Many Small Victories = A Big Win


Assisting a Joint Venture

This project, although relatively large, was something of a pilot project for the Joint Venture collaboration between two of Hawaii’s largest and most capable contractors. Embedded in the combined crew throughout the project, our field engineers streamlined the small difficulties that unavoidably arise during complicated construction projects. 

The basic assignment was to collect quality control data like pile driving records. Being integral to the crew allowed us to identify, collaborate, and resolve a wide rage of other, more challenging, issues. We designed a short drill rig access trestle for the anchor pile line, collaborated on pre-drilling and spudding for wharf piles, designed the pile load test arrangement, and clarified the pile acceptance and refusal criteria.

Adding Value

This type of field engineering used to be common in our industry. The state of our practice has evolved away from these pragmatic, valuable tasks. Because they hire us for old-school field engineering, our clients achieve higher production, incur less rework, and get paid for unexpected site conditions where others do not.

Future Collaborators

We are hopeful to have a similar role on future projects that the JV wins. There’s one in Honolulu Harbor that would dwarf this one in terms of value, complexity, and risk that has caught our interest.

Project Type

  • Deep Foundation
  • Industrial
  • Wharf

Project Details

Hilo Harbor, Hawaii Island, Hawaii


Hawaii Harbors Constructors JV


Hawaii Department of Transportation


March 2018