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MAR
26

LEI Oregon President Jamie Van Agtmael is now Licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Oregon

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is pleased to announce that LEI Oregon President Jamie Van Agtmael is now licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor.

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MAR
22

LEI Oregon is proud to announce that Chris Fogerson is now licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is happy to announce that Lead Designer Chris Fogerson is now an Oregon Licensed Professional Engineer.

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FEB
17

LEI Oregon Lead Designer Chris Fogerson Passes the NCEES Professional Land Surveyor Exam!

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is excited to announce that Lead Designer Chris Fogerson has successfully passed the NCEES Professional Land Surveyor Exam, paving the way for Chris to becoming licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Oregon.  Well done Chris!   LEI Oregon looks forward to having another licensed PLS on our staff of highly skilled professionals.  This makes Chris the first dual licensed professional in LEI Oregon history!

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FEB
16

LEI Oregon's Pacific Valley Apartment Complex Development Begins Full Construction

Building pad foundation preparation for LEI Oregon's Pacific Valley Apartment Complex Development.  This new multi-family apartment development in Woodburn Oregon entered full construction this week.   Construction progress has been very good through rough grading, even despite the recent adverse weather.    Soon construction of the on-site utilities will commence. 

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JAN
26

LEI Oregon's Marion County Recycle Center expansion project making excellent headway

LEI Oregon is pleased to report that our Marion County Recycling Center expansion project is proceeding at a great pace, with the framing for the new structure almost entirely erected.  The majority of the site grading has been completed and the new stormwater detention facility was completed and is functioning very well.

We will continue to report updates to this exciting project as construction enters the final phase this late winter and early spring. 

LEI Oregon Survey Crew Chief Chris Hugget performing construction staking for the building crews and the expansion facility project.  Even with the cold and wet days, Chris is reporting very good production and results. 

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DEC
21

LEI Oregon Rounds Out a Successful 2020

As 2020 is coming to a close, LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is reflecting back on the challenges and successes of 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic and the devastating Oregon wildfires have certainly been very challenging for Oregonians.  Through this challenging time, LEI Oregon has done what we are good at: Adapting and pivoting to continue to service our very valuable clients with high quality professional services with a focus on client satisfaction.  Despite the challenges of 2020, LEI Oregon continued to succeed and grow on both our Civil Engineering/Land Surveying side and also our Forestry/Forest Engineering side.  As we look back on 2020, we are pleased at the successes we have achieved as a company including breaking ground on several new Civil Engineering projects, completing over 8 miles of National Forest boundary surveying and marking, completing two forest restoration and forest fire reduction projects, and dozens of land survey projects.

Building off this success and momentum from 2020, LEI Oregon looks forward to 2021 and the opportunities this New Year will bring!

As a reminder, LEI Oregon's office will be closed from December 21, 2020 - January 4, 2021 for the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Happy Holidays and we will see you all in 2021!

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DEC
15

LEI Oregon Lead Designer Chris Fogerson Passes the NCEES Professional Civil Engineering Exam!

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) is pleased to announce that LEI Oregon Lead Designer Chris Fogerson has successfully passed the Professional NCEES Civil Engineering Exam, paving the way for Chris to obtain his Oregon Professional Engineer License.  Great job Chris!

LEI Oregon looks forward to adding another registered professional to our ranks.

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DEC
10

LEI Oregon Wraps up 2020 Field Season for the QMS National Forest Boundary Marking Project

The entire LEI Oregon crew made an "all hands on deck" final push to finish off the 2020 field season for our QMS National Forest Boundary survey and marking project in the Oregon Cascade Range. The 2020 field season was an overwhelming success with the LEI Oregon survey crew surveying and marking over 8 miles of National Forest Boundary line in the very steep Quartzville Creek and Upper Santiam River basins.

With the Oregon winter quickly setting in in the Oregon Cascade Range, LEI Oregon made a final push to finish off our 2020 quota and to round out the season. The snow came quickly at these elevations, which made for some cold and wet days, but we successfully achieved our objective.

LEI Oregon President Jamie Van Agtmael performing corner maintenance where he found a unique and "old school" bearing tree.

LEI Oregon Lead Designer Chris Forgerson gets out of the office to help with the final push to finish the 2020 QMS field season.

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DEC
01

Utilizing the Latest in Mobile Data Collection and GPS Systems

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) has successfully deployed the ESRI Collector platform on Apple iPAD and smartphones for remote field data collection.  This unique and new mobile data collection platform uses GPS to establish positioning on existing maps and GIS features.  Data is collected into a pre-defined database with fields and attributes designated to quantify and qualify the field features being observed and surveyed.   The ESRI Collector platform maintains real time connection to a centralized cloud data server so that all data is centrally stored and synchronized across all devices.

Over the last two season, LEI Oregon has inventories thousands of road stream crossings in the western Oregon cost range to assess condition, maintenance need, need for replacement, and upgrade to fish stream crossings to meet fish passage requirements.  The ESRI Collector platform allows for efficient data collection by field crews with nightly synchronization of data to a centralized repository server.  

During the 2020 field season, LEI Oregon expanded its use of the Collector application to LEI Oregon's USDA Forest Service projects related to National Forest assessment and analysis for treatment to reduce forest fire risk.  The Collector application allowed for very efficient real time data capture for data previously collected using mostly manual methods.

LEI Oregon looks forward to expanding its use of the Collector platform on mobile devices to increase field efficiency and quality of data being collected for our clients.

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NOV
25

LEI Oregon Completes Forest Fire Risk Improvement and Forest Health Project on the Umpqua National Forest

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) is pleased to announce that it has completed a 7-month project on the Umpqua National Forest to perform the engineering and forestry components of an environmental analysis to reduce forest fire risk and improve national forest health.  LEI Oregon worked collaboratively with Umpqua National Forest resource specialists to develop and field verified a logging systems and transportation analysis (LSTA) for all acres in the study area, assess the existing road system, perform common stand exam (CSE) plots, and perform forest fuels surveys.

Following the field effort, LEI Oregon performed a comprehensive analysis of the logging system, forestry, and road system data to develop documents for inclusion in the environmental analysis.  This included developing detailed timber economics for the project to evaluation the viability of project from a financial perspective. 

The project was an overwhelming success with LEI Oregon receiving comments from the agency during the final presentation of:

"Outstanding job"

"Thanks for all of your great work"

"Job well done!"

LEI Oregon is happy to have been a part of this exciting project to improve our National Forests and reduce the risk of forest fires.

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NOV
24

LEI Oregon Completes Engineering and Forestry Analysis to Reduce Forest Fire Risk for 7,000 Acres on the Fremont-Winema National Forest

In the Summer and Fall of 2020, LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) completed the engineering and forestry analysis for a environmental analysis effort to perform fuels reduction on 7,000 acres of Fremont-Winema National Forest lands to minimize forest fire risk.  This included developing an integrated logging systems and transportation analysis (LSTA) for all acres within the planning area, assessment of 70 miles of existing forest roads, assessment of stand density and volume, and assessment of forest fuels loading.  LEI Oregon field verified the LSTA  using the ESRI ArcGIS Collector field software package to record field specific design elements.

Following field verification, LEI Oregon performed a comprehensive analysis of the LSTA, forestry and fuels data, and existing roads assessment to develop a treatment analysis report to assist the environmental team in advancing the project to final implementation. This will allow the Fremont-Winema National Forest to treat stands subjectable to forest fire and to improve forest stand health.   LEI Oregon was pleased to be a part of this project to improve our national forests.  

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NOV
12

LEI Oregon deploys green stormwater treatment facility on its Marion Country Recycling Center expansion project

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon deployed a new green stormwater treatment solution at the Marion County Recycling Center Expansion Project.   We utilized the Smart Ditch system to intercept stormwater in a much more green fashion than traditional catch basins and pipping.  We also over designed the system beyond Marion County requirements to treat stormwater with vegetated swales to go beyond the requirements and treat stormwater further to improve water quality at minimal cost increase to the land owner. 

LEI Oregon has a commitment to the best and practical engineering solutions for our clients that also meets natural resources concerns and requirements. 

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OCT
30

LEI Oregon's Stacy Allison Apartment Complex Project Breaks Ground

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is pleased to announce that our Stacy Allison Apartment Complex project in Woodburn, Oregon, has broken ground!   This 586 unit apartment complex development started in late 2019 and will bring new high density residential housing to the City of Woodburn.

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon 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 Engineering & Surveying of Oregon looks forward to completing the Engineering of this new and exciting development.

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OCT
23

QMS Cadastral Survey Ahead of Schedule for US Forest Service

 LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon's (LEI Oregon) QMS Cadastral Survey project for the US Forest Service Region 6 is proceeding ahead of schedule.  LEI Oregon has been working in the Cascade Range, both in the Quartzville Creek and Santiam River basins over the summer and this fall to survey and mark many miles of National Forest Property lines.  

Even with the very difficult fire season this year, LEI Oregon has maintained production and continues to perform to the highest standards for the Forest Service.  LEI Oregon has completed over 10 miles of National Forest Boundary marking out of 13 miles to be completed.

Survey Technicians James VanAgtmael and Gerardo Maldanado perform line maintence and marking in the steep terrain of the Quartzville Creek basin.

Survey Technician Gerardo Maldonado sets National Forest line signs to delineate the location of the National Forest boundary. 

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AUG
18

LEI Oregon's Marion Country Recycling Center Expansion Project Has Broken Ground!

 LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is pleased to announced that our Marion Country Recycling Center Expansion project has broken ground and construction is underway for this last summer and fall.   LEI Oregon will continue to be heavily involved in construction engineering, construction surveying and staking, and project oversight.  It will be exciting to see this upgraded and expanded facility take shape to provide Marion County with even better and more advanced recycling services.

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AUG
18

LEI Oregon helps local landowners with Oregon Wildfires

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon is committed to supporting our local communities. We mobilized our crew and resources to volunteer and support a small woodland owner to establish fire lines and defensible zones around structures to prevent them from being burned and we also helped to make defensible zones around stands of trees to be protected.

At LEI Oregon, we believe in supporting our community and local business owners. 

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JUL
23

Successfully Establishing National Forest Boundaries

 LEI Oregon President Jamie Van Agtmael uncovers a National Forest boundary monument as the LEI Oregon cadastral survey crews continue another successful week of establishing, monumenting, and marking National Forest boundaries on the Willamette National Forest.  The days have been long and hot, but the crews are making exceptional headway as they continuing a successful field season.   Great Job!

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JUL
20

LEI Oregon Begins Fish Creek Rock Quarry Development Project

 LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) is pleased to announce the start of the Fish Creek Rock Quarry Development Project for the USDA Forest Service on the Umpqua National Forest.   This is a project to perform sub-surface exploration and design of the possible expansion of the Fish Creek Rock Quarry to much larger capacity.   If successful, this rock quarry could provide a material source for southern Oregon for decades to come!   

LEI Oregon teamed with renowned drilling company Western States Drilling to begin the exploration phase of this project this summer, with design continuing into the fall of this year.

LEI Oregon Senior Engineering Geologist Steven Palmer, CEG, PHD supervises setup of the drill rig to begin a week of exploratory rock coring. 

The week of drilling went extremely well, with LEI Oregon and Western States Drilling meeting their goal of drilling two 150 feet depth borings, or 300 lineal feet of rock coring and sampling.   Well Done Team!!

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APR
01

LEI Oregon Awarded 5-Year A/E Boundary Surveying Contract for Region 6 Forest Service and USDI BLM Oregon

LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon (LEI Oregon) is excited to announce that it has been award a 5-year A/E Boundary Surveying contract with the USDA Forest Service, Region 6, and the USDI BLM Oregon. This 5-year contract involves surveying and establishing property lines for the US National Forests throughout the region. LEI Oregon is looking forward to providing the Forest Service and BLM with top quality and highly accurate cadastral surveying. 


To kick this project off, LEI Oregon was awarded its first task order under the contract surveying and establishing National Forest lines through the Upper Quartzville Creek and Detroit Lake portions of the Willamette National Forest. LEI Oregon is leveraging its decades of remote logistics and steep terrain to successfully accomplish this new task order.
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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 contact 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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