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Expert in Structural Engineering; Construction, Failure Investigation of Building Structures

Expert ID: 724403 Ohio, USA

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Over 20 years of professional experience in many aspects of structural design in a fast-track environment including reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, timber, aluminum structures, and their foundations, both shallow type and deep foundation systems. This work includes foundation for pre-engineered metal buildings, structures for bridges, manufacturing and warehousing, institutional, and commercial facilities. Experienced in seismic design per the latest IBC code. Related experience includes load capacity analysis of existing structures, and checking structural calculations of culvert and bridge projects. Industrial experience includes biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, food processing, pulp and paper, and automotive plants.


Relevant skills include:


• Perform as Design Structural Engineer on small, medium, and large structures. Perform structural analysis of new structures and retrofit of existing structures. Technical skills include foundation design, Slab on Grade design, frame analysis of braced and rigid frames, seizing and detailing of structural members and their connections including Hollow shapes. Also, experienced in frame supports of large vessels, crane and monorail supports, masonry walls design and retrofit, and the retrofit of Pre-Cast frames. Also, experienced in the design of platforms and catwalks.

• Perform as Lead Structural Engineer on large process structures. Manage a design staff of approximately 15 engineers and designers. Responsible for the completion of all the technical deliverables, managing the schedule, budget, and related administrative duties.

• Experience in the design of “Yard” structures including Tank farms, Silo foundation, and Pipe Racks supports.

• Experience in Microsoft Word and Excel, AutoCAD, and various structural analysis software including STAAD Pro.

• Perform as primary contact on construction projects between field and office personnel. Monitor of construction progress, maintain records, review and /or modify shop drawings to accommodate specific field situations. Related skills include estimating, soliciting bids, and sizing of structural components for design build estimates.

• Act as a Resident Engineer during projects construction phases. Experience in coordinating and interpreting the structural drawings with the client representatives and the various subcontractor personnel. Related skills include field observation and the writing of field reports.

Extensive knowledge of all major U.S. building codes including the International Building Code. Also experieced in the Euro-codes.

Perform as primary contact on construction projects between field and office personnel. Monitor of construction progress, maintain records, review and /or modify shop drawings to accommodate specific field situations. Related skills include estimating, soliciting bids, and sizing of structural components for design build estimates. • Act as a Resident Engineer during projects construction phases. Experience in coordinating and interpreting the structural drawings with the client representatives and the various subcontractor personnel. Related skills include field observation and the writing of field reports.

Expert has extensive experince working with all major building codes including safety codes and OSHA regulations.


elevant partial list of projects include:

o Multiple Residential/ Commercial structures. Investigated and proposed solutions for multiple structural defects including cracks in foundation walls and slabs on grade, excessive roof deflections, and wind and water related damages.

o Kellogg Company, Cincinnati, OH. Designed several fall protection systems over industrial ovens and for access to top of tanker trucks and rail cars.

o Kellogg Company, Louisville, KY. Investigated a failed loading dock wall, determined the cause of failure, and proposed retrofit solutions.

o Hillenbrand Industries, Batesville, IN. Assessed the structural condition of a wood framed structure, built in the early part of the 20th century. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.

o Parking Garage, Sharonville, OH. Assessed the structural condition of a concrete framed structure. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.

o Jefferson-Smurfit, Wabash, IN. Assessed the structural condition of a steel framed structure. The Structure roof trusses were experiencing loss of section due to excessive rusting. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.

o Holiday Inn, Dayton, OH Acted as owner representative on a five story hotel. Related duties included schedule review, cost estimating, conflict resolution between the various contractors and/ or between owner and contractors.

o Bay West Paper, Middletown, OH. Investigated a roof collapse, determined cause of failure, and provided retrofit solutions.

o Eli Lilly, Lafayette, IN. Assessed the condition of existing masonry walls, determined the source of deterioration and provided solutions for both preventing further worsening and upgrading the existing walls to current codes & standards.

o Shell Chemicals, WV. Investigated a rigging accident where the lifting chain had broken and injured one of the construction workers.

o Genentech, Vacaville, CA. As a resident construction engineer, was responsible for construction quality control, identifying and correcting construction defects, and implementing programs to prevent Slip & Fall cases.

o Cargill, Dayton, OH. Analyzed the load capacities of several structures for possible floor additions.




Investigated and proposed solutions for multiple structural defects including cracks in foundation walls and slabs on grade, excessive roof deflections, and wind and water related damages. Wrote hundreds of Due diligence reports (Property condition Assessment reports).

Investigated and proposed solutions for multiple structural defects including cracks in foundation walls and slabs on grade, excessive roof deflections, and wind and water related damages.

Wrote hundreds of Due diligeance reports (Property condiiton Assessment reports).
Extensive experience in all building codes including US codes and European codes.

Experienced in the design of cantilevered structures such as foundations for silos.

Broad experience in construction management, including estimating, inspection, quality control, budgeting and scheduling. Provided assistant to attorneys and insurance claim adjusters in many complicated construction claims. Negotiated and awarded many construction bids.

Investigated and proposed solutions for multiple structural defects including cracks in foundation walls and slabs on grade, excessive roof deflections, and wind and water related damages.

Assisted many insurance claim adjusters with technically involved claims.

Experienced in all modern construction material.

Acted as construction Scheduler on many construction projects

Extensive experience in all phases of the design process from concept through final build-out.

Managed, reviewed and audited hundreds of construction drawings.

Experienced in designing structures in the most stringent seismic zone in the US namely the state of California.

Produced hundreds of Environmental Phase I studies.

Designed many structures using the International Building Code.

Designed many modular building structures including their foundations.


Multiple Residential/ Commercial structures. Investigated and proposed solutions for multiple structural defects including cracks in foundation walls and slabs on grade, excessive roof deflections, and wind and water related damages.

Parking Garage, Sharonville, OH. Assessed the structural condition of a concrete framed structure. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.

Jefferson-Smurfit, Wabash, IN. Assessed the structural condition of a steel framed structure. The Structure roof trusses were experiencing loss of section due to excessive rusting. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.

Holiday Inn, Dayton, OH Acted as owner representative on a five story hotel. Related duties included schedule review, cost estimating, conflict resolution between the various contractors and/ or between owner and contractors.

Bay West Paper, Middletown, OH. Investigated a roof collapse, determined cause of failure, and provided retrofit solutions.

Eli Lilly, Lafayette, IN. Assessed the condition of existing masonry walls, determined the source of deterioration and provided solutions for both preventing further worsening and upgrading the existing walls to current codes & standards.

Shell Chemicals, WV. Investigated a rigging accident where the lifting chain had broken and injured one of the construction workers.

Genentech, Vacaville, CA. As a resident construction engineer, was responsible for construction quality control, identifying and correcting construction defects, and implementing programs to prevent Slip & Fall cases.Kellogg Company, Cincinnati, OH. Designed several fall protection systems over industrial ovens and for access to top of tanker trucks and rail cars.
Kellogg Company, Louisville, KY. Investigated a failed loading dock wall, determined the cause of failure, and proposed retrofit solutions. Hillenbrand Industries, Batesville, IN. Assessed the structural condition of a wood framed structure, built in the early part of the 20th century. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.

Cargill, Dayton, OH. Analyzed the load capacities of several structures for possible floor additions.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Indianapolis, Indiana - Muncie, Indiana - Anderson, Indiana - Columbus, Ohio - Cincinnati, Ohio - Dayton, Ohio - Springfield, Ohio - Hamilton, Ohio - Lexington, Kentucky - Louisville, Kentucky

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Civil/Structural Engineering Institution: Ohio Northern University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Overall management and excecution of engineering projects
Years: 1995 to 2005 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Structural Engineer Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Structural design of major industrial and commercial facilities including investigation of existing structures and assessment of structural defects.
Years: 1987 to 1995 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Structural engineer/ Field Engineer Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Managing a wide range of commercial construction projects including estimating, troubleshooting, field assessment of existing buildings and other related construction activities

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to 1915 Country / Region: Ireland Summary: Designed a major pharmaceutical plant in Dublin
Years: to Present Country / Region: Belgium Summary: Involved in the design of a large manufacturing facility in Gile.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Civil Engineers.
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer, State of Ohio

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French
Arabic

Fields of Expertise

building (object), building chimney design, building component, building chimney design, building design, building code, building construction, building construction regulation, construction industry, building failure, building frame, building inspection, BOCA model code, cantilever, construction claim, construction, construction contract, construction defect, construction deficiency, construction engineering, construction inspection, construction insurance claim, construction material, construction material deficiency, construction material siding, construction planning, construction project management, design process, drafting auditing, earthquake engineering, engineering, environment-related assessment, foundation movement, foundation settlement, header beam, horizontal settlement, International Conference of Building Officials model code, load combination, modular building structure design, structural engineering, parking lot, foundation design, foundation engineering, engineering investigation, forensic construction, foundation repair, loading dock, hotel, tank farm, defective construction, wood failure, earthquake insurance, structural investigation, wind engineering, general contractor, guyed structure, building technology, building safety, construction safety equipment, building architecture, building thermal envelope, construction equipment, geomechanics, environmental regulation, architectural science, building materials testing, building material development, facility design, manufactured housing, building roof failure, building roof, expansive soil, land use environmental impact regulation, environmental remediation, intelligent building, building insulation material, industrial plant design, Environmental Protection Agency, environment, environmental impact assessment, fire safety code, Environmental Protection Agency regulation, environmental modeling, land use environmental impact, building science

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