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Civil Engineering Engineer

San Fernando, Cadiz Province, Spain
April 20, 2020

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Elmon Toraman

New York USA


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Elmon has over 14 years of experience as a civil engineer. She has been responsible for design, review, and management of prestigious international projects in the US, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and the UK. Her management responsibilities included planning, coordinating, budgeting, and supervising those projects from the beginning to the conclusion.

Her expertise covers large multidisciplinary infrastructure projects such as railroads, roadways, and energy; as well as leadership and management of geotechnical engineers and multidisciplinary teams. As her focus has been on geotechnical and earthquake engineering, she is experienced in geotechnical investigations, data interpretation, deep foundation, deep excavation shoring system, retaining wall, earthwork, slope stability, settlement analysis, soil improvement, and use of various Oasys software packages; Pile, Alp, Vdisp, Tunset, Greta and Safe, Terrasol, Rocscience, as well as Plaxis Finite Element Software. She is also proficient in CAD drawings with Autocad and Civil 3D. She has research experience in machine learning; as a PhD candidate she has been working on

“Hazard Estimation Study with Machine Learning for Existing Buildings due to Soil Conditions for Kocaeli and Northridge Earthquakes” . During her career at Arup, with a team of engineers, she developed a parametric tool for piled foundation design. She provided technical training to other Arup offices within the Arup University program. She thought classes at Okan University in Istanbul on “Soil Mechanics” and “In Situ Soil Testing.”

Elmon is a native speaker in Turkish and Armenian; and, fluent in English and French. Skills

Geotechnical Engineering

Earthquake Engineering

Project Management

Numerical Analysis

Machine Learning

Data Mining

Parametric Design




2019 2020

MS Applied Urban Science & Informatics / NYU, USA


PhD Geotechnical Engineering / Istanbul Technical

University, Turkey


International Diploma Project Management / University California Berkeley, USA


MSc Geotechnical Engineering / Istanbul Technical

University, Turkey


BS Civil Engineering / Yıldız Technical University, Turkey


High School Diploma / Saint Joseph French High School Turkey


2018 – 2019

Design Manager / Destech, Turkey

Design engineer working for diverse variety of projects including energy, infrastructure. Her role includes staff supervision and mentoring junior staff to assure delivery on time and on budget. 2005 – 2018

Associate / Arup, Turkey

Associate Geotechnical Engineer for various projects for wide range of structures; responsible for geotechnical design for several tasks including proposal preparation, staff She was responsible for management, coordination of field and laboratory activities, writing specifications and geotechnical 3

design, technical report writing and supervision of project sites. In 2008, she was seconded to Arup London office.

Relevant Projects include:

Istanbul New Airport, Istanbul: Responsible for design review for hangar buildings.

Gebze Darıca Metro Project, Kocaeli: Responsible for soil investigation coordination, data interpretation and modeling of stations.

Modernization of Saka Railway, Samsun: Responsible for construction design of railway viaduct foundations, soil improvement design for 378km railway, 41 historical (masonry, steel, and reinforced concrete) bridges, 38 reconstructed bridges (reinforced concrete).

Eyüp Bayrambaşa Tramway and Esenler Historical Tramway Design, Istanbul: Responsible for detailed design of 5.5km (3.1+2.4) long Tram line which consists of 2 underground stations

(Cut&Cover or tunnel), 2 at grade station, NATM main line tunnels (1.8km), NATM connection and platform tunnels, depot workshop, vertical shafts, electrical, mechanical, architectural and structural design.

Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul : Responsible for design of top down shoring system for an excavation located next to Marmara sea and foundation piles. Site team support on PIT, SIT test interpretation.

Makkah Public Transport Program (MPTP) Metro Phase 1, Tender Support for Underground Stations Temporary Design Works, Makkah Saudi Arabia: Responsible for tender design of viaduct foundations, settlement, and bearing capacity calculations.

Kocaeli Light Rail, Kocaeli: Design review of geotechnical design for preliminary design of 33 km. long Kocaeli Light Rail Line which consisted of 23 underground, at grade and viaduct stations.

TÜPRAŞ Resid Upgrading Project (RUP), Kocaeli : Geotechnical technical reviewer of a jetty and quay retrofit project and central control house for the redevelopment of Izmit refineries.

Quay Wall Design Review Project, Kuwait : Design of a quay wall structure and soil improvement alternative using PLAXIS finite element software and optimization studies.

Ashgabat Olympic Complex, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: Project engineer of an international complex of total construction area 1.500.000 sq.m. Specification and interpretation of ground investigation, preparation of earthworks and plans, cut and fill calculations.

Airport Link Project, Brisbane, Australia: Integrated Northern Busway extension and East West Arterial Gateway extension connecting Brisbane Airport, inner northern suburbs and inner city with 6.8 km road tunnels.

Arco Shopping Centre Sofia, Bulgaria: Pile foundation and shoring system design for deep excavation.

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Istanbul: Settlement analysis, retaining wall design for the new international terminal sizing about 320.000sq.m.

Gallipoli Road Project, Gallipoli: Slope stability analysis and retaining wall design of 2 km long road.

Riverbank House Piling Works, London: Site representative for the Client at Riverbank House overseeing design and build piling works comprising the construction of straight shafted and underream piles and the extraction of existing piles.

Terminal 5 Arch Review, London: Modelling arch displacements using SAFE software. 2017 – 2017

Visiting PhD Researcher / University of Miami, USA Worked on advanced statistical tools such as SAS, R Studio to model soil structure interaction for Northridge earthquake event.

2011 – 2012

Visiting PhD Researcher / University of California Berkeley, USA

Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher at UCB studying for soil structure modelling with finite element and artificial neural network methods.


2004 – 2004

Geotechnical Engineer / Geogroup, Turkey

Responsible for technical assistance and sale of Plaxis, Diana, Talren softwares. Honors and Awards

Fulbright Scholarship


Toraman E., Ural D.; “Hazard estimation of existing buildings affected by Kocaeli 1999 earthquake“, Arup University Doctoral College Conference, 2011,32 33 Toraman E., Ural D.; “Hazard Estimation of Existing Buildings in the Cities of Kocaeli and Adapazari due to Local Soil Conditions“, IAHS 2013

Toraman E., Tolon M. and Ural D.; “A Comparative Study of Soil Classifications Using International Approaches”, Proceedings of SECED 2015 Conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World, Cambridge, UK, 2015

Toraman E., Ural D.; “ Estimation of Structural Damage Due To Seismic Soil Parameters Following the Northridge Earthquake“, 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 2017 Toraman,E., S. Cebeci, A. Gündüz ; “ Kazıklı Temel Tasarımında Parametrik Yaklaşım ve Otomasyon“, ZMGM17, 2018

Professional Associations

Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects Chamber of Civil Engineers, Turkey Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics, UK Activities

Inclusion & Diversity Coordinator for Arup Turkey office

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