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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


September 23, 2011

Highlights of the 14th ISIEMS

by Brian Katz

...the 14th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (ISIEMS) conference… represents a collaborative effort of North American, Asian, and European blast engineers to come together and share advancements and conceptual innovations with the hope of equipping engineers with the best tools to mitigate man-made threats and implement physical security design solutions.  Andy and myself were among an impressive roster of speakers presenting on a wide variety of topics.


August 31, 2011

2011 Hot Firm Award Recipient!!

by Brian Katz


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 10, 2011

Multi-Hazard Risk Mitigation: One Size Fits All

by Brian Katz

The next frontier in engineering innovation may largely center around endeavors to take the understanding of project specific needs to a higher level.  This approach has the potential to more optimally match engineering solutions to the needs of structure and enhance the efficiency of the design process.


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