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New Manager to Lead R&M’s Structural Engineering Group

Apr 30, 2020 | Engineering, Right Moves

Right Moves - Mark D. Anderson

Mark D. Anderson recently joined R&M Consultants as the firm’s Group Manager of Structural Engineering.

Anderson has forty years of Alaska experience in all aspects of structural engineering, including analysis and design, specification and design criteria development, seismic qualification, seismic hazard evaluation and mitigation, pipe stress analysis and piping system support/restraint design, failure analysis, peer review, and QC. He has worked on pipelines, pump stations, utility systems, public and private facilities, bridges, docks, and other related structures. Anderson has also served as an adjunct instructor at UAA teaching senior level design courses in timber and concrete.

As group manager, Anderson is responsible for managing R&M’s Structural Engineering Group. The work includes the planning, design and development of structures and foundations for military, commercial, institutional, and educational facilities suited to Alaska’s Arctic, subarctic, maritime, and temperate regions, as well as supporting bridge, transportation, site development, utility, and port and harbor projects. Anderson understands that engineering is a service profession and seeks to provide the best value available to his clients with the highest level of service, professional ethical standards, and earned trust.

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“I am at the stage where I would really like to share all that I have that is of value with those who want to grow and go farther than I have, which I look forward to doing at R&M,” says Anderson. “I have had a number of ideas, some bigger than others, bumping around in my head for many years, but very limited opportunities as a self-employed consultant to see if they could ‘fly’ in the marketplace of ideas. I’m excited about the potential for innovation at R&M across broader sectors of work than I had access to working solo.”

Andersons’s experience includes structural and seismic engineering consulting services for the oil industry for the past twenty-two years on projects such as the Gas Compressor Vibration Mitigation project for Milne Point; Akutan Pollock Processing Plant assessment and modifications; North Pole Power Plant Expansion – Phase 1; and Pogo Mine and Quartz Hill Mine Property Access Road Bridges. Prior to that, Anderson worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company where he was responsible for re-establishing the Trans Alaska Pipeline System seismic program.

Since joining R&M, Anderson has provided structural quality control and design input for the Port of Alaska Petroleum Cement Terminal project.

“I had known of R&M since I arrived back in Alaska in 1981, but had no idea that my skill set and tool box might be useful here,” says Anderson. “I’ve found the staff wonderfully welcoming. I even have an office with windows and daylight outside! I’ve spent most of the last twenty-three years in an office below ground—it really was a cave!”

Anderson has a bachelor’s and master’s in civil engineering, both from the University of Idaho. He is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska and Washington and is licensed as a professional structural engineer in Alaska.

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