As part of the Baseline team, I am responsible for the design and modeling of water treatment, reclamation facilities, lift stations, and master plans. As a project engineer, my responsibilities also include writing reports, client meetings, site visits and preparing both design and construction cost estimates for various projects.WTP Improvements
As a project engineer for the Baseline team, I was responsible for many improvement projects at the 8 MGD Sid Copeland Water Treatment Plant in the City of Louisville, Colorado. Tasks included updating phased out infrastructure, finding innovative retrofitting solutions, and keeping up with the ever-changing regulatory agencies. The designs focused on long term future-proof solutions and value engineering.
Water System Model Update
I was the project engineer on the Baseline team that developed and ran a WaterCAD model for the entire district distribution system. The system operated by the District consists of 2 treatment facilities, 7 potable storage tanks, 7 booster stations, 19 pressure reducing valves, and over 50 miles of distribution pipe with over 800 feet of elevation change. Diurnal demands and extended period simulations were used to assess the model dynamics. Average-day, max-day, peak hour, and average-day plus fire flow scenarios were also considered in troubleshooting areas that did not meet the model constraints. Simulation results were used to improve operational set points and recommend transmission improvements. The scope also included design of an updated system map utilizing GIS data from the district to improve the project’s visualization.
Public Works Washout Facility
I was the design engineer on the Baseline project that developed a public washout and grit dump facility for the City’s year-round street sweeper operation. The project was designed in compliance with CDPHE and the MS4 Permit, which involves implementing pollution prevention measures, and proper disposal of solid and liquid storm sewer and sweeper truck waste. The facility includes a wash bay for the sweeper trucks capable of handling the 5,000 gallons of water and sediment generated per wash cycle. The project scope also included the design of the site, drainage, utilities, and an HVAC system. This was achieved using a BIM approach method that included a full 3D model of the facility created in AutoCAD Plant.
Los Angeles, CA
During my time at Cannon, I was responsible for designing pump stations, wells, and water mains up to 2 miles in length. I became proficient in drafting civil and mechanical details in AutoCAD Civil 3D. My responsibilities also included client meetings, site visits and preparing cost estimates for projects with construction budgets up to 15 million dollars.Booster Pump Station & Reservoir
I served as a project engineer on the design team responsible for the supply and storage of potable water to the 400-unit Runkle Canyon Home Development. In order to meet the demands of the Simi Valley tract, a new 500-GPM booster pump station and 2.0-MG welded steel reservoir were designed, and the existing Pineview pump station upgraded. The designed pump station included one operating pump and one standby pump as well as a pressure-reducing station with pressure relief valves - all housed in a concrete masonry block building. Premium efficient motors for the pumping system were selected and specified to meet existing energy efficiency standards.
Interior and coating specifications were also prepared for the proposed building. The reservoir was sized and designed to provide emergency, fire, and equalizing storage and meet AWWA D-100 standards. The scope of services for both the pump station and reservoir included site grading, a drainage system with catch basins, access road paving, piping, electrical equipment, controls and SCADA system, and project management. Plan review submittals were processed and approvals coordinated with all agencies involved.
Water Main Replacement
I was the lead project engineer for the design of half a mile of new of ductile-iron pipe water main for the City of Santa Monica. I performed extensive utility research, prepared a construction cost estimate, and designed and drafted the proposed water mains and connection details. The project required effective coordination with the surveying, geotechnical, and traffic engineering sub consultants and regular meetings with the City in order to keep within budget and time constraints.
I was a design engineer on a wastewater treatment plant improvement project for the City of Santa Rosa. The 17.5 million gallon average day plant required a full civil site improvement as well as treatment process improvements. A site plan and civil and mechanical details were created using AutoCAD civil 3D. The scope also included an engineer’s cost estimate for the 15 million dollar project.
Taylor & Syfan
San Luis Obispo, CA
While interning as a structural engineer for Taylor & Syfan, I transformed architectural plans into structural plans, performed beam loading analysis, and beam selection. My experience there made me competent in drawing structural details using Vectorworks.Paseo Chapala Mixed Use Project
I was a design engineer responsible for drafting structural details, transforming architectural plans, performing beam loading analysis, and beam selection for the Mixed Use development. The Paseo Chapala project includes 27 residential units, 10,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, and 25,000 square feet of parking in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. The project utilized Type V construction over a 14" thick elevated concrete deck supported by concrete columns with masonry walls and light gauge steel framing for the upper floors.
High Water Bridge Repair
I was the design engineer and drafter on a 3.2 million dollar project to repair a major river crossing at Camp Roberts. My responsibilities included drafting bridge cross sections and details for the 561 foot span, and calculating the water pressure at the support piles for various storm event scenarios. The project scope also included repair of the existing supports, adding a 14 foot-wide vehicle lane, a 6 foot wide pedestrian lane, a new deck, new guard rails, curbs, and lights.
Master of Science, Civil Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA
Throughout my academic career at UCLA, I furthered my knowledge in linear and dynamic programming, groundwater modeling, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and forecast verification. Some of my notable projects include:LA Groundwater Basin Model
I developed a model to simulate the West Coast Barrier project and to assess impacts of continued pumping at average rates that meet a particular demand in the West Coast Basin. The model included pumping wells appropriately located in the model domain and a hydraulic barrier simulated using as a series of injection wells near the ocean boundary. The model contained two aquifer systems, Lakewood and Upper San Pedro, which are separated by an aquitard.
Hurricane Forecast Verification in LA
Precipitation data used in this study was gathered by satellites in the NASA Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM). This data was organized into Network Common Data Form (NetCDF), which collects arrayoriented scientific data and packages it using a program developed at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
Water Sustainability in Los Angeles
In this project, I explored the possibility of expanding on the existing recycled water infrastructure to service nearby parks, golf courses, memorial sites, and other non-potable uses. The spatial analysis was conducted using ArcGIS to determine the amount recycled water that could be added to Los Angeles pipe system.
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
San Luis Obispo, CA
During my time at Cal Poly, I learned the fundamentals of engineering and applied this knowledge towards hands-on design projects in water resources, geotechnical engineering, transportation, structural and environmental engineering fields. I pushed myself academically and achieved Dean's List standing for Fall and Spring of 2013.Johnson Avenue Housing Project
The Johnson Avenue Housing Project was the culmination of all my learned skills at Cal Poly. It also gave me the opportunity to take on a project management role of the five person team. This senior design project was a year long deep dive in industry practice and standards mirroring the process of a local ongoing medium density development. The project pipeline consisted of an RFQ, Proposals, Presentations, SOQ, Cost Estimates, Basis of Design Reports, Calculations, Scheduling, Specifications, and Construction Drawings.
Alpha Range Drainage Report
As a water resources specialist for Camp San Luis Obispo, I performed hydrology analysis for the 5 acre Alpha Range and subsequently developed a feasibility report for implementing best management practices. The study involved determining the appropriate detention basin size, designing a site plan, and performing a rough order of magnitude cost estimate. I advised on design practices to minimize mud build-up, erosion, and sedimentation.
SAMPE Bridge Contest
As the Vice President of the Cal Poly SAMPE Chapter (2012 to 2014) I organized fundraising events and lead a competitive composite material beam design team. Our beam placed 4th in the annual international SAMPE competition.
The beam geometry was developed using empirical evidence compiled from previous test results and iterative analysis. Abaqus and Mathcad solution helped us optimize the final design. We also considered manufacturing concerns while designing the geometry.
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