Principals


Phil C. Gerhart, P.E.

Principal

Education

  • Ph.D. (ABT), Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
  • M.E., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University

Distinguishing Qualifications

  • Phil has over 45 years of experience as a professional geotechnical engineering practitioner; and specializes in soil and rock mechanics, water resources engineering, foundation engineering, and forensic engineering.
  • He has extensive experience in both design and construction of geotechnically related aspects of dams (earthfill, rockfill, roller compacted concrete), bridges, solid waste disposal facilities, commercial/industrial buildings and facilities, industrial-minerals processing plants, mine facilities, water supply and wastewater treatment facilities, highways, large diameter pipelines, transmission line towers, canals, landslides slurry trenches and geosynthetically lined ponds.
  • Major projects he has managed include: Interstate I-15 Reconstruction in Salt Lake County; numerous dams and water storage facilities (including the 2005 ASDSO National Rehabilitation Project – Piute Dam); Unocal, Chevron, Cathedral Bluffs, and other oil shale planning and development projects; Gerald Gentleman Station (Nebraska), Craig Station (Colorado), Antelope Valley Station (North Dakota), and other fossil fuel generating stations in the U.S.; water supply and bridge projects in the Mideast (Jordan) and Africa; and mining projects for Phelps-Dodge, AMAX, Cypress, and others throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Ryan Thomas Cole, Ph.D. P.E.

Principal

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah

Distinguishing Qualifications

  • Over 14 years of experience providing solutions to private and public sector infrastructure through specialization in geotechnical engineering, project management, soil / rock mechanics and testing, foundations, geotechnical instrumentation, earthquake design, site characterization, and numerical modeling.
  • Has experience with design and construction of geotechnical aspects of highways, dams, slurry walls, canals, dikes, haul roads, pump stations, large diameter pipelines, foundations (piles, drilled shafts, and micropiles), landslides, lined ponds, transmission lines / cellular towers, shoring (tiebacks and soil nails), and MSE walls.
  • Has been involved in project management, design, construction, and quality assurance of over 5.9 million square feet of slurry wall (over 35 lineal miles) in multiple projects totaling over $43 million.
  • Key project and geotechnical design involvement includes: I-15 Utah County Corridor Expansion (design-build), Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure Project, Wide Hollow Dam Rehabilitation, Three Creeks Dam Rehabilitation, and PRWUA Siphon and Penstock Relocation.

Travis M. Gerber, Ph.D., P.E.

Principal

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, Summa Cum Laude

Distinguishing Qualifications

  • Travis has over 17 years of experience as a professional practitioner and a university professor; his project portfolio spans multiple market sectors including transportation, water resources, industrial / commercial facilities, and geoenvironmental.
  • Having worked in the field of concrete construction prior to becoming an engineer, Travis brings a practical construction perspective to his engineering practice.
  • Travis has particular expertise in seismic ground response, liquefaction, slope stability, soft soils (including the use of wick drains, surcharging, geotextiles, staged construction, SHANSEP principles, and various ground improvement technologies), numerical modeling, geotechnical and structural pipeline design, horizontal directional drilling, and design-build project delivery.
  • Travis has published and consulted nationally on topics relating to the behavior of shallow and deep foundations under static and seismic loadings as well as the performance of MSE walls; he has also taught seismic design courses for organizations such as the Utah Department of Transportation.

Brian H. Garrett, P.E.

Principal

Education

  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University

Distinguishing Qualifications

  • Over 12 years of experience in geotechnical design and testing. Project work experience includes site characterization, deep foundation design, static and high-strain dynamic pile testing, integrity and static load testing of drilled shafts, construction vibration monitoring, and designing temporary and permanent earth retaining structures.
  • Served clients ranging from specialty geotechnical contractors, heavy civil contractors, state departments of transportation, civil engineering firms, and private owners/developers.
  • Has extensive experience in high-strain dynamic pile testing and signal matching (CAPWAP) analyses. Achieved an Advanced Level in the High-Strain Dynamic Pile Testing Examination administer by Foundation QA.
  • Professional engineer (Civil) licensed in 13 states.
  • Professional affiliations include Member, American Society of Civil Engineers and Technical Affiliate Member, ADSC-The International Association of Foundation Drilling.