Brooks Engineering Bio


Brooks Engineering is a small consulting firm that does structural engineering work for a select group of clients which are made up mostly from repeat business, accumulated over the last 39 years of experience. Two office locations, one in Charles City and one in downtown Richmond help us provide services to a small select group of clients, which results in about one hundred fifty commissioned projects per year. We work with other consultants when necessary to augment our expertise that concentrates primarily on problems with existing structures, being related to foundations, framing or drainage. We do many projects using both helical repair piling as well as new construction brackets. Almost 30 % of the firm’s work presently is in insurance claim oriented work with existing structure analysis, drainage and foundation defect study work making up 30 %, Expert witness litigation involvement makes up 5 % to 15 %. The other 25 % is related to existing structural and drainage problems with some of that being related to new structure evaluation as related to code compliance, wind and seismic issues.


Qualifications: B. S., Civil Engineering At The University Of Virginia In 1976 Registered Professional Engineer, In Virginia Since 1980. Mr. Brooks has managed a private engineering practice in Richmond since 1984 and has split his career prior to that point between work in private industry and with consulting firms. This work involves mostly studying and coordinating the repair process including estimating the repair dollars. Prior to starting Brooks Engineering, Mr. Brooks served for two years as Regional Staff Project Engineer with Hercules Incorporated in Hopewell and was responsible for the development and implementation of regional projects ranging from three to six million dollars. His work involved planning the scope, budget and schedule of various projects and presenting them to management for approval. Additional responsibilities included selecting and managing outside engineers and subcontractors, as well as providing structural designs for in-house engineering. Prior to his experience with Hercules, Mr. Brooks worked for a large Virginia consulting firm for five years as a project design engineer with varying design responsibilities most of which dealt with large rotogravure printing plants. During this time, he also spent two years at Philip Morris USA as an in-house project manager, handling projects ranging from $100,000 to $2,000,000. During his years at The University of Virginia, he spent several years working at the Virginia Highway Research Council studying bridges and installing bridge instrumentation under the direction of Professor Henry Kinnier and Wally McKeel, Senior Head of Research.