Early in 1972, leaders from about a dozen Texas construction materials testing and geotechnical engineering firms met in Austin at a meeting called by Grover Williams, P.E. of Trinity Engineering Testing Corporation. The purpose was to consider forming a Texas Council of Engineering Laboratories.
The idea of a Texas State organization whose goals would be to foster and maintain excellence and professionalism in the construction materials and geotechnical engineering disciplines was not entirely new. Most of the people at the Austin meeting were members of American Council of Independent Laboratories' Southern division, and had discussed this subject for several years. Their joint conclusion has been that such an organization not only would be a service to the construction industry and to the public, but to its member firms as well. The meeting produced a unanimous agreement. TCEL came into being that very day.
In keeping with Article IV of TCEL's Constitution, the goals of this non-profit organization are several fold: To foster, encourage, promote and maintain the profession and practice of geoprofessional services at the state and local level.
Award of Excellence Winners
Telfryn John presents Terry Smith, Jr. with the 2021 Award of Excellence presented posthumously to Terry Smith, Sr.