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David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE, University of New Orleans Professional Mentor: 2013-2015
David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE, along with a few other geotechnical engineers in New Orleans volunteer their time to serve as professional mentors (PMs) to upper class civil engineering students in a unique approach to teaching a foundation engineering class at the University of New Orleans (UNO).  Students in the class are assigned to groups, and each group has an assigned PM.  Each PM identifies a "real-world" project for his/her group that involves all facets of a typical geotechnical engineering project, including: developing a scope of service, conducting laboratory testings, selecting design parameters, performing analyses, preparing a project report, making presentations, and managing budgets and schedules.  Students develop critical thinking skills, learn business practice issues (e.g., client management, communication, risk management and liability, etc.), and enhance team-building and collaboration skills to prepare them for today's workplace.
Lourie Consultants Helps New Orleans Rebound and Improve: 2007-2015
Following Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the New Orleans area in 2005, many people questioned the future and viability of New Orleans. Now, as the City's 300th Anniversary approaches, the rebuilding and resurgence of New Orleans is real and continuing. Progress is evident in many areas and in many ways, and Lourie Consultants has contributed through pro-bono and professional involvement. Examples of volunteer efforts by our staff include working with ASFE/GBA and the St. Bernard Project on a planned community center in flood-damaged St. Bernard Parish, and helping the New Orleans Branch of ASCE promote education and engineering to grade-school children. Our geoprofessional services have spanned a range of projects, including neighborhood health clinics in underserved areas of town, new and better levees protecting New Orleans, the stunning renovation and expansion of the flood-damaged Historic Saenger Theatre, the $50 million upgrades and additions to the New Orleans Pelicans home in Smoothie King Center, Katrina-related repairs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Parking Garage, a 17-acre new film studio complex supporting "Hollywood South" movie-making activities, and Tulane University's new Yulman Football Stadium.  The magnificent TPC Louisiana Golf Course, the home of the PGA Tour's annual Zurich Classic, will get $2.5 million of enhancements in early 2016 designed by Lourie Consultants.
David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE, Elected to ASFE Council of Fellows: April 2012
David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE, has been elected a Fellow of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association (ASFE/GBA), a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms that employ some 200,000 individuals worldwide. W. Jerrold Samford, P.G., chair of ASFE's Council of Fellows, announced the appointments at the ASFE semi-annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE, Board Certified as a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE): February 2010
The Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP), an ASCE affiliate, held its 3rd Diplomate Induction Ceremony on February 21, 2010, in West Palm Beach, Florida. David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE was among the 42 inductees to earn the prestigious designation of Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering. The Academy of Geo-Professionals is an elite group comprised of Diplomates who have gone through many years of training and experience to become eligible for Board Certification. The Academy recognizes engineers who have special knowledge and experience in the field of geotechnical engineering.
David E. Lourie, P.E., Elected President of ASFE: April 2009
David E. Lourie, P.E., is the new president of ASFE/The Best People on Earth, a not-for-profit association of "earth-engineering" firms that employ 150,000 individuals worldwide. Welcomed into office at ceremonies during ASFE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Mr. Lourie is the 39th individual to serve as ASFE's president and chair of the group's board of directors.  Established in 1969, ASFE develops programs, services, and materials its member firms use to enhance the quality of their business and professional practices and thereby "prosper through professionalism." Member firms provide professional "earth-engineering" services; i.e., geotechnical, environmental, and civil/infrastructure engineering; construction-materials engineering and testing; brownfields revitalization and applied sustainability; geology, biology, and ecology; cultural-resources consulting; and construction and program management.
Lourie Consultants Selected to Provide Independent External Peer Review Services: 2008
David Lourie, P.E., has been selected to provide IEPR services for multiple Hurricane Storm Damage and Hurricane Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) projects in the Greater New Orleans area.  These high-level review efforts are part of the process by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the US Congress to design, build, and operate a better system.
Lourie Consultants to Provide Geotechnical Services for 850-ac Development: March 2008
Lourie Consultants was selected to provide geotechnical services for a proposed 850-ac mixed-used development project in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.  The undeveloped, wooded site with contain residences, retail structures, school buildings, recreation features, and the related infrastructure such as roads, utilities, and drainage.  Site characterization consisted of electric cone penetrometer (CPT) soundings and soil borings.  Geotechnical recommendations addressed site preparation, fill selection and placement, impoundment seepage issues, and shallow and deep foundation design, construction, and performance.
David Lourie, P.E., Selected as Independent External Peer Reviewer: May 2006
David Lourie, P.E. was one of two geotechnical engineers on the nine person external peer review committee assembled to review the preliminary technical report prepared by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Orleans District (NOD) and submitted to the United States Congress. The report was part of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) project authorized by Congress in December 2005, when Congress issued legislative directives to investigate and integrate hurricane risk reduction and coastal restoration for south Louisiana.  The July 2006 report contained the results of a comprehensive hurricane protection analysis and design effort intended to provide "Category 5" protection.  The final report is due in December 2007. The external peer review committee comprised a total of nine engineers and scientists who were charged with reviewing the massive report and providing comments on a tight project schedule.
Stephanie Bialobok, P.G. & David Lourie, P.E., Presenters at National Meeting: April 2006
Stephanie Bialobok, P.G. and David Lourie, P.E., were invited to be panel members at the ASFE/The Best People on Earth meeting in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2006. The panel discussed disasters and the lessons learned.  Experiences from three distinctly different disasters were presented and discussed.
Lourie Consultants Returns to the New Orleans Area: April 2, 2006
Following its August 2005 evacuation due to Hurricane Katrina and its subsequent office relocation in Lafayette, Louisiana, the firm returned to the New Orleans area ready to play a key role in the rebuilding and future growth of New Orleans and all of southeast Louisiana.
Lourie Consultants Establishes Temporary Office in Lafayette, Louisiana: September 2005
The outpouring of help and concern from family, friends, and colleagues has been extensive and nearly nonstop. After evaluating many generous offers and working through various logistical issues, Lourie Consultants has accepted a gracious offer from a client and fellow engineer.  Tim Mader, P.E., and his family and firm (Mader Engineering, Inc.) have provided our firm and its personnel with living and working facilities.  We extend our deepest, most heart-felt thanks to Tim, his family, and his employees.  We also thank everyone who has helped and prayed for us during these difficult and uncertain times.
Lourie Consultants Evacuates in Advance of Hurricane Katrina: August 28, 2005
Hurricane Katrina forces area evacuation.  Due to the threat posed by Hurricane Katrina, Lourie Consultants has secured its offices, moved project-related materials to an elevated off-site storage facility, transported computers and active project files, and has evacuated the area.  Before departure, e-mails were sent to clients advising them of the firms actions and providing contact information.

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Media Coverage of Lourie Consultants

Floodwalls in Swampy New Orleans, 'Like Putting Bricks on Jell-o', The New Orleans Times-Picayune, November 10, 2005.
Commentary: Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath: A Business, Personal and Professional Perspective, Geo-Strata -- Geo Institute of ASCE, Vol. 8, No. 1, January/February 2007, pp 14-15 and 43.
Living the Katrina Experience, Geo-Strata -- Geo Institute of ASCE, Vol. 9, No. 6, July/August 2008, pp 38 and 40-44.


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