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Geotechnical Initiatives Post Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans

Protection against the next storm of the century

  • 23

    Drill Rigs Mobilized

  • 6

    Cpts with 454k ft

  • 87K

    Laboratory Tests

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

    New Orleans, Louisiana

Bringing communities together after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina

Katrina was the sort of disaster that brings a world together. People from all over donated their time and their money to relief and rebuilding. In 2007, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded FFEB JV, LLC (FFEB) a $100M three-year contract to provide geotechnical engineering services in the rebuilding effort.

FFEB is a joint venture between Stantec and three other consulting firms, and our goal was to protect New Orleans against future hurricanes up to the 100-year level. Plus, we had to complete our work by the beginning of the 2011 hurricane season.

We performed sampling in diverse conditions including on land (truck or ATV-mounted drilling equipment), under water (drill rigs mounted on a jackup barge), and in marshes (drill rigs mounted on amphibious buggies). We also coordinated field operations.

At the end of the contract in 2010, FFEB was awarded an additional five-year geotechnical contract. We’ve completed field explorations for existing levees, T-Walls and I-Walls, and various pumping stations as well as new levee alignments. This partnership and this work are helping to ensure a safer future for New Orleans and its surrounding communities.

At a Glance

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Meet Our Team

Barry Bryant, Senior Principal, Water

Be responsive to the call and challenge yourself to make a difference – to both your clients and the community you live in.

Jeff Dingrando, Principal, Geotechnical Engineering

I enjoy opportunities where we can bring value to our clients, exceed their expectations, and separate ourselves from the competition.

Barry  Bryant

Senior Principal, Water

Jeff Dingrando

Principal, Geotechnical Engineering

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