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Marwa A. Abdelrahman

Associate III

 
Experience

Marwa Abdelrahman’s work focuses on assessment of concrete material degradation, field investigation, and complex/large volume data analysis. Projects have included buildings, bridges, and industrial ports as well as research and laboratory evaluations. She specializes in condition assessment of in-service structures, concrete durability, service life modeling, and structural health monitoring. 

Prior to joining WJE, Dr. Abdelrahman worked on several research projects at the University of South Carolina, with a focus on assessment and monitoring of concrete degradation associated with corrosion of reinforcing steel and alkali-silica reaction. She presented and published her work on concrete material degradation and structural health monitoring in several technical societies, including ACI, PCI, and ASNT.  

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Bridges and Civil Infrastructure

  • Port of Houston Authority - Houston, TX: Element-level condition assessment and data analysis for multiple assets of different assembly and construction  
  • Third Avenue Bridge - Minneapolis, MN: Condition evaluation of historic concrete arch bridge for Minnesota DOT; design assist of cathodic protection system
  • Mosaic Fertilizer Dock - St. James Parish, LA: Level I visual inspection of all dock structural, mooring, and berthing components
  • Savannah River National Laboratory, 105 C Reactor Facility - Aiken, SC: Monitoring and assessment of corrosion damage in reinforced concrete members at a decommissioned nuclear facility*

 

Service Life Modeling

  • Port of Houston Authority - Houston, TX: Service life evaluation for a wharf structure at the Barbours Cut terminal
  • Interstate 480 Bridge - Omaha, NE: In-depth inspection, corrosion assessment, and service life modeling of bridge piers
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) - IL: Durability design and service life modeling for various concrete and steel elements
  • Samuel S. Baxter Water Treatment Plant - Philadelphia, PA: Service life modeling of precast/prestressed double-tee beams

 

Nondestructive Evaluation

  • High-Rise Building - Chicago, IL: Condition assessment of post-tensioned slabs and concrete facade
  • James K. Polk Building - Nashville, TN: Long-term acoustic emission and vibration monitoring of post-tension wire breaks
  • ASTM C876 Half-Cell Potential Testing: Corrosion evaluation of offshore structures and bridge decks

 

Research and Testing

  • Bridge Deck Preservation Portal Phase 1 - Poll-funded study, Iowa DOT: Development of a decision-making tool for selection and planning of maintenance actions
  • Effect of substrate moisture on silane sealer effectiveness (WJE in-house research)
  • Accelerated test to comparatively assess the performance of different discrete galvanic anodes (WJE In-House Research)
  • Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Network for Structural Bridge Health Prognosis - National Institute of Standards and Technology*
  • Acoustic emission monitoring of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) conducted in partnership with WJE*

 

Vibration and Noise Monitoring

  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) - Fort Meyers, FL: Vibration consulting and monitoring services
  • Iowa Department of Transportation: Condition assessments and vibration monitoring on projects in Des Moines, Fort Madison, Sigourney, and Pleasantville

*Indicates work performed while at the University of South Carolina

Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute
American Society of Civil Engineers

Education

Helwan University
​Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2010

University of South Carolina
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, 2016