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Greg Raines

Vice President

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Greg started working underground at the age of 19. His family was in mining, and he started learning drill and blast tunneling techniques when he was in high school. He went on to complete degrees in both civil engineering and geology, including an advanced degree in geotechnical engineering. Now, he’s our Power & Dams Geotechnics and Tunneling practice leader. Greg’s responsible for project development, technical direction, quality control, and risk management for hydropower and conveyance tunnels around the world.

His philosophy? Tunnel engineering is a combination of functionality, geotechnical conditions, and construction methods. It’s the right blend of these three aspects that ensures success. Greg has completed such notable projects as preliminary design for the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Lake Mead Intake No. 3, conceptual engineering for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s Boulder Canyon Pumped Storage Project, and the detailed design of the System Conveyance and Operations Program Reach 3 Tunnel under Las Vegas Wash. Greg’s experience with design, construction, and performance on tunnels throughout the Southwest gives him a unique perspective on how to successfully deliver tunnels that will perform properly.

Outside of work, Greg always goes back to the water. He has a history of extreme skiing and winter mountaineering, but when he moved to Southern California he took on surfing. These days he serves as a navigator on a racing sailboat, contributing positioning, meteorology, oceanography, instrumentation, strategy, and communications. 

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