Meet Drew Sparks, PE
  
Title
Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Expertise
Geotechnical engineering
HDD and Direct Pipe® design and construction
Foundation design
Slope stability
Soil nail/tie-back wall


Location
Salt Lake City, UT

Hired
1998

Drew specializes in trenchless design and construction for pipelines. This includes consulting on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and Direct Pipe® projects. “I decided to become a geotechnical engineer in high school when a friend mentioned that his dad designed a retaining wall on a highway we were driving by. I discovered I could use math and science to solve real-life problems, and I was hooked,” Drew said.

Drew carries his love of problem solving into his career at GeoEngineers. He says his favorite part of the job is working on challenging and exciting projects that require innovative solutions. Having worked at GeoEngineers since 1998—first in Redmond, Washington, then in Springfield, Missouri, and now in Salt Lake City, Utah—Drew says he has many favorites among all the projects he’s done over the years. One in particular includes designing an innovative retaining wall system to prevent a condo from sliding into a lake. “The common thread working at GeoEngineers is the unity of focus and goal that we all have to provide the best service to our clients,” he says.

Drew spends most his extra time with his wife and four daughters. He loves being outdoors hiking, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking and adventure racing.

Awards


ACEC-Missouri Engineering Excellence Awards, Grand Award, Water Resources Category, 2010

Selected Presentations & Articles

  • "Direct Pipe Levee Crossing Design: Mitigating Hydraulic Fracture Risk" (PDF) by J.L. Robison, D. Sparks. Presented at North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s (NASTT) No-Dig Show, Denver, CO, 2015.
  • HDD Under the Mississippi River: Engineering and Execution Proved to be Critical Components of this Louisiana Project,” Trenchless Technology, January 2, 2014, by D. Sauls, P.E., and A. Sparks, P.E.

  • Over Or Under: Geotechnical Considerations for Pipeline Levee Crossings, by D. Sauls, P.E., A. Sparks, P.E. and M. Ramos, P.E., L.E.G., ASCE Pipelines 2011 Underground Construction Technology International
  • Conference and Exhibition, 2011

  • Hydraulic Fracture and Inadvertent Returns Evaluation and HDD Construction—Rheology is Key, by A. Sparks, P.E. and P. Bearden, North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) No-Dig 2011 Conference, Washington, D.C., March 28-30, 2011

  • GIS Pro and iPad: A Perfect Combination of Hardware and Software Increases Mobile Field Data Collection Capabilities and Benefit Clients, by A. Sparks, P.E. and T. Hoyles, P.E., San Francisco Section of Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Annual Meeting, September 22, 2012

  • Targeted HDD Design Under Critical Structures to Reduce the Potential for Hydraulic Fracture, by A. Sparks, P.E., A. Snider, P.E., D. Sauls, P.E., ASCE Pipelines Conference 2010, Keystone, CO, August 28-September 1, 2010

  • “Lateral Load Capacity and Passive Resistance of Full-Scale Pile Group and Cap,” Transportation Research Record 1736, Transportation Research Board, p. 24-32, January 2000, by K.M., A.E. Sparks, K.T., Peterson