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Samuel D. Keske

Senior Associate

 
Experience

Sam Keske joined WJE in 2014 and is engaged in the investigation, assessment, and rehabilitation of a variety of new and existing structures, with a focus on the early-age and long-term performance of concrete structures. His experience includes comprehensive investigation and rehabilitation of bridges and civil infrastrucSure facilities; physical testing, analysis, and mitigation of building construction/design defects; and repair and strengthening design with on-site support. Dr. Keske is frequently involved with assessing the performance and compatibility of historic and modern materials and elements, including mass masonry, cinder-crete, aged timbers, unclassified steel, CPVC piping, carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates, structural epoxies, and/or self-consolidating concrete.e is

Prior to joining WJE, Dr. Keske researched high-performance concrete material and structural behaviors through destructive and nondestructive material and structural testing; long-term evaluation of precast, prestressed girders; and live-load testing of in-service bridges.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

 

Bridges and Civil Infrastructure

  • LNG Storage Tanks - Sabine Pass, TX/LA: Large-scale mobilization and condition assessment of  tank concrete substructure elements
  • Industrial Smelting Plant - Corpus Christi, TX: Comprehensive investigations and sampling of concrete wharf and clarifier basins for construction and design defects
  • Queen Isabella Causeway - South Padre Island, TX: Condition assessment, nondestructive testing (NDT), and comprehensive repair plans
  • Bay County Water Treatment Plant - Panama City, FL: Condition assessment and repair design for 50+-year-old concrete clarifiers, filters, and sedimentation basins
  • Port of Corpus Christi - TX: Condition assessment, structural evaluation, and repair and rehabilitation design of Port facility bridges and culverts
  • Austin Avenue Bridges - Georgetown, TX: Comprehensive structural and materials investigation of twin historic seventy-five-year-old bridges

 

Structural Evaluation/Analysis

  • Highway Sound Wall Panels - Austin, TX: Structural investigation of wall panel distress and systematic retrofit design
  • University Steel Observation Deck - San Marcos, TX: Comprehensive steel, timber, and geotechnical evaluation, analysis, and proof load testing
  • Downtown Apartment Complex - Austin, TX: Wood-framed balcony moisture and structural investigation, guardrail load testing, repair design, and on-site oversight

 

Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Foundry - Austin, TX: Concrete retaining wall NDT, sampling, and repair design
  • End-region Cracking of Prestressed Girders - Oklahoma City, OK: Material and structural testing, plant and bridge investigation, analysis, and mitigation and repair design for statewide implementation
  • Sunshine Bridge - Donaldsonville, LA: Instrumentation and construction administration for repair of damaged bottom chord of truss bridge

 

Failure/Damage Investigations

  • Port of Los Angeles - CA: Damage assessment of timber and concrete wharf structures following prolonged fire
  • Army Barracks - San Antonio, TX: Comprehensive fire suppressant steel piping failure investigation, laboratory mock-up testing, and litigation consulting
  • Hotel and Residence - Dallas, TX: Comprehensive CPVC fire suppressant construction investigation, material sampling/testing, and litigation consulting
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute (ACI), Central Texas Chapter
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)

Registrations

Professional Engineer in AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, and TX
NHI 130055 - Safety Inspection/In-service Bridges
NHI 130078 - Fracture Critical Inspection/Steel Bridges
PCI QC Inspector Level III
PTI Bonded PT Inspector Level I

Education

Auburn University
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 2008
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, 2014