April Technical Speaker 2

Pile Load Test Program in Gulf Coast Region


Mr. Hobi Kim, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng.

Hobi Kim is a project manager for Fugro Consultants, Inc., Houston, Texas, where he works on projects nationwide, mainly petrochemical industry sector. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University and an M.E & B.E from Kyung Hee University, Korea. Hobi is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Alberta in Canada and has more than 10 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, from research to practice of design and construction. He is the author of about 30 technical papers and the inventor of six patents. He is also the recipient of several awards including the 2010 ASTM Practical Paper Award and Nellie Munson Teaching Assistant Award by Purdue University.

He is a member of the ASCE and Geo-Institute.



Mr. Timothy Roberts

Tim Roberts has 36 years of geotechnical engineering experience on a wide variety of projects, both domestic and international. His education includes M.Eng. in Geotechnical Engineering and B.S. Civil Engineering from Cornell University. He has extensive deep foundation design, construction and testing experience. His primary role is managing deep foundation installation and testing projects. Special training and equipment experience include: pile drivability studies using wave equation analyses; driven pile installation monitoring using the Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA); pile hammer efficiency measurements using the Hammer Performance Analyzer (HPA); static compression, tension, and lateral load pile tests to verify ultimate capacities; sonic integrity logging of augered cast-in-place (ACIP) piles and drilled shafts using the Cross Hole Analyzer (CHA); and low-strain integrity tests using the Pile Integrity Tester (PIT).

He is a member of both the ASCE and the DFI.


Mr. James Weaver, P.E.

James Weaver is a lead civil structural engineer for KBR in Houston and oversees the structural design of industrial facilities. A graduate of the University of Houston with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, James is a licensed of professional engineer in the state of Texas. He has over 10 years of structural design experience in the petrochemical industry along with experience in highway bridge design.



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