August 27, 2020, Denver, CO, USA – Nate Bolles has joined Knight Piésold USA as a Senior Hydrogeologist to support clients in the mining, water resources, and environmental industries.
Bolles has more than 14 years of experience throughout the US, Mexico, and Turkey. He has a diverse and well-rounded background, including planning, scoping, and conducting hydrological, environmental and geotechnical projects. He has experience in client relations development, groundwater/surface water/vadose zone testing and modeling, hydrogeologic test analyses, chemistry data evaluation, mine permitting, dam safety, dam breach and surface water flood routing, industrial hygiene, air permitting, reservoir engineering, foundation engineering, spillway and bridge hydraulics, and slope stability modeling. In addition, he has been responsible for leading and developing teams of junior engineers and geoscientists. Nate has a master’s degree in earth science from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Grand Valley State University and is a licensed Professional Geologist.
His skills include modeling both surface water and groundwater; using advanced GIS applications to analyze and communicate data in both 2- and 3-dimensions; conducting field investigations for engineering and environmental applications; applying hydrogeological field methods and data analysis; and construction management, planning and executing heavy civil engineering projects. Current and past experiences have focused on mining, dams engineering, and groundwater geology. Nate has a passion for using diverse methods, with a focus on technology, to communicate complex geologic information to a broader audience.
Bolles joined Knight Piésold in Fort Collins, Colorado from Stantec, where he provided technical support for the mining groundwater business unit. Prior to Stantec, Nate was with Black & Veatch for three years as the Lead Design Geologist for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Boone Dam Seepage Mitigation Project. He has also worked for Engineering Analytics and Soil & Materials Engineers in similar roles.
On joining the company, Bolles said, “I’m thrilled to be joining a group of exceptional engineers and scientists at Knight Piésold to continue providing outstanding and innovative client-focused services across the globe. I’m passionate about delivering quality results with high technical standards; values that are also held in top regard by the rest of my Knight Piésold colleagues.”
“I’m very excited to welcome Nate to our team in Colorado,” said Paul Ridlen, President of Knight Piésold USA. “Hydrogeology and especially engineering geology are important skills that are difficult to find and always in high demand in our business. Nate brings a wealth of experience in both mining and water dam practices in the US and abroad and does so with a passion and enthusiasm that is immediately evident. We are quite certain he will fit easily into Knight Piésold’s core philosophies of technical excellence, client service, creative solutions, and entrepreneurship.”