FINLEY Engineering Group Hires Bridge Designers
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Bridge Design and Construction Engineering firm, FINLEY Engineering Group (FINLEY) welcomes two bridge designers, Ton Tu, EI, and Colin Martin, EI, to its rapidly expanding bridge design and construction engineering firm.
Tu has a masters’ degree in geotechnical and structural engineering and a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF). He has 10 years of experience in structural drafting, research and analysis. His expertise in structure design includes more than four years of designing prefabricated, precast structural systems. As a research team member, he was responsible for analysis, project management and reports for the “Development of a Sinkhole Risk Program” project between University of Central Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). He designed piezometer sensor layouts and coordinated the installation with the FDOT team. His research also included studies in dynamic matters including earthquake and vibration on structures.
“I learned about FINLEY from my academic advisor, Andrew Yun, Ph.D. One of his former students and UCF Alumni is a bridge engineer for FINLEY. I was impressed by the types of projects that FINLEY designs all over the world. It has always been my dream to design complex bridges and now I have the opportunity to live that dream.” said Tu.
“Ton’s structural drafting, education and field experience make him an excellent addition to the FINLEY team. He is very skilled in integrated design and drawing and understands the important link between design and construction. We are very excited to have Ton join our team.” said Craig Finley, PE, President, FINLEY.
Martin has a masters’ degree in structural engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As Team Captain for the Georgia Tech / RPI Steel Bridge Competition, he took a team that was not competitive and led them to victory winning first place overall at the 2017 ASCE Carolinas Conference, with first place in lightness, first in efficiency, second in stiffness, and second in construction economy. As a research assistant, he worked for the Center for Earthquake Simulation in the centrifuge lab installing equipment for testing and simulations.
His analysis experience includes a topology optimization of a multi-span bridge system and modeling analysis for the University of Louisville Children’s Hospital Pedestrian Bridge. His field experience includes performing inspections for the Mohawk River Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, New York and the I-90 Reconstruction Bridge project in Albany, New York.
“I'm very excited to join FINLEY's team and to be given an opportunity to break into the bridge industry among a group with such great international experience. FINLEY uses an integrated design approach which is very different from other firms. I'm looking forward to learning how to apply BrIM on challenging bridge projects.” said Martin.
“Colin has a talent for complex analysis and demonstrated his understanding of these concepts throughout his academic studies in a variety of research activities. He is proficient in many structural analysis software design packages and we expect he will quickly learning FINLEY’s full Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) approach using SOFiSTiK and AutoCAD.” said Finley.
Tu and Martin will be working on the Section 6 Wekiva Design-Build, a cast-in-place segmental bridge near Orlando, Florida, and the Honolulu Light Rail Transit project, a precast segmental, elevated rail project in Hawaii.