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Golder Associates Acquires Geotechnical Consulting Firm Duane Miller Associates


Anchorage, AK-Duane Miller and Associates (DMA), a firm that specializes in Arctic and geotechnical engineering based in Anchorage, Alaska has become part of the Alaska operations of Golder Associates Inc. (GAI), a leading provider of geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting services worldwide.

DMA, a 27-year-old consultancy, is recognized as a premier provider of cold regions and geotechnical engineering as well as field exploration services in permafrost areas. Considered to have the largest cold regions geotechnical laboratory in Alaska, DMA has also developed specialized geotechnical field exploration methods and equipment to deal with the extreme Arctic and subarctic conditions.

"DMA is a perfect fit with our Alaskan operations, which provide similar services to the mining, oil, and gas industries, as well as infrastructure development for state, municipal, and bush community clients," says Golder Western Regional Vice President Bob Anderson. "DMA enhances our capabilities and I am thrilled to have Duane and his staff on our team."

"I am excited with the geologic and engineering strengths that our combined staffs bring to our clients and look forward to interesting and challenging work throughout Alaska," says Duane Miller, who will become a program leader for Golder.

The combined group provides an array of services to the oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure markets.  These services include geotechnical design, engineering and environmental support for pipelines, seasonal ice roads, building and bridge foundations, shore protection, water supply and tailings dams, rural sanitation/water supply, roads and highways, rail, airports, ports and harbors, and power (generation/distribution/transmission).  The group includes several national award-winning experts in cold regions engineering and is uniquely qualified to address the special requirements of facilities in Arctic and permafrost regions.

The addition of DMA's 18 professionals to the Golder team results in a geotechnical staff of 40 professionals, making GAI the largest full-service geotechnical provider in Alaska and a major provider of both geotechnical and environmental services, including permitting and compliance.
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