Mehrshad Ketabdar is a structural engineer with over two decades of professional experience in building design and inspection, heavy industrial design, and building defects. He has a specialization in seismic engineering; focusing on the design of new structures to safely resist seismic loading, evaluating existing structures regarding their anticipated performance in a seismic event, and retrofitting of existing structures to allow them to safely resist seismic forces. He applies his expertise to forensic casework involving construction claims and injuries.
Over the course of his career, Mehrshad has designed and inspected a wide variety of structures, including: residential (single family and multifamily structures), retail, warehouse, industrial, water/wastewater treatment facilities, oil/gas facilities, fossil and nuclear power plants, hospitals, and high-rises. His expertise extends to most building materials, including concrete, steel, wood, and masonry. In his most recent position at SoCalGas, Mehrshad led the Civil/Structural and Hazard Mitigation team, managing 50 capital projects with an estimated budget of $2B+. These projects involved seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of facilities and building components of various sizes, often requiring root cause and failure analyses, and the development of mitigation strategies for different structural issues. His design experience within that role included a range of structures from small staircases to large compressor stations and utility bridges, foundations and platforms for vessels, cooling towers, compressors, generators, and small SCADA and measurement equipment.
Mehrshad holds advanced degrees in engineering, as well as an M.S. in Engineering Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and registered Structural Engineer (SE) in the state of California. He served as chair of the California Building Code, Structural Design and Lateral Forces advisory committee from 2015 to 2021. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a seismic subcommittee associate member of “Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures” (ASCE 7), and an associate committee member of “Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings” (ASCE 41).