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DFW Connector

Expedited mobilization for owner verification on a complex $1BB project qualifies for release of Federal funding.

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Shoal Creek Bank Failure

Use of a specialized coring procedure solves emergency landslide for residents of historic Austin neighborhood.

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Port Houston Bayport Container Terminal Expansion

Port Houston container terminal expansion using roller compacted concrete saves months on construction schedule.

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We Provide Geotechnical, Construction Materials, Civil, Pavement, and Environmental Engineering Services on Public Infrastructure Projects.

Our expertise is in horizontal construction, in addition to vertical construction, we understand the specific issues on projects that are miles long. Other firms are all things to all people, that is not who we are. We know public infrastructure projects, and spend our energy building our strength in this area. We reliably provide quality solutions while anticipating and resolving project problems that threaten project requirements, budget, or schedule.

Recent Projects

We go beyond the standard deliverables by listening to understand unique project-specific requirements and agency concerns and then delivering superior engineering solutions and peace of mind through taking ownership, keeping commitments, and staying in touch to deliver a successful project and a satisfying experience working together.

US 377 Engineering Project

TxDOT US 377 Cresson Relief Route

Cresson: HVJ solved settlement and select fill availability problems when no right of entry limited geotechnical data.

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Capers Ridge Siphon Engineering Project

CWA’s Capers Ridge Pump Station (CRPS) and 96” Diameter Water Transmission Lines, Liberty County, Texas

Liberty County: Increased the City of Houston treated water supply by providing the new solutions to reduce cost and construction and time for the two 96 inch pipelines

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SH 359 Engineering Project

SH359, Webb County, Texas

Webb County: The local staff and practical experience enables a rural Laredo district resurfacing project to finish ahead of schedule.

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Bayport Engineering Project

Bayport Phase 2 Container Yard (CY6 North), Bayport, Texas

Bayport/Port of Houston: We provided a solution with better performance than conventional reinforced concrete that also shorted the project completion by several months.

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Geotechnical, Bridge Foundation Engineering Project

We deliver innovative solutions for infrastructure projects.

We focus on public agency infrastructure such as street, freeway, tollway, water, wastewater, storm water drainage, flood control, airport, government building, school, university, rail, transit, port, and navigation projects.

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Why HVJ?

At HVJ we believe that having a long history and experienced staff are just a start. Superior engineering can only be reliably delivered if our staff understand that what is valuable is not the same from project to project.  We listen to determine what the project—and owner—specific needs are on each project. We are committed to delivering peace of mind not only from our project staff, but also from our business development and administrative staff.

Infrastructure Focus

HVJ focuses on public infrastructure projects giving us a deep understanding of design and construction for these projects and what drives value for the agencies that build them.

Peace of Mind

We deliver to peace of mind by listening, keeping our commitments, staying in touch, and anticipating problems to solve them proactively.

Value Delivery

We keep foremost that each commitment has a performer and a customer, and that value is determined by the customer not the performer. We continually focus on developing our ability to take better care of what the customer cares about, compared to others.

Process Driven

Processes give us consistency and efficiency and facilitate the spread of best practices throughout the organization.


Our managers attend an extended leadership training program that emphasizes real-world practices for communication, coordination, language, emotions, and embodied learning to create the future we care about.

Employee Development

We are innovative in developing people skills such as what does is a commitment and how to make a good one, managing moods, and how to avoid overwhelm.

Franchise System

We have innovated the structure of the engineering business by establishing a franchise program which lets engineers start businesses with lower risk and creates locally-owned businesses that can be relied on due to franchise system processes and standards.

Business Associate Success

We empower the companies the provide services and products to us to succeed through collaborating to build their businesses as we build our own.

Award Winning Performance

HVJ has won multiple awards not only for engineering excellence, but also for management effectiveness, client satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.

Superior Engineering

Our strategic focus on infrastructure lets us provide quality solutions based on public sector project and client needs.

Certified Personnel

Each office provides ACI, TxAPA, and TxDOT certified testing technicians, NICET certified technicians are available from certain offices.

Accredited Labs

Each office has an accredited laboratory by AASHTO AMRL, CCRL, with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, TxDOT, and A2LA accreditation at certain locations.

Reliant Stadium Building Project


Cities, counties, mobility authorities, water authorities, TxDOT Districts and other agencies throughout Texas trust us to deliver superior engineering every day. View All→


“If ever an issue comes up, HVJ Associates stand behind their work. They don’t run and hide. They do whatever needs to be done. What truly separates them from the rest is their responsiveness and integrity. It’s worth a lot to us.”

Michael Blasdel, PE
Project Engineer

“We contracted with HVJ because of their working knowledge of the Army Corps. rules and regulations. We are very pleased with the timely work product and highly depend on HVJ to execute the environmental task work within the environmental guidelines and procedures set by the City of Houston and Harris County for all of our projects.”

Epifanio Salazar

We were pleased with their management involvement and follow through in seeing that the city was informed and kept abreast of any issues. PWE was very satisfied with their  overall job performance."

Eric Dargen
Deputy Director - Public Works and Engineering
City of Houston

“It was very refreshing to have a company (HVJ) listen to what we needed, rather than be told what we needed.”

Kevin Lair
Senior Construction Inspector
City of Lubbock

HVJ met all of Gilbane’s demands from early morning concrete pours to late evening compaction testing. Test results are always returned in a timely manner which has allowed us to quickly review the results and get them into the hands of our Owner and Engineer.”

Derico R. Lewis
Project Superintendent

“Staff was very accurate in developing the scope and fee and have obviously developed some streamlined processes for completing work.”

Geotechnical Project Client
Austin Office


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Meet The Team

Herb Johnson

Herb Johnson


Herb Johnson is President and founder of HVJ Associates, Inc. He has responsibility for corporate vision, strategy, development of company culture, executive team leadership, and capital allocation. He is an accomplished executive and business leader, and leads a team of executives managing engineers, scientists and support staff delivering quality engineering services throughout Texas, serving state governmental and local agencies, and the private sector.

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Mike Hasen

Executive Vice President

Mr. Hasen’s career encompasses a period of over 30 years of diverse geotechnical, construction, and environmental engineering experience. He joined HVJ Associates in 1992 and currently serves as Technical Leader for the firm. In addition to technical leadership Mr. Hasen’s responsibilities include development and implementation of new initiatives related to our revolutionary and unique franchise business model.

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Hossam Esmail-1

Hossam Esmail

Senior Vice President of Operations

Mr. Esmail joined HVJ in 2000, and provides overall leadership for Professional Services and Pavement Engineering. He is a successful Chief Operations Officer with extensive experience in Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, and Business Development.

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Didi Ndando

Didi Ndando

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Ms. Didi Ndando leads the accounting, financial, talent management, and administrative services of the firm. She joined HVJ in 1992 as a staff engineer, but over the years she experienced a growing interest and aptitude in management and leadership as she moved on to project and department management.

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Join the HVJ Team.

Join The HVJ Team

HVJ Associates is a leading, rapidly growing civil engineering consulting firm with long-term and immediate needs for employees who are ambitious and look forward to advancing their career in management and leadership, including possibly owning their own firm. We are looking for candidates who are motivated by the challenge to expand both their technical and leadership skills in the development and expansion of a strong, responsive team.

We offer:

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Competitive Compensation
  • Accrued PTO
  • Training Reimbursements
  • Educational Reimbursements
  • Wellness Programs