Rail & Transit

We provide cost-effective solutions for achieving and extending trackbed, bridge, retaining wall, and other structure design life.

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Rail & Transit Services

We are committed to our client’s success by delivering superior engineering through our focus on rail projects.  Moreover, we are dedicated to delivering peace of mind through listening, taking ownership, keeping commitments, and staying in touch.


Rail loads are spread to the soil through ballast and subballast.  HVJ can design trackbed to extend tracklife and reduce maintenance costs and slow orders in soft, saturated, and shrink-swell soil conditions.

Light Rail

Light rail often is designed with a combination of ballast track and slab track, HVJ is able to design ballast track section, slab track sections, and transitions to avoid maintenance and passenger comfort problems.  HVJ also is able to provide cost effective solutions for station platform design.

Bridges & Retaining Walls

Structures along rail lines such as bridges and retaining wall need to support the high wheel loads such as Cooper E80 engines.  HVJ is able to design foundations and retaining structures to support these high loads and gather design information complying with special field requirements such as flagman and special insurance.

Rail & Transit Projects

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Trinity River-Project

Trinity Railway Express crossing Trinity River

Fort Worth: HVJ provided 3D models based on testing and location of several undocumented structures that enabled foundation construction within complicated right of way limits

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The Boulevard Project

Houston: Innovative Mat foundation and soil preparation design reduced construction time, costs, and traffic congestion

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DART Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions

Dallas: Careful planning and time management were needed to perform the work safely as service along these busy lines could not be interrupted.

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Meet the Team

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Mike Hasen

Technical Leader/ Geotechnical and OVTI Subject Matter Expert

Mr. Hasen is the organization’s technical leader with special expertise in dredging and Owner Verification Testing and Inspection.

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Saheem Ahmed

Vice President

Mr. Ahmed is responsible for geotechnical operations and is the geotechnical engineering subject matter expert for North Texas.

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Jason Schwarz

Jason Schwarz

Vice President - Operations

Mr. Schwarz provides operations and technical leadership and is the geotechnical and CoMET subject matter expert in South Central Texas.

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Frank Carmichael

Branch Manager/Pavement Practice Leader

Mr. Carmichael manages statewide services and has developed award-winning designs on paving projects.

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