Christopher G. Naida, PE, specializes in the evaluation of slopes, permanent and temporary earth-retention/shoring design, deep foundation systems, geodynamic services, and forensic evaluations of geotechnical/structural related distress to structures. He is proficient in a variety of field related testing including, pile dynamic analysis testing, deep foundation load tests, seismic testing, and infiltration testing. He has performed numerous geotechnical evaluations and designed various types of earth retention systems and underpinning including sheet pile, soldier pile and lagging walls, tangential augercast pile walls, tiebacks, shotcrete and soil nails, soil grouting, geogrids and geotextiles. Chris is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, and has a BA in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, and an MA in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Chris revels in being able to decipher what a client needs and coming up with the best way to deliver results. He enjoys exploring the unknown gray areas, striving to make them clear for his clients. Chris says any hole in the ground is a good hole that can make us smarter, and by staying plugged–in beyond the geotechnical phase of a project.

Chris enjoys projects that challenge him to explore new geotechnical and geodynamic service sectors by doing research and learning about new test methods and practical applications to better pair proposed services with project needs. Solving problems excites Chris by determining what the information, theories, and test results mean; and how it all affects the project and ultimately the client.

While still in college Chris helped fundraise, plan and build a 24-foot long voyager canoe with a group of several other students to canoe 500 miles from Detroit to Pittsburgh. The two month trip traced historic French Fur trading routes, with the group camping the whole way, and giving presentations to local towns along Lake Erie, Le Boeuf Creek and the Allegany River. Even though the trip had its up and downs, Chris learned a lot about hard work and teamwork, and really enjoyed the outdoors and interacting with new people along the way.

Chris is a long distance runner between 5k to marathon, and is seeking to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He enjoys University of Michigan athletics - GO BLUE - as well as college and NFL football, the NBA, and of course the Detroit Tigers. Chris serves as Adjunct Professor at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield teaching prospective junior level Construction Manager students “Introduction to Soils and Foundations”. He is also involved in non-profit associations including St. Jude, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Wounded Warriors project, and Detroit Rescue Missions Ministry.


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