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MAR
23

LEI's Response to COVID-19

We at LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) have taken pride adhering to our core values including, "doing the right thing, the right way, even when it's not the easy thing or way". This has been the basis of our business model from day one and will be continue during these unprecedented times, as well as beyond.LEI Oregon is closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the global, federal, state, and local levels. We are committed to following our core values during this time of uncertainty for our employees, our clients, and our partners.

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this virus. Under extremely adverse circumstances we are seeing the best in many people in our communities as we unite to fight this global pandemic. The health, well-being, and safety of our employees, clients, partners, families, and communities remain our highest priority.

We want you to know and understand that LEI Oregon has put in place an "Action Plan" that will be implemented immediately. It has been created to assist our management as we continue to facilitate operations to complete projects for you our valued clients. This "Action Plan" also allows the flexibility to adjust quickly as required while we continually evaluate the ever-changing situation.

Please note some of the changes that will or may affect you as our clients.

  • We will be shifting the majority of staff to remote access (working from home)
  • We will be restricting all in-person meetings whenever feasible
  • We will be restricting access to our office to essential staff only
  • We will be restricting field surveying to minimize contract for our survey crew and the public


By implementing these adjustments quickly and strategically we strongly believe that we can minimize effects on projects we are currently working on with you, our valued client. This includes future projects as well, as they present in the coming months and beyond.

We ask that if you any need for additional information about a current project please contact the project manager assigned to your project. Any additional questions about LEI Oregon's "Action Plan", future projects and/or business management please contact Jamie Van Agtmael, President, 503-399-3828 ext. 104.

In closing, we want to ensure you that we are all in this together. First and foremost, we want to protect and preserve the health, well-being, and safety of everyone in our great state and country while maintaining our ability for LEI Oregon to provide services needed during and after these unprecedented times. We will persevere and adjust to our changing world; we will continue to provide you with all services we can safely provide and together we will continue to move forward in the future. 

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FEB
19

LEI's Pacific Valley Apartment Complex Project Breaks Ground

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is pleased to announce that our Pacific Valley Apartment Complex project in Woodburn, Oregon, has broken ground!   This 500 unit apartment complex development started in early 2019 and will bring new high density residential housing to the City of Woodburn.

LEI is the Civil Engineering and Land Surveying team member for a multi-disciplinary development team to develop this new residential housing development being completed with community input and deploying the latest in architectural and engineering practices.   The team lead for this development is Leeb Architects out of Portland Oregon.   Leeb leads the development team with innovation in high density residential development and with a focus on the highest quality architectural design. 

Working in close coordination with City of Woodburn Public Works Staff, LEI looks forward to completing the Engineering of this new and exciting development.

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FEB
05

Nestucca River Back Country Byway Structural Plate Arch Design

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon completed the route surveying, hydraulic surveying, hydraulic analysis and design, structural analysis, and roadway design for a 39-foot structural plate arch over the Nestucca River, on the Nestucca River Back Country Byway, west of Yamhill Oregon.  

The existing structure at this crossing was a 10-foot span box culvert that was providing minimal to no fish passage. Due to site constraints, a bridge was not possible at this location.  LEI worked with the BLM Hydraulics Resource Specialist to determine the channel width that needed to be spanned by a structural plate arch drainage structure.  During this discussion and analysis, it was determined that not only should the structure span the 35'+ active channel width, but a 9-foot width low water channel should be included along the river thelweg to provide adequate depth for fish passage during low flow conditions.  It was also determined that the channel design through the structure should provide boulders and large woody debris to simulate the natural river channel.  

The developed design incorporated these hydraulic and stream geomorphology components to provide both an economically feasible and environmentally friendly crossing. 

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FEB
04

LEI Principal Jamie Van Agtmael Passes the NCEES Professional Land Surveyor Exam!

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is excited to announce that President and Principal Jamie Van Agmael successfully passed the NCEES Professional Land Surveyor Exam, paving the way for Jamie to becoming licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Oregon.  Well done Jamie!  

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DEC
04

Timberline Hills Subdivision Phase 5 Public Meeting Completed

On December 3, 2019, LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon conducted a public meeting at McCornack Elementary School for Phase 5 of the Timberline Hills Subdivision Phase 5.  This final phase of this PUD project will involved development of 96 residential lots, construction of new public streets and utilities, extension of the existing trail systems, and establishment of several conservation areas.  

The Timberline Hill PUD project began in 2005 with the construction of Phase 1, 2, and 3.  Phase 4 of the PUD is currently under final permitting and is planned for construction in 2020.  Construction of Phase 5 is planned for the summer of 2021. 

Many local residence attended the public meeting where they were able to share their thoughts of the new development as well as express any concerns.  LEI looks forward to working with the City of Eugene Planning Department staff to finalize planning approval for this final phase and move the project into construction.

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NOV
25

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon Awarded Marion County Recycling Center Expansion Project

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is very excited to begin work on the Marion County Recycling Center Expansion Project near Brooks Oregon.  LEI will be working as the Land Surveying and Civil Engineering components of the design-build team to complete this project in 2020.  

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OCT
17

LEI Completes the Westside Presale Services Forest Health Project for USDA Forest Service

Reducing Forest Fire Risk and Improving Forest Health

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon worked during the summer of 2019 to assist the USDA Forest Service out of Republic, Washington, to complete forestry and engineering work for a fuels reduction and stand treatment project.  This exciting project involved delineating stand treatment boundaries that will be later treated through thinning and removal of downed woody debris to reduce forest fire risk. LEI completed this project over six months ahead of scheduling allowing the Forest Service to move ahead with stand treatment over a year ahead of schedule. 

This project is part of the USDS Forest Services ongoing effort to improve forest stand health and reduce forest fires.  LEI was happy to be a part of making this project a success for the Colville National Forest.

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NOV
15

LEI Forester Chris Hugget Gets Certified Arborist Credential

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is pleased to announce forester Chris Hugget successfully obtained his Certified Arborist Credential.  Good job Chris!   This means LEI can now expand its comprehensive array of traditional forestry services to include Urban Forestry and Arboriculture.  These services include Certified Arborist reports, tree preservation plans, tree removal plans, hazard tree evaluation and risk assessment, determination of critical root zones, evaluation of trees damaged by construction, and construction inspections.

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AUG
22

Lookout Pass Ski Resort Expansion Road Engineering Completed

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon completed the road engineering component of the Lookout Pass Ski Resort Expansion Project.   Logging of the new ski runs is currently underway and construction of the new road will begin this fall.  LEI is proud to be a part of the expansion of this exception ski resort!

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MAY
02

We've won the 2018 Best of HomeAdvisor Award!!

HomeAdvisor has collected over 5 million ratings and reviews from actual homeowners that have used a service pro in our network. Ratings and Reviews are featured on a service pro's HomeAdvisor profile page.  LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon was selected as Oregon Best of HomeAdvisor Land Surveying firm!

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MAY
02

LEI Engineering & Surveying Of Oregon Proudly Supporting the Cascade Cougars Baseball Program of Turner Oregon

​At LEI, we believe in being involved in and invested in our local community.  We believe in supporting and encouraging youth.   As such, LEI is a proud supporter of the Cascade Cougars Baseball Program, in Turner Oregon.   LEI Principal Jamie Van Agtmael has been a coach for this program and leads LEI's effort to continue to support and encourage this great youth program. 

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MAR
01

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon Seeking a Forester for Full Time Hire

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is seeking a Forester for logging unit layout, forestry surveys, timber cruising and other field forestry related work throughout Oregon and Washington. Minimum of 1 year of Forestry experience and a degree are required to qualify for this position. 5 years of experience in Forestry may be substituted for a forestry degree. This is primarily a field position with some incidental office work. Candidates should be proficient in the use of field data collectors and GPS. Candidates should also be in good physical condition and be willing to work in adverse terrain and inclement weather conditions. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS is a positive, but not required.

Compensation:  $14-$20/hr.

To apply for this position, please email LEI at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 503-399-3828.

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FEB
14

Proactive Road Maintenance Improves Water Quality While Maximizing ROI

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is currently conducting a comprehensive inspection and inventory of all stream crossings in a large tract of timberlands in the Oregon Coast range. This effort looks at the current condition of stream crossing and assesses the need for maintenance, stream crossing reconstruction, and other construction needs to insure effective and adequate stream conveyance. Water quality and fish passage are major components of properly designed and constructed stream crossings. LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon assesses this and looks at ways to improve fish passage and water quality.

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01

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon Awarded Elite Service Professional Award by HomeAdvisor

At LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon, Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Priority. We work hard to make sure every client receives timely and high quality services, meeting their project needs and objectives. We aren't happy with a job until our clients are happy. This focus on client satisfaction is seen in LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon recently being awarded the "Elite Service Professional" badge by HomeAdvisor for top quality services and client reviews. The HomeAdvisor Elite Service Professional badge is awarded to professionals who provide superior expert services.


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DEC
27

Premier Land Surveying in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is the premier Land Survey firm in the Eugene and Springfield Area.  Locally owned and operated since 1985, LEI Engineering & Surveying provides leading, professional, and cost effective Land Surveying throughout Oregon and the Northwest.  With a focus on client satisfaction, LEI Engineering & Surveying develops solutions to meet client need and expectations.

LEI Engineering & Surveying Oregon's broad range of services includes property corner location, property line marking, topographic surveying, boundary surveying, legal description preparation, deed research, partitions and subdivisions, title surveys (ALTA), civil engineering surveys, and construction surveys.

More information can be found by clicking on the following link: http://wp.leiengineering.com/properyline

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DEC
15

When Should A Land Owner Hire a Land Surveyor?

At LEI, we often receive phone calls and emails from land owners asking about doing property improvement in and around their property lines such as fences, out-buildings, roads, and other structures. In some instances a neighbor is either doing or has done some type of improvement near a property line. These land owners frequently are unsure how to proceed with improvements or are unsure how to address a neighbor who they feel has encroached on their property. 

Hiring a Licensed Land Surveyor to identify the location of property corners/monuments and property lines is often fairly inexpensive and can save the landowner significant liability. For example, accidentally cutting down even a few trees from a neighbors property can cost the land owner thousands of dollars in damages, because State Law imposes up to a triple penalty for this mistake. 

A Licensed Land Surveyor will research the public recorded documents, such as deeds and plats, to establish how the property line is legally described and determine the best approach to field locate this line. The Licensed Land Surveyor will then use specialized equipment, techniques and experience to efficiently identify the legally described property line in the field. This will include identifying survey monuments and other field evidence to establish the property line. 

One key point the land owner should keep in mind is that a fence does not always designate a property line. A catch phrase often used among the LEI land survey crews is "A fence is just a fence." 

LEI's Land Survey Staff will evaluate the location of fences, as they relate to the researched survey documents and field identified field evidence, and determine where the legally defined property line is located. 

Whether you are a large landowner or a typical homeowner, we at LEI stand ready to assist you with your project need. Our Land Survey Staff will be happy to answer any of your questions and we can work with you to develop the best approach to address your property line concerns at a cost that fits your specific budget.

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DEC
08

Visit LEI On Home Advisor

LEI Engineering & Surveying is now available as a certified professional on the popular Home Advisor network.   View LEI's Home Advisor profile at the following link:  

Lei Engineering & Surveying, LLC | Salem, OR 97302 - HomeAdvisor

Lei Engineering & Surveying, LLC | HomeAdvisor prescreened Architects & Engineers in Salem, OR.
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NOV
18

LEI Begins Limestone/Silver Forest Health Project for USDA Forest Service

Reducing Forest Fire Risk and Improving Forest Health

LEI began work on a new and exciting project for the USDA Forest Service, Region 6:  The Limestone/Silver Forest Health and Disease Control project on the Colville National Forest.   This project is an effort to promote forest growth and health, reduce tree insect and disease levels, and develop stand densities that sustain wood fiber production.   More information can be found on the Forest Service project website:  Limestone Silver Project Website

LEI is performing the logging engineering and forestry components of this project through completion of treatment unit reconnaissance and layout, logging system analysis, and unit boundary designation.  

LEI is excited to be working for the Colville National Forest to assist in improving the health of this National Forest while reducing risk of forest fire.   Projects like this one are so vital to the long term sustainability of our Nations Forests.

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NOV
13

Rain Gardens -- An Economic and Environmentally Friendly Stormwater Treatment Solution


​Frequently, the developer or homeowner is faced with a situation where it is not possible to utilize existing stormwater treatment infrastructure for a new construction or reconstruction project.   A Rain Garden can be an ideal solution that provides effective stormwater treatment and is often very cost effective to construct.  Resembling standard landscaping, the rain garden collects stormwater from roof drains and other impervious surfaces and detains it for treatment through natural infiltration.   Stormwater entering the rain garden flows through vegetation, and associated root systems, allowing the water to be filtered prior to entering surrounding native soil.   The rain garden is an accepted stormwater treatment facility by most regulatory and permitting agencies.  

Construction of a rain garden is fairly straight forward and inexpensive process, with the primary requirements that the garden be sized appropriately for regulatory rain storm events and that existing soil provides a minimum level of infiltration.  A simple soil infiltration test can be performed at the site of the planned rain garden and then the garden sized by an engineer to accommodate required stormwater flows. 

Contact LEI if you would like more information about using a rain garden to address your stormwater treatment need. 

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JUL
15

Lookout Pass Ski Resort Expansion EIS Completed

​The Lookout Pass Ski Resort Expansion EIS has been approved for implementation: https://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43757   LEI completed the road engineering, logging system engineering, and timber economics components of this project, as a sub-contractor to SWCA Environmental Consultants (www.swca.com).  

This project took nearly three years to complete and drew on LEI's extensive NEPA and timber sale NEPA experience to complete.

As stated in the final NEPA document: 

"The purpose of Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area's proposed expansion is to provide a high-quality downhill skiing recreation opportunity on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Lolo National Forest. Currently, ski area terrain is insufficient to consistently meet demand by the local skier market, resulting in diminished recreation experiences during high-visitation days. Expansion of the Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area would provide more skiable terrain and more efficient lift systems to enable the ski area to ensure a high-quality recreation experience for a wider range and number of skiers."

LEI principal engineer Greg Zartman, PE, was the lead engineer for this project and completed all of the road engineering, logging systems, design, and timber economics tasks for the SWCA team.

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