Bala Sivakumar, PE


Sivakumar is a nationally recognized expert in accelerated bridge design and construction and considered by colleagues and clients as a “go to” resource for bridge management, risk assessment and advanced monitoring of bridge structures.

He has led national bridge research projects on accelerated bridge design for the Transportation Research Board under the Strategic Highway Research Program, including two demonstration projects, the U.S. 6 Bridge over Keg Creek in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the rapid replacement of twin bridges on Interstate 84 in New York. In conjunction with that work, he authored the Strategic Highway Research Program Report S2-R04- RR-2: “Innovative Bridge Designs for Rapid Renewal: ABC Toolkit,” which includes national accelerated bridge construction design standards, design examples and construction specifications to guide public agencies on implementation.

He also has an in-depth understanding of load and resistance factor design and load and resistance factor rating, and he has conducted LRFD and LRFR courses, seminars and workshops for more than 35 DOTs. He was the architect of the LRFR evaluation philosophy and was the primary author of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials LRFR Manual and the 2008 AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation. Most recently, he served as a technical consultant to AASHTO, maintaining and updating its MBE.

Additionally, Sivakumar served as a key member of the forensic investigation team for the I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis and the Hoan Bridge failure in Milwaukee.

Professional affiliations:
● American Society of Civil Engineers
● Transportation Research Board

Awards and recognition:
● Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmakers of 2013
● 2012 HNTB Innovation Award

Education:
● Master of Science, structural engineering, Cornell University

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