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Shalva Marjanishvili

Sr. Managing Engineer & Technical Director

Shalva Marjanishvili leads Hinman’s Advanced Structural Analysis practice, and is an expert in the dynamic non-linear response of structures to the effects of seismic, impact and explosive loadings. Marjanishvili uses a broad range of computational methods to develop computer models tailored for specific projects as well as modeling buildings using off-the-shelf programs such as SAP2000 Nonlinear. He uses these analytical methods to evaluate the detailed design requirements for both new and existing buildings and for progressive collapse analysis.

Marjanishvili has published 18 technical papers including “Progressive Analysis Procedure for Progressive Collapse”, in the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.

Shalva Marjanishvili received his BS and PhD in Structural Engineering from the Georgian Technical University, and an MS in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. He is a registered Structural Engineer in California.


All articles by Shalva Marjanishvili


March 15, 2012

Back to School

by Shalva Marjanishvili & Brian Katz

The Civil Engineering department at Santa Clara University took a bold leap in the Fall of 2011 and offered its students an Intro to Blast Analysis course taught by Hinman’s Technical Director, Shalva Marjanishvili… Encouraged by the positive response to this class, Marjanishvili is returning to Santa Clara University and offering a second course in the upcoming Spring 2012 school term.


December 09, 2011

Building the Blast Library

by Shalva Marjanishvili & Brian Katz

Shalva Marjanishvili, one of Hinman’s own, recently collaborated with Steven Smith in compiling a design guide for blast resistant design of concrete masonry structures.


June 17, 2011

What Does the Future Look Like - Avoiding Unavoidable Disasters (Part 3)

by Shalva Marjanishvili & Brian Katz

In my earlier blogs I have attempted to question the current approach to risk, reliability and safety, by discussing how disasters become catastrophes.  In this third part of the blog series, we attempt to discuss why disasters are unavoidable in the near future and what can be done.  The current state of building and infrastructure engineering defaults to a definition of “system failure” rooted in the magnitude of a catastrophic event (i.e., too big of an earthquake, hurricane, etc).  The result is a system that is tailored to resolve foreseeable stability or protection problems up to a maximum hazard cap… “performance based design”.  However, observed damage in response to recent natural disasters makes me questions whether adequate performance is being achieved.


March 16, 2011

What does the future look like: 2 – How disasters become Catastrophes

by Shalva Marjanishvili

In my earlier blog I have attempted to question the current approach to risk, reliability and safety, I have briefly discussed the development of the Japanese disaster into a large scale catastrophe. This is the second part of the series of blogs I am writing in attempt to uncover the answers to the following question: how one disaster could possibly become a large scale catastrophe?


March 14, 2011

What does the future look like: 1- Current state of Catastrophes

by Shalva Marjanishvili

The recent series of disasters in Japan once again highlights the importance of the discussions we are having at Hinman about definitions of risk, reliability and safety. This blog, I hope, will become one in a series of blogs which I plan to write in order to highlight the importance of disaster management and to uncover the fundamental flaws in the current state of practice. The goal of this blog is to stimulate a discussion about current vulnerabilities and possible solutions.


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