BEST OF STATE 2015

Achievement in the Industry

Dreaming Big in Utah

Dreaming Big in Utah
On August 1, 2013, a dream of greater things to come became increasingly more real for Steve Anderson as he looked over the 2013 Zweig Hot Firms List. The little one office engineering business started by Steve and his father, Virgil, had now been ranked as the 15th fastest growing engineering firm in the country and the top firm in Utah. The same excitement would settle in again as Steve and his fellow colleagues posed for pictures outside the 2014 Best of State Gala. A little dream founded in Utah, had traversed the highs and lows of entrepreneurship to achieve lasting success.
“When my Father and I started the company, it was just me, my Dad, and my Mom typing letters on an old typewriter. We were in a small one room office in Ogden, Utah and had recently purchased a new 5 MB hard drive computer. Slowly we started to add a few people.”
Now the company has grown to over 50 employees spread throughout the country. As Anderson Engineering celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary, we offer a look back into what has made Anderson Engineering the “Best of State.”

Anderson Engineering Company Inc. Established

January 1, 1985

1985: Anderson Engineering Company Inc. opens for business. Co-founder Steve Anderson recalls the experience, ” “When my Father and I started the company, it was just me, my Dad, and…

Yerington Reclamation

May 14, 1986

1986: Anderson begins work on their first “major” project near Yerington, Nevada assisting site remediation of the former Empire Nevada Mine. Site History: Copper was discovered in the Yerington District in 1865,…

International Smelter

June 5, 1987

1987: Anderson is contracted to begin the reclamation of the International Smelter in Tooele County. Active work to transform this expansive EPA Superfund into usable open space would continue for approximately 20…

Great Falls Copper and Zinc Refinery

March 5, 1988

1988: Anderson is contracted to begin the site clean up  of the Great Falls, MT. Copper and Zinc Refinery facility. Site History: The Boston & Montana Consolidated Copper and Silver Mining…

Bluewater Uranium Mine

January 10, 1990

1990: With the passing of the Uranium boom, Anderson opens a permanent office location in Grants, New Mexico to help close the once largest open-pit uranium mine in the world. The…

Bingham Canyon Cleanup

February 1, 1992

1992: Anderson completes the clean-up of portion of the historic Bingham Canyon in the southern Salt Lake Valley. Mining activities have a long history in the ore rich Oquirrh  Mountains. Today,…

Copperton Tailings

January 5, 1993

1993: Anderson’s team of engineers and geologists begin the design to recontour the former Anaconda Minerals Copperton Tailings impoundments. About the Design: The impoundment design included the creation of five earthen cells,…

LDS Conference Center

April 3, 1997

1997: Anderson is retained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in the civil design and project management of the 1.4 million square foot (130,000 m2) Conference…

2002 Olympic Games

February 5, 2002

  2002: With the world watching, Anderson was hired to perform the survey layout for the Olympic cross country skiing course at Soldier Hollow and the illuminated mountain olympic rings….

Top Engineers Award

October 1, 2005

2005: Anderson receives the Top Engineering Firm award from the F.W. Dodge Intermountain Contractors Magazine

Pine Canyon Conservation Area

August 10, 2010

2010: The International Refinery and Smelter (IS&R) project, which began in 1987, area is removed from the EPA NPL Superfund listing. The former smelter site is converted to over 1,200…

Mobile Island Model

April 20, 2011

2011: Anderson enhances coastline oil well decommissioning by introducing the Mobile-Island Model (MIM). The MIM would first be deployed along a diminished shoreline in southwest Louisiana. After successful completion of…

10 Consectutive Perfect Safety Awards

July 8, 2012

2012: In 2012, the Utah Safety Council awards Anderson Engineering with their 10th consecutive Perfect Safety Award. The “Perfect Record Award” recognizes organizations that have completed a period of 12 consecutive…

Top Growing Firm

July 1, 2013

2013:  In 2013, Anderson was ranked #15 on the ZweigWhite Hot Firms List and the only firm representing Utah. The ZweigWhite Hot Firm List has become one of the most…

Best of State 2014

May 1, 2014

2014: Anderson wins the Best of State award for outstanding Civil Engineering and giving back to Utah. About the Best of State Award: The Best of State Awards were created…

New Office Building

June 1, 2014

2014: Anderson moves from their long time home in Salt Lake City to a newly built office in Saratoga Springs, Utah. The new facility doubled the amount of usable office…

30 Year Anniversary

January 1, 2015

2015: Anderson Engineering Company Inc. celebrates 30 years of excellence!  

Innovation 

Solving and Creating

Mobile Island Model – Historical Well Decommissioning
One of the biggest challenges of engineering is dealing with Mother Nature. One area which has become particularly difficult for major oil and gas companies is capping legacy oil wells along the Gulf Coast and in other marshy wetlands.
In the case of the Gulf Coast, coastal inlands have been steadily diminishing over the past ten years. Because of this, water areas are expanding and many historic oil wells, once covered by soil, are visible above the sediment or water line. This causes an environmental risk and navigational hazard for boats and barges. In addition to these environmental changes, many of these well plugs do not meet today’s well abandonment standards and are leaking oil. Anderson Engineering transformed the way these wells are repaired and re-plugged.
These well projects present the very difficult challenge of accessing the wellheads which are now situated in water. The greatest difficulty results in the water being too deep to be accessed by land equipment, but too shallow for traditional barge mounted equipment. Preceding Anderson Engineering’s innovation, common practices for re-plugging such wells included building a caisson around the wellhead and pumping out the entrapped water. This process results in a muddy, slippery working area nested below sea level; which also creates a dangerous confined space. Within these treacherous circumstances, workers then must perform a perilous task of dealing with compressed wellhead pressures while surrounded by water and threatening wildlife.
 
Anderson and its sub-contractor team pioneered a new approach that proved to be successful and much safer. Rather than removing the water, the Anderson team turned it into their ally. Engineering a customized river barge, Anderson created three “mobile islands” which allowed access to the wellhead. These mobile islands allowed for the easy transfer of large equipment and workers from a local dock to the shallow marshland. Work could then be completed above the well with no need for water extraction. This innovation was selected as a finalist for the client’s yearly international innovation awards and has been repeated on additional Anderson lead projects.
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AE STEP Program
Beginning in 2012 Anderson conducted an extensive review of the standard engineering-industry accepted methods for soil sample collection and documentation. Anderson determined the collected data was “touched” five to seven times by four different people between data collection and publication in reporting and mapping applications. Additionally, the standard method of collection relied greatly on the expertise and documentation skill of the field technician resulting in significant differences in quality and standard. The typical time from data collection to processing to report prep was approximately 7-30 days depending on the nature of the sample collected.
Following this review Anderson developed an iOS-based application, AE STEP, which uses standardized forms to complete the soil sample collection and documentation procedure. The AE STEP application is tied in with sub-meter GPS, and custom-developed servers.

 

AE STEP has significantly reduced errors and omissions in data collection, increased the quality of the sample, and standardized sampling techniques between all field technicians. This information is synced from the field to the office in real-time or delayed synced – depending on the location, and is published in real-time to a custom build soil sampling database and mapping server. This information is available in real-time to management and the client allowing for quick decisions to be made based on actionable data.
As the data collection is now application and database driven, Anderson has been able to decrease the number of touches from five-seven to three and from four people to two, the field technician and the engineer QA/QC review. This method has saved our customers over $1.5 million dollars in sample collection, management and documentation in the last two years.

 

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Improving the Quality of Life 

Protecting and Giving Back to Utah

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