Pacific Crest Engineering Inc. - Geotechnical Group / Chemical Process Group - Watsonville, CA






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Pacific Crest Engineering Inc. (PCEI) was founded in 2001 to provide services related to geotechnical, environmental and chemical process engineering to the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley areas. The principals have been working in the local area since 1990. Our firm was established to provide quality, responsive services to all of our clients throughout the local area.

James F. Walker is the Principal Civil and Chemical Engineer for the firm.  Mr. Walker obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has 29 years of consulting experience within the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley areas. Mr. Walker is a Registered Civil Engineer, Chemical Engineer, and Fire Protection Engineer within the State of California.  Mr. Walker is also certified as a LEED Accredited Professional for green building design.  Mr. Walker’s experience includes chemical process design, equipment fit-up and hook-up, design of groundwater / wastewater remediation / treatment systems, air dispersion modeling, facility closure, environmental permitting / compliance, project management and construction administration.

Elizabeth M. Mitchell is the Principal Engineer for the Geotechnical Engineering Group.  Mrs. Mitchell is a Registered Geotechnical Engineer and a Registered Civil Engineer with 23 years of experience in the field of Geotechnical Engineering.  She is also a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) and Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP).  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University.  Her experience includes project management and technical field direction for several large-scale public works, commercial and residential projects in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County area.

Brian D. Bauldry is Vice-President of our Geotechnical Group.  Mr. Bauldry has been a practicing Geotechnical Engineer within the Monterey Bay area for over 25 years.  He has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and is a Registered Geotechnical Engineer and a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.  He is also a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD).  As founder and Principal Engineer at Bauldry Engineering for over 15 years, Mr. Bauldry brings a wealth of geotechnical experience with design and construction of academic, commercial, industrial, coastal and public works facilities throughout the Monterey Bay area.  Pacific Crest Engineering merged with Bauldry Engineering in 2014.

Our office is located at 444 Airport Boulevard, Suite 106 in Watsonville, California.  The Geotechnical Group specializes in geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting services related to soils and groundwater contamination issues. The office includes a fully equipped laboratory facility where we perform a variety of soil, asphalt and concrete testing. 

PCEI's special inspection services include sampling and testing of concrete and masonry, inspection, sampling and testing of earthwork operations, inspection, sampling and testing of hot mix asphat, geotechnical review of design documents, field observation of grading operations, and Cal-Trans assurance testing.  Our laboratory is certified by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) for soil testing and concrete field sampling work (LEA #270). 

We are also qualified to provide Independent Assurance (IA) testing as required for federal and state funded projects such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Certificate and Accreditation Links:
DSA Certificate
DSA Accreditation Link
Cal Trans Certificate
AASHTO Accreditation Link
Summary of Field and Lab Certifications

We currently have a staff of three Field Technicians.  Our Senior Field Technician and Field Technician Supervisor  has over 25 years of experience in observation and testing of grading and foundation projects throughout the local area.  Our field technicians possess one or more of the following certifications from recognized state or national agencies:

NICET Soils Technician, Level I or II
ICC Soils Technician
Cal-Trans Test Methods for Soil, Aggregate, HMA & Concrete
ACI Concrete Field Sampling and Testing Technician - Grade I

As noted above, we also have on staff Field Technicians who are certified by both ACI and Cal-Trans for field sampling and laboratory testing of concrete. 

The Chemical Process Group specializes in chemical engineering and environmental consulting related to air emissions estimates, permitting, and remediation systems. We have a total office space of 4,000 square feet.

We perform consulting work on a regular basis within Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties of California. We have a central computer server system which has 5 RAID hard drives (2 mirrored, 3 data storage) and tape back-up systems. 

PCEI is a proud member firm of the following organizations:

California Geotechnical Engineers Association (CalGeo)
American Society of Foundation Engineers (ASFE)
American Council of Engineering Companies - California (ACEC)
American Public Works Association (APWA)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
California Council of Testing and Inspection Agencies (CCTIA)



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