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Brian Katz

Associate Managing Engineer

Brian joined Hinman’s team in June 2010.  He came to Hinman after working as a structural engineer in San Francisco for 2½ years focusing largely on the seismic design of new and existing structures around the world.  Building on his previous professional experiences, Brian seeks out opportunities to work closely with the design team to bring creativity and energy to the job, believing that every problem has a unique engineering solution waiting to be found. 

Brian received both his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and M.S. in Structural Engineering and Material Mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California.


All articles by Brian Katz


May 01, 2013

Blast Topics at 2013 ASCE/SEI Structures Congress!!

by Brian Katz

Be on the lookout for Hinman at this year’s ASCE/SEI Structure’s Congress being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from May 2 – 4!


April 11, 2013

What Time is Resilient Enough?

by Brian Katz

This year’s Critical Infrastructure Symposium, sponsored by The Infrastructure Critical Security Partnership, is just around the corner and is shaping up to include a variety of presentations about resilient design. Yours truly will be attending the April 15th-16th conference in West Point, New York along with Eve and Hinman’s Technical Director, Shalva Marjanishvili to present on topics that encourage discussion of resilience in practical terms.


March 01, 2013

Design to Mitigate the 1-in-100 Year Meteor Storm!

by Brian Katz

The shared sentiment of many design professionals, policy makers, and academics present at the 2013 Building Innovation Conference was discontent with the extent to which “standard of practice” design and public policy are rising to meet the challenge of mitigating hazards that are causing more damage than ever before in this country… I couldn’t help but feel that even with a stronger footing to confront mitigation of multiple known hazards, there would always be unknown threats looming in the distance.


October 03, 2012

ASCE Forensics Conference Presentation: Structural Collapse Mitigation

by Brian Katz

The catastrophic nature of structural collapse dictates the need for more reliable methodologies to quantify the likelihood of structural failures and strategies to minimize potential consequences.


June 29, 2012

The Hidden Cost of Saving Money

by Hinman Team & Brian Katz

Early this year, the new Department of Defense Anti-terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) standards (UFC 4-010-01) were adopted.  The stated impact of the document on new and existing construction is “most of the changes should result in cost savings or no change in costs”.  Over a series of blog posts, I will explore the implications of this new criteria to determine if this intent is indeed the reality.


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