People: G.T. (Jerry) Vandevelde, P.E. Chief Engineer/President
Jerry Vandevelde

Professional Summary

Mr. Vandevelde is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states and has over 38 years of experience with both international consulting firms and regional firms. He has extensive experience in many facets of geotechnical, environmental and materials engineering and testing (including wood, metals, masonry, refractory material, plastics, carpeting and many others). His environmental experience began with a Masters thesis on disposal of hazardous waste, and has included: groundwater modeling, sampling and testing; asbestos surveys, remediation design, and removal monitoring; lead paint detection, building air quality and mold analysis; waste water treatment facility design and permitting; contamination remediation; underground storage tank removal and contamination remediation; phase I and phase II site studies; and wetlands evaluations. Geotechnical projects have included slope stability analysis, dam design, landfill design, geophysical methods, field instrumentation, failure analysis, various forms of shallow and deep foundations, and other geotechnical or materials concerns. On-site inspection and construction projects have included dams, cathedrals, tunnels, towers, railroad trestles, industrial facilities utilizing specialized materials or instrumentation, and thousands of piles and drilled piers. He has directed on-site QA/QC teams of up to 20 technicians and engineers on large projects. He was the Senior Consultant on Toyota plants in Georgetown, Kentucky (over 6- million square feet under roof), and Toyota plants in both Buffalo, West Virginia, and Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Vandevelde was extensively involved in design and construction of the new Convention Center in Louisville, and was a consultant on an emergency sinkhole repair under the main computer center at the NASA Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He has presented and published papers on many topics including construction of rock-soil fill, remediation of sinkholes, design of a unique self-supporting backfill, and earth dam safety. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville, and currently teaches soil mechanics and foundation engineering classes for a national PE examination review webinar sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer: Kentucky; Alabama; Tennessee; and Indiana

Education

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering & Bachelor of Science, University of Louisville

Publications

  • An Analysis of Laws Affecting the Disposal of Hazardous Waste; Master Thesis; 1978; University of Louisville.
  • Red Mountain Landslide Susceptibility Study; Ohio River Valley Soil Seminar; 1986; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • David Crockett Dam: A Case History; Southeastern States Dam Safety Conference; 1988; Jackson, Mississippi
  • Shot-Rock Fill Construction: Case History; ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management; September 1988
  • Sinkhole Remediation – ASCE Special Publication – Karst Terrain; Treatment of 140-acre commercial mall site with numerous sinkholes.
  • Bootstrap Backfill – Design of Self-Supporting Wall Backfill; Ohio River Valley Soil Seminar; 1999; Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Subgrade Evaluation and Fill Quality Control; Structural Engineers Association of Kentucky; 2000; Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Realities in Instrumentation: Jefferson Davis Monument; Ohio River Valley Soil Seminar; 2000; Lexington, Kentucky.

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