Hanson’s John Harms to present at Midwest Bridge Symposium

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April 14, 2011

Contact: Amy Kay, Public Relations Coordinator
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
(217) 747-9283

Hanson’s John Harms to present at Midwest Bridge Symposium

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s John Harms, P.E., S.E., senior vice president and project manager, will serve as a presenter at the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) Midwest Bridge Symposium.  Harms’ presentation, “P&L Railroad Bridge over Tennessee River,” will be held at 11:15 a.m. on April 21 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chicago, Ill. 

He will discuss the design and challenges of constructing a 3,100-foot-long railroad bridge across the Tennessee River.  The Kentucky Lock project represented a substantial investment in one of the largest and busiest inland waterway navigation channels in the U.S.  Hanson served as the prime engineering consultant for the railroad relocation project that required rail, vehicle and barge traffic to remain mostly uninterrupted throughout the majority of construction.  This influenced several innovative engineering design solutions, including incorporating float-in construction and sustainable design elements.

Harms has nearly 40 years of experience in the engineering field, and he has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.  For more information on this presentation, contact Harms at jharms@hanson-inc.com.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL  62703.  The office may be reached by phone: (217) 788-2450 or fax: (217) 788-2503.


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