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City of Livonia Street Repair Program

Handwork - Concrete

Detailed handwork takes place on the streets of Livonia, MI.

mainline paving

Workers pour concrete into forms in City of Livonia Street Repair program.

Livonia, Michigan

G2 Consulting Group, LLC, works side-by-side with Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick, Inc., on the City of Livonia Street Repair program. This is part of a 10-year renewal millage approved in 2012. The Department of Public Works evaluates the condition of the City’s roads based on a PASER rating and divides the work into three categories: reconstruction, rehabilitation, or maintenance. During construction season, G2 Consulting’s Construction Engineering team works on multiple streets everyday evaluating subgrade preparation, aggregate base placement, and concrete / asphalt paving operations. Each of our construction engineering technicians and staff engineers are fully qualified with appropriate certifications to perform required field and laboratory tests.

Fast Facts

Project Scope
Dozens of streets in the City of Livonia are being reconstructed, rehabilitated, or maintained under the Street Repair program. Multiple, concurrent monitoring and testing of sites occurs requiring coordination and communication among contractors, technicians, and the owner. 

Construction Observation Documentation and Testing Services:

• Provides field inspector to observe and document construction activities

• Evaluates subgrade preparation, aggregate base placement, and concrete / asphalt paving operations

• Monitors and documented the delivery of project materials

• Reviewes contractor payment submittals

Challenges/Solutions

G2 Consulting Group works on dozens of street projects operating concurrently every day. The challenge is to work efficiently, communicate well with owners and contractors, as well as, G2 project managers, and bring back accurate results quickly so that the project can succeed according to plans and specifications. G2 uses technology to its fullest capacity to communicate crucial data on site and at the laboratory. 

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions,  constant communication and collaboration, and exceptional field and laboratory testing to this on-going project.

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Macomb Correctional Facility – Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Pavement engineering

The Macomb County Correctional Facility rehabilitated its pavement to improve parking lots and walking paths.

New Haven, Michigan

When the Macomb County Correctional Facility required new driveways, roadways, sidewalks, a walking track, and basketball courts, G2 Consulting Group acquired the necessary background clearances for staff and provided geotechnical investigation services, and special inspections / materials testing services within the correctional facility.

Fast Facts

Project Scope
G2 performed a geotechnical investigation for earthwork operations, foundation design, and construction considerations and performed special inspections and materials testing services during construction.

G2 professionals explored the site during the geotechnical investigation for a complete pavement repair program. This included pavement recommendations and construction considerations related to roadway and driveway access and service equipment.

Within the correctional facility, G2 performed special inspections / materials testing scope of services that included evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, flatwork, and site concrete, and bituminous paving. 

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions

G2 Consulting Group evaluated the existing conditions and provided solutions that allowed for work within a highly regulated correctional facility. The pavement repair strategy needed to work around the confines of correctional facility rules and regulations and also work within an expedited timeline. G2 worked with Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick, LLC, to create a removal pl

an that allowed for efficient, expedited removal of materials without disrupting the operations of the correctional facility. 

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule.

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Multi-State Solar Sites

Solar Slider at Solar Site

Out in the field, drilling takes place, no matter the weather.

Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Virginia

G2 Consulting Group understands the growing importance of renewable energy in the United States and it has positioned itself to be a key player in the power and energy sector by providing geotechnical services to companies who design and construct solar sites. Typically, these projects run on very tight timelines and cover multiple states. For example, during a tight two-month period (November 2, 2018 – January 3, 2019), G2 provided geotechnical services for 12 solar power plant sites in six states (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia).

Fast Facts

Project Scope
G2 Consulting Group performed geotechnical investigations that included soil borings, test pits, and pile loads tests. This was a multi-state, multi-project, multi-drillers operation that involved a team of 12 G2 staff members. 

• 12 solar power plant site in six states ( Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Virginia)

• Geotechnical investigation covered 6,747 acres or 10.6 miles

• 78 soil borings – 1,565 vertical feet

• 926 laboratory tests

• Thermal Resistivity

• Electrical Resistivity

• Chemical Corrosion

• 34 LPile Analyses

Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation
Laboratory Testing

Challenges/Solutions

Battling the elements, wildlife, and farm animals, G2 provided exceptional geotechnical services to multiple projects, over a multi-state area, using innovative solutions and a collaborative approach with multiple drillers. 

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep multiple projects moving forward to meet the tight two-month schedule.

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Amazon Distribution Center

Amazon Distribution Center

“Bird’s-Eye View” of the Amazon Distribution Center in Romulus, MI.

G2 Consulting Group, LLC, provided geotechnical design services and special inspections / materials testing for the Amazon Distribution Center in Romulus, MI. The $140 million, 850,000 sf project was completed in less than one year. G2 provided special inspections / testing services including earthwork evaluation, foundation testing, site concrete and floor slab concrete evaluation, structural steel, welds and bolted connections evaluation, and floor flatness testing. G2 staff were on site as early as 3:00 a.m. and as late as 11:00 p.m., depending on the work task. Up to four field engineers / technicians were dedicated to the project. 

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Ryan Companies

Project Scope
$140 million, 850,000 square feet project completed in less than one year.

Services Provided
Geotechnical Design
Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Interesting Facts

Total Tons of Steel: 7,890 tons

Total Square Feet of Concrete: 2,310,285 square feet interior; 520,950 square feet exterior

Miles of Wiring: 434 Miles

Linear Feet of Plumbing (fire sprinkler, water cooler lines, etc.): 31,762 sprinkler heads, 66 miles of pipe

Cubic Yards of Soil “Moved” (cut and fill): 123,379 cubic yards moved onsite, 58,531 cubic yards imported.

Smart. Results. Fast. 

G2 provided real-time geotechnical support throughout design, which continued even as construction began, and delivered expedited special inspections and materials testing services.

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“Build For Tomorrow” – Key Takeaways from Midwestern Infrastructure Summit

Mark Stapleton, P.E.

Businesses, workers, citizens, and elected leaders came together this week to participate in National Infrastructure Week, May 13-20, 2019. The message this year is: America’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today. #BuildForTomorrow

One of the many events that took place nationwide was the Midwestern Summit hosted by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and the Michigan Municipal League (MML) held at the Lansing Brewing Company in Lansing, Michigan.  State and local leaders discussed a regional strategy for economic success, the future of funding and financing infrastructure, and enhancing connectivity. I was fortunate to attend this summit and have a few key takeaways from the event.

Leading the Urban Infrastructure Renaissance

“People attract businesses. Places attract people. Good infrastructure makes good places.”

~ The Honorable Andy Schor, Mayor of Lansing, MI.

Takeaway #1: Quality infrastructure creates a quality lifestyle that attracts quality citizens. Investing in our towns and villages promotes economic success.

 

What’s next in Infrastructure Funding and Finance?

“Continuing to do things the way we have done them in the past is not working today regarding transportation. For instance, Michigan has 1,200+ bridges that are structurally deficient. The longer we wait to fix them, the more it will cost to repair them.”

~ Mike Nystrom, Executive Vice President / Secretary, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.

Takeaway #2: The first step is educating community members on how infrastructure improvements are funded and financed. The next step is conversations with private and public entities to create and implement viable solutions.

 

Beyond Asphalt and Concrete: Infrastructure for Place Making

“Successful business is built on human capital and human intellectual property and place attracts people.”

~ Jared Fleisher, Vice President Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Takeaway #3: Private companies are investing in good infrastructure because it is good for business and their employees.

Final Takeaway: Infrastructure is built from the ground up. As geotechnical engineers, we have the opportunity to work with both private and public sectors to build sound, quality infrastructure for this generation and the next.

Mark Stapleton, P.E. is an Associate and Project Manager at G2 Consulting Group. His practice focuses on design and geotechnical instrumentation design and installation.

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Administrative Assistant – Ann Arbor Office

G2 Consulting Groups is looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks in our Ann Arbor office. Duties of the Administrative Assistant include providing support to our project managers and staff, assisting in daily office needs and managing our company’s general administrative activities.

Administrative Assistant responsibilities include making meeting arrangements, preparing reports and maintaining appropriate filing systems. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to organize their work using tools, like Word, Excel, and office equipment. If you also have previous experience as a Secretary or Executive Administrative Assistant and familiarity within the Architectural/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry, we’d like to meet you.

Ultimately, a successful Administrative Assistant should ensure the efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of our Ann Arbor office.

Responsibilities
  • Answer and direct phone calls
  • Organize and schedule appointments
  • Write and distribute email, correspondence memos, letters, faxes, and forms
  • Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports
  • Develop and maintain a filing system
  • Order office supplies
  • Maintain contact lists
  • Book travel arrangements
  • Submit and reconcile expense reports
  • Provide general support to visitors
  • Organize occasional employee and client social events
Requirements
  • Proven experience as an administrative assistant, virtual assistant, or office admin assistant. Experience in the A/E/C industry a plus.
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Working knowledge of office equipment, like printers, and fax machines
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft office including Word, Excel, and PDF editors.
  • Experience writing, editing, and preparing final documents.
  • Provide administrative support to the department, including scheduling and coordinating meetings and projects.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • High School degree
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Staff Engineer – Construction Engineering

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time staff engineers with three months to four years of demonstrated experience for its Construction Engineering Department. Staff engineers perform and coordinate field inspections and investigations under the supervision of a project engineer or project manager. Principal duties will consist of construction observation and testing, laboratory testing, and report preparation. Testing duties will include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, and paving inspection at job sites.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT);
  • Three months to four years of demonstrated experience in construction engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Staff Engineer – Geotechnical

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time staff engineers with three months to four years of demonstrated experience for its Geotechnical Engineering Department. Staff engineers perform and coordinate field inspections and investigations under the supervision of a project engineer or project manager. Principal duties will consist of geotechnical design project coordination, laboratory testing, construction observation, and report preparation.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with coursework emphasis in geo-sciences, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT);
  • Three months to four years of demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Senior Staff Engineer – Geotechnical

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time senior staff engineers with two to five years of demonstrated experience for its Geotechnical Engineering Department. Senior staff engineers perform geotechnical analysis and coordinate field inspections and investigations under supervision of a project engineer project manager, including on-site direction of geotechnical drilling activities. Principal duties will consist of monitoring construction operations, including earthwork, dewatering, and excavation support installations and preparing engineering field reports.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with coursework emphasis in geo-sciences, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT);
  • Two to five years of demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Inspect test borings, test pits, monitoring wells, and install and read geotechnical instrumentation.
  • Perform a variety of engineering analyses and calculations, with and without the use of engineering software.
  • Preparation of technical proposals, cost estimates, plans, technical specifications, and reports.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Project Engineering – Geotechnical

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time project engineers with five to eight years of demonstrated experience for its Geotechnical Engineering Department. Project engineers coordinate field inspections and investigations including on-site direction of geotechnical drilling activities, as needed.

Principal duties will consist of:

  • Inspecting test borings, test pits, monitoring wells, and installing and reading geotechnical instrumentation;
  • Conducting laboratory and field testing of soils;
  • Performing a variety of engineering analyses and calculations, with and without the use of engineering software;
  • Preparing technical proposals, cost estimates, plans technical specifications, and reports, including day-to-day correspondence;
  • Developing and presenting project-specific or technical presentations to clients, technical organizations, and in-house staff;
  • Coordinating construction quality control services; conducting periodic site visits, and reviewing daily field reports prepared by others.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with coursework emphasis in geo-sciences, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering
  • Five to eight years of demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner.
  • Organize technical material into comprehensive reports, as well as, perform QA/QC reviews on work product.
  • Project planning, budgeting, task delegation and management to ensure project is completed according to work plans.
  • Project Administration, including invoicing and collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek and establish new clients and build good business relationship with both new and current clients.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in mentoring and leading junior staff.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Geotechnical Engineering Intern / Co-op

G2 Consulting Group is looking for geotechnical engineering interns primarily during the summer construction season and/or during the school year. Geotechnical engineering interns perform laboratory testing, construction observation and testing, and report preparation within the geotechnical engineering services group.  Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, paving, and other construction materials at construction sites and in our labs. Interns work closely with project managers and other staff members to ensure timely, quality work. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be working toward a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Preferred Certifications: Nuclear Density, ACI, ICC, MDOT;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Observe construction activities to ensure conformance with project specifications.
  • Complete and submit daily field reports.
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with construction materials testing and field observations under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.
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Construction Engineering Technician

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time construction engineering technicians to join our team. Construction engineering technicians perform construction observation and testing, laboratory testing, and report preparation within the construction engineering services group.  Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, paving, and other construction materials at construction sites and in our labs. Technicians work closely with project managers and other staff members to ensure timely, quality work. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum High School diploma, or equivalent;
  • Preferred: Associates Degree in Concrete Technology, or Civil Technology, or a minimum of three years related experience;
  • Preferred Certifications: Nuclear Density, ACI, ICC, MDOT;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Observe construction activities to ensure conformance with project specifications.
  • Complete and submit daily field reports.
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with construction materials testing and field observations under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Construction Engineering Intern

G2 Consulting Group is looking for construction engineering interns primarily during the summer construction season and/or during the school year. Construction engineering interns perform construction observation and testing, laboratory testing, and report preparation within the construction engineering services group.  Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, paving, and other construction materials at construction sites and in our labs. Interns work closely with project managers and other staff members to ensure timely, quality work. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be working toward a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Preferred Certifications: Nuclear Density, ACI, ICC, MDOT;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Observe construction activities to ensure conformance with project specifications.
  • Complete and submit daily field reports.
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with construction materials testing and field observations under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.
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CAD Technician

G2 Consulting Group is looking for a CAD Technician to work in its Troy, Michigan office. A new position for G2, the candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to develop drafting standards for the company moving forward. The candidate must work well in a fast-paced, high-demand environment. Potential to work remotely will be considered after an initial period of one year. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Associate’s Degree in AutoCAD Drafting, or a minimum of three years of AutoCAD experience;
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Civil 3D, and Microstation, and have the ability to learn to software programs;
  • AutoCAD competence is a must;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Understanding of drafting standards;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, and Excel is required;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Draft and produce clear, complete, and accurate site plans, engineered drawings, and amendments.
  • Create company drafting standards.
  • Meet with project managers and design engineers to obtain required information for layout of drawings.
  • Meet project objectives, requirements, and manage constraints.
  • Contribute to quality and integrity of product.
  • Maintain accuracy and pay close attention to detail.

Benefits

  • Company-paid health insurance
  • Dental and Vision Plans
  • Short-term Disability
  • Long-term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off
  • Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs
  • Profit Sharing
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Conference Call: Mark Smolinski

Mark Smolinski
Principal
G2 Consulting Group

As long as the clients are pleased and the revenues and profits are good, we don’t watch the clock of our staff,” Smolinski says.

Read the conversation between G2 Consulting Group Principal Mark Smolinski and Liisa Andreassen, correspondent for The Zweig Letter. G2 Consulting was a listed as a Hot Firm (#67) by Zweig Group in 2016.

CONFERENCE CALL: MARK SMOLINSKI

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Superpave Gyratory Compactor expands Hot Mix Asphalt testing capabilities

G2 Project Manager James Berry

James Berry, P.E. Project Manager

G2 Consulting Group is expanding its Hot-Mix-Asphalt (HMA) testing capabilities at its Troy laboratory with the addition of a new Superpave Gyratory Compactor (SGC).  The new machine is a Model AFG2 manufactured by Pine Test Equipment, Inc. The SGC will allow G2 Consulting to test and determine the volumetric properties of the newer Superpave HMA mixtures (MDOT E series mixes) that are being used more and more by our local and regional agency clients.

What is Superpave?

Superpave stands for Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements. It is a mixed-design method that makes the best use of asphalt paving technology and enhances asphalt pavements’ ability to balance the high-temperature rutting and low-temperature cracking characteristics of asphalt concrete. Superpave replaces the Hveem and Marshall methods.

Why is it important?

Harvey Hurwitz, Senior Engineering Technician demonstrates compaction sampling.

Determining volumetric properties of compacted HMA samples is an important component of mix design development and project quality control and quality assurance testing. With the older Marshall designed mixes, this was relatively easy with simple mechanical compaction equipment. Superpave mixes require the much more sophisticated SGC to compact the laboratory samples for testing. The SGC allows us to produce samples in our laboratory representing a variety of different projected traffic loadings using compaction methods that more closely simulate mix compaction under repeated vehicle wheel passes rather than compaction with a smooth drum roller. Many regional agencies are requiring volumetric properties tests as part of standard QA/QC testing, and it is anticipated that MDOT Local Agency Projects will require QA volumetric testing for Marshall and Superpave HMA mixtures in the near future.

Superpave Gyratory Compactor

G2’s new Superpave Gyratory Compactor will be used to test newer Superpave Hot Mix Asphalt mixtures.

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Transformers: Dominick’s Grocery to Emagine Theatre

 

You know it as a movie, but G2 Consulting Group became “Transformers” when it helped convert a former Dominick’s Grocery Store into a 10-screen Emagine Theatre – the first in the state of Illinois. The fast-tracked project consisted of a 70,000 square foot slab-on-grade building that required the removal of portions of floor slab and grade cuts of up to 10 feet to construct the individual theaters. Building columns were relocated as needed and the roof beams were reinforced to carry additional loads.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Emagine Theatre

Project Scope
G2 Consulting Group worked collaboratively with Tower Construction (GC) during all phases of the project to construct the first Emagine Theatre in Illinois.

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Environmental Engineering Services (Phase I, Asbestos Survey)
Quality Assurance / Materials Testing / Steel Inspection
Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) Services

Challenges / Solutions
G2 Consulting Group found that existing fill soils were present below the floor slab and allowed for new foundations to wear on existing soils provided they were observed and properly documented during construction.

The project moved at a very fast pace and G2 was available to cover inspections on short notice – sometimes within two hours of being called. This allowed the project to move forward without delays.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Soil borings within the interior of existing buildings can be challenging due to height and width restrictions of drilling equipment. G2 used its contacts with local drillers to determine the best equipment to allow for access and drilling within the building and work was completed in two days. G2 also coordinated environmental surveys at the same time as drilling to minimize delays to the project and minimize interruptions to the building.

G2 fast-tracked CCDD testing on short notice to allow for offsite disposal of soils and allow the contractor to stay on schedule with soil removal. There was no place to stockpile soils and any delays with soil removal would have hindered the project timeline.

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Huron Academy expands operations in Macomb County

Huron Academy, a tuition-free public charter school for 3rd through 7th grade students, expanded its operations in 2015 by purchasing a 19-acre parcel along Utica Road in Clinton Township.

Fun Facts

Scope

The new, $8.4 million, 32,000 square foot, single-story building features 22 classrooms, computer labs; a gymnasium; special spaces for music and art; a science lab; and a state-of-the-art media center. The site was once home to Bishop Gallagher’s athletic fields. Some of the existing athletic fields are preserved for use today.

G2 Services Provided:  G2 Consulting Group worked with Partners in Architecture of Mt. Clemens and provided geotechnical engineering services. G2 also provided special inspections and materials testing services for general contractor Cunningham-Limp Company of Novi.

In addition to special inspections and materials testing, G2 evaluated earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab and site concrete evaluation.

Challenges / Solutions

G2 Consulting is used to working on tight construction schedules, especially knowing that the school bell will ring for new students in the fall. G2 overcame several challenges with the site which included building pad earthwork with high moisture clay soils that occurred in October and challenging subgrade conditions in the Spring for support of floor slabs and pavements.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule and ensured that school began on time.

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Science and Engineering Center Opens at UDJHSA

The Science and Engineering Center opened its doors to students in 2016 and is the largest addition to the campus since the main school building was constructed in 1931. The center represents the largest dollar investment in science and technology at any Michigan high school in recent years and positions U of D Jesuit as a leader in STEM education in Southeast Michigan.

Fast Facts

Scope

The new $16 million, four-story, 40,000 square foot addition artfully blends historic features of the original structure with artwork and iconography. Located between the main school building and Jesuit residence, the state-of-the-art facility doubles the classroom and laboratory space for biology, chemistry, and physics; adds laboratory space for eco-car and robotics programs, engineering activities; and it includes dedicated classrooms and laboratories for seventh and eighth grade students.

G2 Services

Working with Wold Architects and McCarthy and Smith, Inc., G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering services and performed special inspections and materials testing during construction.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged with upper weak or loose sands with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 performed extensive analysis to provide improved support for the building foundations..

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped optimize foundation sizes and reduce overall construction costs.

 

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Holiday Inn Express opens its doors

Plymouth Township, Michigan

A new Holiday Inn Express was constructed along the east side of Beck Road, north of M14, in Plymouth Township, Michigan and completed in the Spring of 2016..

Fast Facts

Scope

The four-story, 67,366 square foot structure, with a walk-out basement, services the local business parks and adjacent USA hockey arena. The hotel has 107 rooms, a conference room, pool, and exercise facilities.

G2 Services Provided

Working with Emmett Contracting, G2 Consulting Group provided special inspections / materials testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab evaluation. Test methods included compaction control of fill soils, bearing capacity of supporting soils, compressive strength testing, and slump and trained air content evaluation of concrete, and mortar proportions, and grout specimen strength testing for masonry materials.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged by upper weak fill soils with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 worked closely with the foundation contractor to ensure that foundations were supported on suitable bearing soils per the recommendations of the geotechnical report.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped to optimize foundation construction and reduce overall construction costs.

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