Our History

Since our inception, the cornerstone of Menard has been innovation. Our founder, Louis Menard, invented the pressuremeter and developed dynamic compaction. Since then, the company has continued to innovate by inventing such solutions as Menard Vacuum™ consolidation, Controlled Modulus Columns (CMC)® rigid inclusions and Bi-Modulus Columns (BMC)®.

In the United States, we’re continuing the tradition of innovation. We revolutionized the U.S. ground improvement industry in 2003 by being the first company to install CMCs. And in 2020, we installed the deepest CMC’s in the world at 172 feet. Read more about our company history and some of our iconic projects on the timeline below.

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It all started with
  • 1954
       

    1954 - INVENTION OF THE PRESSUREMETER

    Louis Ménard

    It all started in 1954, when Louis Ménard, a young French mechanical engineering student from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, invented the device that was to revolutionize geotechnical investigations: the pressuremeter.
    Until the 1950s, there was no practical way to determine the geotechnical parameters required for the design of foundations using in-situ methods.
    Louis Ménard set a goal of devising a single in-situ test to measure the ultimate pressure of the soil and its deformation modulus in order to calculate bearing capacity and settlement. He developed and filed a patent for the device that was to revolutionize geotechnical investigations: the pressuremeter.

  • 1957
       

    1957 - CREATION OF THE COMPANY “LES PRESSIOMÉTRES MENARD”

    In 1957, Louis Menard set up a company called “Les Pressiomètres Menard” (Menard Pressuremeters). Success was quick to follow and he soon had four licensees using his devices. The French Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées (Central Civil Engineering Laboratory) also began to use his equipment.

  • 1968
       

    1968 - INVENTION OF DYNAMIC COMPACTION

    Read more about Dynamic compaction

  • 1969
       

    1969 - FIRST APPLICATION OF DYNAMIC COMPACTION

    Residential resort in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France. In the 1970s, Menard performed a number of dynamic compaction projects in the USA.
    Read more about Dynamic compaction

  • 1975
       

    1975 - DEVELOPMENT OF DYNAMIC REPLACEMENT

    Development of dynamic replacement for fine-grained soils

  • 1978
       

    1978 - ICONIC PROJECT – NICE AIRPORT, FRANCE

    Deepest dynamic compaction application (27 m, 4,000 tm energy) at the Nice Airport, France. Read the full case study here:  Nice airport, France project

  • 1984
       

    1984 - US-BASED DRAINAGE AND GROUND IMPROVEMENT, INC (DGI) FORMED

    DGI is formed in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • 1987
       

    1987 - DEVELOPMENT OF MENARD SOLTRAITEMENT

    The year 1987 marked a further turning point in the history of the company when it was sold by its shareholder and taken over by two company managers, Jean-Marie Cognon and Pierre-Marie Bic. The name “Menard Soltraitement” was adopted.

  • 1988
       

    1988 - DEVELOPMENT OF MENARD VACUUM™

    Development of Menard Vacuum (atmospheric consolidation system) in France

  • 1994
       

    1994 - DEVELOPMENT OF CONTROLLED MODULUS COLUMNS (CMC)®

  • 2001
       

    2001 - IMPROVEMENT OF 1,600,000 M² OF RECLAIMED PLATFORM

    Improvement of 1,600,000 m² of reclaimed platform on the Airbus A380 assembly factory in Hamburg, Germany.

  • 2002
       

    2002 - ACQUISITION OF DGI (USA)

    Drainage & Ground Improvement (DGI) was a leading wick drain installer based in Pittsburgh, PA, and installed wick drains nationally. DGI-Menard, Inc. was formed shortly after the acquisition.  DGI-Menard, Inc. has since been rebranded to Menard USA.

  • 2007
       

    2007 - ACQUISITION OF GEOPAC (CANADA)

    Geopac was a leading ground improvement contractor that worked across Canada. This business unit is now known as Menard Canada.

  • 2008
       

    2008 - LARGEST VIBROCOMPACTION PROJECT

    Largest vibrocompaction project for the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai (UAE)

  • 2011
       

    2011 - ICONIC PROJECT: CRANEY ISLAND EASTWARD EXPANSION

    Working off of barges, US Wick Drain, Inc. performs the largest and deepest barge wick drain project ever completed. Read the full case study here: Craney Island Terminal

  • 2011
       

    2011 - DEEPEST VIBROCOMPACTION FOR THE LARGEST ONSHORE WIND TURBINE

    Deepest vibrocompaction for the largest onshore wind turbine in Lautsitz Ring, Germany

  • 2012
       

    2012 - ACQUISITION OF US WICK DRAIN

    Acquired US Wick Drain, Inc., a major installer of wick drains in the United States. US Wick has since been fully integrated into Menard USA.

  • 2014
       

    2014 - CMC WORLD DEPTH RECORD

    Menard USA sets a record of 135 feet for the deepest CMCs ever installed on a project at that time. Menard USA has since surpassed this depth on numerous projects.

  • 2015
       

    2015 - DEVELOPMENT OF BI-MODULUS COLUMNS (BMC)®

    BMCs were first installed in the US

  • 2016
       

    2016 - INTEGRATION OF REMEA

    REMEA is a key player in the field of soil remediation, offering expertise in the clean-up of contaminated sites, management of polluted effluents on construction sites, and treatment of industrial ponds and tanks at operating sites.

  • 2016
       

    2016 - ICONIC PROJECT: PORT OF CHARLESTON

    Menard USA installs 22 million linear feet of wick drains at the Port of Charleston, making it the largest wick drain project in the USA. Read the full case study here: Port of Charleston Case Study

  • 2016
       

    2016 - ICONIC PROJECT: PORT ACCESS ROAD

    Menard USA installs its largest earthquake drain project. Read the full case study here: Port Access Road

  • 2020
       

    2020 - ICONIC PROJECT: LINCOLN GATEWAY

    Menard USA installs CMCs to a depth of 172 feet for this iconic project in New Jersey to support a warehouse.  These are the deepest CMCs installed to date, making this a world record.  Read the full case study here: Lincoln Gateway Project

  • 2021
       

    2021 - FARRELL DESIGN-BUILD, INC. JOINS THE GROUP

    Menard acquires leading West Coast ground improvement specialty contractor, Farrell Design-Build, Inc.  To learn more about Farrell and the expertise that they offer in the western United States, please visit FarrellInc.com.

  • 2021
       

    2021 - INTEGRATION OF DUNTON ENVIRONMENTAL

    Discover Dunton Envrionmental, specialized in developing and implementing ground and water remediation solutions to restore our planets natural environment.

  • 2022
       

    2022 - EARTH TECH, LLC JOINS THE GROUP

    Menard acquires leading Florida-based ground improvement specialty contractor, Earth Tech, LLC.  To learn more about Earth Tech and the expertise that they offer throughout the Southeast region, please visit EarthTech.com

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