Bora Baturay is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 18 years of experience focused on geotechnical and earthquake engineering services for public and private sector clients. His project experience includes the design, construction, and evaluation of dams, hospitals, water treatment plants, landfills, tanks, pipelines, gravel mine operations and reclamation, and seismic retrofit for buildings.
Bora assists clients with geotechnical investigations, design and construction recommendations, seismic hazard assessments, feasibility studies, construction oversight, and the management of multidisciplinary projects. He has evaluated geohazards through feasibility studies and helped his clients assess the risks and costs associated with site development. Bora has provided recommendations for shallow and deep foundations, performed static and dynamic pile load testing, and performed 3-D analytical modeling of pile groups for driven and cast-in-place piles including proprietary systems and micropiles. He has performed seismic hazard evaluations and assessed the risks associated with liquefaction related hazards and provided cost-benefit analyses for the mitigation of hazards through ground improvement. Bora has provided geotechnical engineering services for hospitals including new structures and seismic retrofit of existing structures and facilitated timely approvals by the regulatory agencies providing a thorough technical approach to the evaluations. He has supported gravel mine operations for safe mining slope evaluations and the performance of deep fills for reclamation. Bora has completed seismic stability evaluations of dams, including 3-D consideration of non-homogenous foundation conditions, and seismic deformation analyses. He has also provided design recommendations and construction oversight for solid waste landfills and geosynthetic applications.
Bora’s clients benefit from his broad range of expertise in solving their geohazards issues in a timely manner and focusing on economical and sustainable solutions. He has combined his technical background in geotechnical and earthquake engineering with various civil engineering disciplines and managed or supported multidisciplinary projects for his clients involving structural, railroad and highway, and storm water management system engineering.
He was a member of the National Science Foundation earthquake reconnaissance team following two major earthquakes in Turkey after which significant amount of data was collected advancing the liquefaction hazard evaluation methods. He has also authored and co-authored technical papers related to ground motion characterization and liquefaction assessment.
Career Summary of Bora Baturay, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
- Specialties: Geotechnical Engineering - Geostructural Engineering, Design and Construction, Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Hazard Evaluation, and Seismic Retrofit, Soil-Structure Interaction Analyses, Soft and Liquefiable Site Evaluation and Ground Improvement, Water Treatment Facilities, Power Plants, Oil Tank Farms, Statistics
- Practice Areas: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Earthquake engineering
- Education: Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002; M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999; B.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 1997
- Registration: California Civil Engineer, C66927; California Geotechnical Engineer, GE2983