Anthony Volonnino, P.E. Structural Engineer & Construction Expert

Anthony Volonnino, Structural Engineer & Construction Expert

Anthony Volonnino is a structural engineer with over 30 years of experience involving buildings, modular structures, bridges, transmission towers, roadway structures, and other structural systems. He has specialized knowledge in the dynamics of structures, incorporating wind, seismic and vibrational analysis as it relates to structural design requirements and failure analyses. Anthony applies his expertise to forensic casework involving failed buildings, bridges and other structures, construction defect claims, and professional liability disputes.

Anthony's unique qualifications are built upon a foundation of hands-on construction experience gained earlier in his career. Anthony started as an apprentice carpenter and evolved to kitchen designer and drafter. Prior to obtaining his engineering degree, Anthony worked for an architectural firm preparing construction documents and renderings for various building types. He then worked as a drafting instructor, where he developed an architectural drafting and AutoCAD curriculum. His drafting skills and building knowledge became a strong basis in his understanding of building structures and the interaction of structures relative to the architectural envelope.

Anthony has been a design engineer and project manager for hundreds of successful large scale projects from inception to completion. He has engineered buildings with varying construction materials including concrete, post tension concrete, steel, masonry, wood, heavy timber, and light gauge metal framing. In addition to his design and construction experience, Anthony has worked with municipal and public sector clients to inspect and provide emergency response for local government agencies; he has also peer reviewed large scale projects.

Anthony is a Professional Engineer, licensed to practice in more than 10 jurisdictions. He earned his degree in Civil Engineering, with a concentration in the engineering and behavior of structural systems, materials, and foundations.

Umpire Expert Witness Investigations

In addition to his engineering background, Anthony is a certified NJSIAA umpire with over ten years of officiating experience in baseball and softball for various levels of competition. He applies his expertise to forensic casework involving the standard of care for baseball and softball umpires.

Engineering Profile

Experienced in the inspection, analysis, and design of structural systems for buildings, bridges and other structures, including but not limited to the following:

  • Engineering and behavior of structural systems for concrete, steel, precast, post tension concrete, masonry and wood, heavy wood timber and glulams timber
  • Structural building design/analysis and overall management of structures from inception to completion of construction
  • Dynamic analysis and engineering of structures for seismic, wind and vibration analysis
  • Structural building detailing
  • Architectural detailing
  • Design of deep foundations systems including steel piles and caissons for bridges, retained earth structures and buildings
  • Steel connection and detailing design
  • Retained earth structures including:
    • Bridge abutments on piles/caissons
    • Building retaining walls
    • Gabion Gravity walls
    • Landscape retaining walls
    • Marine bulkheads
    • Revetments
    • Segmented retaining walls
    • Sheet pile retaining systems
    • Soil nailed walls
  • Mid-rise and high rise building structures
  • Casino structures
  • Parking deck structures
  • K-12 school structures
  • Modular structures and vierendeel modular staggered truss systems
  • Transmission tower/switch gear station structures
  • Warehouse/big box structures
  • Military structures
  • Bridge structures
  • Roadway structures
  • Wastewater treatment structures
  • Sheeting/shoring of adjacent structures/facilities during construction
  • Underpinning of adjacent structures
  • Large scale single family residential/multi-unit housing and single family homes
  • Historic retrofit structures
  • Institutional/Pharmaceutical/Biomedical research structures including structures for the support of vibration sensitive equipment such as linear accelerators, MRI’s, X-ray machines rooms
  • Architectural draftsman
  • Drafting and AutoCAD instructor
  • Woodworking and kitchen designer

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2016 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving structural engineering, structural failure analysis, structural reverse engineering, professional liability disputes, and structural design and code compliance reviews in commercial, public sector and residential construction.

Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

Senior Consultant

2014 to 2016

Senior forensic engineer providing services which include catastrophic collapse and failure analysis, assessment and investigation, emergency structural stabilization, damage repair, vehicle impact assessment, explosions assessment, emergency response, stucco structural damage, bridge and other civil/structural projects bridge damage assessment, mold damage, fire assessment, structural finite element analysis, expert witness testimony, construction claims investigation, and building code analysis. Assessment and mitigation of excessive building vibration subgrade subsidence and differential settlement monitoring; emergency structural stabilization and repair recommendations structural design and code compliance reviews; and material and construction defect studies and testing.

Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor

Senior Structural Project Engineer

2005 to 2014
  • Overall structural designer, engineer, project manager consultant of foundation and superstructures of multi-story casinos, convention centers, pharmaceutical, industrial, modular and casino alteration
  • Analysis of high rise structures, including wind tunnel review, finite element mesh generation, deep foundation analysis, vibration analysis and long span truss design

Schoor DePalma Inc.

Structural Project Manager

2001 to 2005
  • Managed, designed and detailed various engineering projects including: K-12 schools, biomedical research facilities, police facilities, office buildings, wastewater treatment plants, and large scale housing projects and single family homes
  • Prepared proposals monitored project budgets, schedules, and accounts receivables
  • Developed client base and assisted in marketing which included an architectural seminar to promote understanding of IBC 2000 Code impact on structural building systems
  • Extensive forensic work as structural engineer of record for various counties, towns, and public entities that included emergency response of building collapses, boiler explosions, fires, sprinkler main breaks, due diligence and building restorations

Nadaskay Kopelson Architects

Senior Structural Engineer

1999 to 2001

Overall structural design of foundation and superstructure with emphasis in detail coordination and drafting of construction documents including hospital, schools, biomedical research facilities, industrial, internet switch gear stations and historical restoration experience

Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor

Structural Engineer

1998 to 1999
  • Overall structural design of building foundation and superstructure including detail and coordination of construction documents
  • Design and detailing of steel framed connections for steel detailing companies

Schoor DePalma Inc.

Structural Designer

1995 to 1998
  • Structural bridge engineer designing both superstructure and foundations including precast, prestressed concrete stringers, curved girder analysis, pier design, deep foundation systems, and seismic design requirements
  • Structural building engineer for sewer treatment plant, K-12 schools, pharmaceutical, facilities, warehouse, and tank analysis
  • Structural design of box culverts, retaining walls, sheet piles, metering chambers

Bertlin Engineering

Staff Engineer

1995
  • Structural, civil, hydraulic, and building design including site development, storm water management, hydraulic, sheet pile design, lighting analysis, grading, and structural rehabilitation of buildings
  • Filing soil erosion permits, develop color renderings for zoning board presentations, and perform traffic surveys

Plaza School of Drafting

Drafting and AutoCAD Instructor

1989 to 1992
  • Instructor who developed 5 month architectural drafting program and course work to develop hand drafting skills for architectural drafting residential and commercial buildings
  • Presented AutoCAD course to develop training skills to be able to set up and draft a computer aided drafting project from start to finish. Additional training skills included customization of AutoCAD and understanding of X-refs and how to use, use of blocks and developing typical details

Ecoplan Architects

Drafting

1985 to 1989
  • Prepared construction drawings for residential and mid-rise buildings, commercial retail, and restaurants
  • Provided zoning and code analysis
  • Prepared colored renderings for zoning board presentations
  • Prepared 3D perspective building renderings for concept sketches and plans
  • Prepared zoning plans, site landscaping
  • Developed egress plans for buildings
  • Used early age AutoCAD to develop complex residential condominium units

Ulrich Inc.

Drafting and Carpentry

1982 to 1985
  • Installed kitchen cabinets, countertops and crown and base moldings including Wainscot detailing
  • Prepared construction drawings for kitchen and master bath plans
  • Prepared 3D renderings of kitchens

Professional Credentials

Professional Engineer: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, NCEES

Education

Certified Drafting Course, The Plaza School of Technology, 1982
B.Sc. Civil Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, 1995

Continuing Education

  • Engineering Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (live webinar), 2022
  • Structural Concepts for Non-Structural Engineers, December 2021
  • Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles, December 2021
  • FHWA Bridge Inspector's Manual: Primer on Bridge Terminology and Mechanics, January 2021
  • FHWA Bridge Inspector's Manual: Bridge Inspection Reporting, January 2021
  • FHWA Bridge Inspector's Manual: Bridge Inspection Programs, January 2021
  • Engineering Laws, Rules and Ethics for Florida Professional Engineers, December 2020
  • Engineering Laws, Rules and Ethics for Florida Professional Engineers, December 2020
  • Controlling and Preventing Cracks in Concrete Flat Work, June 2020
  • Indiana Engineering Laws, Rules and Ethics, June 2020
  • Special Inspections Under the International Building Code Chapter 17, April 2020
  • Special Inspections Under the International Building Code Chapter 17, Part II, April 2020
  • Review of Engineering Dynamics Part 1: Kinematics of Particles and Rigid Bodies, SunCam, December 2019
  • Retaining Wall Basics, Half Moon Education Inc., December 2019
  • Geosynthetics and Retaining Walls, Half Moon Education Inc., December 2019
  • Slope and Retaining Wall Failures, Fixtures and Prevention, Half Moon Education Inc., December 2019
  • Slope Stability and Geosynthetics, Half Moon Education Inc., December 2019
  • Corrosion Control and Tactics, SunCam, December 2019 Engineering Ethics: The Big Dig Tunnel Collapse, PDHengineer.com, December 2019
  • Structural Design Loads in Accordance with the ASCE-7 Standard, Half Moon Education, Inc., May 2019
  • Deck Connections and Factors That Affect Performance, Hilti North America, August 2018
  • Introduction to the Forensic Engineering Process, Half Moon Education Inc., June 2018
  • Causes of Failures and the Forensic Engineering Report, Half Moon Education Inc., June 2018
  • Forensic Examination of Structures and Use in Litigation, Half Moon Education Inc., June 2018
  • Case Studies of Three Explosions and a Chemical Accident, PDHengineer.com, June 2018
  • Biodeterioration of Wood, PDHengineer.com, June 2018
  • Professional Ethics for Texas Engineers (Renewal for 2018), PDHengineer.com, June 2018
  • Engineering Ethics: Case Study of the TV Antenna Tower Collapse, PDHengineer.com, June 2018
  • Professional Practice Ethics for New Jersey Engineers (Renewal for 2018), PDHengineer.com, April 2018
  • Forensic Analysis Involving Fugitive Natural Gas and Propane, SunCam, March 2018
  • Design of Buildings for Coastal Flooding, Red Vector, March 2018
  • Designing Post-Installed Reinforcement for Development, NCSEA, February 2018
  • Seismic Design of Building Structures, Half Moon, December 2017
  • Seismology and Building Codes, Half Moon, December 2017
  • Basics of Soil Resources 2: Erosion, Desertification, Salinization & Soil Acidification, Red Vector, August 2017
  • Designing Foundation Repairs, Red Vector, August 2017
  • Designing with Structural Composite Lumber, Red Vector, August 2017
  • Wind design Using ASCE 7-10, Red Vector, August 2017
  • Structural Guying for Electric Distribution Systems, Red Vector, August 2017
  • Designing for Flood Loads Using ASCE, Red Vector, August 2017
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC): Significant Changes, Red Vector, August 2017
  • Ethics for Professionals, Red Vector, May 2017
  • Fracking: Environmental Consequences, February 2017
  • Basics of Water Resources: Groundwater Hydrology, February 2017
  • Indiana Engineers’ Laws and Rules, February 2017
  • Concrete 1: Evaluation and Causes of Damage, February 2017
  • Risk Management for the Design Professional: Basic Principles, February 2017
  • Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #5, February 2017
  • Soil Mechanics, Bearing Capacity and Slope Stabilization, January 2017
  • FARO Scanner Technician Training
  • Certified Visual Observer (VO) for Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS)
  • Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #4, October 2016
  • Design of Steel Elements for Second Order Effects, October 2016
  • Structural Dynamics: An Introduction, October 2016
  • Driven Piles: Static Analysis – Single Piles, October 2016
  • Advancements in Concrete, October 2016
  • 2015 International Building Code: Significant Changes to Structural Provisions, October 2016
  • Principles of Design-Build, October 2016
  • Helical Foundations & Tiebacks: An Introduction, October 2016
  • Florida Engineering Laws and Rules, October 2016
  • 2014 Florida Building Code Advanced 5th Edition: Structural Summary of Provisions, September 2016
  • Pole Structural Loading, September 2016
  • Protecting People Against Terrorist Attacks: Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Threat Protection, September 2016
  • Bridge Inspection and Maintenance: Laws and Requirements, September 2016
  • Building Pathology: Foundations, September 2016
  • Wind Design Using ASCE 7-10, September 2016
  • Site Planning and Design, January 2016
  • Roofing Materials - Concrete Tiles, November 2015
  • Hurricane Mitigation: Design and Construction Lessons, October 2015
  • Wood Design: Design Loads 2 - Lateral & Wind Forces, October 2015
  • Basic Wind Loads ASCE 7-10, September 2015
  • Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #5, September 2015
  • Coastal Engineering: Sea Level Rise, August 2015
  • Hurricane Damage: Wind vs. Water Determination, August 2015
  • Coastal Engineering: Storm Surge, August 2015
  • Gabions - Design of Retaining Walls, August 2015
  • Mold Sampling, August 2015
  • Residential Construction for Coastal Areas, August 2015
  • Mold Remediation, August 2015
  • Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #2, January 2014
  • Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #3, January 2014
  • Finite Element Analysis, January 2014
  • Earthquakes: The Basics, January 2014
  • Basic Wind Loads I – ASCE 7-05 Revealed, January 2014
  • Basic Wind Loads II – The Law and Implementation, January 2014
  • Structural Dynamics: An Introduction, January 2014
  • Brittle Fracture for Steel Structures, January 2014
  • Wood Design: Beam Design, January 2014
  • Concrete Fundamentals II – Concrete Slab-On-Grade, January 2014
  • Concrete Evaluation and Repair 1, January 2014
  • Retaining Wall Design –Part 1 and 2, January 2012
  • Green Building with Steel – Part 3: Light Gage Metal Components for Framing, January 2012
  • Wood Design: Behavior of Structures Under Loads and Forces, January 2012
  • Ethical Decision Making for Engineers #1, January 2012
  • Concrete 1: Evaluation and Causes of Damage, January 2012
  • Concrete 2: Repair, Planning, and Preparation, January 2012
  • Concrete 3: Methods, Materials and Maintenance, January 2012
  • OSHA 10 Hour Construction Program 2009 REV 1, July 2011

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Steel Construction, Professional Member
Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, Member
Chi Epsilon, New Jersey Engineering Honor Society, Member

Publications

  • Volonnino, Anthony and Edward G. Nawy. “Slip Form Construction Chapter” for Concrete Construction Engineering Handbook

Speaking Engagements

  • Technology in Vehicle-Related Investigations: Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigator’s Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 8, 2016
  • Construction Vibrations: Delaware Claims Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 5, 2016

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