County Engineer of the Year Named
May 27, 2010
Brian P. Keierleber, County Engineer, Buchanan County, Iowa has been selected as the 2009 Rural County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). Announcement of this honor and appropriate recognition of Mr. Keierleber was made at the Annual Management and Technical Conference recently concluded in Fort Worth TX on April 29, 2010.
In receiving this award, his citation read “for the application of efficient engineering management principles and standards of economic design, construction, maintenance and operations of public works facilities”. Mr. Keierleber has been a member of NACE since 1988 and currently serves on its Board of Directors. A member of the NACE Structures Committee he has also served as a Safety Expert Mentor for safety projects nationwide. A member of the Iowa County Engineers Association he received their Engineering Achievement Award in 2006. He is a licensed professional engineer in Iowa and Oklahoma.
During the past sixteen years, Mr. Keierleber has overseen the replacement of 77 plus county owned bridges. He has streamlined the bridge deck overlay process by using plasticizers that has resulted in substantial savings to the county. This process subsequently was incorporated into the Iowa Department of Transportation program for Accelerated Bridge Construction. He has also been a leader in using railroad flat cars and has built 15 railcar bridges and assisted five counties and one city with constructing similar bridges. Mr. Keierleber has been Iowa’s leader in research and implementation of concrete overlays on older pavements in addition to evaluating rubberized P. C. C. prior to reconstruction and has participated in several research projects to include methods to reduce accidents involving farm implements, efficient application of rumble strips, evaluation of pavement damage by equipment overloading and the use of was vegetable oil or glutens from an ethanol plant for dust reduction. He was the first Iowa County Engineer to implement Cover All structures as an economical alternative for sand-salt storage and is currently working on the use of ground shingles in H. M. A. and as a base for chips seals in an urban environment. With the approach that there are solutions to every problem he successfully organized the 50 plus mile relocation of a 100 foot long historic bridge by an Army National Guard helicopter to a Chickasaw County bike trail and managed a preservation project to relocate a 340 ton historic brick railroad depot. Active in number community service organizations he also served for 14 years in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve being deployed across the United States, Germany, Panama and Honduras.