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


​​Houman (pronounced who-man) Ghalibafian is a structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in transportation, industrial, and building projects. He has successful track record in both delivering small projects within short time frames and playing key roles in multi-disciplinary teams for delivering major 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, performance-based seismic design of structures, and seismic risk mitigation strategies.

Dr. Ghalibafian is coordinator / Instructor for the Structural Engineers Association (SEABC) course on marine structures, member of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) Editorial Board, and member of the Review Task Force for EGBC’s Professional Practice Guidelines for Performance Based Seismic Design of Bridges in British Columbia.

Example of projects in which Houman had leading roles include:

  Assessment, rehabilitation and upgrade of existing facilities:

  • 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 facilities: 

  • 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