28th Edition | 2nd Quarter 2022
Director's Note
Remember and Honor

For many of us, the impacts of the pandemic casted a light on some of the simple freedoms that we may have taken for granted in the past. When routine activities and conveniences are restrained, the impact on our lives can be significant. It brings to mind the fragility of our freedom and the bigger picture involving the significant threats we face and have faced from around the world.
We are extraordinarily blessed to live in a nation where we can can live free under the protection of our great military. To those who laid down their lives to defend our freedom and our way of life, we will never forget your sacrifice. On behalf of the GEL family, we thank you.
We wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day

J. Derek Bradner P.E., PLS
Company News
Our Newest Team Members
J.D. Mason | Survey Technician I
Raleigh, NC

Richard Corbin | SUE Technician III
Raleigh, NC
TUCC 2022
GEL Solutions' Laser Scanning Manager, Jason Lowe attended the TopoDOT Users Conference (TUCC) earlier this month in Orlando, FL. TUCC brings together TopoDOT users from all over the world to network, improve upon their skills and learn more about the technology and its applications. With the unique atmosphere offered to the TopoDOT community, this event never disappoints! Jason had an incredible time once again and we know he is looking forward to TUCC 2023. We hope to see you there!
A Rare Photo Op
We recently had an opportunity to capture a photo of the GEL Solutions SUE field team on a project site in Mt. Pleasant, SC. This is a special group of dedicated, skilled, and extremely hard working individuals who are committed to delivering precise results and quality service on every project.
Career Opportunities
Your next opportunity is waiting for you!
We are always looking for highly motivated, energetic professionals who share our culture, core values and goals. If you fit that description and would like to be part of a well-respected firm, enhance your skill set, and work with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in our industry, we invite you to apply. 
Visit our careers page for a list of regularly updated postings.
Upcoming Events

GEL Solutions will be attending, presenting, or exhibiting at the following events:

June 9-11 | North Charleston, SC

August 27-31 | Biloxi, MS
We hope to see you there and we'd love to talk with you!
Team Highlights
Recognized Employees from 1st Quarter 2022
February 2022

Parks Icenhour, P.E., PLS | SUE and Surveying Services Senior Manager
Raleigh, NC

Parks came to GEL in 2012 after a 38-year career with NCDOT’s Location & Surveys (L&S) Unit where he served most recently as Area Locating Engineer for the easternmost portion of N.C. When he joined GEL Solutions, Parks was essential in securing our relationship with NCDOT and has also been largely responsible for cultivating our surveying presence in North Carolina. Outside of his work life, Parks is intensely devoted to his family and spends a lot of time with his wife, Lorrie and their eleven great nieces and nephews. Additionally, you might hear Parks mention that he “plays the guitar” but to clarify, he is a gifted musician who has performed across the country (and overseas) throughout most of his life. He has shared the stage with many well-known artists and continues to be very active in music. We are grateful to have Parks for his valuable insight, his extraordinary work ethic and his willingness to help in all areas of our company.
March 2022

David Bass | Survey Technician
Raleigh, NC

David was originally with GEL Solutions from April 2019 – April 2020 and we were fortunate to have him return in July 2021. Upon his arrival last summer, he wasted no time in hitting the field to provide critical support on our Raleigh survey crew.  His continued dependability, strong work ethic and overall performance in the field has been impressive. Specifically, David has been recognized for the substantial role he performed on a recent 13-mile cross country project in Kinston, NC. We’ve been blessed to have David back on the team and we appreciate his hard work and incredible commitment.
Commemorating our Admin Crew!
We recently celebrated Administrative Professionals Day (April 27th) and we would like to acknowledge our great admin team, Kristan Dahl, Shae Iverson and Mindy Tyler! The support they provide for our company and our clients is crucial to our success throughout the year. Their expertise is often performed behind the scenes but their impact is felt throughout virtually every segment of our organization. We applaud these three for their incredible hard work and dedication!
Kristan Dahl
Administrative Assistant
Charleston, SC
Shae Iverson
Administrative Assistant
Raleigh, NC
Mindy Tyler
Project Coordinator
Charleston, SC
Service Highlight
GEL Solutions conducts complete SUE Investigations from Quality Level (QL) D to QL-A to support a wide range of applications and environments including Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs.) WWTP sites involve their own unique challenges, commonly including unconventional hazards, anomalous surface and subsurface features, and complex utility landscapes. With upgrades to these facilities becoming more common in recent years, GEL Solutions has supported numerous projects by delivering the precise subsurface information required. Our team is well-equipped with the proper knowledge, experience and instrumentation to meet all of the demands involved on WWTP site investigations.

Contact us or visit our website for more information about our SUE services.
Subsurface Fun Facts
Large Stone Spheres Discovered in Costa Rica
Six stone spheres have been recently discovered on the island of Isla del Caño and the Diquís Delta of Costa Rica where over 300 similar objects had been found previously. The majority of the spheres were discovered in 1940 by workers clearing the forest for a banana plantation. The stones, which range in size, the largest weighing about 16 tons, are very smooth and almost perfectly round. They are thought to have been hand-made by the ancient people of the Diquis Valley. Although there are many theories, the purpose of the spheres has never been confirmed.

Read more details about the stone spheres in the referenced articles found at heritagedaily.com and worldatlas.com.
In North Carolina, any engineering and surveying services are performed by GEL Engineering of NC, Inc. from the Greensboro and Raleigh locations.