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Red Robinson

Red Robinson, LG, LEG

Senior Vice President, Director of Underground Services

With more than 44 years' experience, Red is a leading expert in implementing large geotechnical exploration programs, developing site specific recommendations for tunneling and shoring methods, and fostering sophisticated ground monitoring and instrumentation programs. His work spans more than 300 tunnel and trenchless projects in the United States and abroad. Through his work on large public works projects in glacial soils in the Pacific Northwest, he is one of Shannon & Wilson's leading experts in tunneling and trenchless technology and its impacts on the behavior of glacial and interglacial soils during construction.

Red has worked with a wide range of owners, designers, and contractors in selecting the most appropriate tunnel construction methods for the site conditions. His expertise extends to design and construction management for drill and shoot caverns in rock; rock tunnel boring machines; rock tunnel support; soil tunnel construction by digger shield; earth pressure balance machines and slurry pressure balance machines; trenchless construction by jack and bore, microtunnels, and horizontal directional drilling; ground improvement adjustment to and over tunnels and braced out excavations to reduce settlement and groundwater inflows; and ground monitoring systems to assess ground losses and surface settlements and lateral movements.


  • Graduate Studies, Engineering Geology, University of Illinois, 1974
  • BS, Geology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1970


  • Licensed Geologist, Washington
  • Engineering Geologist, Washington


  • American Railroad Engineers Association
  • Underground Construction Association, Executive Council Member
  • Association of Engineering Geologists
  • Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, Executive Committee, Member, Co-Chair and Co-Editor
  • Underground Technology Research Council, Member and Publications Coordinator
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