A geology class during his freshman year of college provided an “aha!” moment for an outdoorsy kid who imagined changing people’s lives through consequential civil works. Living his dream, Brian Banks has traveled to six of Earth’s seven continents over the course of his 24-year career as a geotechnical engineering consultant and in doing so gained a truly global perspective about the role of geoscience in infrastructure development.
Since joining Schnabel in 2003, Brian’s focus has been on the practical applications of geoscience and geotechnical engineering to transportation, water/wastewater, and energy projects. He specializes in senior project management, subsurface investigations, site characterization, rock engineering and geologic hazards assessments as a means to develop solutions for some of the world’s most challenging engineering problems related to foundations and ground support, excavations and tunnels, slope stabilization, karst, and groundwater.
Brian’s knowledge and expertise have propelled him to leadership positions within the firm. As Principal/Senior Vice President and National Transportation Services Leader, Brian connects with clients and opportunities for projects involving highways, bridges, rail, transit, ports, and waterways. He has been a Branch Leader for the Rockville, Maryland, office and served a two-year term on the Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington, and has published papers and presented at numerous industry conferences on the topic of applying geoscience principles to infrastructure development.