MBCO/OEI a Partnership
TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION | INFRASTRUCTURE | ENVIRONMENTAL | MANAGEMENT
Who We Are
OEI, Oller Engineering, Inc., was formed in 1989 in Lubbock, Texas by Rich Oller to serve the municipal clients in west Texas and the Panhandle; cities, counties and townships from small to large communities. OEI’s professional services include the full gamut from infrastructure development and water systems improvements to engineering design for roadways and highways, and environmental services including Phase I EA’s to remediation of Brownfield sites.
While the Texas and engineering communities already know and respect OEI’s reputation, it is the years of hands-on experience that Rich Oller brings as an operator in water and wastewater treatment plants; an advantage that few, if any, other engineering firms can offer. Not only does he understand the operations of these facilities, he can design them for the utmost operational efficiency. OEI brings that old-fashioned “boots on the ground” approach to solve the problem and stays beyond to assure the systems work as designed.
OEI serves as a mentor to MBCO Engineering, a woman-owned civil engineering firm in Houston. “We are more than mentors, we are partners with this young firm. We will teach by example and promise to focus on what is really important to the people we work for—to create reasonable solutions and meet their needs first.”
Our first client started with a handshake and we begin every job the same way. Our word is our bond and our success is based on providing the best quality at a fair price. At OEI we are committed to providing high-quality services – infusing excellence in everything we do. We make sure we understand your needs and deliver the right service from the beginning.
Our approach is “boots on the ground”. We lead by example and provide support in getting the project. We start with your idea, analyze it, improve it, and implement it with minimal risk, if any. We operate with total transparency. We do the right thing, the first time, every time.
- Water Supply
- Water & Wastewater Treatment
- Roadway Design
- Condition Assessment
- Utility Extensions
Third Coast is a private light oils and blending company that is acquiring wastewater effluent for use in their production process. This reuse water will replace the potable supply they are currently using. A new 12-inch HDPE line will be laid from an existing wastewater treatment plant along street right-of-ways to the plant site. OEI is preparing the route study, pipeline design, permitting requirements and designing the pumping station and storage tanks for receiving the effluent from the City of Pearland
The City of Post has approximately 3500 residents and is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Lubbock and situated off of the caprock that creates the high mesa of the South Plains. Post originally harvested their drinking water from flowing springs and wells located around the exposed escarpment. Over the years alternative sources were used until the effects of the drought hit the Panhandle in 2007. The City was now on severe water rationing and a solution was critical.
An alternative plan was developed; a pipeline from Slaton, 27 miles from Post and between Post and Lubbock traversing a 300 foot drop in elevation and laid through caprock escarpment depth of 26- to 28-feet deep. Working with the city of Post, OEI negotiated the terms of the water purchase along with providing the design of a 14-inch gravity pipeline connecting the two cities. Today the City of Post has an alternate water supply, two geographically different supply pipelines and more than adequate water for sustainability and growth.
A complete replacement of an existing ground storage tank, and booster pumps were necessary to provide the extra push to deliver water south of the City and provide operating pressure within the distribution system. Storage was increased from 500,000 gallons to 2 million gallons, completely replacing all of the booster pumps and building and automated the entire control system to function based on demands placed on the distribution system. New metering of the incoming water was installed to track actual usage since the City was limited by contract on the daily amount used from the City of Houston. Today the system works exactly as planned and provides the required pressures with substantial storage during water outage or interrupted supply events beyond the control of the City.
The original design completed in 1950, the old Imhoff tank with stabilization ponds and sludge drying beds no longer served the needs of the City. The City of Hereford has grown substantially over the years and is a major cattle feeding hub in the Panhandle. Its close proximity to Amarillo and Canyon, Texas makes it a natural location for agriculturally based enterprises. We worked with the City and designed a new treatment plant that provided for reuse of the effluent as irrigation water on agricultural land and a new lift station that would meet TCEQ regulations and provide for the residents of Herford.