of West Point and Moretrench today.”img_7277Those still around for the photo are pictured from left to right:  Shawn Coughlin, Cadet Erin Savage, Jim Kreutzer, Todd Andrews, Aaron Schoen, Adam Curry, Mike Fattorusso, Greg Ziegler, Jake DeGregoris, Tommy Ziegler, Matt DeGregoris, Josh Kaiser, Blake Holton, Andrew Buttitta, James Myers, Max Schisler

Engineering: It’s not just a man’s world any more.

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img_8619_webWhile women have always been in the minority in the civil and geotechnical engineering disciplines, advances have been made in recent years, with better early exposure in High School and more women enrolling for college degree courses.  At Moretrench alone, 33% of new engineering hires are female.  However, many young women still wonder if there is a place for them in what is a male-dominated field.  Recently, Moretrench young engineers Rachel Kim, Victoria Webber and Julia Rizos visited Morristown High School in Morris County, NJ to talk about their career choices and the realities of being a woman in this profession.   “Our goal was to tell the students about the day-to-day life of a female engineer based on our own experience at Moretrench and to encourage them to explore the career opportunities that a civil engineering degree offers,” said Rachel Kim.  “This is a rewarding field. There is an opportunity to impact the world.”

Approximately 25 female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academy students attended the lunchtime presentation.  It seems that Rachel, Victoria and Julia definitely had an impact on the students. “The response was enthusiastic and they asked some really good questions,” noted Rachel.  ”Some students even stayed behind and asked about college applications!”

Sharing the Experience

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2015-02-06-16-40-56The capability to tackle and resolve the most complex geotechnical problems is a hallmark of Moretrench.   So is sharing our experiences and lessons learned on those projects with the engineering community at large through technical forums such as short courses, conferences, seminars, industry websites and trade magazine articles.  Recently, North American Tunneling Journal featured  a particularly challenging project –how to access and repair a TBM halted deep beneath the middle of the Fraser River in British Columbia during mining of the new Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel.

Authored by Moretrench Director of Ground Freezing Joe Sopko and Behzad Khorshiji and Brian McInnes of McNally Construction, the article details the liquid nitrogen ground freezing program ultimately selected by the project team as the most viable option to stabilize the highly permeable sands and allow cutterhead access within the fast track timeframe.  The ground freezing design and the difficult logistics requirements of accomplishing the freeze in a remote, underwater location are discussed.

“The Port Mann project was the first time such a freeze had been attempted in the middle of a river,” noted Sopko.  “The freeze was very successful and tunneling operations resumed just eight weeks after the initial construction of the off-shore working platform.”

Read the full article here and learn more about Moretrench’s ground freezing expertise here.