Job posting at IMSIF

Job Opportunity for certified geologists. Anyone interested, please contact Joe A Robertson

Job Description – Geotechnical Investigator


The Geotechnical Investigator determines whether or not mine subsidence is causing damage to the structure, and if so, the extent of damage caused by mine subsidence. Review and analyze periodic level line survey reports of ongoing ground movement to determine when damaging movement has ceased, and property repairs can be made.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.

Review preliminary report of independent claim adjuster, assemble and review available mining information, including mine, bore-hole, topographic, and quadrangle maps.

Conduct claim site inspection to examine, photograph, and otherwise document damage to insured structure, interview policyholder regarding property history, and gather information to plan survey line.
Determine type of geologic instrumentation to be used at the site such as deep-seated settlement points, inclinometer and extensometers, Shelby Tube sampling, drill hole testing, split spoon sampling and other subsurface investigation techniques.

Direct placement of settlement points, establish origin of survey line, and determine how the survey line should encompass the site being investigated.
Collect or supervise collection of soil samples, order appropriate tests to analyze soil composition, utilize those test results in the investigation.

Organize and analyze accumulated mapping, survey, soil composition, damage documentation, and any other relevant data to formulate determination of mine subsidence as cause of property damage claim. Prepare written report with findings and conclusions.

Review data from annual re-surveys of mine subsidence damaged structures and nearby instrumentation to determine if damaging ground movement is continuing. Prepare written report on findings and recommendations.

May be required to present expert testimony regarding any investigation in arbitration or lawsuit defense proceedings.

Education and/or Experience Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Candidate must be either a licensed geologist or Professional Engineer, with a degree in fields related to geology, mine engineering, or structural engineering. Relevant work experience or demonstrated knowledge in the areas of mining, mine engineering, mine subsidence, or structural engineering with an emphasis on foundation design.

Knowledge and Skill

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to interpret USGS topographical maps, mine maps, drill logs, and other data sources.

Working knowledge of level line surveying practices, and ability to read and interpret survey results.
Ability to define problem, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form, and interpret geologic and soils data as it impacts various types of construction.

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and produce technical reports to prescribed standards.
Ability to effectively present technical information and respond to questions from policyholders and the general public.
Competent knowledge of MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Other Qualifications

Must be willing to travel with some overnight stays; have valid driver’s license and acceptable MVR.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work in confined subsurface areas such as basements and crawl spaces, and will also be exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment can be moderate.

~ by Joe A. Robertson, P.G. on March 5, 2016.

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