A Review of Infiltration Standards and Practices in Clark County

Lance Lehto, president of Columbia West and member of the 2009 Infiltration Standards Review Committee of the Southwest Washington branch of ASCE, co–authored a research paper entitled “A Review of Infiltration Standards and Practices in Clark County." Read the Article  

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The Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering

Career fairs provide important educational opportunities for students. Columbia West principal engineer Jason Ordway discussed geotechnical engineering fundamental principles and practices at the Career and College Fair at Gaiser Middle School in Vancouver, Washington.

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Two Geotechs Saved the World

The year was 1943 and the Allies were in the initial planning phase of Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of German-occupied France during World War II. It was during this earliest phase of planning when the Allied high command ran into a problem. A soil problem. Read the Article  

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Demonstrations at Portland Community College

Columbia West was requested to present a construction materials testing demonstration to engineering technology students at Portland Community College located in Portland, Oregon. Columbia West principal engineer Jason Ordway conducted the demonstration. Test methods, test specifications, in situ field test features, and laboratory test processes were discussed.

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Did You Know students learn about construction by visiting their schools’ own sites?

Lance Lehto, President of Columbia West Engineering, took students from both View Ridge Middle School and Ridgefield High School on tours of their campuses’ nearby construction sites, teaching concepts of civil engineering including on-site cement testing and the importance of building a sound foundation... Read the Article  

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Middle School Students at Columbia West

Columbia West principal engineer Jason Ordway facilitated a hands-on interactive educational experience for elementary and middle school students at Columbia West’s materials testing laboratory in Vancouver, Washington. The presentation included discussion of geotechnical principles, construction materials testing, engineering practices, and demonstrations of individual laboratory tests.

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School Construction Update – 11-15-2013

Drier weather this week enabled crews to continue concrete pours at Ridgefield High School. Lance Lehto, president of Columbia West Geotechnical Services, led a class of high school students through the process of concrete tests which need to be performed immediately before a pour to ensure the strength of the concrete... Read the Article [...]

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Jemtegaard students get lesson in engineering

WASHOUGAL — When Lance Lehto goes to a school, he tries to bring as many hard hats, vests and goggles as he can. The president of Columbia West Engineering said that schools are a niche for his firm, and oftentimes when they go to explore something at a school, they ask if any students would [...]

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