Written By: gepdh|
May 17, 2012|
ROBERT BARRETT, Board of Directors, Soil Nail Launcher, Inc. Landslide Solutions, LLC. and GeoStabilization, INC. Bob Barrett is a graduate of Marshall University and worked for WVDOT and CDOT for over thirty years as a landslide specialist and as geotechnical manager for design and construction of Interstate 70 across the Colorado Rockies. Bob was Manager of Geotechnical Research for the Colorado DOT and for the Colorado Transportation Institute, was co-inventor of the Colorado Rockfall Simulation Program (CRSP), and received the 1991 Colorado Governor’s award for creativity and innovation in government service. He conceived, funded and directed a variety of research projects including collapsing soils, swelling soils, lightweight fills, compaction grouting and extensive work with used tires. His emphasis was on reinforced soils and included collaborative projects with government agencies, national and international universities and subject matter experts. He chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Geosynthetics for 7 years with a major focus on writing the first MSE specifications. He also chaired the NCHRP Panel on Sealing Geotechnical Boreholes and was Chair of NCHRP Panel 12-59, dealing with design of GRS bridge abutments. Bob is currently a member of the NCHRP Project Panel to develop seismic guidelines for GRS bridge abutments. He continues to be a leading researcher in the Geotechnical area and holds patents for rockfall mitigation devices and Geosynthetically Confined Soil (GCS®) retaining wall innovations. He and Al Ruckman have patents on Earthquake Wings for bridges and Scour Micropiles for Open Bottom Boxes and other applications. He was the former Manager of Bridge Design and Construction for Yenter Companies and he and Al were owners/founders of three design/build geotech construction companies. Bob and Al were the recipients of the 1998 IFAI international design award for the design and construction of a 55-ft high GCS® retaining wall in Grand County, Colorado. They enjoy solving difficult problems. Together, they have presented technology transfer programs on GCS®, landslide mitigation, and rockfall control on 5 continents and have constructed GCS® walls and abutments across the globe.