Employee Spotlight – Kent Kuehl

Seattle GPR analyst

What does a typical day look like for you?

I meet up with my client and after a firm hand shake, we discuss the extent of the job. This is when the fun begins. I scan the concrete and analyze the hyperbolas on my screen in order to unlock the secrets of the slab. Marking out the rebar, post tension cables, and/ or conduits I build a tapestry of hazards for the client. Afterword, I write a detailed report and job ticket; I do a walk around with the client to show them the results of my scan; we shake hands; and bid each other fare well. When my day is done I return home to my lovely wife and two dogs whom greet me with the warmest of welcomes. Then I start it all over again the next day.

How long have you worked at Penhall and why did you choose to work here?

I have worked at Penhall Technologies for roughly four months, it has been an interesting and satisfying experience. There are numerous reasons why I chose Penhall. After doing some research on their website and other job reaching websites, I noticed that there was a consistent theme that Penhall genuinely cares about the success of their employees. After working with Penhall I found this to be true.

What is your greatest accomplishment at Penhall?

The greatest accomplishment I had was when I was covering for our office in Portland, Oregon and one of their clients not only asked me to return to their jobsite, but called my office in Tukwila, Washington and told them how great of a job I had done on their site. This really gave me a huge confidence boost. As a newer analyst, their acknowledgement and accolade reassured me I had made the right choice in professions.

What has been the most interesting jobsite/finding?

The I-90 floating bridge project. I was involved in the demonstration of both the ground penetrating radar and digital X-ray. The extent of the demonstration involved scanning and X-raying on the deck, under the bridge, in the bridge, and inside the pontoons. The strangest part of this jobsite is the pontoons, it’s a surreal labyrinth of grey cells where echoes reverberate from the slightest whisper, but muffled noise from vehicle traffic from the other sides of the bridge seeps into each cell. That being said, it is a great honor to know that I am involved in such a monumental project.

What inspires or drives you every day?

My wife. She believed in me when no one else did, without her I wouldn’t be the same man as I am today. She is my inspiration and my love. I don’t mean to get too romantic, but that is truly how I feel.