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| ASSOCIATION NEWS RUSS RINGLER, FOUNDING MEMBER OF ASA, PASSES AWAY MAY 22 Russell Harold Ringler of Marshall, VA, passed away on May 22, 2017. He was born on August 25, 1946, in Martinez, CA, to the late Harold L. and Rose E. Ringler. Ringler worked in the shotcrete industry for over 50 years, owning and operating several companies, including TopGun Commercial Gunite of Virginia. His true passion was being out in the field with a shotcrete nozzle Ringler in his hands. As one of the founding members of the American Shotcrete Association, he enthusiastically shared his knowledge and lent his active support to better our industry. He was honored in 2014 with an ASA Outstanding Project of the Year Award for an innovative and creative shotcrete project that exemplified shotcrete’s efficiency, creativity, and pleasing aesthetics. Ray Schallom III, another long-time member of ASA, remembers Ringler: “Russ worked with Chris Zynda, shotcreting for Chris’s dad before moving East. Russ would always tell stories back when he was an 18-year-old with money earned doing shotcrete work. When he moved to Virginia, he applied what he had learned on the West Coast to his East Coast work. That knowledge carried him up to his passing. He was a great friend and colleague. He will be missed along with Chris Zynda.” ASA Board member Dennis Bittner related: “Russ loved the shotcrete industry and was one of my favorite people in the construction business. He would always help anyone who asked. One of the nicest, most genuine people in the business.” Ringler took great personal pride in making sure his family, friends, and coworkers always knew he was there for them to help in any way, or just to have some fun and share a good story or two. Ringler also loved sporting clays and traveled the country with friends to enjoy the sport. Ringler is survived by his wife Lori Ringler; his siblings Judy Berthiume, Vickie Ringler, and Dale Ringler; and a host of nieces and nephews. NITSCHKE TO LEAD NATM TUNNELING AT WSP USA Axel Nitschke, PE, PhD, has been named a Tunnel Practice Leader and will be based in the Washington, DC, office of WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Nitschke will be a member of the firm’s geotechnical and tunnel technical excellence center and will work on tunnel projects and lead the firm’s practice on the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM). Nitschke Nitschke has more than 20 years of experience in tunneling, including design, management, quality assurance/ quality control, safety, and construction. During his career, he has gained particular experience in conventional tunneling and NATM (also referred to as the sequential excavation method), as well as tunneling with tunnel boring machines. Prior to joining WSP, he worked on numerous tunneling and mining projects across Europe and the Americas as project manager, designer, construction manager, risk manager, contract manager, and consultant. Noteworthy NATM projects in the United States include the Beacon Hill station tunnel in Seattle, WA; the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (Phase I) in Virginia; the Devil’s Slide tunnel in San Mateo County on the California coast; and the Caldecott Tunnel fourth bore project in Oakland, CA. “Axel brings critical expertise to WSP with his extensive NATM and tunnel design and construction experience. His skills, combined with our existing expert staff and global experience, will allow our team to continue to serve our clients and solve their underground and tunnel engineering challenges,” said Frank Pepe, Vice President and Director of the firm’s geotechnical and tunneling technical excellence center. 60 Shotcrete | Summer 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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