Meet Michael Fritz, PE, RG
  
Title
Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Expertise
Geotechnical engineering
Geology
Transportation projects


Location
Springfield, MO

Hired
2012

Mike enjoys geology, math, science and working outdoors, so when it came time to choose a college major, geotechnical engineering offered him the perfect combination. After graduation, the job he landed at MoDOT (the Missouri Department of Transportation) introduced him to the industry where he excelled and built his career.

At GeoEngineers, Mike contributes a wealth of knowledge gained from nearly 29 years as MoDOT’s Geotechnical Director. He explains, “I’ve been impressed with GeoEngineers since the first project Geo completed while I was at MoDOT. I am even more impressed now that I work here. I knew that the company was technically capable; now I realize the extent of that capability.”

The Route 109 landslide project GeoEngineers is completing for MoDOT is one Mike cites as an example. “We initially provided geophysical exploration services, but the project evolved to include a tied-back soldier pile wall to mitigate the landslide we had investigated in our earlier geophysical exploration. The project has given us a chance to showcase our capabilities, including the design and CAD work of our talented employees in the Pacific Northwest.”

In his spare time, Mike likes to design and build things and work with his wife on her hobbies. He jokes, “My wife likes coming up with ideas and I like to make them happen. We built our own house and garage on a previously unimproved 21-acre site in Webster County, Missouri.”

Awards


  • FHWA Trailblazer Award, Technician Training and Certification Program, 1998
  • AASHTO Distinguished Service Award, Lead States Team for SHRP
    Technology, 1997
  • AASHTO Trailblazer Award, Plan Scoping Breakthrough Team, 1996
  • Missouri Governor's Award for Quality and Productivity, Rock Ditch Liner Specification, 1992

Selected Presentations & Articles

  • Presented “MoDOT Research on Local Resistance Factors for LRFD Foundation Design” at the MoDOT/Associated General Contractor’s COOP Meeting, Lake Ozark, MO, November 2011
  • Presented “Construction Inspection and Specifications for Drilled Shafts in Missouri” training session at the 34th Annual Deep Foundations Institute Conference, Kansas City, MO, October 2009
  • Trained MoDOT inspectors on Drilled Shaft Construction and Specifications,
    2004-2012