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Moretrench Hosts West Point Engineering Major Cadet Juergens

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Moretrench recently hosted West Point engineering major Cadet Harald Juergens at the Rockaway, NJ headquarters for a three-week introduction to the company’s specialty geotechnical work. Cadet Juergens was selected to participate in the United States Military Academy’s Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, where cadets have the opportunity to work alongside public sector and private industry leaders during the summer, applying what they have learned in the classroom to real engineering and research problems.

Under the guidance of Senior Vice President Greg Ziegler, himself a West Point graduate, Cadet Juergens visited multiple jobs sites to see various underground construction methods at work and undertook a range of tasks related to current ground freezing projects.  Cadet Juergens was able to spend time on various dewatering projects, including fly ash dewatering at two mid-Atlantic power plants.  He also visited several Geotec jobsites in New York City, including Columbia University, and jobsites in Washington DC.

The 5th International Grouting Conference

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Visit us at Booth 201 during the
 5th International Grouting Conference!
July 9th – 17th  |  Sheraton Waikiki  |  Honolulu, Hawaii

Make sure to mark your program for these informative Moretrench presentations:

  • Grouting in Frozen Ground Conditions
    Paul C. Schmall, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Rehabilitative Grouting for the Anacostia River Tunnel
    Paul C. Schmall, Ph.D., P.E., James C. Myers, P.E., Lucian P. Spiteri, P.E., and Stephen D. Hawkins
  • Forensics for Freezing
    Joseph A. Sopko, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Grouting for Freezing
    Joseph A. Sopko, Ph.D., P.E.

See the conference program here for keynote speakers and registration information.

In Underground Construction, the Sum of the Parts is Greater than the Whole

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TBM_April2017_30-31_WebNewsFor every infrastructure megaproject, there are as many small, typically unsung but vital components as there are large, more newsworthy sections. Yet without these smaller components, the overall project may not be able to proceed.  The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (DC Water’s) Clean Rivers Project is no exception. When three critical utilities above three separate areas along the Anacostia River Tunnel alignment were identified as being vulnerable to settlement during tunneling operations, Moretrench was contracted to perform compensation grouting though pre-placed sleeve port pipes to mitigate the potential for lost soil volume.

You can download a PDF of the full article here,  provided courtesy of  Tunnel Business Magazine.

Moretrench’s Craig Sofio and Joanne Muccione honored for work with local School of Technology

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Joanne Muccione, Craig Sofio, and morning session Share Time students Tanner Tamayne and Jack Nussbaum.

Joanne Muccione, Craig Sofio, and morning session Share Time students Tanner Tamayne and Jack Nussbaum.

Working with local area organizations is very much a part of Moretrench’s corporate culture, and this extends to area schools as well as non-profit facilities. Over the past year, Shop Manager Craig Sofio and HR Generalist Joanne Muccione have been instrumental in giving presentations, arranging a tour of the company’s facilities and shop, and initiating a Share Time program for students at the Morris County School of Technology (MCST).  They were invited to join the school’s Carpentry Advisory Board in December, 2016, and were recognized with a High Impact Partner award at the school’s Spring Advisory Dinner held on June 6th.  Mr. Sofio, himself a graduate of the school, was a keynote speaker at the Class of 2017 Commencement ceremony on June 16th, 2017.

From more than 30 applicants, three students were selected for the company’s first Share Time program, overseen by Mr. Sofio.  They work alongside shop personnel for half a day, four days per week obtaining real life experience in aspects related to their vocational studies focus.  “It’s an honor and a privilege to be associated with MCST,” said Sofio.  “The Share Time began in January and is proving to be extremely successful.  I give credit to Joanne Muccione who has been a driving force behind these initiatives.  We both look forward to continuing our relationship with the school for years to come.”

The Old Croton Trailway Project Wins ASCE Lower Hudson Valley Branch Award

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Old Croton Trailway, Ward Award, ASCE

The Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Engineers has selected Moretrench’s Old Croton Trailway Project to be the recipient of the 2017 Ward House Award for Small Project of the Year. This award is presented for a minor and complex civil engineering project in the Lower Hudson Valley and is named after the Ward House in Rye Brook, New York, which has been designated by ASCE and the American Concrete Institute as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.  Selection of the award is made by the Lower Hudson Valley Branch Board.  The Old Croton project came out ahead of the other projects considered based on a number of factors including complexity, design, and overall success.

The job itself involved replacement of a failed 185-year-old masonry brick retaining wall supporting the landmarked Old Croton Aqueduct.  The failure caused a significant landslide.  Challenges involved with installing the permanent soldier pile and concrete lagging replacement wall included a fast-track schedule, extremely tight access, and constructability of the new wall on a steeply sloping and unstable site. You can read the full project summary here.















Revealing the Secret to Dewatering

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“Dewatering is often misunderstood or neglected until the last possible moment in the life of a project.”

Moretrench’s Chief Dewatering Engineer Greg Landry, P.E., shares “The Secret to Dewatering”  in the May/June issue of Deep Foundations.  This informative article aims to clear up a pervasive but fundamental misunderstanding about how to determine the amount of dewatering effort required for a project by taking the reader through commonly used dewatering methods and clarifying widely held misconceptions  about this often critical part of so many underground construction projects.

For more information about Moretrench’s dewatering capability, please visit here.
Greg Landry may be contacted at

“This article was originally published in DFI’s bi-monthly magazine, Deep Foundations, May/June 2017 issue. DFI is an international technical association of firms and individuals involved in the deep foundations and related industry. Deep Foundations is a member publication. To join DFI and receive the magazine, go to for further information. ”
















Mark your Calendars for RETC 2017

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RETC, RETC 2017, Moretrench

Thursday, June 6th – Grouting/Ground Modification II
By Joseph A. Sopko, Ph.D., P.E. and Adam Curry, P.E.

RETC 2017 is the premier event of the 2017 tunneling and underground construction calendar, featuring more than 21 technical sessions with presentations by leading industry experts, 34,000 square feet of exhibit space, and 190 exhibit booths.  Be sure to stop by and visit booth 304, and don’t miss this instructive and informative presentation on Moretrench’s complex and challenging ground freezing project for D.C. Water’s First Street Tunnels.


Martin McDermott, P.G. Joins Moretrench

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Martin McDermott, MoretrenchMoretrench extends a warm welcome to Martin McDermott, P.G., who joins us as a Division Manager for our Geotechnical Group.  Mr. McDermott has more than 30 years of geotechnical construction experience, with a particular area of expertise in the field of drilled shaft construction. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering Geology from Drexel, a B.A in Geology from LaSalle, and is a licensed Pennsylvania Professional Geologist.  He is a seasoned, goal-oriented and proactive professional and brings a wealth of underground construction knowledge to his new position, particularly in the area of deep foundations.

His primary focus will be the company’s drilled shaft/secant pile wall operations in the Northeast and New England regions.  He will be based in our new office in the Philadelphia area, which will also offer the full range of Moretrench’s services.

Mr. McDermott is also actively involved in several professional organizations.  He is a former VP and Treasurer of the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC) and previously served on its National Board. He is also a member of The Moles, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA).

“Martin’s drilled shaft experience and his extensive background in geology will be an asset to Moretrench as we continue to grow our business and I look forward to working with him for many years to come.  Please join with me in welcoming him to the Moretrench family,”  Thomas J. Tuozzolo, P.E., Senior Vice President.

Mr. McDermott may be contacted at

Vancouver’s Port Mann Tunnel Finally Goes into Service with Help from Moretrench’s Ground Freezing Expertise

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Port Mann, Fraser River, Moretrench, Canada

“What they did was really quite unique” City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussato.

As reported by the Vancouver Sun, Metro Vancouver’s new 3,280-ft long Port Mann Mater main finally went into service in late February after long delays resulting from a mid-bore breakdown of the TBM deep below the riverbed. With all other possible approaches ultimately ruled out due to environmental issues, Moretrench was called in to develop a ground freezing plan to isolate the cutter head from the high surrounding earth and hydrostatic pressures and allow access to the chamber behind the cutter head for repairs.  After just 12 days of freezing, the repairs were able to able to take place and tunneling resumed.

Read the Sun’s news write-up here and see a full description of Moretrench’s work here.

ESOP Brings Rutgers to Moretrench

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Moretrench, ESOP, Employee Ownership

Recently, Moretrench hosted several representatives from Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations who are currently involved in producing a video that will include a section on employee ownership, a particular area of expertise for the University. As Moretrench has been 100% employee owned since 1999, we were more than happy for them to come and see an ESOP company in action. President and CEO Art Corwin, and Staff Engineer Johnna Emanuel participated in the video, contributing their thoughts and experiences from senior management and young engineer perspectives.