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Thomas M. Frankie

Senior Associate

 
Experience

Since joining WJE in 2013, Thomas Frankie has performed a broad range of assignments, including condition assessment, failure investigation, nondestructive evaluation, monitoring of existing structures, structural testing and analysis, development of repair plans and specifications, and construction period services.

Dr. Frankie specializes in the assessment of reinforced concrete structures compromised due to failure, accident, natural disaster, or material degradation, including corrosion. He has applied advanced laboratory and field investigation techniques to many unique situations. Dr. Frankie has investigated concrete-related problems in numerous structures, including historic and modern buildings, bridges, stadiums, parking garages, cooling towers, seawalls, slabs-on-grade, pavements, and foundations.

Dr. Frankie is affiliated with several professional societies, has authored numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has given technical presentations on the development and application of various experimental and analytical methods in structural engineering.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Corrosion

  • Soldier Field - Chicago, IL: Concrete inspections and corrosion monitoring
  • Miami-Dade County Courthouse - Miami, FL: Evaluation of reinforced concrete corrosion mitigation methods
  • U.S. Embassies/Consulates: Corrosion rate modeling and service life design recommendations for 5+ sites worldwide
  • Medical Center - Westchester, IL: Corrosion rate testing and consulting

 

Failure/Damage Investigations

  • Leo Frigo Bridge - Green Bay, WI: Investigation of failed interstate bridge pier
  • Natural Gas Explosions - United States: Multiple investigations of damage to numerous residences and businesses
  • IT Center - Illinois: Investigation and consulting after foundation settlement

 

Instrumentation/Monitoring/Load Testing

  • Medical Center - Dallas, TX: Instrumentation and load testing of barrier cable systems
  • Storage Facility - Tampa, FL: Evaluation and testing of carbon fiber repairs

 

Litigation Consulting

  • Litigation/Subrogation Cases Nationwide: Bridges, high-rises, commercial, retaining structure, aquatic and community centers
  • Expert opinion provided on multiple structural and material-related claims
  • Consulting on separate $15M+ disaster-related and $5M+ material-related lawsuits

 

Nondestructive Evaluation

  • Condominiums - Galveston, TX: Assessment of concrete cover with radar techniques
  • Natural Draft Cooling Towers - Maryland: Non-destructive evaluation and consulting
  • Seawall Structures - United States: Nondestructive evaluation of concrete materials and settlement-related concerns

 

Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Mid-Rise Residential Property - Wilmette, IL: Balcony, masonry and window repairs
  • Gateway Technical College - Racine, WI: Facade repair services on multiple buildings

 

Structural Analysis

  • Dix Dam Powerhouse - Harrodsburg, KY: Evaluation of approach bridge deck and structural slab capacities
  • Apartments - Madison, WI: Evaluation of fire damaged reinforced concrete structures

 

Vibration and Noise Monitoring

  • Pipelines - IL and IN: Vibration monitoring during excavation and stabilization of pipeline route
  • CTA Station - Chicago, IL: Vibration monitoring of adjacent buildings during demolition and construction
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute (ACI)
American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI)
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI)

Registrations

Professional Engineer in IL
Structural Engineer in IL

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2008
Master of Science, Structural Engineering, 2010
Doctor of Philosophy, Structural Engineering, 2013