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2284 NW Thurman St.
Portland, Oregon, 97210
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Geophysics - Vibration & Noise - Rock Mechanics

Providing Quality Geophysical Consulting Services since 1984
Michael L. Feves


Michael L. Feves, Ph.D.



Dr. Feves has been a professional geophysicist since 1977 when he received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1984, he established a consulting practice which specializes in geophysics, rock mechanics and vibration analysis.

In addition to his consulting business, Dr. Feves is an adjunct professor at Portland State University. He has also taught engineering geology/geophysics and rock mechanics at the University of Portland. As a committee chairman for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Dr Feves has been responsible for the development of several test procedures.

Dr. Feves' experience extends over a broad spectrum. While senior research geophysicist for Foundation Sciences Inc. (FSI), Dr. Feves was responsible for geophysical studies which included: in situ and laboratory rock mechanics programs, ground vibration analysis, and seismic, electrical and gravity surveys. Rock mechanics projects at FSI included hundreds of elevated temperature tests on Basalt from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to evaluate the suitability of Basalt for a nuclear repository. Prior to joining FSI, he designed and supervised the rock mechanics laboratory for the Dowell Division of Dow Chemical in Tulsa, OK (Dowell/Schlumberger). The primary purpose of the laboratory was to study relationships between rock properties and hydraulic fracturing. At MIT, Dr. Feves was a research and teaching assistant in the rock mechanics laboratory where he conducted research on relationships between microcracks and rock properties.

Specific recent projects include downhole seismic testing and site specific frequency
response analysis for earthquake resistant design in high rise buildings and water systems in Portland, OR; transfer mobility testing and vibration impact analysis for the Tri-Met South Corridor Project in Portland, OR; marine geophysical surveys using ground penetrating radar, seismic reflection and side scan sonar to determine the depth to bedrock at various sites along the Columbia River; two-dimensional electrical resistivity profiling, GPR and electromagnetic exploration along over 7,000 lineal feet of the alignment for the Columbia Slough Consolidation Conduit in Portland, OR to determine subsurface conditions prior to excavation with a tunnel boring machine; vibration monitoring and blast design consultation for construction of the Tri-Met Westside Light Rail Project in Portland, OR; micro-vibration analysis of clean rooms for INTEL Corp. and SEH America; vibration analysis of bearings in paper machines and air compressors for Boise Cascade and Owens Brockway Glassware Inc.; and evaluation of chainsaw vibrations for a worker’s compensation claim with SAIF Corporation.


Ph.D. GEOPHYSICS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. PHYSICS, Reed College, Portland, OR