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May Employee of the Month :)

Emma Coggin, EI

 
Emma Coggin, EI, joined Red Rock Consulting in May, 2020. Emma comes to us straight from the University of Oklahoma, where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering. She is a real go-getter and you are going to LOVE her!

RRC Anniversaries Through the Years

Our very first celebration in January 2011 was actually closer to our 2nd year anniversary. There was only 1 employee for the 1st anniversary! We had a ribbon cutting with the Edmond Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of our new office. Before then we had fit 3 ladies in 1 home office. Once Jason came on board we needed space.  At the party I attempted to give a speech to tell everyone just how thankful I was for them and all that we had accomplished together.  I cried so much I couldn’t get through it!  That was the one and only time I attempted a public display of gratitude!!

 

(Almost) 2 years for Red Rock Consulting in January, 2011. Todd Simpson (DSO), Michaela Varnier, Tess Jones, Kristi Bumpas, Jason Unruh and Brad Bettes (DSO)

 

All I remember about our 3rd anniversary party is that it was HOT!  It was before we built out the garage for our soils lab, so we had the party out there where the air conditioning vent was always closed!

 

Red Rock Consulting celebrated 3 years in July, 2012, along with DSO.  Jason, Todd, Polly, Kristi, Brad and Robel

 

Tommy got up very early on this July day in 2013 to drive all the way from Colorado for this 4s pic.   You see, for weeks Tommy had been drilling a pipeline project with Todd, who emphatically told the rookie how important these anniversary parties were.  He pushed them hard to get done in time and drove all day to get back in time for the party.  I will never forget how tired he looked and his quick retreat from the party.  Attendance at the parties actually became important after that!  Notice this as the only anniversary absence of Mr. Simpson.  🙂

 

 

Red Rock Consulting and DSO celebrate 4 years in July, 2013! Brad, Cody, Polly, Robel, Kristi, Tommy and Jason

 

Our 5th anniversary brought about the Red Rock Consulting “Most Valuable Client” Awards.  We have had fun since then, just before the party, getting together and thinking of silly “award categories” that remind us of each client or company for the year.

 

5 years for Red Rock in 2014! Robel, Tommy, Todd, Polly, Kristi, Jason and Brad

 

 

Our 6th year must have been our biggest year – we had 10 employees and a summer intern for that party.  We expanded the lab (got it AC and walls) and were in the process of ODOT certification for the very first time.

 

Red Rock Consulting celebrated 6 years in 2015. Junior, Shawn, Chad, Robel, Kristi, Mike, Michelle, Jason, Polly, David, Todd and Tommy

 

2016 was our 7th year anniversary.  We gave out employee awards to Tommy and Chad for powering through and working so hard that year.  It was impressive!  We actually forgot to our 7s pic at the party, so we tried to recreate it when almost everyone was at the shop for safety training.

 

7 years in 2016. Mike, Todd, Brad, Polly, Bennett, Kristi, Robel, Melanie, Jason, Junior and Chad

 

Between the 7 year anniversary and 10 year anniversary we were too busy to party!  We worked on the Willis bridge project through the end of 2106 and then US 69 through Calera began in June of 2017 and is still going in 2019.  Our 2 largest projects back to back!

 

This year, though, we had to stop and say thank you to everyone who had made the first 10 years possible.  So, thank you!!!  Not just Jason, who is in each and every anniversary picture, but each and every one of you – employees past and present, clients, family, friends – we could not have done it without you!  I am actually not even sure how we did do it, but we did.  Every project, every hour worked, contract negotiated, question answered, boring drilled, lab test completed, report finished, phone answered, kid babysat…  ALL OF IT!   THANK YOU!!!

 

 

Red Rock Consulting celebrated 10 years in business in 2019!  Daniel, Todd, Spencer, Tommy, Kristi, Mike, Melanie, Jason, Jeremy, Polly, Chad and Dewayne

It’s been 10??!!

I cannot believe it has already been 10 years since Red Rock Consulting started with 1 employee out of my home office.  It has definitely been interesting!  and stressful!  and exciting!  We had a little fun along the way, too.  While Robel and Michaela couldn’t make it in person, we did get to group chat with them during the party.  It was good to see so many of our clients and friends.

 

Polly and Melanie made this wonderful collage out of pictures of all the employees and parties we have had. And the Most Valuable Client awards are always fun!

 

 

 

Daniel and Spencer

 

 

 

 

Our banker, Rob Noeller

 

 

 

 

BFFs!

 

 

 

Miss Polly and Dr. Jim Nevels

 

 

 

Tommy Bounds, Norman Tan and Siv Sundaram

 

 

 

Dewayne, Alexis and Alayne

 

 

 

The Piersons

 

 

 

Our favorite insurance ladies, Angie Dickey and Michelle Early, always come to party!

E Week 2019 2.0

 

It’s not always easy coordinating a bus trip from 2nd grade to Red Rock Consulting, so E Week 2.0 happened in May.  Second graders got a field trip to Red Rock Consulting’s office to learn about soil sampling and testing.  They “cored” into layers of cake, candy, frosting and other sweet treats to get a tasty sample to eat as they learned about geotechnical engineering.  They also explored the lab and performed real soils testing with the lab guys.

Founded by NSPE in 1951, E Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.  For information about E Week 2020, follow the link below:

https://www.nspe.org/resources/partners-and-state-societies/national-engineers-week

 

Kristi Bumpas talks to 2nd graders about landslides and geotechnical engineering.

 

2nd grade students enjoyed “coring” into these sweet layers of soil!

 

Melanie Russell assists 2nd graders with coring operations.

 

 

Our favorite 2nd grader, Camryn, with her core. 🙂

 

Chad Pierson teaches 2nd graders about soil testing.

 

Shawn Allred explains the different types of soil to 2nd graders.

DMT Demonstration at OU

On a beautiful day in April, Red Rock Consulting’s Kristi Bumpas, along with DSO’s Brad Bettes and Bennett Stone, traveled down to OU to demonstrate the flat plate dilatometer (DMT) to civil engineering students in Dr. Amy Cerato’s in situ testing class.  The future Dr. Tommy Bounds (our friend and former Red Rock employee) stopped by to say hello and showed off some of the new professor presentation skills he’s been working on at OU.

 

Kristi explained how to run the DMT to OU engineering students.

 

Just like old times with Dr. Tommy.

 

Brad and Bennett donated some drilling time.

 

 

E Week 2019

 

Employees with Red Rock Consulting took time to work with 4th graders at an Edmond elementary school during E Week 2019.  Founded by NSPE in 1951, E Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.  Each year we enjoy talking to kids about geotechncial engineering.  This year we had fun with 2 experiments that demonstrated liquefaction.  A mess was made and fun was had by all.

 

For information about E Week 2020, follow the link below:

https://www.nspe.org/resources/partners-and-state-societies/national-engineers-week

For an experiment with liquefaction, follow the link below:

https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/shaky-sediments

 

Jeremy Basler demonstrates liquefaction principles to 4th graders.

 

Daniel Bolin buries a “storage tank” while teaching 4th graders about engineering.

 

Kristi Bumpas visits with 4th graders about geotechnical engineering.

 

Shawn Allred looks on as 4th graders experiment with water and sand.

Red Rock / DSO Christmas 2018

It’s not a holiday without the Red Rock Consulting / DSO Christmas party!!  Guests were welcomed to the North Pole by the cast of a Christmas murder mystery, who looked a lot like some of their coworkers.  The acting got steadily worse as the night went on, but in the end, 2 teams were able to figure out the guilty character.  So how did we figure out which team won the cash prize?  With an impromptu Christmas carol-off, of course!  We found out Jordan actually can be embarrassed and some people don’t know the words to Frosty the Snowman.  🙂

Mrs. Claus (Maresa Bettes), Santa (Brad Bettes), Frosty the Snowman (Tommy Bounds) and Abominable Snowman (Todd Simpson)

 

Jordan and a friend being shy instead of singing!

 

Spencer and Anna looking up lyrics to Frosty the Snowman for the win!

 

 

Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child 2018

Since 2015, Red Rock Consulting has donated shoeboxes full of small gifts to Operation Christmas Child, a cause supported by our friends at CEC.  Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization.  The shoe boxes are shipped to children in need all over the world.  For more information, click on the link below.

 

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

 

NCEES Exam Committee

Kristi Bumpas volunteers as part of the NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Committee.  She travels to the NCEES office in Seneca, SC, up to 4 times a year to write geotechnical questions for the exam.  Pictures of volunteers working were shown in the 2019 NCEES publication ‘Squared’.

 

March 2018 Employee of the Month

Spencer Harris

 

Spencer Harris joined the Red Rock Consulting team this month.  He is a native Oklahoman and has a degree in Geology from Oklahoma State University.  Spencer is our very first geologist at Red Rock.  Welcome!!