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15 Southlake Lane
Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35244
(205) 879-2036
1140 St Andrews Road
Suite B
Columnbia, SC 29210
(803) 798-7313

(205) 979-4685


1965 to 1968 University of Tennessee
                                   Knoxville, Tennessee
                                   Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – March, 1968

1963 to 1965 U.S.A.F. Academy
                                  Colorado Springs, Colorado
                                  Major: Chemistry


August 1991 to Date
Ferrell Engineering, Birmingham, Alabama

Title: President
Structural steel connection design and stair/handrail design.

September 1985 to August 1991
Trinity Industries, Inc., Structural Division, Birmingham, Alabama

June 1988 to August 1991

Title: Director of Engineering, Building and Bridges
Supervise the engineering managers for all of Trinity’s structural facilities to assure quality shop drawings and maximize fabrication efficiencies. Keep abreast of industry and code changes and advise appropriate Trinity personnel. Monitor engineering cost and schedules for all structural facilities.

September 1985 to June 1988

Title: Engineering Manager, Eastern Region
Reviewed new contracts and directed preparation of job standards and connection designs. Submitted requests to design engineers for changes to improve shop operations. Maintained schedules and cost reports for all projects. Assisted estimating on work being quoted.

November 1978 to September 1985
John W. Parrish Structural Detailers/North Alabama Fabricators, (same ownership), Birmingham, Alabama

Title: Chief Engineer and Quality Control Manager
Managed all drafting personnel. Prepared job standards and connection designs. Established quality control manual and welding procedures.

January 1971 to November 1978
Mississippi Valley Structural Steel, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Title: Project Engineer/Estimator
Made material take-offs and estimated shop labor hours, painting costs, shipping costs, and detail cost for a major structural steel fabricator. Designed structural steel for design/build projects. Checked estimates and design calculations made by other employees.

April 1968 to January 1971
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Birmingham, Alabama

Title: Field Engineer/Design Engineer
Made field layouts and surveys required for steel erection. Made design calculations and design drawings for elevated water tanks, flat bottom storage tanks, and paper mill digester.


Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Colorado, Michigan, West Virginia, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Arizona and Province of Alberta, Canada.


AISC Committee on Specifications, 1991; AISC Committee on Manuals and Textbooks, present member; AISC Specification Task Committee for Connections, present member; T.R. Higgins Jury member, 2000 and 2001. ASCE Committee on Structural Connections, 2002 through 2005; ASCE Committee on Design of Structural Steel Buildings, present member.


Structural Engineers Association of Alabama
Professional Member of AISC
ASCE Member

Moment Connections to Column Webs
1998 North American Steel Construction Conference Proceedings Manual
(Reprinted in AISC Design Guide 13)

Designing with Single Plate Connections
2003 North American Steel Construction Conference Proceedings and
Modern Steel Construction, April 2003

W-Shape Criteria—Slender Columns
Modern Steel Construction, May 2007

Detailing and Fabricating High Seismic (Co-authored with Tony Hazel, PE, Ferrell Engineering) 2008 North American Steel Construction Conference Proceedings and
Modern Steel Construction, March 2008

Keep the Simple Things Simple
2009 North American Steel Construction Conference Proceedings

A Strong Connection to HSS (Co-authored with Erin Criste, AISC Steel Solutions Center)
Modern Steel Construction, July 2009


Puerto Rico Convention Center
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hardin/QB Construction
2003 & 2005

Georgia World Congress
Atlanta, Georgia
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP

Universal Studios’ Island of Adventure Seuss Landing
Orlando Florida

Moye, O’Brian, O’Rourke, Pickert & Martin
2003 & 2004

PNC Park
Pittsburg, PA
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald
2003 through 2006

Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton
2004 & 2005

New Cincinnati Reds’ Ballpark
Cincinnati, Ohio
Steel Service Corporation
Mockbee, Hall and Drake, PC
2005 to Current

Cooper River Bridge Claim
Charleston, South Carolina
Nexsen Pruet Adams Kleemeier, LLC

Memphis Seismic/Modernization Phase I Veterans Administration Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee
Steel Service Corporation
Mockbee, Hall and Drake, PC

McGuire AFB Hanger C-17
McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey
Mockbee, Hall and Drake, PC

Virginia Tech Lane Stadium West Sideline Expansion
Blacksburg, Virginia
Woods Rogers, PLC

North Georgia College Recreation Center & Parking Deck
Dahlonega, GA

Ascent at Roebling's Bridge
Covington, KY
Frost Brown Todd
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Structural & Specialty Design