George Blaisdell

Consulting Engineer, Merrick & Co.

George Blaisdell is currently a consulting engineer for Merrick & Co. associated with Arctic engineering projects. In 2016, George retired from the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he held the position of Chief Program Manager of the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistic group. In that role, he managed the budget and staff and contractors who provide all of the support required for the research mission of the United Stated Antarctic Program. George also works part-time as a research civil engineer at the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), a position he held for more than 20 years before joining NSF. His technical expertise is in the areas of operations, logistics, transportation, and snow and ice engineering.


Lessons from Large Facilities Development and Operation in Remote Environments
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 1:55 pm
This session will consist of two parts: During part (1), Christine Lurtz will present on the digital assessment management tools, LiDAR and BIM for design and operations efficiencies. The application of best practice digital tools will be discussed as it pertains to modernizing management of legacy and new infrastructure in McMurdo, Antarctica. In part (2), George Blaisdell will discuss remote infrastructure monitoring and management including use of instrumentation and simple data analysis in creating situational awareness and decision support for infrastructure in McMurdo, Antarctica and Summit, Greenland.

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