​​​​​​​OUR TEAM


Houman Ghalibafian, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Principal & Senior Structural Engineer

​​Houman (pronounced who-man) is a registered professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in infrastructure projects ranging in size from small design, rehabilitation, and retrofit of structures to major multi-disciplinary projects with capital costs of over $2 billion.

Considerable experience in both small and large projects has made Houman a well-rounded engineer with proven track record of initiating and finishing the full cycle of small projects within short time frames, as well as playing key roles in multi-disciplinary teams for delivering major infrastructure projects. 

Houman witnessed first-hand the negative impacts of earthquakes early in his career which had an impact on him and inspired him to perform research to find improved ways of reducing seismic risk and damage to structures. He now brings in-depth knowledge of earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismic risk assessment and seismic risk mitigation strategies. 

He also contributes to the profession through publications, presentations, and teaching. He has initiated and taught a course on marine structures to practicing engineers, the only course of its kind in BC, through the Structural Engineers Association of BC covering a wide range of topics related to marine infrastructure.

​Sample projects in which Houman had leading roles include:

  Assessment, rehabilitation and upgrade of existing Infrastructure:

  • Risk-based structural assessment for prioritization of rehabilitation of reinforced concrete wharves at Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada
  • Conceptual design and cost estimation for wharf expansion at Port Alberni
  • Rehabilitation of 900 m of steel sheet pile bulkhead at Neptune Bulk Terminals
  • Detailed design of wall blast protection system inside Mica Dam transformer chamber, BC Hydro
  • Detailed design of copper concentrate handling facility at Vancouver Wharves

  Planning and design of new infrastructure: 

  • Detailed design of three floating jetties with total berth length of 900 m in Esquimalt, BC.
  • Arctic port design pre-feasibility study, Sabina Back River Gold project
  • ​Port Mann Bridge, ship collision risk assessment for the $850 million cable-stayed bridge
  • Offshore port design for the US$1.5 billion sulphur handling facility, GASCO Shah Gas Development, Abu Dhabi
  • Seismic analysis and design of the 100,000 square metre highly irregular building for the National Library and Archives in Tehran


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