The Executives

Larry D. Olson, PE

President and Chief Engineer, M.S.

Mr. Olson is the sole owner of Olson Engineering and co-founded the company as its President in 1985 in Denver, Colorado and is internationally recognized as a leader in nondestructive evaluation of structures and infrastructure. Mr. Olson has over 35 years of consulting experience in structural condition assessment, geotechnical, pavement, materials, geophysical and vibration engineering. He has conducted and/or reviewed as the Chief Engineer over 4000 projects to investigate the condition of bridges, buildings, dams, foundations, pavements and tunnels. He is a registered Civil Professional Engineer in 21 states and the District of Columbia. He started Olson Instruments, Inc., as a division in 1993 and incorporated it in 1995 to provide instruments for nondestructive evaluation and geophysical engineering for structural and infrastructure applications.  In 2011, Mr. Olson established our mid-Atlantic office (metro Washington, DC) in Maryland to bolster Olson Engineering's presence in the eastern corridor. He regularly speaks and publishes on Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) for construction applications and has taught short courses and/or ASCE Seminars on structural and bridge condition assessment nationally and internationally.  Mr. Olson obtained his Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Engineering (geotechnical) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and was honored in October, 2006 as a distinguished alumni of the UT Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department. Mr. Olson received patents on impact echo scanning and parallel seismic/cone penetrometer testing and has conducted a number of funded research projects on NDE and Geophysics of infrastructure.


  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Virginia


Transportation Research Board
  • AFF60 Tunnels and Underground Structures
American Concrete Institute
  • 342 Committee on Bridge Evaluation
  • 309 on Consolidation
  • 228 Committee on Nondestructive Testing
  • Former Director on the Board of the National Capital Chapter of ACI
American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Geophysics Committee
  • Teaches the "Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Structures" course
  • Has taught the "Bridge Condition Assessment and Performance Monitoring" seminar (2009)
  • Has taught the "NDE of Concrete, Asphalt and Wood" seminar (2010)
International Concrete Repair Institute
  • Former Chairman of the Evaluation Committee (2000 - 2010)
  • Former Director of ICRI
External Advisory Board of the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin
  • Former Chairman (2000 - 2004)
Blue Mountain Water Board (Golden, Colorado)
  • Former Director (2008-2011)