TREKK Design Group acquires mobile LiDAR firm Terrametrix, Inc.

TREKK Design Group acquires mobile LiDAR firm Terrametrix, Inc.   KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City-based civil engineering firm, TREKK Design Group, LLC, (TREKK) has acquired Terrametrix, Inc., a mobile LiDAR provider based in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 2008, Terrametrix provides mobile LiDAR survey technology to clients across the country. LiDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, uses laser scanning and navigation to provide safe and efficient survey-grade data acquisition and processing. “Adding Terrametrix’s expertise strengthens TREKK’s commitment to providing holistic, common sense solutions through the use of technology and innovation, while helping us to improve lives in the communities we serve,” said TREKK Managing Partner, Kimberly Robinett. “This is an exciting time for mobile LiDAR, and this merger will intensify and strengthen our ability to serve our clients.” Terrametrix’s five person staff will join TREKK’s survey practice, which provides traditional land surveying on a variety of transportation, wastewater, water and stormwater projects. “TREKK’s experience in civil engineering design and its commitment to safety makes mobile LiDAR technology the perfect tool to expand TREKK’s services and provide added value to its clients. It’s no surprise the Terrametrix team has landed at TREKK.” said Terrametrix CEO Michael Frecks, PLS, who will now serve as TREKK’s LiDAR Survey Manager. Terrametrix will operate as “Terrametrix, a TREKK company” for a six-month transitional period. It will assume the TREKK Design Group name later this summer. Terms of the acquisition will not be released. About TREKK Design Group. TREKK Design Group is a multi-disciplined, women-owned civil engineering firm, committed to helping municipal, state and Federal agencies and private developers across Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska...
What We Did at Daddy’s Work

What We Did at Daddy’s Work

On April 27, TREKK celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day. Thanks to our guest bloggers for sharing their experiences!   What we did at Daddy’s work. One day there lived two girls and one boy. One of the girls was named Emery, the other girl was named Johanna and the boy was daddy. First we went to look at the sewers and Alex went inside the building and put green dye in the toilet and flushed it also he turned on the sink. We looked at the smoke generator. Next we sole the drone. We went inside and Trent showed us around the offices and we saw the world’s biggest printer. Then we made candy bridges out of gum drops. It was fun. And when we were done with making our candy bridges, Trent showed us a real life bridge it awesome and it was also fun too.  — Emery Smith    Today was a great day because it was bring your child to work day and it was so fun. First me and my little sister were a little shy, but we saw people we knew and talked and we were not shy anymore. Second we looked around the offices, made name tags and ate donut holes.  Trent told us what we were going to do. Third Lucas took us outside and showed us the sewer and he opened it and Alex went inside the building and flushed the toilet and added green dye in the toilet and turned on the faucet and we looked inside the sewer and we saw the green dyed water! It was...
TREKK Design Group Doubles Kansas City Footprint

TREKK Design Group Doubles Kansas City Footprint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TREKK Design Group Doubles Kansas City Footprint KANSAS CITY, Mo — Today the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that civil engineering firm TREKK Design Group is more than doubling the size of its facilities in Kansas City with a move to its newly renovated, 16,300-sqare-foot headquarters. The expansion represents a $500,000 investment by TREKK Design Group, and 16 new jobs are being created at the headquarters location where 63 are already employed. “TREKK Design Group’s years of success in Kansas City have led to today’s announcement,” said Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “This company really focuses on growing its community and having a positive impact on people, and the department is excited to help be a part of this most recent growth.” The fourteen-year-old company has nine offices across the U.S., which includes now five in Missouri. In addition to Kansas City, Missouri offices are located in Springfield, St. Louis and Columbia, with the newest in Joplin. TREKK Design Group is a woman-owned business and has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. This project is part of the company’s overall strategic plan, which is to focus on people, especially employees and the people impacted by its engineering work. For instance, the company goes beyond building a road and looks at projects as connecting a church to a school. “TREKK is excited to be headquartered and growing in a city that puts such a strong emphasis on diversity and the development of small business,” said Kimberly Robinett, managing partner at TREKK...
My legacy

My legacy

It is so easy for us to look around at our community as we drive into work, take the kids to soccer practice or wherever we may be going in our daily lives and see things in community that we don’t like or that we complain about.  A pothole on Main Street that keeps growing, graffiti on an overpass, old abandoned buildings that need to be torn down or restored – the list could go on and on. Who hasn’t seen one of these eyesores and thought, “I wish someone would do something about that!” TREKK’s mission is to Improve Lives. When you think about that statement, you may say, “That’s a very admirable thing to try to accomplish, however, how do you ever really improve someone’s life?”   I thought long and hard about that statement. How can one person improve someone’s life? What are some ways I can impact people in my community? The ironic thing is, the people you see improving lives may not realize they are doing it. Case in point. I have a colleague who meets with citizens in my community every day as part of their job. The actions, words, sincere listening and positive attitude of this person are infectious to the people they meet each day.  In a few short minutes, this person improves people’s lives, improves their day, improves their attitude, improves their outlook on life. And yet, the person responsible doesn’t even realize they’re doing it because that’s just who they are on the inside. You can only imagine the challenge I felt inside myself to emulate this person. I’ve always...
Rain and Kansas City’s Sewer System

Rain and Kansas City’s Sewer System

On June 3, heavy rains caused significant flooding in Kansas City’s historic Brookside neighborhood. Flooding events like these remind us of the impact TREKK Design Group’s engineering services have on our community. In recent months, TREKK has inspected hundreds of manholes, storm inlets, pipes, completed flow monitoring, and completed survey just east of the affected Brookside area. That data is currently being used to develop and construct improvements to the sanitary and storm sewer system to prevent flooding like we recently experienced. Construction should begin later this year. Unfortunate events like this make us realize that what we all collectively do on a daily basis truly does matter and has a significant impact on the livelihood of others. This was proved yesterday right here in our own backyard. -Lucas Gillen, PE Rain and the city’s sewer system: Over two inches of rain fell on Kansas City Wednesday, and during a short period in the morning, the rain was falling at a 2-3 inch-per-hour rate. The Kansas City Water Department said over the phone many of the old pipes in the city aren’t meant to withstand such rain fall. Many pipes are more than 100 years old and were meant to withstand two-to-three year rain events when they need pipes that will withstand a ten-year rain event. Such improvements would cost $50 million however. The Kansas City Water Department also said Wednesday’s events are a reminder of the importance of funding as currently there is no dedicated funding stream for storm water capital improvements. According to the National Weather Service, it doesn’t take much water to destroy your car during a...