2010 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year Keith Hanks Announces Retirement

Keith Hanks, a senior environmental engineer for the City of Los Angeles? Wastewater Conveyance Engineering Division will be retiring effective Sept. 21, 2013.

Hanks began his 28-year career with Los Angeles in August 1985 as a civil engineering assistant with the Wastewater Program of the Bureau of Engineering. That year proved to be a very impressive year for Hanks as he was promoted to Civil Engineering Assistant II, to Civil Engineering Assistant III, and to Civil Engineering Associate I.? He was eventually promoted to Sanitary Engineer with the Bureau of Sanitation in 1990.? In 1999, he was promoted to Senior Sanitary (now Environmental) Engineer.

During Hanks? career with the city, he began preparing and checking plan specifications and later supervised the Valley District Office Sewer Permit Counter, worked on sewer rehab and sewer reconstruction, handled consultant contract negotiation and coordination, processed change orders, and designed and reviewed projects for three city treatment plants, namely, Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, Los Angeles Glendale Treatment Plant and Terminal Island Treatment Plant.?

Hanks has written and/or presented major engineering papers at numerous technology conventions throughout the United States and Canada.? He has represented the city at technology conventions, municipal forums and at numerous technology industry board meetings.

In the area of education, Hanks has completed numerous design technology courses at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. In 1985, he earned a bachelor?s in civil engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, and simultaneously earned a master of civil engineering from BYU.? In 1992, he earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Hanks? career highlights also include the completion of the Tillman Phase II Primary Tank Expansion; getting sodium bisulfite approved for use in dechlorination at the LA Glendale Treatment Plant; completion of the East Central Interceptor Sewer Project (ECIS); getting North Outfall Sewer (NOS) Maze III designed and bid; approval of products for non-circular pipe slip-lining, approval of use of precast inserts for live sewer connections; coordinating the BOE Wastewater Training Program; approval of MCA requirement for Metro to encase sewers with rail lines crossing over them, and standardization of material properties for Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) liner design.

In his spare time, Hanks was a substitute teacher for local high schools and local middle schools, and worked with the City of Azusa planning commission and served two terms as an elected city councilman from 2005 to 2013.

Hanks has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of finding the most cost effective and efficient methods to rehabilitate and replace the city?s underground infrastructure. He has developed guidelines for the city?s approved methods and materials and has been a strong advocate for the trenchless technology industry.

In 2010, he was selected the Trenchless Technology Person of the Year. Keith Hanks? hobbies include reading science fiction, history, biographies and the works of Louis L?Amour and woodworking. He is an Amateur Radio Operator with a General Class License.

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