Direct Dial: 913-717-4081
With over 29 years of geotechnical engineering experience, Allan Bush has deep insight into the interworkings of soil and land in the Kansas City area. Alpha-Omega has been Allan’s home from the beginning – his first resume out of college, his first interview, first job, and after proving his capabilities, he became the president and a first-time business owner over 25 years ago. In succession of the former founder and KU professor, Allan continues to inspire organizational learning and innovation – always looking for the opportunity to empower the new generation of geotechnical engineers with the older generation’s experience. An avid cigar enthusiast, Allan embraces vintage, has an eye for perfection, and cares deeply about the future of Kansas City.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS ACFE: American College of Forensic Examiners – Diplomate ACI: American Concrete Institute ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers DFI: Deep Foundations Institute ICC: International Code Council ASTM: American Society of Testing and Materials AWS: American Welding Society APWA: American Public Works Association
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES Certified OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Operations Certified ICC Special Inspector for Structural Steel and Welding Certified ICC Special Inspector for Structural Masonry Certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1 Licensed Professional Engineer – KS, MO, OK
General Manager / Business Development
Direct Dial: 913-717-4080
Blake Bennett started his career in concrete sales back in 1989. With an inquisitive mind and first-rate workmanship, he quickly became the industry go-to for all materials inspections and mix designs. After his investigative role in the rebuild of the KCPL Hawthorn Power Plant after the explosion of 1999, Blake adopted the nickname ‘Concrete Guru.’ AOG’s CEO Allan Bush witnessed his creative, hands-on troubleshooting skills and knew it was meant to be – a professional tenure now going on 23 years. Blake’s visionary allure and handcraftsmanship fuel his consultancy appeal, allowing fulfillment of needs customers may not even know they have. Blake, known to be a straight talker, may be visionary but prefers things simple and desires to exploit resources for simplified delivery versus complicating for hollow value. Blake is a true team player – in every project with you and for you. And that goes for home too, where Blake is fondly referred to as the “World’s Greatest (Grand) Dad” and has a trophy to prove it!
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS CPG: Concrete Promotional Group ACP: American Concrete Pavers Association NRMCA: National Ready Mix Concrete Association
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES Certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1
Engineering Department Manager
Direct Dial: 913-717-4082
Garic Abendroth was introduced to the construction field early on as an apprentice in a family run construction company. His Civil Engineering degree from Kansas State University brings him the cumulative knowledge that intersects soil and structure – the cornerstone of serviceability. Having full-cycle awareness allows Garic to remedy the unexpected and drive collaboration across construction processes. He is not wired to sit-back-and-wait; he brings a practical diversity that delivers quality and confidence even amidst the unpredictability of subsurface terrains. His proactivity and contagious energy are what sets Garic apart and his passions are as diverse as his skill-set. During off-time, you can find him either riding his motorcycle or kicking back listening to a local KC band.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS ASCE: American Society of Civil Engineers
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES Professional Engineer, the States of Kansas and Missouri MSHA 24-hour Miner Training OSHA 10-hour Safety Training Confined Space Entry Training First Aid/CPR certified
Direct Dial: 913-717-4084
Tom Burdick is an AOG patriarch with a tenure spanning over 25 years. A part-timer turned lifer, Tom started his career as a protégé of AOG’s founding lab manager and has been a part of our family ever since. Tom is a business catalyst, directing all data efforts across service lines and business processes. His advanced testing capabilities and the depth of his Kansas City soil and material insight makes him a local expert – a game changer for AOG engineering performance and a lifeline for contracting firms with advanced lab services needs. For Tom, excellence sets the bar and family fuels the spirit – his AOG and Burdick family alike.
CORE SPECIALTIES Triaxial Compression (UU, CU, CU-bar) Direct Shear Falling and Constant head permeability testing California Bearing Ratio Standard and Modified Proctor (moisture/density relationships) Atterberg Limits Grain-size Analyses Power Generation By-Products – fly ash, bottom ash, etc.
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES MSHA 24-hour Miner Training OSHA 10-hour Safety Training Confined Space Entry First Aid/CPR certified
Operations / Field Services Manager
Direct Dial: 913-717-4091
Tracy Welhoff began his career in Geotechnical Engineering and Special Inspection services over 20 years ago with AOG. Tracy holds a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. During his tenure at AOG, Tracy has experience providing a wide array of Special Inspection and construction material testing services at power plants, road and bridge projects, multi-story buildings and parking garages, tilt-up warehouses and upper tier residential projects. As Field Services Manager, Tracy manages, schedules and coordinates personnel across multiple projects concurrently. Tracy is also experienced in managing drilling and field logistics for Geotechnical Engineering investigations while serving as a liaison between the engineering staff, drilling personnel, and clients. In his leisure time, Tracy enjoys gardening, cooking, attending local sporting events and is an avid poker player competing in WSOP and HPT sanctioned events.
CORE SPECIALTIES Concrete testing, Compaction testing, Rebar inspection, Footing inspection, Deep Foundation inspection including Drilled Shafts, Auger-Cast piles and Micropiles, Ground Improvement including Geopier Rammed Aggregate Piers and Stone Columns, Post-Tensioned Concrete inspection, Visual Weld/Bolt inspection, Masonry inspection, and other Specialty inspections
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES ICC Soils Special Inspector, ICC Reinforced Concrete Inspector, PTI (Post-Tension Institute) Level II Inspector, American Concrete Institute (ACI) Level I Field Testing Technician
Steve Usnick, P.E.
Field & Laboratory Services Engineer
Direct Dial: 913-717-4090
Office / Accounting
Direct Dial: 913-717-4085