Sullivan Elected ASCE Fellow

BY 
May 6, 2014

Richard A. Sullivan, P.E., F.ASCE, has been engaged with various geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering projects that comprise 20 years on offshore oil and gas projects around the world. While employed by McClelland Engineers in Houston, Texas, Sullivan worked on geotechnical investigations, design and construction control for industrial plants, commercial buildings, earth levees and docks, and offshore oil and gas piled platforms until 1973, when he was appointed managing director for establishing an office in London to conduct the firm’s activities in Europe and around Africa. To undertake onshore and offshore projects from England, Sullivan recruited a team of 25 geoengineers and technicians, and was responsible for the quality of professional advice given to the clients. Returning to Houston in 1980, Sullivan became operations manager at Woodward-Clyde Oceaneering, which was endeavoring to acquire offshore geotechnical work from the oil and gas industry. In 1989 he moved to California with AWD Technologies, Woodward-Clyde Partnership, to engage in site environmental assessments, permitting, environmental rehabilitation, construction control, and postclosure monitoring. Sullivan spent 5 years on the North Hollywood Superfund site in Burbank, California, and then studied the use of chemical dust suppressants to control fugitive dust at other sites. Now retired, Sullivan was a registered professional engineer in Texas, Louisiana, Great Britain, and Ontario, Canada, and the author of 20 published articles on geotechnical and geoenvironmental topics. While serving on the Federation Internationale de la Precontrainte (FIP) Commission on Concrete Sea Structures, he coauthored two state-of-the-art reports.

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