During college, Braydan discovered that he loved the combination of technical analysis and field work involved in geotechnical engineering. “My mind was set after my first project as an intern with GeoEngineers, where I observed a soil nail wall being constructed in downtown Bellevue.”
As a project manager in GeoEngineers’ geotechnical group, Braydan plans, coordinates and leads geotechnical exploration programs to characterize subsurface soil and groundwater conditions. He completes detailed geotechnical analyses and reports the team’s findings in geotechnical reports to support structural, civil and mechanical engineers working on the projects.
Braydan’s passion is working on large civil and design-build projects. “The diversity of the projects we work on keeps me on my toes with very demanding schedules and performance expectations,” he says, pointing to the I-405 Bellevue Braids design-build project as an example. “We designed and built seven bridges to improve the northbound I-405 and eastbound SR 520 interchange in Bellevue, Washington. The lead designers, contractor, and GeoEngineers worked efficiently to complete the project ahead of schedule and under budget, and the project will significantly reduce traffic in the downtown Bellevue corridor.”
When he’s not at work, Braydan values spending time with his family. He also gives time to volunteering at his church and with the Boy Scouts of America. Braydan has summited both Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier and is using his 22-mile bike commute to train for an upcoming 200-mile race. “I believe the dedication required in learning how to climb safely and as a team has helped me become a better consultant.”