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Jan 152018
 

Randy Otis, LS, Survey Department Manager

DuBois & King is pleased to announce the promotion of Randall Otis, LS, to Survey Department Manager. Randy has 16 years of survey experience, including topographic, boundary, right-of-way, construction layout, and deed preparation and research.

Randy graduated from Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2002 with an associates degree in Survey and Applied Science. After working as a Survey Technician and Party Chief for Trudell Consulting Engineers for several years, Randy joined D&K in 2006.

At D&K, Randy was Survey Party Crew Chief, providing services on all manner of survey projects ranging from historical right-of-way document research to detailed construction layout for vertical structures. He has provided survey services under successive VTrans Right-of-Way Survey and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation contracts, as well as an on-call contract with the US Fish & Wildlife to establish base survey control benchmarks at 10 national wildlife refuges around the Northeast.

While Randy loves all things survey, he is particularly passionate about topographic and construction layout survey. This past summer, he completed construction layout survey work on the newly constructed Miller building for the UVM Medical Center.

Randy Otis set up deformation survey at the UVM Medical Center last year.

The Survey Department has grown significantly in recent months, with the addition of D&K’s Keene office, which is currently focused on survey. As head of survey, Randy has oversight of a seven-person department that includes another licensed land surveyor (who is based in Keene), an Assistant Survey Department Manager, several survey technicians, and an Administrative Assistant (for Keene).

Randy looks forward to his department’s continued growth as he focuses on doing more work for VTrans and making additional inroads into New Hampshire and beyond. He plans to add drone services to D&K’s survey capabilities.

Randy is a board member of the Vermont Society of Engineers and on Vermont’s GIS advisory board as the licensed representative of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors.

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Nov 272017
 

Director of Site and Land David Conger, PE

D&K is excited to announce the appointment of David Conger as the Director of the Site and Land Division. David brings to the position 25 years of impressive and varied experience in site/civil and transportation projects in Vermont and New York.

After receiving his bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, David joined Fitzpatrick-Llewellyn, Inc., which was acquired by D&K in 1996. Working in the Site and Land Division, he developed technical capabilities in site development, transportation and traffic planning. David earned his professional engineer license in 1999, and in 2001, he moved to New York City where he served as project manager and engineer for a large consulting engineering firm.

David autographs a shovel at the Brandon Segment 6 groundbreaking ceremony last summer.

David maintained a varied focus on site/civil and transportation projects, notably providing management and engineering of large-scale projects under an IDIQ contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. His repertoire included airports, and he led significant improvement and reconstruction projects at JFK International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia Airports.

David returned to D&K in spring 2011 as Associate Director of Site and Land and focused his efforts on site evaluation and design for municipalities, regional commissions and private developers. Projects included a post-TS Irene infrastructure repair contract for the Town of Mendon, infrastructure improvement projects in the center of Burlington, and design and construction oversight of a crucial (flood control) culvert replacement project in downtown Brandon.

David’s extensive experience managing complex, varied provides him with a strong foundation for his role as Director of Site and Land. As an example, in New York, he served as civil lead for the $8.7 billion New Jersey Transit Access to the Region’s Core dual railway tunnel conceptual design. Currently, David is the contract manager for D&K’s construction inspection services for the $21 million Brandon Segment 6 project, one of the largest roadway reconstruction projects in the State of Vermont. His purview also includes oversight of the Survey Department and of site development projects for Verizon.

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Sep 182017
 
David A. Mann, LLS

David A. Mann, LLS

DuBois & King (D&K) announces the acquisition of David A. Mann Land Survey, a Keene, New Hampshire-based survey firm. The firm will continue providing professional services under the name of David A. Mann Land Survey, a division of DuBois & King. Licensed in New Hampshire and Vermont, David Mann, LLS, has 45 years of land surveying experience and has been providing survey services in both states for 25 years. Over his professional career, he has forged strong client relationships in southern New Hampshire and Vermont. David will augment survey services for D&K’s New Hampshire offices and projects and for the firm’s projects in southern Vermont. His experience as a licensed land surveyor brings increased depth to D&K’s survey and boundary work.

The acquisition of David A. Mann Survey brings three new full-time staff members to D&K. Along with David Mann, Toni Mann and Wesley Mann join D&K. Toni will continue to serve as an Administrative Assistant in the Keene office, and Wesley Mann will serve as Survey Party Chief working alongside David.

David’s professional career has included both owning and operating his own survey firm, as well as managing survey groups for consulting firms. David Mann will serve as D&K’s office manager for the Keene location and will be in responsible charge of operations and business development. David is active in multiple professional associations and has served as past president of the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association.

Welcome, David, Toni, and Wesley! Contact David at dmann@dubois-king.com.

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Jul 182017
 

Guy Rouelle, AAAE

DuBois & King is pleased to announce that Guy Rouelle, AAAE, has joined the firm’s Airport Engineering group as Senior Airport Planner. Guy brings to DuBois & King 33 years of varied, in-depth experience working in and around airports. His expertise includes an understanding of public administration, planning, project development, contracts and grants administration, airport operations and maintenance, security, property management, easement acquisition, airport facilities, and FAA and airport regulations.

Most recently, Guy served as the Vermont Aeronautics Administrator overseeing the ten state airports. In this position, Guy was ultimately responsible for the execution and distribution of work through the state aeronautical service retainer contracts, and he provided oversight of the entire Vermont State aviation property management program, which involved more than 270 airport leases. During his tenure, Guy transformed many state airports from a condition of disrepair to fully functional, FAA-compliant, revenue-generating airports. He had the vision and trusted relationships with local, state and federal regulators, the congressional delegation and the FAA to secure discretionary funding to address 56 years of delayed repairs to Vermont airports in under 6 years.

Guy’s previous positions have included aviation education coordinator, aviation accident investigator, and chief pilot for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He is a master flight instructor and DOD Air Traffic Control Examiner, and he served in the U.S. Army Aviation Branch and the U.S. Air Force. Guy holds multiple aeronautical ratings, including commercial pilot, multi-engine rating, certified flight instrument instructor, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, and TERP instructor. He holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Operations, a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science and an associates degree in meteorology.

Guy’s deep expertise in all things airport combined with his passion for the aviation industry make him a strong asset to D&K’s airport engineering team. Guy lives in East Calais, Vermont, and works in the firm’s Randolph headquarters. Contact Guy at grouelle@dubois-king.com.

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Jul 122017
 

Since Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, DuBois & King engineers have assisted numerous communities to not only repair storm damaged infrastructure, but to build resiliency into infrastructure to mitigate damage from future storm events.

The culvert diverts overflows from the Neshobe River and directs the flow beneath US Route 7.

Photo on left: Energy dissipating baffles at overflow culvert outlet. Photo on right courtesy of Gourmet Provence: Storm surge flowing over outlet baffles.

Neshobe River Overflow Culvert. Brandon, Vermont had significant damage when TropicalStorm Irene caused flooding and overtopping of US Route 7, which runs through the town. A constricted section of the Neshobe River runs through the downtown including under the town offices and multiple other commercial buildings. Floodwaters damaged town offices, downtown infrastructure, roadways and US Route 7, as well as private and commercial properties. DuBois & King designed an overflow culvert to divert storm flows and prevent the Neshobe River from overtopping in the congested channel. The overflow culvert was designed to redirect up to the 500-year storm event under Route 7, and away from downtown businesses, properties, and town offices.

The Town of Brandon received a Hazard Mitigation grant of $2.55M from FEMA to fund the design and construction of the overflow culvert. Construction was completed in May and the investment has paid for itself in one storm event. On July 1, this year, heavy rains pounded the state causing numerous road closings, wash–outs, and state-wide flash flood warnings, but downtown Brandon was spared flood damage as the overflow culvert did its job.

Timing is everything: forty days after completing construction of the overflow culvert; it was tested with its first major storm event. Brandon merchants and Town officials marveled at the timing. One downtown merchant was quoted in the local paper, reflecting the sentiments of others, “I just know the business owners couldn’t be more grateful. I might have just closed, or sold the business, because I’m not sure I could have gone through a flood again.”

Gunners Brook flood mitigation in-stream collectors.

Gunners Brook Flood Mitigation.  Gunners Brook runs through a congested, constricted section of Barre, Vermont and was the site of repeated flood damage caused by woody debris jamming. DuBois & King evaluated Gunners Brook in both the Town and City of Barre and made recommendations for a flood resilient channel design standard to be used to replace the existing channel walls, to provide debris collection at locations other than bridges, for the development of a debris management plan to guide public works staff, and for property buyouts/removal of selected structures adjacent to the channel.

In-stream debris shown in collection racks from July 1st storm event.

DuBois & King worked with the City to obtain a State of Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Grant to help fund the construction of a multifaceted flood mitigation project. The project includes urban floodplain restoration and hydraulic and structural design of two in-stream debris collection racks.

During storm events, woody debris jamming was a significant cause of recurrent flooding due to the artificially narrowed stream channel, which was built up with vertical granite block walls and choked by undersized stream crossing structures. Repeated flooding caused economic damage and contributed to erosion and water quality issues in the area. The new in-stream structures allow controlled collection of woody debris and limits migration of debris downstream where additional jamming could occur. It is believed these structures are a first-of-their-kind in the United States.

One structure serves as the primary collector upstream and the second structure is designed to collect additional debris in a controlled fashion within the urban area. The recent July 1, Vermont storm event tested the constructed in-stream debris collection racks and verified that the debris collection systems mitigate flooding by capturing debris upstream before it can collect in bends and bridge openings downstream contributing to out-of-bank flooding.

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