Pablo Robalino M.Sc., P.Eng., PMP

Senior Associate, Civil/Structural Failure
Direct: 647-738-5343

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

expert summary

Pablo J. Robalino is a structural forensic engineer specialist and project manager, and an Senior Associate at -30- Forensic Engineering. Pablo has more than 18 years of work experience in engineering consulting within the forensic engineering, mining, nuclear, oil and gas, cement, institutional, and other industries. As a forensic engineer, Pablo has investigated claims involving structural failures and damage to buildings and bridges as a result of explosions in industrial facilities, fires, impacts to buildings or bridge structures, dynamic demands, inadequate design specifications or construction procedures, deterioration of concrete and steel structures, foundation deficiencies, and soil-foundation interaction issues, to name a few.  In addition, Pablo has led the remediation, repair, and reconstruction efforts to reinstate the pre-loss condition of numerous structures, and has authored dozens of expert reports for clients in the legal and insurance industries.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Analysis and design of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures and foundations, steel structures, and structural components
  • Project coordination and management
  • Experience in small and major EPC projects, greenfield & brownfield
  • Finite element modelling (STAAD.Pro, RISA-3D, Sap 2000)
  • Response-Spectrum seismic dynamic and vibration analysis

academic background

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, 2006

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Quito, Ecuador, 1999

employment background

-30- Forensic Engineering
Senior Associate—Civil/Structural
April 2015 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Building systems and structural failure analysis
  • Origin and cause investigations and liability assessments related to structural failures or damage to buildings or non-buildings structures and foundations
  • Detailed design of structural remediation packages including emergency response plans, temporary shoring, detailed repair or reconstruction design, and engineering support during construction
  • Condition assessments of buildings and properties, and codes and standards compliance analysis and reviews
  • Assessments of structural design or construction deficiencies
  • Business development

AMEC / Inprocon Inc
Senior Structural Engineer / Project Engineer
February 2014 – April 2015, Oakville, ON

  • Delivered high quality detailed structural designs for the Western Range, ArcelorMittal, Liberia project including SAG mill area platforms, piperacks, concrete pier supports, water and wastewater structures, and of building platforms for a 15M tpy large iron-ore concentrator
  • Completed the design check of reinforced concrete manholes and retaining structures, and the design check of the ball handling pit steel structure in the grinding area
  • Performed and delivered a 3D frame Response-Spectrum seismic dynamic analysis for a large multistory hospital building (Baca Ortiz) located in Quito, Ecuador

Hatch
Senior Structural Engineer
January 2012 – February 2014, Mississauga, ON

  • Completed structural engineering designs and delivered engineering consulting support to various mining and nuclear projects, including 3 major projects as a lead or design engineer
  • Completed 7 EPC small brownfield nuclear projects in 18 months for the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Plants and 8 EPC small brownfield mining projects in 7 months as part of the Vale Overflow portfolio of engineering services

WorleyParsons
Senior/Lead Civil Structural Engineer
2009 – December 2011, Toronto, ON

  • Completed structural engineering designs and delivered engineering consulting support to various industry sectors such as mining, petrochemical, environmental and infrastructure, and energy
  • Infrastructure Area Lead.  Led the pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and cost estimates for the Energy Conversion Project ($600 million - estimated T.I.C.) for the ferronickel metallurgical and power plants located in Bonao, Dominican Republic

WorleyParsons
Senior/Lead Civil Structural Engineer
2008 – December 2011, Toronto, ON

  • Performed structural engineering designs and delivered engineering consulting support to various mining, petrochemical, and infrastructure projects
  • Coordinated the structural analysis, design, and assessment of various heavy industrial structures and components comprising reinforced concrete and structural steel

Consultec Ltd
Structural Engineer
2006 – 2008, Toronto, ON

  • Completed the structural analysis, design, and assessment of various structures comprising reinforced concrete and structural steel for cement plants located in Canada, the USA, and other countries
  • Delivered the structural engineering analysis and design of several large reinforced concrete and partially posttensioned silos for the storage of clinker, cement, and coal
  • Developed and implemented various strategies to optimize the analyses and design of large pre-stressed and reinforced concrete silos and others structures

North Carolina State University
Research Engineer
2004 – 2006, Raleigh, NC, USA

  • Conducted experimental research for three projects under the advice of Dr. Mervyn J. Kowalsky
  • Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute & North Carolina State University—"Shear Performance of Reinforced Lightweight Concrete Square Columns in Seismic Regions"—recommended modifications for the shear strength analytical model
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation & North Carolina State University—"Pile Bent Design Criteria in Bridge Designs"—analyzed pile and bent cross-sections of bridges
  • Developed simple formulations for lateral displacement limit states of bridge superstructures, and designed the test setup for testing of neoprene bearing pads under cyclic shear

Quito Tennis & Golf Club - El Condado
Operations Manager
2002 – 2004, Quito, Ecuador

  • Supervised contractors for 32 construction projects involving more than 3500 m2 of reinforced concrete and steel, including offices, change rooms, warehouses and roads
  • Responsible for the work of maintenance and reconstruction projects containing more than 1000 m2

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
Associate Professor (part-time)
2000 – 2004, Quito, Ecuador

  • Structural design, School of Architecture, Fourth and Fifth level

Inprocon Construction & Engineering Consulting
Project Engineer
1999 – 2004, Quito, Ecuador

  • Created and managed a company that provided structural design and construction services to several clients with projects in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Completed the structural design and construction management of 14 institutional and residential projects

Diego Robalino F. Constructores
Assistant Structural Engineer
1999 – 2004, Quito, Ecuador

  • Collaborated in various structural studies and construction projects

professional societies and associations

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Member
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Professional Member
  • Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, Professional Member
  • Project Management Institute (PMI), Member
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Member
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
  • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), Member
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI), Member
  • CSA Group, Canadian Standards Association, associate member of CSA’s S850 Blast Resistant Buildings Technical Committee
  • North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, Engineering-Intern
  • Canadian Institute of Mining, GTA West Branch (CIM), Past Member
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Past Member
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Past Member

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Fulbright Scholar at North Carolina State University, 2004 – 2006 (M.Sc., NCSU)
  • Research Assistantship, graduate education sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, participation in three research projects, 2004 – 2006 (M.Sc., NCSU)
  • Third highest point average. First in class graduated as Civil Engineer at PUCE, May 1999 (B.Sc., PUCE)
 

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