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New certification to better serve our tunnel clients


Seven COWI Tunnel engineers recently became Nationally Certified Tunnel Inspectors after passing a national certification program developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

​This certification is important to maintaining our position as a leader in tunneling across North America. 

The 2015 FHWA ruling that implemented the national tunnel inspection standards (NTIS), mandates not only the nation's first standardized tunnel inspection program, but also that all public vehicular tunnels be inspected, inventoried, and reported on every two years. The first deadline for inspections is fast approaching, that of August 2017.

To perform NTIS inspections, tunnel inspectors must take and pass the FHWA certification program. COWI engineers attended training classes in Baltimore, MD and NYC. The following engineers now have the NCTI designation:

  • Stanley Niemiec, PE, NCTI 
  • Leszek Glodkowski, PE, NCTI
  • Keith Gaspar, PE, NCTI
  • Ivona Tarchala, PE, NCTI 
  • Kristi Latimer, NCTI 
  • Radenko Kasikovic, NCTI
  • David Tarchala, NCTI 

With the recent class of certified inspectors and our experience with tunnel projects including the Port Authority of NY & NJ's Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority's (TBTA) Queens Midtown and Hugh L. Carey Tunnels, we are prepared to help both local tunnel owners and tunnel owners nationwide meet the 2017 deadline.

LAST UPDATED: 17.01.2017