Mr. Dees is a professional engineer who has been involved in a number of engineering and high tech related ventures since graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1984. His passion is solving complex technical issues. He is the driving force behind Chalk Mountain’s vision and evolution.
Mr. Dees has experience in forensic engineering having assisted attorneys as a technical consultant and expert witness for legal cases pertaining to engineering-based issues which presented a hazard to the health and well-being of the general public.
He is a hands-on engineer with mastery of design and preparation of construction documents for paving and infrastructure, with a special focus on complex drainage and floodplain tasks.
Mr. Dees began his career at MCI Telecommunications where he was responsible for developing computer software and systems designed to track construction projects on a nationwide scale In this position, he reported to the director of engineering for this multi-billion dollar company.
Three years after graduation, Mr. Dees founded Geodesk (formerly DataGraphics), an Austin-based company which developed computer software for engineering, surveying and mapping applications. Geodesk was one of the first companies hired by the State of Texas to provide software, data development and systems integration services for the six-billion dollar Super Conducting Super Collider project. During the next ten years, Mr. Dees authored and marketed Mapworks, the first AutoCAD-based Mapping system which was subsequently utilized by over twenty municipal, county and state government agencies. He also developed CivilWorks, one of the first AutoCAD-based Civil Engineering/Land Surveying software suites which was subsequently utilized by hundreds of public and private entities including local, county and state agencies as well as utility companies, energy companies, railway companies, consulting engineers and land surveyors.
Mr. Dees re-entered the consulting engineering company in 2000 by establishing Chalk Mountain LLC, (formerly known as DeesTech). Since that time, he has been principally involved in assisting land developers within a wide variety of markets including retail and commercial facilities as well as single and multi-family residential neighborhoods.
In addition to design and preparation of construction documents, he is especially focused on complex drainage and floodplain tasks. Here is a small sampling of counties in which he has completed hundreds of projects:
Bastrop, Bosque, Burnet, Caldwell, Collin, Comanche, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Gaines, Harris, Harrison, Hood, Lampasas, Parker, Panola, Taylor, Tarrant, Terrell, Travis, Tom Green, Wise
We take pride in providing the same high level of care to all clients for every project, regardless of the scope or fee.
We believe in the novel notion of being expert in our field and understand that professional conduct, integrity and responsiveness to phone calls, emails and the needs of our clients are just as important as the expertise we provide.
We understand that our value is in providing innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions to meet our client’s needs. Our delivery will be prompt, complete and honest as we strive to exceed expectations.
Chalk Mountain did an excellent job getting a FEMA Floodplain map revised for Tom Green County. Their tireless efforts over an extended time dealing with FEMA showed exception fortitude and commitment to the task. Thanks Ken for a job well done!!!
It is refreshing to know there are still professional people and companies with integrity, morals and expertise like Chalk Mountain. They exceeded my expectation and I highly recommend them!
Chalk Mountain’s turnaround time is exceptional. I’ll use you folks again.
Our insurance broker gave you a lot of compliments on how the report was so thorough and very professional. Our flood insurance cost was reduced from approx $3,000 per year (without the certificate) to $1285 per year. I’m so grateful that we were directed to you!
Chalk Mountain recently provided a flood study for a project in eastern Travis County for us and our client. The report was very professional and comprehensive. It was done in a short amount of time at a very reasonable fee. After seeing the level of service provided it no longer makes sense for our firm to struggle with these studies in-house and we will be using Chalk Mountain in the future.