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Explosion and Earthquake Structural Design Expert

Technical Consultant #2143


  • Civil engineering and marine structures with more than thirty-four years experience in the petroleum and chemical industry.
  • Blast resistant design; design criteria for earthquake, wind and other extreme loads; evaluation and upgrading of existing structures, machinery support and foundations, concrete chimneys and steel stacks; and structural vibration.


Undisclosed Company, Present


  • Supervise the structural design of various residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
  • Evaluate and design structural systems for several residential conservatories (wood, aluminum, steel-framed, and glass-clad buildings).
  • Design blast-resistant addition to central control building for Tosco Refining Company.
  • Provide front-end civil engineering support on major capital projects.
  • Prepare technical specifications (soils, foundations, and structures) for projects.
  • Provide technical audit (NPQC) of detailed engineering by EPC contractors on more than 30 major projects worldwide.
  • Perform field engineer services during construction on major projects.

Research, Development, and Toolmaking

  • Coordinated and managed civil technology research and development program and chair network.
  • Developed and maintained civil and structural engineering practices and technology tools. Established design criteria for extreme environmental (wind and earthquake), accidental (explosion) loads and developed design procedures.
  • Participated in petrochemical industry vapor cloud explosions and blast protection research and development.

Technology Applications and Troubleshooting

  • Designed coke drum foundation repairs and coke drum lift frames to the level coke drums.
  • Evaluated blast resistance and recommended upgrades to existing plant buildings.
  • Determined current wind and earthquake loads and assessed risk to existing facilities.
  • Inspected, structurally appraised, and recommended repairs to vessel supports, inground concrete basins, steel stacks, and concrete chimneys.
  • Assessed and mitigated wind- and process-induced vibration problems on structures and machinery foundations.
  • Inspected foundations, evaluated settlement and recommended corrective measures.


  • Ph.D. Structures, Theoretical - Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • M.S. Structures, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • B.S.C.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
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