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Expert in Structural Design, Structural Investigation, and Failure Analysis

Expert ID: 723939 South Dakota, USA

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Expert has provide structural engineering services for numerous building designs. He has been a part of various design teams aiding in the design process. Expert has provided structural designs for structures to be constructed from steel, wood, masonry, wood, light gauge steel, concrete, and precast concrete. His building design experience includes small buildings of several hundred square feet to larger structures of tens of thousands square feet. The buildings have ranged in size from single story to multi-story of less than ten stories. In addition, Expert has served as the Chief Engineer for a structural steel fabricator for over five years providing steel design and project management.

Expert has provided structural analysis for building failures, vertical settlement, building frame listing and movement. His experience also includes construction inspections / observations, construction design deficiency reviews, design process reviews, structural component analysis, structural redesign and repair.

Expert's experience includes working with structures constructed with steel, wood, and masonry.

As a structural engineer, Expert provides on-site observations and situational assessments on a very frequent basis.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Sioux City, Iowa

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Structural Engineering Institution: South Dakota State University
Year: 1991 Degree: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Subject: Structural Engineering Institution: South Dakota State University
Year: 1985 Degree: Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Engineering Subject: Structural Engineering, Soil Mechanics Institution: South Dakota State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to 2015 Employer: (Undisclosed) Engineering Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Design and analysis of structures. Building materials include steel, masonry, wood, light gage steel, and precast concrete panels. Specification writing, construction documents, material and testing result submittal reviews, site observations. Structural forensic investigations and expert witness.
Years: 1999 to 2002 Employer: Spitznagel, Inc. Title: Structural Design Engineer Department: Structural Engineering Responsibilities: Design and analysis of structures. Building materials included steel, masonry, light gage steel, and precast concrete panels. Specification writing, construction documents, submittal reviews, and site observations.
Years: 1998 to 1999 Employer: Egger Steel Company Title: Chief Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Chief Engineer for operations of a $25 million per year steel fabricator. Provided quotes on fabricated steel for buildings and bridges. Provided design for structures framed from structural steel.
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: BKBM Professional Engineers Title: Project Manager / Structural Engineer Department: Structural Engineering Responsibilities: Design and analysis of building structures. Materials included steel, masonry, precast concrete, and wood. Provided project management on assigned projects. Specification writing, construction documents, and site observations. Office manager for two satellite offices.
Years: 1993 to 1996 Employer: Egger Steel Company Title: Chief Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: See listing above.
Years: 1986 to 1989 Employer: CMI Load King Title: Design Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Design of large equipment hauling trailers and bottom dump gravel trailers. Provided fabrication drawings, oversight of manufacturing of trailers, and develop new lines of trailers.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Cameroon, West Africa Summary: Provided the design of wood scissor trusses to be constructed and erected for a Church in Douala, Cameroon.
Years: 2011 to 2011 Country / Region: Ghana, West Africa Summary: Provided structural engineering consulting for masonry walls and wood framed roof for orphanage complex.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Council of American Structural Engineers;
Structural Engineering Institute, Charter Member;
National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Correspondent;
National Society of Professional Engineers;
American Society of Civil Engineers;
South Dakota Engineering Society;
South Dakota American Society of Civil Engineers;
American Council of Engineering Companies
South Dakota American Council of Engineering Companies;
Association of General Contractors of America;
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer: South Dakota; Minnesota; Nebraska; Iowa; North Dakota; Florida; Utah; Missouri; Kansas
Member of Structural Engineering Certification Board, National
Professional Appointments
Board of Directors for Associate Board of AGC of South Dakota;
South Dakota Engineering Society, former Chapter Director
Awards / Recognition
Engineering Dean's List for Academic Excellence
Master's Degree Program;
Certificate of Merit, 1st Place, Civil Engineering Dept.
Earned twice during Master's Degree;
South Dakota Cement Plant Scholarship for Master's Degree

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Provided forensic structural services and expert witness for the construction of a children's daycare.

Provided forensic structural services with written report for construction of $5 million residence.

Provided expert witness service for steel fabricator in delay of project claim.
Training / Seminars
1991-1992- Structural Materials laboratory
South Dakota State University

1994- Metrification for State of Nebraska bridge
Egger Steel Company
Vendor Selection
Has found experts in soil technology and material testing.

Fields of Expertise

building design, building frame, design process, facility design, industrial plant design, light gage steel framing, masonry design, steel structure design, structural design, structural engineering, structural steel, wood structure, building failure, building inspection, construction design deficiency, structural analysis, structural component, structural redesign, structural repair, vertical settlement, structural investigation, wood failure, engineering investigation, masonry work, settlement, office building, building repair, day care facility, header beam, wall stud, construction claim, roofing, horizontal settlement, construction material deficiency, water intrusion, construction defect, load combination, structural maintenance, fiber-reinforced concrete, concrete mixing, mortar mixing, mortar (material), cement mixing, residential building construction, load (force), compression failure, assembly structural testing, wood bearing, Prestressed Concrete Institute, steel plate, steel annealing, cold working, cantilever, concrete sealer, steel failure analysis, composite steel deck floor system, roof design, roof construction, aggregate material, metal deck roof, catastrophic failure, bolted joint, wood property, wood mechanical property, wood physical property, wood product failure analysis, steel manufacturing, roof inspection, cementitious material, wood mechanics, modular building structure design, wood product engineering, building materials testing, building vibration, manufactured housing, building roof failure, building roof, construction insurance claim, masonry, expansive soil, water flooding damage, foundation settlement, foundation failure, foundation movement, construction inspection, construction project management, building construction, building (object), steel tubing, filling grout, concrete failure, building wall, building component, tubular steel, construction, mortar mixture, engineering, structural vibration, wood, truss, structural mechanics, structural code, steel, steel welding, steel structure, reinforced concrete, precast concrete, pozzolan cement, high early-strength cement, fly ash modified concrete, construction planning, construction material, concrete structure, concrete failure analysis, concrete, cement, building code, air-entrained cement

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