Sivakumar Munuswamy

Civil & Structural Engineer

Sivakumar begun his career as a Project Engineer with Tamilnadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board in India, handling the formulation, planning, design, and estimates of urban water supply projects. Sivakumar has more than 30 years of experience, providing Expert Engineering services in the areas of Reinforced Concrete, Prestressed Concrete, Steel Structural Systems, Post-Tensioned (PT) Floor System, Creep and Shrinkage Behavior of Concrete Structures, Material Testing, Punching Shear Behavior of Flat Plates, Infrastructure Planning Design & Optimization, Contract Documents, Project Management, Inspection and Evaluation of Existing Structures, and Water Resources Management. Sivakumar has worked in the U.S. and abroad with the following organizations: Florida Atlantic University, Thornton Tomasetti Inc., PTE Systems International, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, Institute for Water Studies, Public Works Department, and TWAD Board. Sivakumar’s experience encompasses an exceptional mix of capabilities in structural engineering, structural analysis, inspections, field condition assessments, evaluations and strengthening of existing structures, structural integrity repairs and protocols, forensic and claims review and analysis, litigation support, construction administration, highway bridge design, water supply infrastructure planning, development & design, project management and maintenance, and metropolitan infrastructure development and maintenance. Sivakumar is a registered Professional Engineer in FL, an Adjunct Professor at FAU teaching senior level design courses, and actively involved in committees with ACI, ASCE, PTI, PCI and AISC professional organizations. Sivakumar has published numerous journal articles and delivered lectures and presentations. In 2020, Sivakumar joined DDA Claims Management as a Civil & Structural Engineer, bringing his extensive engineering knowledge and experience to our team. Sivakumar is fully suited to handle complex residential and commercial damage assessments.

Education/Certifications:

  • Ph.D., Ocean Engineering (Structural), Florida Atlantic University
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Bharathiar University, India
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Bharathiar University, India

Professional Affiliations:

  • Registered Professional Engineer (Structural) in the state of FL (License Number 84175)
  • Member, Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), serves in DC-20 Building Design Committee, DC-80 Repair, Rehabilitation & Strengthening Committee, and M-10 Unbonded Tendon Committee
  • Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI), serves in Prestressed Concrete Joint ACI-ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Committee 423, Assessment, Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures Committee 562, and Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildings Committee 563
  • Member, Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), serves as Consulting Member of Technical Committee on Buildings
  • Member, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), serves in ASCE 7-22 General Chapter Sub-Committee and Task group on Seismic Sub-Committee
  • Member, Alumni Advisory Board Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, FAU.

Publications

  • Sivakumar, M., Eric Search “Alternate Solution Using Post-Tensioning for Change-in-use of an Existing Building” PTI Journal, PTI, Volume 13, No.2, pp. 47-52, Dec. 2017.
  • Sivakumar, M., “Post-Tensioning – Codes Vs Practices; a Need for Trained Engineering Professionals” PTI Journal, PTI, Volume 12, No.2, pp. 43-47, Dec. 2016.
  • Arockiasamy, M., D.V. Reddy, Sivakumar, M., and M. Shahawy, “Behavior of Single Cell Box Bridges Subjected to Cyclic Loading and Temperature Changes”, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp. 118-127, August. 2008.
  • Arockiasamy, M., and Sivakumar, M., “Time-Dependent Behavior of Continuous Composite Integral Abutment Bridges”, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, Vol. 10 No.3, Aug. 2005.
  • Arockiasamy, M., and Sivakumar, M., “Effects of Restraint Moments in Integral Abutment”, the 2005 FHWA Conference, Integral Abutment and Joint Less Bridges (IAJB 2005) Baltimore, MD, March 2005.
  • Arockiasamy, M., Butrieng. N., and Sivakumar, M., “State-of-the-art of Integral Abutment Bridges: Design and Practice”, Journal of Bridge Engineering. ASCE, Vol. 9 No. 5, Sept-Oct 2004.
  • Arockiasamy, M., and Sivakumar, M., “Design Implications of Creep and Shrinkage on Integral Abutment Bridges”, ACI Convention, Spring 2005, NY. (Also published under ACI Special Publications SP 227 Creep and Shrinkage of Concrete, Co-Editors N.J. Gardner and Jason Weiss, pp85-106)