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2013 - Current:  Cardno

Mr. Anspach serves as Senior Fellow | Director, Utility Market & Practice Development for Global Operations for Cardno.  He is responsible for developing and conducting utility research, Mergers & Acquisitions activities, corporate quality assurance, international standards development, international practice harmonization, and market development.

2008 Ė Current:  J.H. Anspach Consulting

During this period, Mr. Anspach worked as a sole practitioner performing research, expert witness services, consulting services, education and training, subsurface utility engineering outreach, and international engineering advancement activities for various clients including Caterpillar, John Deere, Gas Research Institute, Underground Imaging Technologies,  ProStar Corp, UtilyStar, Cardno TBE, So-Deep, Caltrans, PennDOT, and others.

1994 Ė 2008:  So-Deep, Inc.

Mr. Anspach was the professional in responsible charge for many projects of a complex nature during this period, ranging from a review of engineering and construction practices at DOE sites to development of proprietary and innovative corrosion engineering practices for existing electric power structures.  He was selected by Purdue University to be their technical advisor for an FHWA-commissioned study on subsurface utility engineering.  Within this time frame, Mr. Anspach galvanized the engineering community into action on the development of standards for the collection and depiction of existing subsurface utility data.  He was So-Deepís principal in charge of corporate quality assurance and standard of care issues.  As such, he provided oversight to all of So-Deepís projects and staff professionals.  

He took and then taught the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Corrosion courses for the National Association of Corrosion Engineers at the University of West Virginia.  Jim developed a highly unique corrosion service for direct-buried steel lattice electric transmission towers. Using a wide variety of measurements coupled with spot excavation, Jim was able to predict and then prove active corrosion problems, and develop preventive mitigation strategies for towers at risk.  Jim performed these services for Virginia Power, Jersey Central Power & Light, Dayton Power & Light, and Pacific Power & Gas.

Some of Jimís  projects included:


Project Manager, Utility Risk Management for the $2.5B Woodrow Wilson Bridge project in Virginia.


Project Manager, Utility Risk Management for the $800M Rte 28/Dulles Intíl Airport Corridor Improvement project.


Project Manager, Construction and Design Practices Review.  Hanford, WA.  Department of Energy/Fluor Federal Services.


Project Manager, Utility Mapping for the $3B SR99/Alaska Way Viaduct. Seattle, WA, WSDOT  

1986 - 1993:  So-Deep, Inc.

In addition to project management of large site characterization projects, Mr. Anspach was in responsible charge of contracts with Maryland State Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation for utility relocation design and construction engineering coordination.  He supervised a staff of registered professional engineers and field and office technicians.  Specific projects included:              


C&P telephone duct relocation design, Roanoke, VA


Columbus Southern Power Company, Columbus, OH. -1.2 Km of 138 kV electric pipeline design through the City.


Gas, telephone, electric, and water relocation design for VDOTís City of Falls Church highway improvement project.


Dulles International Airport, various utility mapping projects.

1983-1986:  So-Deep, Inc.

Mr. Anspach was responsible for the development and management of So-Deepís utility mapping functions.  This included hiring, training, supervising of engineering technicians, developing work plans, and administrating contracts.  At any given time, he had up to 25 technicians (field geophysical and survey) working for him on a variety of projects for Fairfax County Department of Public Works, Media General Cable, Virginia Department of Transportation, and other Washington DC metro area engineering firms.  Mr. Anspach personally reviewed each project to the existing standard of care of the subsurface utility engineering profession.  Examples of specific projects include:


The White House - Project manager for utility mapping of on-and-off site complex


The CIA, Langley VA - Project Manager for utility mapping of complex site


Blue Plains Treatment Plant, Washington DC - Project manager for utility mapping for additional capacity upgrade.


National Airport, various utility mapping projects.

1978-1983:  Heath Consultants

Mr. Anspach worked in various capacities with Heath Consultants conducting natural gas leakage surveys, water leakage surveys, Underground Storage Tank leakage studies, pipe and cable locating equipment research & development, landfill methane studies, natural gas explosion studies, and training in all of the above. Jim has performed cathodic protection design, installation, and monitoring services. Some of his  projects included the US Naval Academy, National Institute of Standards and Technology complex,  NSA complex, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and a host of transmission pipeline company projects and master-metered housing complexes.