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Pearland, Texas, United States
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January 17, 2018

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M. Y. Mansour, Ph.D., P.E., Lead Structural Engineer (Houston, TX)

Email:; Cell: 832-***-****

Career Summary

Experience in the analysis, design, and assessment of steel, reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures.

Responsible for the deliverables and checking of all structural engineering work at the company.,

Typical land-based (onshore) structural engineering work includes the design and analyses of highway bridges and underpasses, structural supports for utility-lines, low-rise buildings, retaining walls, foundations, piles, drilled shafts, and slab-on-grades.

Typical offshore structural engineering work includes the analysis/design/upgrade of liftboat, jack up, semisubmersible, fixed platform, self-elevating platforms, barges, helideck, living quarters, derricks and substructures.

Expert witness support for litigation work: (1) appointed as an expert witness to help verify the structural problems and vibration issues associated with the design of a helideck steel truss-like support structure, (2) Member of a team that participated in an expert technical witness to assess the root cause investigation of the skidding of a drilling derrick during Hurricane Ike.

Proficient in the use of engineering software such as: ANSYS; STAAD-PRO; SAP-2000; ETABS; ENERCALC; PCA (mats, columns, beams, slabs, by Concrete Software Solutions); TXDOT softwares (CAP18; BMCOL5; PSTRS14); SACS; ABAQUS (limited use); SEASAM-Suite of Programs; MS Office, FORTRAN, Excel-Visual Basic.

Codes and Structural Engineering Standards/Codes/Guidelines: API-RP-2A; ACI-318; PCI; AISC-ASD; AISC-LRFD; AASHTO; EURO-CODE; ASCE-7; IBC; NDS-ASD and LRFD; ABS Guidelines; DNV Guidelines; ASCE Design of Blast Resistant Buildings in Petrochemical Facilities; TM5-1300 Structures to Resist the Effects of Accidental Explosions.

Capable of conducting both hand-structural calculations (first principle calculations) as well as complicated local/global linear and nonlinear finite element analyses.

Analyses/Assessment/Design of structure subjected under extreme loading conditions: (a) Hurricane; (b) Surge and flooding; (c) Seismic (spectral seismic and time history seismic analyses); (d) Blast; (e) Impact; (f) Fire; (g) Skidding; (h) Wave/Current; (i) Transportation; and (j) Lifting conditions.

Writing quotes and estimating man-hours to complete structural engineering work.

Involvement in codes and guidelines: (1) State of the Art Torsion Report for ACI-ASCE Committee 445 “Report on Torsion in Structural Concrete” 2013 (2) “American Bureau of Shipping LRFD Design Guidelines for Floating Production Installation” 2015, (3) “American Bureau of Shipping Foundation Fixity Guidance Notes for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units” 2016; (4) “SNAME Rules to calculate the wind forces on Offshore Structures” 2017,.


University of Houston, Houston, TX: Ph.D. in Structural Engineering;2001

American University, Beirut, Lebanon: M.Sc. in Structural Engineering;1994

American University, Beirut, Lebanon: B.Sc. in Civil Engineering;1992

Employment History

1)Bennett and Associates, LLC (Licensed Professional Engineering Firm in TX # 15279)

5177 Richmond Ave. Houston TX 77056

Lead Structural Engineering and head of structural department (2006-Present)

Responsible for all structural engineering disciplines at the company.

Project activities include design/analysis/assessment of offshore and onshore structures.

Supervising Professional Engineer for company registration as licensed Engineering Corporation in the State of Texas (Firm # 15279).

Responsible for the daily structural engineering work at the company. Duties include: (1) supervise the structural engineering department and coordinate the structural work at the company; (2) perform global and local FE structural analyses; (3) perform seismic structural analyses and design; (4) design of steel structures and steel connections; (5) design of concrete structures; (6) design and analyses of shallow and deep foundations; (7) linear and non-linear finite element analyses; (8) hand calculations using first engineering principles; (9) vibration (Eigen) analyses; (10) Blast loading analysis; (11) concept development; (12) proposal writings and cost estimation of structural engineering tasks; (13) Answer comments and queries made by clients and class societies; (14) write structural design basis and methodologies for structural designs; (15) write structural engineering reports and stamp all structural engineering reports (PE State of Texas); (16) Scantlings design and initial sizing of structural components using simple hand calculations; (17) guide other structural engineers when needed; (18) check structural drawings and details and stamps all structural related drawings (PE State of Texas); (19) automate repetitive structural engineering tasks by developing in-house programs.

2)Binkley and Barfield Inc. – (Licensed Professional Engineering Firm in TX # 257)


Senior Structural Engineer (2005-2006)

Worked on reinforced and prestressed concrete highway bridges.

Structural verifications of low-rise steel buildings and their foundation systems.

Design of low-rise reinforced concrete buildings.

Visited site to check construction of structural engineering work.

3)Energo Engineering – (Licensed Professional Engineering Firm in TX # 10973)

601 Jefferson Street Houston TX 77002

Senior Structural Engineer (2004 – 2005)

Seismic analysis of a Gravity Based Structure (GBS) located off the coast of Italy.

Structural assessments of existing fixed platform in the Gulf of Mexico under hurricane loadings.

Blast loading assessments of petrochemical plants as per current ASCE Design of Blast Resisting Building in Petrochemicals Facilities.

4)WH - Consulting – (Consulting Engineering Company in Houston TX)

4229 Byron Street Houston TX 77005

Senior Structural Engineer (2002 – 2004)

Analyses/Design/Assessment of reinforced and steel structures.

Vibration (Eigen) analyses.

Blast and extreme loading analyses of structures.

Foundation design of residential and warehouse facilities.

5) Butler Manufacturing Company – 1995-1996

Structural Engineer

Design of low rise steel buildings.

Review the structural drawings of steel buildings and their connections.

Review of foundation design for low-rise steel buildings.

6) Dar Group, Beirut Lebanon 1993 – 1995

Structural Bridge Engineer

Design of prestressed concrete highway bridges and highway underpasses.

Supervise the construction of a highway project (South Entrance of Beirut) which involves the construction of one prestressed concrete post-tensioned bridge and two underpasses.

Professional Associations and Affiliation

Professional Engineer - State of Texas Registration # 110096

Professional Engineer – Lebanon (# 16158-0)

Reviewer for the Journal of Engineering Structures (by Elsevier)


Available upon request

Summary of Selected Projects

A)Typical land-based (onshore) Engineering Projects

La Porte Plant – Corpus Christi Texas Structural assessment of the VCM control building located in Corpus Christi Texas against extreme hurricane and surge loadings. Building is supposed to be used as a protection for employees assigned to monitor the facility in the event of a hurricane.

VCM Control Building – Corpus Christi Texas: Structural assessment of the VCM control building located in Corpus Christi Texas against hurricane loading after hurricane IKE using the AISC standards and the ACI-318 building code. Blast loading assessment of the building was also conducted for components of the building as per the client request.

Deep Foundation Design (Brownsville Texas): Conducted geotechnical and structural design of the deep foundation system (drilled shafts) for Keppel-Amfels Shipyard in Brownsville Texas to support the biggest land drilling rig during commissioning.

Structural Design and Analysis of a Low-Rise Steel Commercial Building performed the analyses and design of a low-rise steel building (located in Katy Texas). Analyze steel frames and design foundations slab and pier systems as per current AISC and ACI guidelines.

Carrier-Conveyor Steel Frame Structure (Houston Texas) Retrofit, design and analyze an existing “Carrier-Conveyor Steel Frame Structure” to eliminate the vibration problem associated with the frame. Eigen analyses were conducted and the steel frame was reinforced to shift its fundamental frequencies far away from the forcing frequency of the machine it carries.

Low Rise Elevated Steel Building Housing Heavy Generators (Brownsville Texas) Designed and analyzed a low-rise steel building that houses three heavy generators (mass of each generator is 68 MT or 150,000 lbs.). Eigen (vibration) analyses were conducted to make sure that the steel framing system fundamental frequencies are not in line with the generator frequency. The design and analyses were conducted as per current AISC guidelines.

Reinforced Concrete Low Rise Buildings for SIMS Bayou Waste Water Treatment Plant (Houston Texas): Feasibility study that included the structural design of six (6) elevated one-story buildings as per ACI-318. The buildings were part of the undergoing expansion of the SIMS Bayou Waste Water Treatment Plant (Houston, Texas). The design of the six (6) one-story buildings included the following: (a)-design of the slab-beam system; (b)-design of supporting columns; and (c)-design of the drilled shafts as well as design of slab on grade.

Highway Bridges - Denton County in Texas: Design of two identical three equal spans bridges located in Denton County in Texas. Each bridge was 34 ft wide, 240 ft long and is designed to accommodate two traffic lanes. Design was in accordance with TXDOT and AASHTO-LRFD standards.

Frisco, Texas Prestressed Concrete Bridge: Structural design and analysis of a prestressed concrete bridge across Stone Briar Creek, along the alignment of the proposed Peninsula Parkway in Frisco, Texas. The design include the design and analysis of the superstructure, substructure and foundation system (drilled shafts) as per Texas Department of Transportation guidelines and AASHTO LRFD.

Bridge Design Allen County in Texas: Design of a three-span bridge located in Allen County in Texas. The bridge was 38 ft. wide, 180 ft. long and is designed to accommodate 2 traffic lanes in each direction. The length of spans 1, 2 and 3 were 50, ft, 80 ft, and 50 ft, respectively. The bridge was designed as per TXDOT and AASHTO-LRFD guidelines.

Evaluate the Structural Efficiency of Friction Pendulum Bearings for Retrofitting of Seismically Vulnerable Bridges in Illinois (Peoria Illinois): Work included the economical and structural evaluation of friction pendulum bearings (FPB) for retrofitting typical seismically vulnerable bridges in the State of Illinois. Work done for the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and Earthquake Protection System LLC. Work was done as per the ASSHTO LRFD standards and IDOT standards.

Foundation System of an Elevated Residential House (Galveston Texas) Structural Design and Analysis the foundation system of an elevated residential house in Galveston Texas. The foundation systems consisted of an elevated reinforced column-piers and a slab on grade system used to support the elevated house to avoid future hurricane flooding and surge. The analyses were done as per current ACI guidelines and the loads on the structure were calculated as per current ASCE-SEI-7.

Reinforced Concrete Frames – For Gas-Utility Lines (Houston Texas) Structural analysis and design of two reinforced concrete frames to replace two existing timber truss like structure supporting gas-utility pipes that cross the Brays Bayou in Harris County Texas.

Slab-On-Grade and Foundations – Briggs Equipment Warehouse (Houston Texas) Retrofit and design of a damaged slab-on-grade foundation system for Briggs Equipment Warehouse (Houston Texas). The retrofit and design were conducted as per current ACI guidelines.

Champions Forest Baptist Church (Houston TX) Created R3D computer finite element model of the structure using STAAD-PRO. Performed analysis and design for strength and serviceability under gravity and wind load conditions for the structure using AISC guidelines.

B)Typical Offshore Engineering Projects

Min-DOC 3 (ATP-TITAN) Semi-Submersible: The first-ever deep-water US-built 3-columns, deep draft floating drilling and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico (a combination of a semisubmersible and a spar concept). Responsibilities include the design and analysis of the global structural and fatigue analyses/design of the Titan’s hull under operation/storm/installation/and wet-tow. Conduct global/local structural strength, buckling, fatigue, wind-induced vortex-shedding vibration and hydrodynamic analyses, as well as scantling calculations (worked conducted while at Bennett and Associates).

ENSCO 5006 Semi-Submersible: Global structural Analyses and global fatigue assessment of the ENSCO 5006 semi. The semi is a modified Bingo 8000 class semi-submersible classed in accordance with DNV Rules for Offshore Units (DNV 1996). The work involved re-classing the vessel by ABS. Structural/fatigue evaluation were conducted in accordance with ABS MODU 2012 rules (worked conducted while at Bennett and Associates).

NKOM V-909 ABS Class Liftboat (AL-SAFLIYA): Global strength and local strength of the NKOM V-909 Class Liftboat in accordance with the requirements of the ABS MODU Rules. The analysis examined the integrity of the design in the storm survival and normal operating, conditions. Responsible for all structural design and analyses issues related to the design and approval of the Unit by ABS (worked conducted while at Bennett and Associates).

MTCC Self Installing Platform (Government of Kuwait): Responsible for all structural design/analyses for the newly built self-elevating platform (SEP) located in Offshore Kuwait (Middle East). The SEP is a four-legged platform capable of transit and once at the anticipated locations, the legs of the Unit are lowered and the platform is lifted up via a jacking system supported on the hull. The hull and its living quarters are designed by Bennett to handle the operating, storm and seismic loading conditions as per current ABS and API guidelines (worked conducted while at Bennett and Associates).

C)Contribution to technical Guidelines

Involved in writing State of the Art Torsion Report for ACI-ASCE Committee 445 “Report on Torsion in Structural Concrete”, 2013.

Conducted calibration of the buckling and strength resistance factors and load factors for the newly proposed ABS guideline: “American Bureau of Shipping LRFD Design Guidelines for Floating Production Installation”, 2015.

Technical member providing comments on the newly proposed “American Bureau of Shipping Foundation Fixity Guidance Notes for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units”; 2017.

Involved in a SNAME technical committee aimed at revisiting the procedures involved in estimating the wind loads on marine structures - “SNAME Rules to calculate the wind forces on Marine Structures”, 2016.

D)Publications (total of 24 refereed journal publications; listing typical publications)

Ali Ergun, G. Kurklu, B. Serhat, M. Y. Mansour. “The Effect of Cement Dosage on Mechanical Properties of Concrete Exposed to High Temperatures”, Fire Safety Journal; Vol. 55; 2013.

Lee, J., Kim, S., and Mansour, M., “Nonlinear Analysis of Shear-Critical Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Fixed Angle Theory”; ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering Volume 137, Issue 10; 2011

Dicleli M, Albhaisi, S. M. and Mansour, M. Y. (2005). "Static Soil-Structure Interaction Effects in Seismic Isolated Bridges," ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 10 (1) 22-33.

Dicleli M., Mansour, M. Y. and Constantinou, M. C., "Efficiency of Seismic Isolation for Seismic Retrofitting of Heavy Substructured Bridges”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 429-***, ****.

Mansour, M. Y., Dicleli, M, Lee, J.Y., and J. Zhang (2004). "Predicting the Shear Strength of Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Artificial Neural Networks," Engineering Structures, Elsevier Science, 26 (6) 781-799.

Hsu, T. T.C., M. Y. Mansour, Y.L. Mo and J. Zhong. "Cyclic Softened Membrane Model for Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Concrete Structures," ACI SP-237, Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures, American Concrete Institute, Farmington, MI, 2006, pp.71-98.

Mansour, M. Y., and Hsu, T. T. C. (2005). "Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Elements under Cyclic Shear: Part I – Experiments," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 131 (1) 44-53.

Mansour, M. Y., and Hsu, T. T. C. (2005). "Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Elements under Cyclic Shear: Part II – Theoretical Model," ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 131 (1) 54-65.

Dicleli, M. and Mansour, M. Y., “Seismic Retrofitting of Typical Illinois Bridges by Response Modification,” ASCE Structures Congress 2004, Nashville, Tennessee, CD-ROM.

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