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FEB 2018

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B U S I N E S S B R I E F S TUNNELINGONLINE.COM TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // FEBRUARY 2018 6 Frontier-Kemper JV Receives NTP for Kemano Generating Station T2 Tunnel Tutor Perini Corp., a leading civil, building and specialty construction company, today announced that a joint venture between its subsidiary, Frontier-Kemper Constructors, and Ae- con Group Inc., of which Frontier-Kemper has a 60% share, has receive e to Proceed from Rio Tinto for a contract valued at approximately CAD $337 million (USD $274 million) to com- plete the construction of the remaining 7.6-km section of a 16- km second tunnel at the Kemano Generating Station in British Columbia. The contract value was included in the company's third quarter 2017 backlog. The project's scope of work includes the excavation and bor- ing of new tunnel segments, tunnel lining, rehabilitation of ex- isting underground and surface excavations, and installation of intake gates and other related structures. Design work is progressing with site activities to commence in late first quar- ter 2018. The project is expected to reach completion in the third quarter of 2020. "We are pleased to work with Rio Tinto on this important project," remarked Dave Rogstad, President and CEO of Frontier- Kemper Constructors. "The project represents our fifth major tun- neling project in British Columbia over the past 12 years, and we look forward to delivering an outstanding project." In Memoriam: Don U. Deere Dr. Don U. Deere, a world-renowned engineering geologist, passed away on Jan. 14, 2018, in Gainesville, Florida, at the age of 95. An expert on tunneling, dam building and design, and the con- struction of large underground spaces, in 1989 he was appointed by President Reagan as Chairman of the U Waste Technical Review Board. He re- ceived numerous distinctions throughout his career, including being elected to both tional Academy of Engineering and tional Academy of Sciences, the Golden Beav memb Deere was b ch 17, 1922, to O.U. and Wil- ma Hannah Deere. A graduate of Corning High School in Iowa, he received his B.S. ering at Iowa State Uni- v eology at the University of Colorado in 1949, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois in 1955, studying under Dr. Ralph Peck. He met his wife, the late Carmen Pi- lar Garcia of San Juan, Puerto Rico, at Iowa State and they spent 61 years together. After working as a mining engineer in o, Don and Car- men moved to Puerto Rico, where both were on the faculty at the University of Puerto Ric yaguez. There Don started the Foundation Engineering Co. of Puerto Rico and met Dr. Karl Terzaghi. In 1955 he accepted a joint appointment as an associ- ate professor in the departments of Civil Engineering and Geology at Illinois and helped lead their geotechnical engineer- ing program to international prominence. He resigned his appointment as profes- sor in 1972 to pursue full-time consulting and moved to Gainesville where he co- founded Deer - tional consulting firm in geology and rock mechanics, and joined the University of Florida as an adjunct professor. "Dr. Deere's style was one of unbri- dled enthusiasm about his work," said Don W. Deere. P.E., chairman of Deere & Ault Consultants Inc., and son of Don U. Deere. "He really pushed the envelope of combining the disciplines of geology and engineering. He loved to teach and did it through presenting real-world case histo- y of his students became leaders in the tunneling industry and his enthu- siasm was contagious." In 1964, Dr. Deere developed the Rock Quality Designation (RQD), which be- came a standard index for core logging and scan line surveys. RQD also remains a key input parameter in rock mass classi- fication systems. In the 1970s, he brought attention to the importance of foliation shear zones. In 1993, together with Dr. Lombardi, he developed the Grouting ber ( d for rock mass grouting. "Rock Quality Designation or RQD was invented by him one evening in a hotel room as a way to demonstrate good rock vs. bad rock to a group of non-technical decision makers that were selecting the location of an underground chamber," Don W. Deer outing method (Grou ber) was invented in a tavern with his friend and colleague Dr. G Lombardi on the back of a napkin while sipping gin and tonics." ojects to which he contrib- uted included the construction of the World Trade Center, the Channel Tun- nel, Chey , Yucca ter tunnels, the Washington, D. o subway, Hong Kong Island tunnel, Suez Canal Crossing, and numerous hydroelectric facilities throughout the Americas, most notably ItaipĂș, the world's largest hy- droelectric project at the time. Perhaps his greatest legacy was that of a teacher where at Illinois and UF he mentored a whole generation of leaders in the tun- neling industry.

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