About Us: Our People
Our staff includes Registered Professional Engineers, Engineers-In-Training, Professional Geologists, Graduate Geologists, Engineering Technicians, and support staff. Our technical personnel are registered in the following states:


accomplishments Our staff has a broad base of technical education and experience with strong capabilities to directly execute and control field exploration, construction testing, site assessment, remediation, laboratory testing, and report preparation. Our staff members regularly attend continuing education seminars, technical training courses, and conferences. Our project managers and professionals are affiliated with relevant professional organizations. Our personnel utilize state-of-the-art design and subsurface modeling tools to better develop solutions to difficult problems. Computer report generation and drafting systems are used to present our findings.
Jeremy Hudson
Project Engineer

Mr. Hudson is a project level engineer with over three years of experience as a consulting engineer. He has experience involving geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing as well as experience involving environmental services and building sciences. Mr. Hudson has geotechnical and materials testing experience in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. He has been involved in environmental and building science projects in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, and Oklahoma. His emphasis is in geotechnical engineering and building sciences, including initial subsurface investigations through specific engineered solutions for construction related problems under construction and on operational facilities.
Robert B. Peck
Senior Project ManagerMr. Peck is a Senior Project Manager for the Construction Testing/Engineering group. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has over 23 years of experience as a Materials Inspector, Lab Supervisor, Project Engineer, and CMT Manager. He has a vast array of experience in laboratory testing for soils, concrete, masonry, and asphalt as well as field testing of asphalt, concrete, and soils, shallow and deep foundation observations (including caissons, H-piles and auger cast piles), subgrade stabilization evaluations, visual weld observation, bolt torque, concrete sampling, concrete delamination observation, masonry observation and sampling, roofing installation observation, and asphalt pavement failure evaluations. He is LG&E Contractor “Passport Program” Safety Trainer.
Michael C. Ronayne, P.E.
Vice President, Senior Engineer & Safety Coordinator

Mr. Ronayne is the Vice-President of GEM Engineering, Inc. and the Manager of the Geotechnical Engineering Department. In addition, he is the Safety Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer. Mr. Ronayne is a Geotechnical Engineer with more than 20 years of consulting experience involving many engineering projects in Kentucky, Indiana and surrounding states. He is well versed in the soil, bedrock and groundwater conditions that affect construction in this region. He has special expertise for subsurface exploration techniques in karst limestone terrain and in the lake-bed, river deposited, and glacial materials that can pose special construction problems in this region.
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Samantha Schardein, P.E.
Senior EngineerMs. Schardein is a Senior Engineer and Assistant Vice-President. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has over 11 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, including foundation design, site preparation, slope stability design and remediation, dam design and remediation, pre-blast surveys, shoring design, injection wells, forensic studies, load testing, and more. Her projects have included most facility/structure types, including schools, manufacturing and industrial facilities, undeveloped property, office and industrial parks, water tanks, churches, apartment buildings, landfills, government buildings, residential developments, hotels, parks, cell towers, bridges, banks, shopping malls, retail centers, and parking garages. She also is experienced with many aspects of environmental engineering.
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G.T. (Jerry) Vandevelde, P.E.
President & Chief EngineerMr. Vandevelde is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states and has over 28 years of experience with both international consulting firms and smaller regional firms. He has extensive experience in many facets of geotechnical engineering, environmental services, and materials testing, (including wood, metals, masonry, refractory material, plastics, carpeting, and many others). Geotechnical projects have included slope stability analysis, dam design, landfill design, geophysical methods, field instrumentation, failure analysis, various forms of deep foundations, and other geotechnical or materials concerns.
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