Jordan Earns ASCE’s John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award

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May 1, 2014

Jordan, MichaelMichael A. Jordan, P.E., F.ASCE, is the recipient of the John G. Moffatt–Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award for significant contributions to the port industry, particularly innovations with container cranes which have revolutionized the shipping industry, for service to the profession, and for his reputation among peers as that of a brilliant teacher and mentor. Chairman and CEO of Liftech Consultants Inc., where he oversees the technical services and reviews strategic planning and decisions of the firm, Jordan is an icon in the field of port structural engineering and is recognized worldwide. He has been involved in the marine container industry since participating in the structural design of the first container crane built by Paceco in 1959, which was recognized as an  International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1983. Since then, he has provided services for thousands of cranes worldwide. Jordan’s specialty is structural design and analysis of cranes, and he is an internationally recognized expert on crane design, fracture mechanics, and fatigue analysis. Jordan has overseen wind tunnel testing and development of wind-force coefficients for container cranes that are widely used in the crane design industry. He was involved with the structural design and analysis of the world’s largest floating crane and the world’s largest land-based crane. He holds patents for “Flexible Hold Structure in Containership,” “Method of Constructing and Erecting a Dome-Shaped Structure,” and “FastNet,” which is a concept for improving productivity of ship unloading and unloading containers. He also contributed to a number of inventions for container cranes that were intentionally not patented for the benefit of the industry. As a member in 1993 of the ASCE-Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE) Ports Committee, he helped develop a guideline for the seismic design and strengthening of ports titled “Seismic Design of Ports.” The document is used as a resource for the future development of standardized seismic design and strengthening criteria for port systems and components.

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