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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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FEB
19

LEI Oregon'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 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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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 Oregon 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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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 Engineering & Surveying of Oregon 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 Engineering & Surveying of Oregon 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
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LEI Oregon 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 Engineering & Surveying of Oregon 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 USDA Forest Services ongoing effort to improve forest stand health and reduce forest fires.  LEI Engineering & Surveying of Oregon was happy to be a part of making this project a success for the Colville National Forest.

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NOV
15

LEI Oregon 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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