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November Post Meeting - Webinar

November 19th, 2020


Join us Thursday, November 19th via webinar for our November Post Meeting. The webinar opens at 11:45 am for brief announcements and the meeting starts promptly at 12 pm. Brady Wateland and David Laack with J.F. Brennan of LaCrosse, WI will discuss their companies work at the LaGrange Lock & Dam major rehabilitation project and Dresden Lock and Dam Upper Bulkhead project.  J.F. Brennan is one of the largest marine construction contractors in the Midwest. Founded along the banks of the Mississippi River, they have been working in and along the inland waterways for nearly 100 years.

Brady Wateland P.E.: Brady is the lead project manager for Brennan at the La Grange Lock and Dam rehab project. He has been a project manager with Brennan for two years, previously working with U.S.A.C.E. on the contracts for the Starved Rock and Marseilles Bulkhead Slots and Lock 20 Support Beams and Gate Machinery.

David Laack: Dave the lead project manager for Brennan at the Dresden Upper Bulkhead Slots project at Dresden Island Lock and Dam. He has been a project manager with Brennan for seven and a half years, previously working with U.S.A.C.E. on numerous projects within the St. Paul, Rock Island, Little Rock, and Omaha Districts. Prior to his time at Brennan, Dave was a field engineer for two years working in the heavy civil industry. He also served 23 years in the Army Reserves, retiring in 2015 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3.

La Grange Lock and Dam Major Rehabilitation project is three and half years construction project, including a three month closure from July to October 2020. Brennan’s work scope includes lock dewatering, vertical resurfacing of the lock walls, complete replacement of all hydraulic machinery, tainter valve rehab, vertical concrete work, and weir decommissioning.

Dresden Upper Bulkhead Slots project occurred in summer of 2020 with construction of new bulkhead slots within the old emergency miter gate recesses at Dresden Lock and Dam in Morris, IL. The major construction portion took place over a three month period during a navigation restriction, followed by a three week total closure. Work scope includes extensive concrete demolition, dredging, installation of precast concrete panels, forming and vast amounts of concrete placements, and bedrock drilling. This project was challenged by 95% of the work being performed entirely underwater by divers, with limited visibility, and topside personnel coordinating and assisting in every phase.

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Rock Island Post Scholarship Golf Outing!

August 14th, 2020

Hello SAME members, friends and partners:

Thank you all for coming out and for supporting the Post and local STEM scholarships! We had an excellent turnout, great weather, and are excited to keep the tradition going next year. We hope to see everyone then!



Our SAME Community

Centered in Rock Island, Illinois, the Rock Island Post serves the Upper Mississippi River Valley, with members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana and Ohio. The post boasts over 250 individual members and over 40 sustaining member firms. Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. In addition to hosting an annual golf outing and commander briefings, the post is also active in various community activities.

The Society of American Military Engineers is the only nonprofit professional engineering education organization that actively promotes the advancement of both individual technical knowledge and the collective engineering capabilities of governments, the uniformed services and private industry.

Our goal is to unite public and private sector entities and individuals in the A/E/C fields so that we can prepare for and overcome natural and man made disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad.