Wesley (Wes) J. Hemp serves as a Senior Project Engineer for SME's Louisville Metro office. With more than 18 years of geotechnical experience in the Louisville and Southern Indiana areas, he is skilled in developing geotechnical scope of services, and managing and performing geotechnical evaluations. His expertise on publicly funded transportation projects includes bridge foundations, earthen embankments and pavement design. Wes has experience providing recommendations for shallow and deep foundations systems; delineation, characterization, and remediation of karst features including selection and implementation of geophysical evaluation techniques; forensic evaluation of failed slopes, retaining structures, and pavements; and liquefaction analysis.

Wes is knowledgeable of ground improvement procedures and specialty foundation systems. He can develop soil parameters and provide general design considerations for underpinning systems including helical piers, micro-piles and pin-piles. Wes has conducted safety inspections for earth dams and is experienced with DCP (Dynamic Cone Penetrometer) testing procedures using both ASTM and Sowers methods. Wes has been involved with the installation and monitoring of field instrumentation systems including piezometers, settlement plates, and slope inclinometers, along with execution of field resistivity testing for grounding studies.

Wes earned a Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering, a Certificate in Environmental Engineering, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He is a Registered Professional Geoscientist in Louisiana and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is an active member of the Kentucky Geotechnical Engineering Group, the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists, and ASCE Louisville.

Outside of the office, Wes enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He also enjoys powerlifting, martial arts, and holds two national powerlifting records and one world record.


Salem Road and Lewman Way Sinkhole

Among 6,000 prime acres of land, a dropout sinkhole was discovered beneath an existing transformer pad at the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana. SME mobilized to the site immediately to observe site conditions and provided remedial recommendations within 48 hours.