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Katie Havener and Richard Gebhart Join R.A. Smith National

by Karen Wiesneski 18. October 2016 08:38

Katie Havener and Richard Gebhart have joined R.A. Smith National as civil engineers, Havener in the land development services division serving the private sector and Gebhart in the municipal services division. Havener and Gebhart both held co-op positions with the firm while earning their bachelor's degrees. R.A. Smith National is a multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis. with offices nationwide.

Havener recently earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She assists project managers with the design, drafting and permitting of various projects. Her experience includes the design of grading, storm water management, water main, sanitary sewer and paving plans. She has worked on a variety of projects including Mayfair Mall (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Portillo’s (Brookfield, Wis. and Gurnee, Ill.) and Jersey Gardens Mall (Elizabeth, N.J.).


Gebhart recently earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His responsibilities are primarily focused on sanitary sewer flow monitoring which includes assistance in the collection of data, processing, GIS mapping and analysis, and the report preparation process. He has worked on projects for the cities of Appleton and Waukesha, among other municipal clients. Gebhart also has experience in providing construction observation, construction inspection and culvert inspection.


R.A. Smith National’s Zavadil, Diekfuss, Boldt and Axt Attain Wisconsin Professional Engineer Registrations

by Karen Wiesneski 16. October 2016 08:00

R.A. Smith National’s Laura Zavadil, Joseph Diekfuss, David Boldt and Andrew Axt have each attained their Wisconsin professional engineer registrations.

Laura Zavadil is a traffic engineer with five years of experience at R.A. Smith National. Her experience includes traffic impact studies, traffic analysis for intersection control alternatives, work zone traffic operations analysis, traffic forecasting and access management. She also provides traffic impact analysis support services for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Southeast Region office in Waukesha. Zavadil has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University.
Joseph Diekfuss, Ph.D. is a structural engineer at R.A. Smith National with eight years of experience in structural engineering. He is experienced in the design of both bridges and buildings and has designed structures for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, local government and private developments. The structures include single- and multi-span bridges, retaining walls, box culverts and low-rise buildings. He is also co author of three articles recently published in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering. The articles describe a methodology for prescribing inspection intervals for mast-arm sign support structures that better align inspection needs with limited fiscal and human resources. Diekfuss has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (structural and geotechnical emphases) from the University of Wiscosin-Platteville and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering (structural emphases) from Marquette University.
David Boldt is a structural engineer at R.A. Smith National with over 10 years of experience in the industry, including not only six years of structural design but also several years of related experience in the repair and restoration of existing buildings, as well as testing and inspection of structural steel. He has applied his structural engineering skills to a variety of building types, including health care, office, and civic projects throughout Wisconsin, as well as a number of higher education and K-12 facilities. Boldt also performs assessment and consulting services related to existing structures, most notably for the facilities maintained by the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department, including Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Duke University.
Andrew Axt is a civil engineer in R.A. Smith National’s transportation division. He has more than three years of experience on WisDOT and local municipal projects. A few of his recent projects include STH 11 (Racine), USH 12 (Lake Geneva) and W. Greenfield Avenue (Milwaukee). Axt has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in business administration from Marquette University.

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