Roch is GeoStabilization’s Senior Project Development Engineer for the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. After earning his BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Iowa State University, Roch began a 20-year career in the geotechnical consulting industry with projects throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to his professional consulting experience, for two years he taught geotechnical and foundation engineering as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Texas – Tyler.
A licensed Professional Engineer in Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington, Roch has experience in both traditional and alternative project delivery, specializing for over 15 years in Design-Build delivery of major infrastructure projects, including major bridges, highways, airfields, and Department of Defense facilities. Roch has extensive experience in the engineering design process from project concept through final design plans and construction. He has led investigations, performed analyses, evaluated alternatives, provided recommendations, created plans, written specifications, and overseen construction for private, local, state, and federal clients.
Roch also possesses cold region experience including frost depth evaluation and identification, evaluation, and mitigation of cold and warm permafrost for pipelines, bridges, walls, embankments, facilities, utilities, buildings, and other structures.
Roch has authored several papers on the geotechnical use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remains active in civic, professional, and religious organizations. He is a member of the Lions Club, serves on his local Board of Adjustment, and is a lay minister in his church. Roch has been married for over twenty years to Sherene Hansen Player and is the father of four daughters, Laura, Clarissa, Sadie, and Margaret.
A variation of karst sinkhole grouting is the grouting of mined coal seams and workings located below existing infrastructure that exhibit the potential to propagate to the surface and cause sinkholes and/or subsidence.