Geoff Forest Promoted to Project Manager
Modjeski and Masters, Inc. (M&M) is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff Forest, PE to Project Manager. Geoff joined M&M in 2002 and has been a Senior Mechanical Engineer with the firm since 2016. Geoff started his journey with M&M in the New Orleans office as a field engineer inspecting fixed and movable bridges, as well as designing small repairs and learning construction monitoring. In 2004, he moved to the Mechanicsburg office, and after spending some time in Wilmington, Niagara Falls, Detroit, and Philadelphia, Geoffrey settled into the mechanical section of the firm.
As a member of the movable bridge business unit, Geoff has worked with transportation departments and railroads in several states and countries. Project types include new bridge designs, bridge rehabilitations, emergency responses, construction support, and instrumentation. He has also begun specializing in hydraulic machinery design for movable bridges. Hydraulic machinery provides flexibility, especially in bridge rehabilitations, where traditional mechanisms may be more complicated or impractical. Offering hydraulic options alongside traditional drive machinery allows M&M to provide clients with a solution that best fits their needs.
“For nearly 18 years, Geoff has been a key member of the Movable Bridge Business Unit’s mechanical team. “He is highly regarded by clients for his ability to make complex multi-disciplinary projects understandable,” says M&M Director of Mechanical Engineering Jeffrey Newman, PE. “He brings a broad range of valuable experience, including significant on-site construction engineering, finite element modeling, and application of hydraulic components/systems.”
Geoff has contributed to many notable projects, including:
- Louisiana DOTD US-11 Rehabilitation, hydraulic conversion of a 90-year-old double-leaf bascule
- CauCau Bridge Investigation and Rehabilitation Design for Chilean Ministry of Public Works
- Michigan DOT Bicentennial Rehabilitation, four-leaf bascule hydraulic machinery design
- UPRR Westlake swing bridge rehabilitation, design of new machinery for hydraulic conversion
- Design of San Bernard River Vertical Lift bridge machinery and installation inspection for UPRR
- Louisiana DOTD 4th Street Rehab, design and inspection of hydraulic machinery installation
- Emergency response and repair assistance for failed machinery component on Norfolk Southern’s Decatur vertical lift bridge
- Jax Bridge, design of new operating strut guides, and replacements for existing machinery components and rack segments for Florida East Coast Railway
- Spit Bridge Rehabilitation, single-leaf bascule machinery design and construction assistance for Roads and Maritime Services, New South Wales, Australia
M&M’s President and CEO Michael Britt states, “Geoff is highly regarded both inside and outside of Modjeski and Masters for his expertise on the mechanical design, rehabilitation and inspection of movable bridges. He has longstanding relationships with many of our clients, and we often receive unsolicited commendations for his work from the Port of New Orleans, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Jefferson Parish, and several railroads. Congratulations, Geoff!”
Geoff earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is an active member of the International Fluid Power Society, Heavy Movable Structures, and the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, Technical Subcommittee 13 on Movable Bridges.