Thanks to Holt Services!

150927_alaska_5078This post is a bit late, but Robinson Noble would like to thank Holt Services for an excellent fishing trip!

Last month, Holt Services hosted a fishing trip to Ketchikan, Alaska for a number of clients, including Kari Thomas  (shown above with a salmon she landed) and Joe Becker from Robinson Noble. In total, the group of 18 on the trip caught 145 salmon – mostly silvers (coho). And each attendee brought home a freezer shelf full (45 pounds) of salmon fillets.

Thank you Randy Holt, and all the gang at Holt Services. We had a great time. Robinson Noble looks forward to another great year of working together on solving our joint client’s environmental, water-resources, and geotechincal problems in 2016.


Senior Geotechnical Engineer Wanted

WordItOut-word-cloud-1036493Robinson Noble is seeking an experienced geotechnical engineer to perform and manage geotechnical projects in our Tacoma office, as well as work with company management to expand our clientele in the south Puget Sound region. Duties will include geotechnical evaluation, analysis, design, and report writing for a wide-range of projects in both the private and public sectors. Knowledge of foundation analyses, subsurface soil investigations, slope stability evaluations, and infiltration studies are essential. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering required; Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering strongly preferred

Registration: Washington State PE required; PE in Oregon, Idaho, and/or Alaska preferred

Experience: 5 to 10 years geotechnical engineering experience of increasing responsibility; minimum 3 years project management experience; business development experience preferred


  • a valid driver’s license and personal transportation required
  • strong field orientation and problem-solving skills
  • strong verbal and written communications skills

To Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter via email to recruiting (at) stating the position title in the subject field. Please include the following:

  • a summary of past experience, highlighting experience relating to the position as described above
  • list of education and professional registrations (with registration number)
  • salary history
  • two writing samples – preferably one should be technical in nature and the other should convey technical or regulatory information to a non-technical person; writing samples can be attached to the email in Word or PDF formats

Robinson Noble is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy that employees and applicants will not be subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran’s status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal or local laws.

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Krautkramer Featured in National Driller Magazine

Mike KrautkramerRobinson Noble’s own, Mike Krautkramer, is featured in the July 2015 edition of National Driller magazine. In an article titled Designing a Dialogue, Water Well Construction Starts with Customer Communication, author Valerie King interviewed Mike about how to properly design and construct a water well for a client. MIke describes how to produce the best well for a client. To do so, he states that the driller (and presumably the consultant as well) needs to have a good idea of why the well is required – such as what is the intended use of the water, how much water is actually needed, what are the other uses of the property, etc. Based on the answers, a driller can do a better job planning and constructing the right well for their client. Read the full article on the National Driller website.

Happy 4th!

horsetails with copyrightIt is hard to believe half of 2015 is over, and we are already at the 4th of July weekend. It has been a good year for Robinson Noble as we have transitioned into our new office in downtown Tacoma. Hopefully you were able to come visit during our open house in May; if not, drop by anytime to say hello.

I can’t say I have much Robinson Noble news to report. We did hire two new staff members in the past month or so. We welcome John Anderson to our Woodinville office and Natasha Garland-Clark to our Tacoma office. I will blog more about our new compatriots after I dig out my camera and get some photos of them to share.

In my personal news, I haven’t had much chance this spring or early summer to do much photography because I am revising my ebook into a print version. It will be published by Schiffer Publishing and is due to be released next spring. Not to worry, though, I still have plenty of photos to put into next year’s edition of the Robinson Noble calendar!

Speaking of photos, the accompanying photograph is the closest thing I have that looks like fireworks. Somehow in all my years of photography, I have not captured any good fireworks shots (I’m not even sure I’ve tried), so this image will have to do. While it looks like fireworks, in reality it is a black and white shot of one of my wife’s chief gardening nemeses – horsetails. (These things grow like weeds in our garden – but then, maybe it is because they are weeds.) Even weeds can have some beauty I guess.

Anyway, all of us here at Robinson Noble wish you a happy and safe 4th of July. Take some time to relax with your family and not think about work – there will be enough time for that next week.

Open House – Come on Down

RN open house merged photo 300Robinson Noble is having an open house at our new Tacoma office on May 15 from 3 to 6 pm. I’d like to send  you a person invitation, so please come on down for a visit and a tour  the new place. We will be serving food from the local Neighbor Bistro, beer from local breweries (not sure which ones yet, Jim and I will be doing sample tastings later today just to make sure we pick the correct brews – work can be so hard sometimes), Washington wines, and various soft drinks.

We are located at 2105 South C Street, just south of S 21st and two blocks up the hill from Pacific. The Holiday Inn is across C Street and UW Tacoma across 21st. It’s easy to find, the first downtown Tacoma off ramp from Interstate 705 exits onto 21st just a few blocks east of our office. Parking can be a bit tight in downtown Tacoma, so we’ve arranged with the Holiday Inn to open their gravel parking lot just to the south of the hotel on C Street.

Come on by and say hello!

Burt Clothier – Judge

Burt Clothier - judgeHas anyone ever said to you “You be the judge?”  Well, Robinson Noble’s Burt Clothier once again took up that challenge. For the second year in a row, Burt was a judge for the AWWA South Sound Subsections annual water taste contest. This is the 7th year the South Sound Subsection has hosted the competition. The competition, held last month, was open to all South Sound water utilities with no state or federal regulatory violations within the past year. This year, 13 utilities took up the challenge. Judging was based on three categories: scent, flavor, and aftertaste.

After Burt’s sensitive palate was treated to more water than anyone should drink in one sitting, he and the other two judges picked the top three winners: 3rd place – City of Tumwater; 2nd place – Mason PUD; and with the best tasting (and smelling) water, in 1st place – Valley Water District. With its win in the Sound Sound, Valley Water will be taking their good tasting elixir to the AWWA “Best of the Northwest” competition to be held next week at the 2015 AWWA PNWS conference in Bellevue.

Robinson Noble wishes Valley Water the best of luck in the upcoming contest.

Photo kindly provided by the South Sound Subsection of AWWA.

And the Nets come down for Duke

net coming down by Eric Wong from Flicr with CC licenceAnother round of madness is over and Duke reigns as champion. And in our tournament? The champion, the master prognosticator, and all around good guy is Brian K! You can download the complete results here: 2015 Master Results Final Results

Brian K hung on to first place even though he did not have a team in the final game. The only one of all our participants to pick Duke as their champion, Howard Stansbury, shot all the way from 28th place to take 2nd! That old Howard has quite the jump shot, doesn’t he! Greg Guillen holds on to 3rd, Larry Byrd takes 4th by tiebreaker, and KathyK loses the tiebreaker to land 5th.

In the Robinson Noble bracket, Mike Krautkramer lands 1st (3rd overall, nice job Mike), Mr3 was 2nd, and John H holds on to 3rd.

A big THANK YOU to all who participated! See you again next year!

Photo by Eric Wong, provided by Creative Commons license.

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She Picked Wisconsin!

girl by Susana Fernandex from Flicker with CC licenseSee that  smile, she picked Wisconsin! Here’s the latest results following the weekend: 2015 Master Results April 4 10pm

And with that win by Wisconsin, Brian K vaults to 1st place in the standings, and the former leader Greg Guillen drops to 3rd. But out of nowhere (well, actually 25th place), Mike Krautkram finds himself in 2nd! Larry Byrd dropped from 3rd to 4th.

Mike K is also in the lead for the Robinson Noble contest. In fact, he cannot lose, having predicted Wisconsin and Duke in the finals!. Mr 3 is in 2nd (tied for 6th overall) and John H falls to 3rd (11th overall).

Photo by Susana Fernandez, provided under Creative Commons license.

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And March’s Dance Continues…

basketball kids by Larry Lamsa from FlickrSeems these young bball plays remembered the dance, but forgot the ball!

Here’s the latest results of our tournament contest: 2015 Master Results Mar 29 5pm

In the standings, Greg Guillen still has the lead. The Nottinghams, Alex and John, slid out of 2nd to 7th, replaced by BrianK, two points in back of the leader. And out of nowhere, literally, Larry Byrd has flown into 3rd place.

John H still leads the Robinson Noble pack and is 4th overall. Mr 3 has clawed into 2nd place (12th overall) and Emily Wills is 3rd (16th overall). While your humble narrator is truly humbled with a totally busted bracket, I guess there is always next year!

Photo by Larry Lamsa provided under Creative Commons license.

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Flying High!

flying high player by Aleksandr Osipov from FlickrGreg Guillen is sure flying high and currently leads our tournament with an impressive score of 102. But watch out, the Nottinghams, yes both Alex and John, are right behind with scores of 101. And remember Gail Langseth, she’s back in the hunt, also tied for 2nd with 101. BrainK is one back with 100 points (5th place). This is turning out to be one great tournament!

Here’s the latest update:2015 Master Results Mar 28 10pm

In the Robinson-Noble in-house contest, John H is still flying high in 1st place with 99 points (6th overall). Emily Wills is hanging on to 2nd (10th overall), and Brady Bunch to 3rd (18th overall). But watch out Mr. Brady, Mr. 3 is in 4th only one point behind! And what of your humble narrator, who was in 4th place yesterday in the RN contest? He is not flying high, or even low. Rather, he’s passed out on the floor. He miserably failed to pick either winner from yesterday’s games and dropped and dropped and dropped into 10th place (53rd overall)!

Photo by Aleksandr Osipov provided under Creative Commons license.

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