All-Terra Engineering as part of lessons learned has reinstated in-house weekly quality review of field technician submittals. We understand submittals are important and worth doing right. It is the single best way to ensure quality, functionality and compliance with plans and specifications. Submittals include but not limited to field reports, logs, samples, timesheets and other field documents.
The in-house quality review is demerit based that subtract points from technician’s weekly accumulated points total for each infraction. Quality review infractions include:
All-Terra Engineering is committed to providing quality services with experienced technical and professional staff. All-Terra is accredited by A2LA and follows ISO-17025 requirements and adheres to our Quality Assurance Manual. All-Terra adheres to quality program that requires; monitoring of work quality (SOP-001- Site Testing Control Procedure, SOP-017 Inspection and Test Procedure), ensuring report delivery (QAM – 5.10), addressing and tracking deficiencies (SOP-005 Control of Non-Conforming Product/Work), continuous trainings and improvements of our employees (SOP-008 Training Procedures), and non- conformance issues are addressed through our Internal Audit and Nonconformance Work Procedures. All-Terra’s Quality audits are conducted on a regular basis. On projects the frequency of quality measurement will be to share the outcome at weekly or monthly progress meetings.
All-Terra Engineering would like to congratulate our field technicians Abiy Harasemy and Patrick Ojeah on successfully completing and passing the SB102 Field Specialist certification exam. By passing their exams, they have helped All-Terra Engineering become more qualified in the area of field testing and inspection. We are so proud of the hard work and dedication to their profession both Abiy and Patrick have shown.
The SB 102 Field Specialist certification is a course that certifies an individual’s ability to properly sample and test soils and flexible base properties in the field in accordance with TxDOT Test Procedures. Individuals must come prepared to pass examinations of associated test procedures through demonstration, verbal and practical methods. Once the evaluations are successfully completed, a final written examination is administered. A score of 80% or higher is necessary to obtain certification.
Clifton Thomas has joined All-Terra Engineering as Marketing Director. He will be responsible for leading all marketing strategies, business development and company branding activities to increase All-Terra growing position in geotechnical engineering industry in Texas. He brings a wealth of knowledge having worked in the Houston Gulf Coast area over the past 30 years.
Mr. Thomas has over 45 years of experience including sixteen years with a local engineering firm as its Manager of Site Development Group. He has design, management and marketing experience on multiple site development, transit, municipal and infrastructure projects. He was lead designer on the original Red Line section through Midtown for Metro Light Rail project working closely with geotechnical engineer on pavement design and subgrade preparation recommendations.
Mr. Thomas is familiar with the marketing of sustainable design projects. He has provided LEED site design criteria on several award-winning facilities including Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences, University of Houston Calhoun Lofts, HISD Milby High School Renovations, Fire Station No. 90, Kendall Library and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School Fieldhouse and Swimming Pool.
All-Terra Engineering is a highly qualified to provide professional engineering services in the areas of subsurface exploration, laboratory testing, construction monitoring, diagnostic investigation, on-site observation, facility/property condition assessment and environmental site assessment. Our basic philosophy of excellence and quality in project delivery and expeditious response to our clients is undergirded by All-Terra’s management.
Starting off the New Year with the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, we had the pleasure of listening to Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. Sheriff Nehls spoke about the the new open carry laws in Texas and also shared some promising information about the increase in population, the decrease in crime, and the increase in solved cases in Fort Bend over the last few years. He also talked about the new proposed Sheriff’s Office to be built in the Fulshear area. We hope to be a part of that project to perform the geotechnical and construction materials testing on the new facility and makes sure the foundation they are building out there in Fulshear is a solid one!
We had a wonderful time supporting the City of Fulshear and learning about what they are doing and where they are heading for the future. Don McCoy, with the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, emceed the event and Tommy Kuykendall, Mayor of Fulshear, updated us about the exciting things happening in their growing city. We were happy to have Jim and Nicole Zimmermann with Crescent Communities as our guests, as well as Brock Crenek with MBCO Engineering, Heath Lyle with Lyle & Perossa, Derek Rogers with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and our newest addition to the All-Terra family, Julianne Salinas.
I would like to thank Alex Masch with 2Step Photography for capturing the moment with myself, Mayor Tommy Kuykendall, and State Representative John Zerwas.
All-Terra Engineering, Inc was proudly displayed at the first University of Houston HUB Vendor Construction Forum. We had a great time explaining our services and procedures to other construction, engineering, and architectural firms. Congratulations to Lettie Harrell at LH2 Architecture, LLC and Wendy Smith with WS Coatings, Inc for winning our give away of two 30 oz Yeti tumblers!