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September 27, 2012

Surveys 2012: Aspect Consulting

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Aspect is assessing water storage within the Horse Heaven area of Benton and Klickitat counties. The area could see economic growth if new water supplies were available.

Specialty: Environmental engineering, water resources, geotechnical engineering, information technology

Management: Tim Flynn, president

Founded: 2001

Headquarters: Bainbridge

2011 revenues: $9 million

Projected 2012 revenues: $10 million

Current projects: Slope stability study, Port Angeles; environmental assessment for Everett Mill site redevelopment

Tim Flynn, president of Aspect Consulting, sees no reason to slow down.

Business for the earth sciences firm has been steadily increasing, and Flynn said he has responded by hiring more people in the firm’s four offices.

“There’s still challenges out there, but in our practice areas we have a positive outlook,” said Flynn. “We expect to continue to grow in the next year, focus on our four practice areas and look for opportunities to expand.”

New Yakima office

Aspect Consulting has offices in Seattle, Bainbridge, Wenatchee and Yakima. The firm opened the Yakima office this year, and has added five technical staff members firm-wide and expects to hire three more by year end. “This is one of the largest growth years since our inception,” he said.

The firm works with both private and public sector clients. “We work with the regulated community across our practice areas.” Flynn said.

On the other side of the Cascades, the Wenatchee and Yakima offices are doing water rights permitting and water storage work for private and public clients in Klickitat and Benton counties, and in the Odessa and Othello areas.

Nearer Seattle, Aspect is working on a slope stability study for the Port Angeles Landfill, and doing environmental assessment and interim action site cleanup for the demolition and eventual redevelopment of Kimberly-Clark’s Everett Mill site.

GIS work

In the area of information management, Aspect is transferring the Port of Seattle’s environmental database into web-enabled geographic information systems. “We help the port make use of its data through GIS applications — generating a visual picture of the data and making it readily available to decision makers,” Flynn said. “It’s very helpful.”

The firm’s information management practice, like its other three practices, should expand as the economy improves, he said. “Clients are interested in applying technology to make data more readily available to improve efficiency of operations.”


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