- The Rail Plow Story
- Company Structure
- Corporate Leadership
Ken Pidgeon – Co-Owner
Both Ken, and his brother Scott, are actively involved as executive leaders of ECI. Ken’s leadership is focused on his vision of the future, his role as our lead technical specialist, and maintaining a corporate culture of safety, quality, and integrity.
BS Civil Engineering – University of Vermont (1984)
MS Civil Engineering – University of New Hampshire (1986)
Professional Registrations & Affiliations:
Registered Professional Engineer – VT, MA, CT
Member – American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
Member – American Society of Civil Engineers
Director – Associated General Contractors of Vermont
Member – Board of Advisors to the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences at UVM
Certifications & Special Training:
Certified Installer for Ideal Foundation Systems (helical & STELCOR piles)
Certified SignalPerson/Rigger – Crane Institute of America, 2011
OSHA 40-hour HazWOper Training (29 CFR 1910.120), Current
AREMA Railroad Bridge Inspection Seminar, 2011
Grouting Fundamentals and Current Practice – Colorado School of Mines, 2007
Vermont ASCE Engineer of the Year – 2008
- Boscardin, Pidgeon, & Boscardin, “Design, Installation, and Testing of Hollow Bar Tiebacks Used as Excavation Support”, Proceedings of the 2016 Deep Foundation Institute Annual Conference, New York, NY, October 2016
- Pidgeon, Trombly, MacKinney, & Riehl, “East Alburgh Swing Span Automation: Modernizing a 100-yr-old Movable Bridge”, Proceedings of the 2014 American Railway Engineers and Maintenance-of-Way Association, Chicago, IL, September 2014
- Pidgeon, Kenneth A., “East Alburgh Swingspan Bridge Upgraded”, The Shortline, vol. 47, no. 6 Champlain Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, June 2012 http://cvcnrhs.org/uploadedfiles/File/shortline2010-2011_SHORTLINEJUNE2012.pdf
- Pidgeon, Kenneth A., “Bellows Falls Tunnel Track Lowering Project,” Published Presentation for the Northern New England Chapter of the Society of Industrial Archeology, October 2012 http://nec-sia.org/pdf/Bellows%20Falls%20Tunnel%20Project.pdf
- Pidgeon, Boscardin, & Riehl, “Burlington Tunnel Emergency Repairs: A Case History” Proceedings of the Rapid Excavation & Tunnel Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2011 Pidgeon et al.
- Pidgeon, Joshi, & DiRocco, “Sheetpile Vibration Study,”Deep Foundations Institute 1995 Conference Proceedings, Charleston, SC, 1995 Sheetpile Installation Vibration Study – Pidgeon, et al.
- Pidgeon & Bunner, “Design of Tied-Down BMIP Boat Section,” Deep Foundations Institute 1994 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, 1994 Design of BMIP Boat Section – Pidgeon & Bunner
- Pidgeon, Konicki, Bluin, & Castro, “Column Backfill Behavior During Top-Down Construction”, Proceedings of the Tenth ASCE Structures Congress, San Antonio, TX, April 1992 Column Backfill Behavior During Top-Down Construction – Pidgeon, et al.
- Cahill & Pidgeon, “Temporary Traffic Deck over Braced Excavation”, Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Congress, Cambridge, MA, 1991
- Konicki, Pidgeon, & Castro, “Modular-Prestressed Shoring System for Demolition”, Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Congress, Cambridge, MA, 1991
- Pidgeon & Benoit, “Acquisition & Interpretation of Self-Boring Pressuremeter Test Data by Microcomputer”, Proceedings of the 4th National Conference on Microcomputers in Civil Engineering, Orlando, FL, 1986
Ken, along with his father Alan, hold US Patent #6,193,440 for a Rail Plow, which they developed for installing conduit and fiber optic cable on the railroad.
General Professional Background:
Ken grew up working around ECI throughout high school and college. Upon graduation from UNH, Ken went to work for GEI Consultants, Inc. in Woburn, MA where he was involved in a variety of heavy civil projects as a consulting engineer to owners and contractors in the Boston area. Ken’s specialty at GEI was designing excavation support systems, underpinning, and shoring systems for local contractors. Ken rejoined ECI in 1998 and has since become the chief executive officer. However, Ken’s professional passion remains in the technical aspect of heavy civil construction.