James R. Wheeler, P.E.
Mr. Wheeler has over
25 years of experience with engineering design, specialty foundation construction
and construction management. Before forming Design/Build Geotechnical
in 2001, Jim was a geotechnical engineer and Director of Business Development
at Hayward Baker Inc., Odenton, MD, where he served for nearly four years
as primary point of contact in the evaluation of underground construction
problems and in the development of alternative ground improvement related
solutions. In close involvement with numerous projects involving jet grouting
and vibro stabilization alternatives, he maintained constant contact with
the firm's active projects and its continued development of new ground
improvement related technologies. In addition to his technical responsibilities,
Mr. Wheeler is a frequently invited lecturer and an active author of numerous
technical articles and papers, remaining active in numerous professional
societies and currently serving as a member of the MA State Building Code
Geotechnical Advisory Committee and as a Member of the BSCES Nominating
From 1976 through
1998, Mr. Wheeler worked as a geotechnical engineer with Haley & Aldrich,
Inc. in Boston, MA, leaving the firm as Vice President. His engineering
background includes both field and design experience with numerous ground
improvement applications, internally and externally braced excavations,
underpinning projects, and extensive experience with instrumentation and
performance monitoring of bridges, tunnels, and major braced excavations
in urban areas. He also coordinated the efforts of a Ground Improvement
Team, which was responsible for the development, design and implementation
of ground modification applications and has served as a Geotechnical Engineering
Group staff manager responsible for the overall technical quality, scheduling
and productive utilization of a 10-person engineering group.
- Lehigh University,
Bethlehem, PA; B.S. 1974, M.S. 1976
- Registered Professional
Engineer, MA, CT, NH
- Boston Society
of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE - Construction Group Chairman 2002/2003,
Secretary 2003/2004, and Nominating Committee 2004/2005
- Design-Build Institute
of America - DBIA
- American Society
of Civil Engineers - ASCE
- MD Section of ASCE
- Geotechnical Group Chairman, 1999/2001
- American Underground
Construction Association - AUA
- International Society
of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineers - ISSMFE
- "Value Environmental
Design Facilitates Grand & Bates Sewer Construction", with
Thomson, Nancy E., Proceedings of the North American Tunneling (NAT
2004) Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2004.
of a Jet Grout Access Shaft for Tunnel Rehabilitation", with
Oakland, Michael W., Proceedings of the North American Tunneling (NAT
2002) Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2002.
- "Grouting Program
Bridges New Building Loads Over Unused Railroad Tunnel", with Billups,
T. and Cavey, J.K., Proceedings of 2001: A Geo-Odyssey, sponsored by
the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Blacksburg,
VA, June 2001.
- "Design and
Construction of a Jet-Grout Braced Excavation Support Wall in an Urban
Environment", with Sweeney, B.P, and Henry, L.B., Proceedings of
2001: A Geo-Odyssey, sponsored by the Geo-Institute of the American
Society of Civil Engineers, Blacksburg, VA, June 2001.
- "SuperJet Grouting
for Tunneling Applications", with Burke, G.K., Proceedings of the
North American Tunneling (NAT 2000) Conference, Boston, MA, June 2000.
of the Whitehall Street Subway Station", with Anderson, A. and Chadwick,
K.R., Proceedings of the 8th Annual Great Lakes Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental
Conference, Detroit, MI, May 2000.
- "Role and Performance
of Chemical Grout in the Underpinning of an Active Subway Station",
with Dobbels, D.J. and Drooff, E.R., Proceedings of the Rapid Excavation
and Technology Conference, Orlando, FL, June 1999.
- "An Overview
of Ground Improvement Methods", Proceedings of the 7th Annual Great
Lakes Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Conference, Kent, OH, May 1999.
- "Ground Stabilisation
in North America", Tunnels and Tunnelling International, June 1998.
a Subway Station at Boston's CA/T Project", with Dobbels, D.J. and
McCluskey, L.J., Tunnels and Tunnelling, March 1996.
- "Concrete Slurry
Wall for Temporary and Permanent Foundation Wall at Gallery at Harborplace
- Baltimore, MD", with Gifford, D.G., Proceedings, ASTM International
Symposium on Slurry Walls, Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 1991.
- "Spread Footings
for Highway Bridges", with Gifford, D.G., Kraemer, S.R., and McKown,
A.F., Report No. FHWA/RD-86/185, prepared for U.S. Department of Transportation,
Federal Highway Administration, October 1987.