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Herbert V. Johnson didn’t found HVJ Associates just as a means to provide engineering services, but to create opportunity. Shortly after graduating college in 1985, Herbert founded HVJ with an initial focus on geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and construction materials testing. By the early 2000s, however, HVJ evolved to include pavement engineering and civil design services.
Herbert's idea for business growth, which are rooted in spiritual growth, is focused on improving the community and everyone who interacts with the firm. As such, HVJ's structure was formed - paving the way for an engineering services firm with emphasis on character and learning.
HVJ firmly believes that the success of infrastructure projects rests on the character of those involved. We delight clients, employees, providers, and franchisees by delivering on the ability to succeed working together each step of the way.
Through the years, we've compiled numerous comments from satisfied clients, including:
HVJ frequently works with previous clients to build repeat business and long-term relationships. Our accomplishments are a direct result of the individual effort and dedication of each HVJ employee and their commitment to the high standards and ideals set by HVJ's Management Team.
HVJ works as an ambitious, supportive, and resilient team focused on each project's success. To accomplish this, HVJ's ideals are implemented in each sector of our business, with special focus on inspiring excellence, owning the solution, growing with gratitude, and amplifying every voice.
The keystone of our business is the relationship we establish with each client, one which translates to a commitment to meet their unique needs for their projects. The HVJ difference is the unrelenting focus on improving the ability to interact effectively with boundless enthusiasm and support.
HVJ Associates, Inc. formed in Houston
HVJ moves to current headquarters location
HVJ establishes Austin office through acquisition from Maxim Technologies
HVJ establishes Dallas office through acquisition of QTE Group, Inc.
HVJ Associates® creates the first engineering franchise system in the country by franchising the Dallas and Austin branches
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 delivering quality engineering services throughout Texas.
Mr. Hasen’s career encompasses a period of over 30 years of diverse geotechnical, construction, and environmental engineering experience. 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.
Mr. Esmail joined HVJ in 2000, and provides overall leadership for company owned and franchised operations. He is a successful Chief Operations Officer with extensive experience in Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, and Business Development.
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.
HVJ Associates® operates geotechnical and materials testing laboratories across the state of Texas. The quality of our laboratories is assessed for compliance with ISO 9001 biannually by AASHTO through a rigorous review of testing, equipment, and quality system management.
We provide engineering services on public sector projects (state agencies, counties, municipalities, etc.) either directly to owner agencies or working with private firms. Our practice areas are geotechnical engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, civil engineering, pavement engineering, and environmental engineering.
We provide services primarily throughout Texas.
We operate through a combination of company-owned and franchised locations.
While we have long experience and engineering expertise, this is expected of engineering firms. We are a learning organization. We focus on developing non-technical skills that allow us to succeed with all stakeholders working together. Political awareness, relationship and consensus building, and the ability to vividly express value is what creates success, whether in project or non-project settings.
Our franchise structure also makes us different. By establishing franchised office locations we are able to offer growth opportunities to selected and trained staff members. This creates locally-owned businesses that are sensitive to the needs of their communities. These local owners are well motivated to assure their business grow and succeed.
Through Commitment Management and Processes. Commitment management focuses on getting specific agreements with clear conditions of satisfaction that are reliably fulfilled. Processes allow us to produce consistent and efficient results while liberating employees to focus on providing stakeholder value.
Absolutely! We have licensed professional engineers and NICET, ACI, and TxAPA certified technicians on staff. We are Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) pre-certified in numerous categories. Our laboratories are accredited by AASHTO, TxDOT Materials and Test Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). We are Administratively Qualified by TxDOT. We hold disadvantaged business enterprise, small business enterprise, and historically underutilized business certification from various agencies.
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HVJ Associates testing staff holds certifications by ACI, TxAPA, and NICET that attest to their technical knowledge and skill. They also participate in proficiency testing programs that assure ongoing competence to provide test results following the required procedures and using the required equipment