Arup Hires Dunn to Lead Geotechnical Team in San Francisco

National expert in the design and construction of foundations, seepage, and geoenvironmental projects engaged to further enforce Bay Area geotechnical capabilities

Aug 01, 2013, 10:53 ET from Arup

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeff Dunn, PE, GE, D.GE has joined its global team of multidisciplinary engineers and consultants. Dr. Dunn, an internationally known geotechnical engineer with a focus on foundation engineering, earth structures, hydraulic and flood control facilities, and landfill design and construction, will be leading Arup's San Francisco geotechnical team.

Dr. Dunn has assisted in the development of hundreds of complex, difficult, and innovative geotechnical evaluations and designs for clients facing critical infrastructure issues such as buildings, levees, waste disposal environmental remediation and site reuse, and transportation. Jeff's solutions-oriented approach has enabled projects to proceed unhindered and within budget constraints, while satisfying the needs of the client, regulatory constraints, and stakeholder concerns. His expertise is in the design and construction of large grading projects, hydraulic conductivity testing, seepage evaluation, landfill and surface impoundment liner systems, and particularly for his practical and responsive solutions to field issues and problems. As a specialist in geotechnical soil behavior, he has a thorough understanding of characteristics and associated performance issues for soil, admixed and geosynthetic materials for their proper use on successful projects.

"As clients continue to undertake exciting projects in challenging geotechnical conditions, Arup is adding depth to our geotechnical leadership," said John Eddy, principal and infrastructure practice leader with Arup. "Jeff's more than three decades of geotechnical engineering experience combined with his solutions-focused leadership style are wonderful additions to one of Arup's premier global practices."

Previously Jeff worked as a professor of geotechnical engineering where he taught courses that included shallow and deep foundation design and settlement evaluation, physical-chemical soil behavior, groundwater hydrology, and geotechnical aspects of heavy construction. Throughout his career, he has performed in a program or project manager, quality manager, or senior technical consultant role on a wide variety of geotechnical engineering projects.  He has also served as an expert witness and in-house legal technical consultant in a variety of litigation, including construction defects, insurance and tax cases.

Widely published and a registered civil engineer and registered geotechnical engineer in California, Jeff also holds a Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering, and received a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board for Geo-Strata Magazine as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute, where he is also a member of the Geo-Institute Committee on Environmental Geotechnics. In addition, he is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the International Society on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and the International Geosynthetics Society/ North American chapter.

Arup's San Francisco geotechnical practice is currently involved with the Transbay Transit Center and the Transbay Tower project, as well as numerous geotechnical investigations for the City of San Francisco, government agencies, and private owners throughout Northern California.

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