Consulting Expert Update, December 2020
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Rimkus Building Consultants combines extensive expertise in building design, construction, operations and maintenance to serve our clients’ needs. Drawing from our team’s varied industry backgrounds, significant experience at Rimkus Consulting Group and more than 35 years of forensic investigation experience, we effectively deal with issues across the entire range of built environments from building envelopes and structural systems to roadways, bridges and electrical systems. Throughout each assignment, we combine comprehensive engineering skills and innovative thinking to proactively help mitigate risks and defects and maximize facility life cycles.
Joseph Ramil I. Manalo is a Senior Structural Engineer with more than three decades of extensive experience related to the structural design of building and non-building structures. He has designed and developed contract documents for schools, healthcare facilities, airports, sports/recreations facilities, commercial and residential buildings, industrial facilities, power production/transmission structures and support facilities, and communication towers. Mr. Manalo has also engaged in construction management for private land development projects. His research interests are in the fields of earthquake engineering; forensic engineering; artificial neural networks in structural engineering; seismic vulnerability assessment and retrofit of existing structures; and disaster reduction, mitigation and management. His background includes roles as a professor of structural engineering at the De La Salle University, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, Chair of the Civil and Architecture Departments of the University of the City of Manila, and President of the Association of Structural Engineering of the Philippines (ASEP). He was a visiting scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he conducted research works related to non-destructive evaluation of materials using ultrasonic methods.