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February 7, 2014

Ed O’Malley, PE

As a geotechnical engineer, I had a lot of opportunities to work on a wide range of projects around the U.S. and in other locations around the world utilizing many different shallow and deep foundation solutions. Doing consulting engineering was interesting but became more so with the arrival of a new type of ground improvement – Geopier.  Once I heard about Geopier and the regional design-build firm GeoStructures, a large number of projects came to mind that could have used Geopier ground improvement instead  of more expensive deep foundations, had Geopier been available at the time.  The Geopier concept was so  effective and robust that instead of simply trying to find projects to use it on, I joined the company that was leading the regional effort  to promote, design, and construct projects using Geopier technology.  Since those days, the acceptance of Geopier and related approaches provided by GeoStructures has moved rapidly throughout the civil engineering and contracting community.   It’s a great feeling to be an early adopter of a really good idea and then see its success grow over time.


  • University of Texas at Austin   BSCE, MSE, Civil Engineering


  • Professional Engineer (DC, VA, MD, PA, NY, NC)


  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Capital Section, Geotechnical Engineering Committee – Chairman
  • American Society of Highway Engineers, (current member, past treasurer, board member)


  • 11th Street Bridges, Washington, D.C.
  • BP Whiting Refinery Upgrade, Whiting, Indiana
  • T.C Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Fox Hill Senior Living, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Tower Oaks, Rockville, Maryland



  • Worked on the King Ranch
  • Walked across the “Bridge on the River Kwai”