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Boxborough, MA, United States, 2007/08/28 - W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., P.E., a civil engineer and President and CEO of Geocomp Corporation, has recently been awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal from UC Davis College of Engineering and the Cal Aggie Engineering Alumni Association.
As a UC Davis engineering graduate with more than fifteen years of professional experience, Dr. Marr’s record of outstanding professional and technical achievement as well as his distinguished service to the engineering profession and the community at large, set him apart from other nominees for the award.
Dr. Marr’s significant contributions to engineering include developing techniques for monitoring the stability, movement and pressure in earthworks projects, using sensors, wireless communications, automated analysis and visualization of data. By developing sensing, monitoring, measurement and analysis technologies, Dr. Marr has enabled full-scale construction projects to be built more safely and efficiently, at lower cost.
During his career, Dr. Marr has consulted on such enormous projects as Boston’s multi-billion dollar Central Artery Tunnel; Dulles Airport; the new World Trade Center construction and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington, D.C., as well as projects in the Netherlands, Japan, Venezuela and Korea.
“I am very much honored to receive this award. Civil engineering doesn’t draw the attention in today’s world of info, nano and biotechnology, but civil engineering provides the environment that makes these other fields possible. It is civil engineering that will play a major role in solving the global challenges of food distribution, providing fresh water, and slowing global warming,” noted Dr. Marr.
Dr. Marr holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the UC Davis College of Engineering and a Masters degree and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many contributions have been widely published and he serves on a number of professional society committees and boards.
Technologies to Manage Risk for Infrastructure
Established in 1982, Geocomp Corporation a technology based company that helps clients identify and manage risks associated with the construction and operation of infrastructure. Geocomp focuses on identifying and applying the most appropriate technologies to help clients manage risk cost effectively.
Geocomp’s Consulting, Lab Systems, Field Systems and GeoTesting services provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of the underground conditions and potential hazards below the surface to effectively minimize the risks of worker and public safety, construction delays, additional costs and damage to property. The company’s full range of solutions include: analysis methods to identify and quantify significant sources of risk; materials testing to reduce uncertainty in structural behavior; development of client specific software and hardware solutions; and real-time WEB-based monitoring to reduce consequences of unexpected performance.
With branches in New York and Atlanta, Geocomp Corporation is headquartered in Boxborough, Mass.