Employee Spotlight: Ted Dean

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who’s in the spotlight!

Ted Dean, PG

Title: Geophysical Services Team Leader

Division: Geotechnical Engineering

Alma Mater: Radford University and Texas A&M

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Birthday: March 27


What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA?

Hectic, challenging, rewarding


Favorite thing about working at DAA?

Being part of a diverse company with a variety of services.


In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? Why?

The most interesting project of my career was exploring a prospective quarry of several hundred acres for a local quarry company. For that project we used geophysics as an initial exploration tool and used the results to qualify the prospect into various zones based on overburden thickness and rock quality inferred from the geophysics. We were then in charge of collecting and logging many hundreds of feet of rock cores to confirm the geophysical data. We were able to angled cores in order to cross vertical lithology boundaries and found that the geophysical data was very precise and correlated very well with the rock cores.

We then went into helping the quarry company get the land re-zoned, which is always a strenuous political process. Since the groundwater resources were a major point of public objection to the quarry, we were able to put our hydrogeology expertise into practice. We drilled several monitoring wells and collected data from a 48-hour pumping test. We used the pumping test data to calculate aquifer properties, which we then used in a complex groundwater computer model. We ran simulations of many de-watering scenarios of the quarry and demonstrated that the quarry posed no threat to the water resources in the area.

This project spanned more than a year, and was very rewarding because we were able to apply so many different aspects of our geologic expertise into a very comprehensive study.


Favorite quote or words of wisdom?

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.


What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now?

Not obsessed, but I have enjoyed Elmore Leonard as one of my favorite authors.


Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?  

My family made a very memorable trip to Yellowstone a few years ago.




What was the first concert you ever attended?

Earth Wind and Fire, 1977.


Is there something you have done that would surprise people?

I was an avid scuba diver when I was young.