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To Bridges and Beyond! Deep Foundations and Surface Transportation Projects

When: Thursday, June 10th @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. (CDT)

Where: GoToWebinar

Road and rail projects often end up with bridges, retaining walls, or load-transfer platforms that need deep foundations for support. Picking the “right” deep foundation involves many factors, from soil conditions to local practice, and from lateral or drag loads to flexibility. Vibrations and environmental issues also affect the choice of a deep foundation type for a project. How do you choose the “right” deep foundation type or types for a project?  

Join our panelists Ryan Drury, PE, Morgan Race, PE, PhD, and Matt Glisson, PE on June 10th as we “go deep” on the topic of deep foundations and how Braun Intertec helps our clients navigate the road to selecting deep foundations for surface transportation projects. 

Learn About: 

  • What is a “hammer qualification” and how is it different from a “refined WEAP” and a “CAPWAP”? 
  • What is “drag load” and how do we design for it today? 
  • What are and when should we use LRFD instead of ASD? 
  • How should we evaluate lateral loads with battered piles? 

Meet the Speakers


Matthew R. Glisson, PE
Principal Engineer

Matt Glisson is a Technical Leader and Principal Engineer who leads deep foundations services for Braun Intertec. He is responsible for coordinating, performing and reviewing design and testing on deep foundations projects. Matt has extensive experience with integrity evaluation using low-strain integrity tests, cross-hole sonic tests, parallel seismic tests and thermal profiling along with driven piles, drilled shafts, micropiles and auger-cast piles. Matt provides deep foundations services across the United States.

Morgan Race, PE, PhD
Project Engineer

Morgan Race, PhD, PE is a project engineer out of our Lenexa, Kansas office. Morgan’s experience with deep foundations includes the design, installation observations and testing of auger cast-in-place piles, drilled shafts, driven piles, helical piers, and micropiles. Since joining Braun in 2015, she has designed and observed deep foundations for rail and DOT projects ranging from bridge replacement to slope stabilization throughout the central United States.

Ryan Drury, PE
Deep Foundations Manager

Ryan is a senior engineer at Braun Intertec and is the Technical Manager of their deep foundations group.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and has been working at Braun Intertec since 2007.  He has carried a number of roles and responsibilities within Braun Intertec but has been focused on deep foundations since 2014.  This deep foundation focus results in working across many different market sectors including heavy civil, commercial, agriculture, or pretty much any site with “bad” soils or large structure loads. Ryan splits his time between design, construction oversight, training, and field testing for all types of deep foundations encountered in the local and across Braun Intertec’s national markets.