WJE Mourns the Loss of Mark Moore, Expert in Structural Investigations

February 27, 2013
An expert in the investigation and analysis of existing structures, as well as the use of nondestructive testing methods and computer modeling, WJE Senior Principal Mark Moore passed away on February 25, 2013, at the age of fifty-five.

"Mark was a key contributor to WJE's success for more than thirty years," said WJE President William Nugent. "We are deeply saddened by his sudden passing. Mark was one of the nation's most accomplished and highly regarded structural engineers, and he will be sorely missed."

Mr. Moore was born March 30, 1957 in Fullerton, California. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Purdue University and a master of science in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

He joined WJE in 1979 as a Junior Engineer and was with WJE for thirty-four years. As a member of the Princeton, Dallas, and Atlanta offices at WJE, Mr. Moore was involved in many of the firm's most significant structural investigation assignments, including the safety inspection and audit of the Zakim Bridge as part of WJE's Stem-to-Stern Safety Audit of the Big Dig; the service life assessment of the 2-1/2-mile Bonner Bridge in North Carolina's Outer Banks; investigation of the partial collapse of Vanderbilt Parking Garage; and load testing of LaGuardia Airport's overwater runway extensions. He was also involved in the evaluation and repair of the steel framing in New York City's iconic Woolworth Building.

Perhaps, Mr. Moore's most notable role was leading the design, construction, and operation of the Federal Highway Administration's NDE Validation Center in McLean, Virginia. Assuming responsibility for the project in 1996, he developed, managed, and conducted groundbreaking scientific programs and studies related to the evaluation and assessment of NDE techniques through bridge inspections, research, and field testing. His contributions to the industry's understanding of nondestructive testing included a comprehensive study of the reliability of the visual inspection method for highway bridges. This research paved the way for new federal legislation on the training and qualifications of our nation's bridge inspectors.

Outside of WJE, Mr. Moore was an active member in the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), and Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He served on several committees, including as chairman for PCI Prestressing Strand committee and sub-committee chairman on ACI 423 - Prestressed Concrete (Joint with ASCE), and past chairman of the Post Tensioning Institute's (PTI) committee on grouting. He served for five years as an instructor of the Grouting Certification Program sponsored by the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI).

In addition to his many professional contributions to WJE, Mr. Moore contributed to the current culture and future success of the firm. Mark was the Unit Manager of WJE's Atlanta office from 1991 to 2001, where he helped lead the group in its early years. In addition, he served as a key member of the firm's strategic planning committee.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie Moore; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Amanda Moore; and sons, Drew Moore and Matthew Moore.

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