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Geological Engineering Consultants

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Benjamin Black, PE, PG

Principal Geological Engineer

Benjamin Black has more than 25 years of experience in geological, hydrogeological, and geotechnical analysis and design. Ben works with stakeholders and other experts to ensure that projects are completed to the highest standard in a safe, effective, and cost-efficient manner. He also provides independent geological technical and mineral evaluation reviews of third-party reports for compliance with Internal Revenue Service and Security and Exchange Commission Guidelines. Ben is a chairman of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG), Rock Mechanics Technical Working Group, and is part of Committee 1 (Roadway & Ballast) of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. Ben has a B.S. in Geology with a concentration in Hydrogeology from Eastern Michigan University. He also earned an M.S. in Geological Engineering and a Certificate in Applied Geotechnics from the University of Idaho. Ben is a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Although he rarely takes a break from work, Ben occasionally enjoys CrossFit workouts, trips to Hilton Head Island, the solitude of the woods, watching college football, and spending time with his family.

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Julia Fields

Senior Scientist

Julia Fields serves as a Project Scientist for GeoLogic, drawing on her past experience as a Wildlife Biologist, Native Species Rehabilitation Foreman, Exotic Animal Veterinary Assistant, and Educator, to inform the environmental constraints analysis reports and technical memos she provides for our projects. Additionally, her past experience as an office manager helps to keep us organized and on task with everything from safety trainings and systems analysis to compliance with all state and federal regulatory standards. After earning a B.S. in Wildlife Management / Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech and working for the US Forest Service in California, Julia accepted the role of office manager for a geological engineering firm in Los Angeles, serving mainly high-profile entertainment and music industry professionals, where she managed virtually all aspects of the business for eight years. Julia joined GeoLogic shortly after its inception. When she’s not at work, Julia spends her time cooking, relaxing outdoors, studying holistic health and healing modalities, and feeding her son’s bearded dragon.
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Randy Kunz

Technology Manager

Randy Kunz serves as the Technology Manager for GeoLogic, overseeing many aspects of our design software implementation as well as our aerial services. He assists with the design of civil infrastructure, surface mining, and a multitude of other civil tasks. As one of GeoLogic’s first employees, Randy helped to get the company up and running; he developed the standards and software to be used for our CADD and 3D Modeling systems, and has been instrumental in providing consistent and highly efficient design deliverables to GeoLogic clients. Randy has an A.S. in Computer Drafting and Design from Florida Technical College, is an Autodesk C3D certified professional, and holds a current Part 107 drone license from the FAA. Over the years, Randy has worked on a vast array of projects across all engineering disciplines, developing an expertise in civil design optimization and modeling. He also spends time educating staff and clients on engineering software capabilities and future direction of industries, and is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality and efficiency of our designs. When he’s not at work, Randy spends his time camping, hiking, biking and just enjoying the outdoors with his family.
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Charles Martini

Senior CAD Designer

Charles Martini is a Senior Designer at GeoLogic, contributing his experience in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and Revit to design and compile working drawings for project deliverables. His multidisciplinary background in survey, construction, and design has culminated in a unique vantage point, providing him with an uncommonly comprehensive view of each client’s project. Charles has an A.S. in Design and Drafting from ITT Technical Institute, and he is an FAA Part 107 certified pilot. In addition, Charles is currently in the process of obtaining his licensure as a Registered Licensed Surveyor (RLS). When he’s not at work, Charles spends time with his son riding dirt bikes and with his daughter doing gymnastics and cheerleading. Charles enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
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Bob Flatt

CAD Designer

Bob Flatt is one of our skilled CAD Designers at GeoLogic. He is experienced in AutoCAD and self-taught in Civil 3D. Bob’s background in Transmission Electrical, Mechanical and Site Design gives him a unique perspective on functionality as well as design. Bob has an A.A.S. in Engineering with a Concentration in Design and Drafting from Chattanooga State Technical Community College. Design and creativity carry over into his free time, as he enjoys building official (or creating custom) LEGO models (he currently has 50+ and growing). When Bob isn’t designing, he loves traveling and spending his time with family and friends.
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Chandler Hosey, GIT

Geologist

Chandler Hosey is a Staff Geologist and an original member of the team; he started as an intern and GeoLogic’s third employee. He quickly became an asset, acquiring an impressive depth of experience and skill early in his career, and contributing significantly to GeoLogic’s growth and success. He brings steadfast dedication and an exemplary work ethic to his areas of expertise, which include rock core/soil sample logging, quarry and mineral evaluations, laboratory testing, and experience with a variety of drill rigs and drilling methods. Chandler spends much of his time overseeing subsurface exploration on jobsites, as well as working in the office preparing boring logs and Geological and Mining Evaluation reports. Chandler has a B.S. in Geology from the University of West Georgia, and he is a Registered Geologist in Training (GIT). He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Geological Society of America, and has presented research on coastal-zone hazards for portions of northwestern Puerto Rico at the annual GSA international meeting. When he’s not at work, Chandler enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on hiking and backpacking trips, and recreational marksmanship training.
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Paul Gilbert, GIT

Geologist

Paul Gilbert joined GeoLogic shortly after earning his M.S. degree in Geology with a focus on structural/geophysical methods and data analytics from the University of Oklahoma. He previously attended Missouri State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Geology and was awarded several scholarships and a fellowship. Paul quickly became indispensable to the GeoLogic team, bringing discipline and focus from his years in the Marine Corps, where he was an MV-22 Crew Chief flying in the Presidential Squadron at Quantico. His steady nature and quiet intellect underpin his role of supervising drilling operations at various project sites throughout the southeastern United States, where he collects, logs, and analyzes data and rock/soil samples for subsurface investigations. When he’s in the office preparing Geological and Mining Evaluation reports, Paul is our resident geological modeling whiz, upgrading our report figures and formats based on the latest modeling software. He is also a Registered Geologist-In-Training (GIT) in Georgia. When he’s not at work, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, working on his truck, and reading biographies of historic American figures.
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Marissa Wiggins

Geologist

Marissa Wiggins initially joined the GeoLogic team as a rock mechanics and materials testing laboratory technician to help with our steadily growing workload. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Geology, and was a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national honor society for Earth Science. Marissa’s love for geology quickly became evident as she worked many long hours in extreme conditions, sawing and logging rock core with a spirit of ease and quiet determination. Her skill and hard work soon earned her the role of Staff Geologist, for which she now works in the field overseeing drilling operations, rock core and soil sample logging, analyzing subsurface data, and putting together boring logs. When she’s in the office, Marissa writes Geological and Mining Evaluation reports and Geology Engineering and Mining (GEM) reports. She is also currently working on acquiring her Geologist-in-Training certification (GIT) in Georgia. In her free time, Marissa enjoys playing and hanging out with her two giant dogs (a Siberian husky named Tike and an Alaskan Malamute named Nika), cooking, hiking and exploring the outdoors, and collecting rocks and fossils (she has a very large collection!)
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Samuel Walker, GIT

Geologist

Sam Walker joined GeoLogic with previous experience in the environmental consulting industry, and after graduating with his M.S. degree in Geology from The University of Alabama. Sam’s thesis – which focused on geochemical and structural analyses of igneous intrusions in central Arkansas – provided a unique perspective on the tectonic evolution of the Mississippi Embayment. As a Staff Geologist with GeoLogic, Sam supervises drilling operations throughout the southeastern United States, collecting and describing rock core and analyzing subsurface data, as well as writing Geological and Mining Evaluation reports and performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Sam’s previous experience involves groundwater sampling, installation of groundwater wells, and environmental remediation with an environmental consulting firm. He is also a Registered Geologist in Training (GIT) in Georgia. Outside of work, Sam enjoys reading science fiction and history novels, attending Braves games, going on runs, and spending time with his cattle dog, Levi.
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Lindsey Wilkinson

Geologist

Lindsey Wilkinson joined the GeoLogic team as a Staff Geologist after graduating with her M.S. degree in Geology from Georgia State University. Lindsey’s graduate project—which focused on petrographic and geochemical evaluation of the Carbonal Dacite rock unit of the Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica—added insight on the conditions surrounding the formation of the enigmatic unit. During her time at GSU, Lindsey also completed a professional certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Lindsey was the president of the geoscience club at Georgia State, and was a member of AIPG, Atlanta Geological Society, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national honor society for Earth Science. As a Staff Geologist with GeoLogic, Lindsey supervises drilling operations throughout the southeastern United States, collecting and describing rock core and analyzing subsurface data. She is also currently working on acquiring her Geologist-in-Training certification (GIT) in Georgia. Lindsey’s previous work experience involves teaching introductory Geology Lab classes at Georgia State University. Outside of work, Lindsey enjoys renovating campervans, traditional climbing, and travelling with her husband Ben and her two dogs, Bentley and Max.
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Sierra Kealy

Geologist

Sierra Kealy came on board with GeoLogic to help manage our workload in the lab, and immediately set to work preparing and sieving core samples, conducting ultimate compressive strength tests, and performing ASTM standard aggregate tests, including wash 200, sulfate soundness, flat and elongated particles, clay lumps and friable particles, and LA abrasion testing. Her thoughtful, conscientious, and diligent nature quickly made her an invaluable member of the team. Sierra also performs soil tests including proctors, Atterberg limits, and wet sieve analysis, and produces the corresponding test reports. She holds a partial degree in Mechanical Engineering from KSU, and a B.S. degree in Geosciences/Geology from Georgia State University, where she graduated cum laude and was a Dean’s list honoree for the full duration of her study. Sierra brings previous experience as a Geoscience Consultant, testing and analyzing lab samples and conveying results using GIS and AutoCAD. When she’s not at work, Sierra enjoys painting, traveling, learning new languages (currently learning Japanese and Korean), and spending time with her fiancé, their daughter, and their two kittens.
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Vivienne Johnson

Geological Engineer

Vivienne Johnson joined the GeoLogic team shortly after earning a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. During her time in Colorado, Vivienne was employed at the University’s Geology Museum as a tour guide, museum aid and teaching kit manager. She also facilitated high-end mineral specimen sales for museums and personal collections, and worked for the Department of Energy helping teachers to incorporate materials science (specifically rare earth elements) into their classrooms. Vivienne is currently working toward becoming a Registered Engineer in Training (EIT) in Georgia, and she has a special interest in dams and the effect of engineered hydrology systems on natural ecosystems. Her role at GeoLogic entails performing dam inspections, dam evaluations, slope stability analysis, and laboratory testing, as well as overseeing drilling operations in the field. When she’s not working, Vivienne loves mineral collecting (she has a large personal collection), enjoying live music, and spending time with her cat, Zipper.

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Raechel Davis

Geological Engineer

With a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Mississippi and several years of experience in the geological and geotechnical engineering industries, Raechel Davis has collaborated on projects throughout the southeastern United States. In her role as a Staff Geological Engineer for GeoLogic, she performs slope stability analysis and assists with expert witness projects. When she’s not at work, Raechel spends her time traveling to new places around the world and trying new restaurants. She loves spending time with friends and family, and taking photos of nature, sunsets, and whatever she’s eating (if it’s pretty)!

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Johannes Sparshott

Rock Mechanics & Materials Testing Laboratory Manager

When Johannes Sparshott joined the rapidly expanding GeoLogic team, he hit the ground running with the planning, setup, implementation, and process of AMRL certification for our rock mechanics and materials testing laboratory. His background in mechanical engineering, and years of experience developing quality management systems, performing lab testing, and building test equipment in accordance with applicable ASTM and assorted standards made him the perfect choice to support the expansion of our services. Johannes is responsible for training and supervising our laboratory technicians, conducting rock mechanics testing, aggregate testing, and testing of other geotechnical materials, and overseeing and directing all Quality procedures and laboratory functions. When he’s not working, Johannes enjoys spending time with his two children, working out, and building his street rods and muscle cars.
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Kaelyn Bouse

Administrative Assistant

With many years of experience in customer service and administrative support, Kaelyn Bouse was the perfect fit for GeoLogic during our growth and expansion! After graduating from the University of West Georgia with a B.S. in Biology, she spent several years assisting with a business expansion where she was responsible for everything from account management to project management to acting as the liaison between the business owner and clients. She seamlessly joined our team and created a new sense of order and efficacy from the get-go. Whether she’s organizing project documents and certifications, or managing conference schedules and social media content, Kaelyn effortlessly keeps us moving forward with her great sense of humor and spunk. When you call GeoLogic, she’s the one who will greet you and find out how we can help. In her free time, Kaelyn enjoys playing with her dog Kylo, hanging out with friends and family, and spending time crafting and shopping.

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Our experience includes geologic exploration and mapping, mine planning and design, comprehensive environmental regulatory compliance, and permitting of surface mining sites. Our services include conducting mineral reserve and economic analyses, aggregate and other industrial mineral quality testing, geological mapping, and hydrology studies. We manage exploration and geologic evaluations at greenfield sites, as well as expansions on existing mine operations and strategic potential acquisitions.

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