Mark R. Svinkin

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Listed in Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering

Education and Credentials:
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical, Structural), Scientific-Research Institute of Bases and Underground Structures named N.M. Gersevanov, Moscow, the former USSR, 1978.
M.S. in Mathematics, Kharkov State University, Kharkov, the former USSR, 1968.
M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural, Geotechnical), Kharkov State Academy of Railway Transport, Kharkov, the former USSR, 1958.

The 1970 Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy of the USSR Award for the development of heavy crasher vibration isolation and design of lightened foundations under them.

The 1980 Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy of the USSR Medal for a new method for predicting soil and structure vibrations from impact machines incorporated into Russian Manual for Design of Machine Foundations (1982).

The 2005 ASCE MetSection Geotechnical Group Apple Award for the lecture “Mitigation of Soil Movements from Pile Driving” at the Underground Construction in Urban Environments Seminar, New York, May 11-12.

The 2006 ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Award for the paper “Minimizing Construction Vibration Effects,” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction.

The 2008 Special Presentation of “Soil and Structure Vibrations from Construction and Industrial Sources” at the Sixth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering and Symposium in Honor of Professor James K. Mitchell, Arlington, VA, August 11-16.

In 2009, Mark Svinkin paper “Predicting Soil and Structure Vibrations from Impact Machines” appears on the top of a list of Google search results for “soil and structure vibrations”.
The Field of Geotechnical and Structural Engineering with an emphasis on Soil and Structural Dynamics: Soil and Structural Vibrations from Blasting, Pile Driving, Machine Foundations, and other Construction and Industrial Sources; Application of Dynamic Methods to Piles: Wave Equation Analysis, Pile Integrity Testing, and Engineering Evaluation of High Strain Dynamic Pile Testing.
Forensic engineering of intolerable structural vibrations and damage from construction and industrial dynamic sources: soil and structure responses to ground vibrations, unknown causes of intolerable vibrations from known dynamic sources, effects of dynamic and environmental forces on structures, non-vibration damage to structures undergone dynamic excitation, practical application of existing vibration limits. Preparation of specifications for monitoring and control of soil and structure vibrations generated by construction and industrial sources. Prediction, measurement, and analysis of soil and structural vibrations. Pre/post construction activities condition survey of structures. A reasonable choice of correct and flexible vibration damage criteria. Claim investigations, reports, forensic expert and expert witness in the field of Soil and Structural Dynamics.

Soil and structure vibrations from construction and industrial vibration sources. Calculation of maximum ground vibrations prior to pile installation. Mitigation of soil movements from pile driving. Prediction and calculation of construction vibrations. Minimizing construction vibration effects. Predicting soil and structure vibrations from impact machines. Drawbacks of blast vibration regulations. A new approach to assessment of safe structural vibrations. Engineering judgment in determination of pile capacity by dynamic methods. Evaluation of uncertainties in high-strain dynamic pile testing. Determination of short-duration impacts for dynamic pile testing. A right choice of dynamic methods for specified piles and sites.
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