Chris has been a structural engineer with Ayres Associates since 1989. His comprehensive understanding of structural engineering stems from the design of hundreds of bridges, as well as bridge inspections, studies for large-scale projects involving multiple structures, and structural reviews. As lead structural reviewer for Ayres' hydraulic and structural review contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Chris has completed 375 structural reviews of grade separation structures, structural rehabilitations, sign bridges, and retaining walls.
Chris methodically and painstakingly goes about completing and checking structural designs, adding an extremely high level of confidence to every project he touches. This reputation for error-free, easy-to-read plans leads contractors to bid Ayres-designed projects tighter. Clients and industry groups also recognize the quality and precision Chris brings to projects and have awarded recognition to many of his projects.
Chris' areas of expertise include the following:
- Structural investigation and design
- Bridge hydraulic design
- Bridge type studies
- Bridge and highway design
- Bridge inspection
- Underwater inspection (dams and bridges)
- Bridge load rating
- Material testing
- Bridge rehabilitation and repair
- Economic feasibility studies
- Highway, railroad, and pedestrian bridges
- Bridge construction observation
- Highway construction management