Celebrating 20 years of pile testing
By Jim Chliboyko
Twenty years have gone by quickly for Sam Salem and Fred Agharazi. The two men are the founders of AATech Scientific, an Ottawa-based pile-testing company the two formed in 1997.
In the 20 years since, AATech Scientific has morphed from a two-man operation into a lean and efficient company of over a dozen versatile and globe-trotting specialists who are well versed in a variety of techniques and who have worked in a number of countries, states and provinces on a multitude of different projects.
“[Sam and Fred] were classmates at the University of Ottawa; they acquired some experience working in the field, both together and individually, in the following years,” said Tony E. Mohammadi, a 12-year company veteran and senior project manager. (A third man, Dr. Bengt Fellenius, is also a key partner.) “Following their dream, they decided to start their own firm, which is now one of the country’s leaders in foundation engineering and testing.”