Mr. Ronayne is a Senior Engineer and Vice-President of GEM Engineering, Inc. He also is the Safety Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer. Mr. Ronayne is a Geotechnical Engineer with more than 30 years of consulting experience involving many projects in Kentucky, Indiana and surrounding states. He is well versed in the soil, bedrock and groundwater conditions that affect construction in this region including karst terrain and the lake-bed, river deposited, and glacial materials that can pose special construction problems.
His experience includes most geotechnical aspects of commercial, manufacturing, educational, institutional, private, and municipal building sites, as well as other structures such as tanks, treatment plants, towers, dams, and bridges. Mr. Ronayne has extensive experience with several facets of geotechnical engineering, including the following: subsurface exploration; shallow foundation design; auger cast pile, driven pile, drilled piers design, installation, and load testing; settlement analysis; slope stability; lateral earth pressure analysis; design of highway and aircraft pavements; design and analysis of retaining structures; construction dewatering; evaluation of seepage and drainage problems; soil stabilization; site preparation and earthwork; grouting; geotechnical instrumentation and in-situ testing; geosynthetics; subsidence; landfill site selection; site suitability appraisals; pre-condition surveys; sand and gravel reserve studies’ and expert services.
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; University of Kentucky
Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program; University of Kentucky
Professional Engineer: Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia
NCEES Engineering Record
Specialized Technical Training
Deep Foundation Design: University of Missouri
Laterally Loaded Pile Analysis: University of Texas
Micropiles: Deep Foundation Institute
Engineering & Geology of Karst Terranes: University of Central Florida
American Society of Civil Engineers
Kentucky Geotechnical Engineering Group
Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
Associated General Contractors
Tau Beta P
University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering A.L. Chambers Award for “A Conceptual Model for Landfill Siting Consistent with the Geological Variables Represented in the Kentucky Natural Resources Information System.
Associated General Contractors of KY Distinguished Service Award 2010 & 2013.
Selected Project Experience
Louisville Airport Improvement Program, LAIP (Louisville, Kentucky): Conducted drilling, laboratory testing and runway pavement design for the LAIP. Subgrade stabilization recommendations were developed for new runways that extended more than 3 miles over soft, lake-bed soils.
Federal Express Air Hub (Louisville, Kentucky): Conducted a geotechnical study for the project at the Louisville International Airport. Alternative stabilization recommendations were developed for soft, poorly drained subgrade soils. Kiln dust treatment was ultimately selected and successfully utilized.
UPS Air Hub (Louisville, Kentucky): Conducted geotechnical studies including building foundation and aircraft pavement design recommendations for several major facilities at the Louisville International Airport, including the Maintenance Hangar, Ramp “E”, and Heavy Package Facility.
Chautauqua Airlines Maintenance Hangar (Louisville, Kentucky): Conducted a geotechnical study for the project at the Louisville International Airport. Stabilization recommendations were developed for soft, poorly drained subgrade soils. Placement of limestone shot rock ultimately selected.
Subsurface exploration, pavement and foundation design for the Kentucky Air National Guard Base relocation project, including a new hangar for C-130 aircraft.
Geotechnical consultant for the Louisville Airport Relocation Board on the Heritage Creek Subdivision. This project involved the relocation of the Minor Lane Heights subdivision to a new 200+ acre site in southern Jefferson County, Kentucky. Special challenges included stabilization of numerous sinkholes, characterization and remediation of springs, developing special foundation alternatives for structures underlain by shallow bedrock and deep uncontrolled fill. Subsurface exploration included several hundred soundings and borings drilled to define rock conditions along utility lines and roadways.
Kimberly Clark Plant (Owensboro, Kentucky). Extensive geotechnical exploration and foundation design for a large paper mill supported on auger cast pile foundations. Evaluation of subsurface conditions, loading conditions and pile installation methods related to settlement of an existing plant building caused by pile installation.
North American Stainless (Ghent, Kentucky). Extensive geotechnical exploration and design for several phases of new construction at a steel manufacturing plant. Heavily loaded structures and equipment were supported on auger cast piles. Installation records and load test results were reviewed for several thousand auger cast piles installed over a period of years at the plant.