26th Edition | 4th Quarter 2021
Director's Note
Many Blessings to End the Year

With so much uncertainty still looming into the onset of 2021, we feel incredibly grateful to be closing out the year with the successes we have had and strong optimism for 2022 and beyond. We certainly have much to be thankful as we ring in the holidays this year.

By spring of 2021, infrastructure plans and projects around the country had begun to advance significantly. We were rewarded in the surge of activity and elevated support for our clients. Live events have made a come back this year and it has been great to see the faces of our friends, business partners and industry peers once again. We are excited about the growth of GEL Solutions including the addition of several new professionals we welcomed on board in 2021. We are blessed to have such a talented and resilient team that has pushed through tough challenges to meet increased demands while maintaining their high level of service and quality. Above all, we are thankful that our employees have remained safe.

We hope you enjoy a happy and safe holiday season and we sincerely thank you for your support this year.
J. Derek Bradner P.E., PLS
Director  
Company News
Our Newest Team Members
Zachary Wilson | Geophysical Specialist
Marietta, Georgia

John Bass | Survey Technician
Raleigh, North Carolina

We are also proud to welcome back

Brent Clauser | SUE Technician
Charleston, South Carolina
New Video on YouTube!
3D Laser Scanning
Bridge Investigation in Rockingham County, NC
GEL Solutions has been supporting NCDOT in monitoring Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall structures using conventional surveying and 3D laser scanning (terrestrial LiDAR) technology. We recently investigated a site that involved depressions that had developed on the road surface over a bridge on US 220 (I-73) in Rockingham County, NC. Our team produced data that was not only used to rule out significant structural concerns but also documented the degree of improvement after repairs were made. Click the image below to check out the video!
You can find more information about our 3D Laser Scanning services here.
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. 
Marietta, GA
No Current Postings

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:


December 13-14 | Raleigh, North Carolina
Exhibiting

January 19-20 | Charlotte, North Carolina
Attending

January 25-26 | Raleigh, North Carolina
Attending

March 20-23 | Charlotte, North Carolina
Attending
We hope to see you there and we'd love to talk with you!
Team Highlights
Recognized Employees from 3rd quarter 2021
July 2021

Kevin Khadaran | SUE Technician
Marietta, Georgia

Kevin came on board in May of 2019. Prior to joining our team, he worked for several communications companies serving as a buried wire technician and cable technician. His experience in working with utilities for over 10 years and his knowledge of how utility systems work has been beneficial in his role at GEL. Kevin is a hard worker and likes to stay busy. He keeps morale up by bringing energy and optimism to the office and to the field. In addition to the various field assignments he is sent on, he keeps our trucks shiny and makes sure supplies are stocked. Kevin loves sports and played semi-pro basketball in the U.S. and Europe in his youth. Car rides with Kevin are never boring and his co-workers often gain a new perspective on things when joining him on trips. We appreciate Kevin for the intensity he brings to our group and for the high level of service he delivers for our clients.

August 2021

Andy Smith, PLS | Senior Land Surveyor
Greensboro, North Carolina

Andy joined us in March of 2019 and serves as a Senior Land Surveyor and Lead CADD Designer. He is responsible for managing field crews, processing data, preparing final CADD drawings and has done an outstanding job managing projects for the Greensboro office.  Prior to joining GEL Solutions, Andy held a 28-year career with NCDOT where he gained valuable surveying knowledge and extensive experience involving a vast range of roadway projects. Complimenting his technical expertise, Andy is quite simply a great guy and is well-liked by everyone who meets him. And to add more icing on the cake, no pun intended, he has officially earned the title of “Office Cook” by his Greensboro colleagues. We appreciate Andy for the positivity he brings to our group and the high level of service he delivers on a daily basis!

September 2021

Jason Prevatte | Survey Project Manager
Raleigh, North Carolina

Jason celebrated his fourth anniversary with GEL Solutions in September 2021 and has been a vital component on our team since he started. Prior to GEL, Jason gained valuable experience while working 20 + years for NCDOT’s Location and Surveys Unit. He served many roles with NCDOT including ten years as a Project Surveyor and his last two years as Assistant Locating Engineer. To put it simply, Jason has seen a lot throughout his career. He has performed and managed an extensive range of projects utilizing GPS, sonar, pavement scanning, and conventional horizontal and vertical methods of surveying. He is known for sharing his knowledge and insight with colleagues, often educating field staff on instrument operations and rodman procedures. Additionally, he has experience in contract management and the many related duties on the administrative side. With his proficiency in all aspects of Land Surveying operations, Jason's involvement has been essential to the success of some of GEL Solutions biggest projects. We are grateful for the valuable expertise he brings to our team and for the high level of service he commits to every day.

Property Survey Manager Meeting High Demands in 2021
Lynn Godwin
Requests for Property Survey Division (PSD) survey projects have increased exponentially this year and GEL Solutions' Property Survey Manager, Lynn Godwin has made an incredible effort to meet the elevated demands. In fact, Lynn received our team's "Workhorse Award" five months in a row (April-August), another example of his dedication. Lynn is intensely devoted to his role and meeting the needs of our clients. This year is another testament to the quality service he provides. Well done, Lynn!
Dangerous Situation Involving Pedestrian on Highway
Parks H. Icenhour, Jr. P.E., PLS
Back in October while traveling north on I-85, Parks Icenhour was in the far left lane of a 3-lane section when he noticed a man picking up trash approximately 25-30 feet from the edge of the road. Suddenly, another pedestrian started to run across the highway amidst the heavy traffic moving at high speed and stopped in the left lane in front of Parks. He braked hard and blew his horn. There was a tractor trailer directly to his right and the vehicles behind him were swerving and trying not to rear end each other. Parks barely missed the man who crossed the road and when he looked in the rear view mirror, he witnessed one of the swerving vehicles strike the other man who was 25 feet away from the roadway. The man who ran across the highway was not hit.

This unfortunate incident is a reminder that you are never 100% safe when you are in close proximity to moving traffic. Remain alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. We commend Parks for staying vigilant and using his defensive driving skills to avoid a potentially deadly situation.
Project Highlight
Plans continue to move forward with information provided
by GEL Solutions
GEL Solutions is proud to have performed subsurface utility engineering (SUE) investigations to support the design of the Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) project. Sponsored by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, this bus rapid transit system is being planned as a world-class system that will connect communities in Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester region like never before. Operating mostly in dedicated lanes between the Fairgrounds in Ladson, serving North Charleston on Rivers Avenue and connecting to the WestEdge in Downtown Charleston, LCRT will offer a safe, reliable, low-cost and a new mobility alternative to tens-of-thousands. The 22+ mile LCRT route will include approximately 20 new transit stations.
The Recommended Route

Image provided by lowcountryrapidtransit.com
Because of GEL Solutions’ extensive experience in mapping underground utilities in downtown Charleston, GEL Solutions was selected to perform a Quality Level B SUE investigations over the final 3.9 miles of the route. This critical SUE information was provided to the project team lead by HDR Engineering so that it could be used for the design of roadway and drainage improvements, as well as transit station design. The SUE information will effectively minimize utility conflicts and save time and money during construction.

This important 12-year LCRT project is at its halfway point and has met several key milestones. These include having the required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation completed and signed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and completing the 30% design plans. FTA coordination continues through the current Capital Investment Grant Program Phase, and construction is slated to take place in 2024-2027.

For more information on this project, please check out: lowcountryrapidtransit.com
Subsurface Fun Facts
A New Application for GPR?
Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has been used for an incredibly vast range of applications since its inception in the early 1900's. And now, it's capabilities are being explored to support autonomous technology including self-driving vehicles.

WaveSense, a Massachusetts company developing ground-positioning radar, recently changed its name to GPR and has released a next-generation radar system called Aegis. They have commercialized ground-penetrating radar, originally developed for the U.S. military at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and are working to solve the remaining challenges for autonomous vehicles explained in this excerpt from a recent article published by forbes.com:

"Most autonomous vehicles currently being tested rely on a combination of global positioning system (GPS), lidar and cameras. GPS requires good cellular connectivity, not always available in remote rural locations. Lidar, which uses lasers bouncing off surrounding objects to navigate the vehicle, and cameras, which can detect signs and road markings, can’t always provide accurate information, especially in heavy rain, snow or even in heavy fog.

Ground-penetrating radar can map the road structure beneath a vehicle. That sub-structure is unique and stable, much like a fingerprint. So it can enable vehicles to find their position, no matter how remote, reliably and accurately regardless of the road conditions or visibility of road markings above ground."

Read more details about these developments in the referenced article here.
In North Carolina, any engineering and surveying services are performed by GEL Engineering of NC, Inc. from the Greensboro and Raleigh locations.