Ned M. Cleland’s Bio

Blue Ridge Design, Inc.
3 W. Piccadilly St., 3rd Floor
Winchester, Va. 22601

Dr. Cleland has thirty four years experience in structural analysis, design, research, and engineering management. He is experienced in all types of structural design including concrete, steel, masonry and prestressed concrete construction. He has provided structural design on commercial, institutional, industrial, stadium, data center, parking garage, transportation, and environmental projects. He has managed design and drafting departments of two prestressed concrete plants. He has been president of Blue Ridge Design, Inc., since 1986. He a licensed professional engineer in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Cleland has been was vice president for engineering for Shockey Industries, a management organization for the operating companies Shockey Bros, Inc., a multi-plant precast concrete and Howard Shockey & Sons, a general contractor. Before joining Shockey Brothers, Dr. Cleland was chief engineer for Concrete Structures, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia. He began his career with Thomas A. Hanson & Associates, Consulting Engineers, as a Project Engineer.

B.S. Civil Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1973
M. Eng. Civil Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1974
Ph.D. Civil Engineering – University of Virginia 1984

While maintaining full time employment, Dr. Cleland completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering between 1977 and 1984. This work included the development and completion of research into secondary effects of reinforced concrete spandrel beams of the type prominently used in prestressed parking structures. For three years Dr. Cleland was chairman of the Prestressed Concrete Institute’s Specially Funded Research and Development Program Steering Committee No. 5, “Design of Spandrel Beams” and has had a paper on the subject published.

Dr. Cleland acted as an advisor to several research teams engaged the study of precast/prestressed concrete, including projects on connections, anchorage to concrete, shear walls, volume change behavior, diaphragms, and advanced seismic systems. For twelve years, Dr. Cleland served as a Lecturer for the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, where he taught a graduate course in prestressed concrete design. In 1998, Dr. Cleland received the Martin P. Korn Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute for his paper on the design of precast concrete shear walls for seismic loads. He has written a seismic design manual for precast/prestressed concrete along with co-author S. K. Ghosh which has been published by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Dr. Cleland is currently a member of the American Concrete Institute. He serves on Committee 318, Building Code Requirements of Structural Concrete and on 318-G, the prestressed concrete subcommittee and 318-H, the seismic design subcommittee. He also served on a 318 task group on torsion design and is a member of Innovation Task Group 5 for the development of acceptance criteria for unbonded post-tensioned precast walls for high-seismic applications and Innovation Task Group 7 for the development of an ACI standard for precast concrete tolerances. In the fall of 2002, he was elected as a Fellow of ACI. He also serves on the ACI 362 committee on parking structures and on ACI 550 committee on precast/prestressed concrete.

Dr. Cleland is a member of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and has served on several technical committees, including the PCI Parking Structure Committee, the Building Code Committee, the Research & Development Committee, the Industry Handbook Committee and the Professional Member Committee. He served as the chairman of the PCI Seismic Committee for fourteen years and continues as a member of the committee. He is a past-chairman of the Technical Activities Committee and served on this committee for fifteen years. He served as a PCI representative to The International Federation for Structural Concrete (FIB) task group and assisted in the development of the state-of-art report “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Buildng Structures.”

Since 1995, Dr. Cleland has been a member of Technical Subcommittee 4 for Concrete of the Building Seismic Safety Council, which is charged with the update of recommended seismic code provisions in the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, NEHRP, sponsored by FEMA. The recommended provisions and commentary have been the resource documents for the seismic design requirements in the International Building Code and the ASCE 7 Load Standards.