Randall Essex

Director of Professional Excellence

Randall Essex, PE, is Executive Vice President and Director of Professional Excellence with Hatch Mott MacDonald. He has 35 years of experience with the planning, design, construction management, and disputes resolution of underground construction projects. An expert in the management of geologic and contractual risk associated with underground construction, he has worked on more than 150 highway, transit, railroad, water, and wastewater tunnel projects across North America and abroad, including Australia, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore.

Randy provides senior level review of Hatch Mott MacDonald’s tunneling projects and leads the Practice’s knowledge management initiative. His focus area is matching the right construction methods to the anticipated subsurface conditions so that projects can be completed on time and on budget. Recent projects include the Niagara Power Tunnel, the Beacon Hill Station and Tunnels, and the Middlesex County Twin Force Mains Tunnel. Past projects include the Reverse Curve and Hanging Lake Highway Tunnels and the Second Manapouri Tailrace Tunnel Project.

Randy has authored more than 45 technical papers and articles and has lectured at numerous conferences, short courses, and universities. He is principal author of the ASCE publication Geotechnical Baseline Reports for Construction - Suggested Guidelines (2007) as well as its predecessor publication in 1997. Randy is the U.S. Representative to the International Tunneling Association and is a past Chairman of the Underground Technology Research Council.