Cliff Bishop
Cliff D. Bishop, Ph.D., S.E., P.E.
Senior Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • Menlo Park

As a licensed structural engineer, Dr. Cliff D Bishop specializes in the evaluation of building and bridge structures for stability. He has many years of experience conducting forensic investigations and root cause analyses related to stability failures for complex structural systems. Dr. Bishop excels at employing sophisticated engineering analysis and state-of-the-art research in support of these investigations. His sound engineering advice provides the basis necessary for building owners, insurance adjustors, and litigators to make informed decisions.

Dr. Bishop received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Civil Engineering (with an emphasis in Structural Engineering) from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Dr. Bishop’s educational background includes coursework in steel and concrete design with an emphasis on the incorporation of probability and risk into structural analysis. He also has knowledge and experience in structural reliability, dynamics and adaptive smart-structures, nonlinear finite element analysis, and the application of energy methods in structural analysis and design.

Dr. Bishop’s research at Georgia Tech focused on bracing for stability of metal building systems where he developed free-standing, nonlinear finite element analysis software to assess the stability bracing requirements for various complex structural geometries. The software employs a robust finite element analysis to determine the current nonlinear state of stress within a building frame.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Bishop worked for a structural design firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where he helped design buildings constructed using structural steel, wood framing, conventionally reinforced concrete and/or post-tensioned concrete. Dr. Bishop consulted on several projects to develop systems and components to protect buildings from blast effects and reduce the risk of progressive collapse. His professional background also includes determining the root cause of structural deficiencies and providing practical design solutions to rectify such deficiencies.

Dr. Bishop is an active member of the Structural Stability Research Council’s (SSRC) task committees TG02 – Stability of Members and TG06 – Extreme Loads. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) committee on Methods of Design.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2013
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, # PE040101

Licensed Structural Engineer, Illinois, #081007711

Publications

Bishop CD, Griffith M, McDonald BM. Instability of solar power tower structures during construction. Proceedings, Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council, Orlando, FL, April 12-15, 2016.

Bishop CD, Uriz P, McDonald BM. Stability of column rebar cages for buildings under construction. Proceedings, Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council, Nashville, TN, March 24–27, 2015.

Togay, O, Jeong, WY, Bishop, CD, White, DWW. Toward a more comprehensive approach for design using buckling analysis. Proceedings of the Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council, Nashville, TN, March 24-27, 2015.

Bishop CD, Uriz P. Column reinforcing cage stability and construction safety. ASCE Forensic Engineering 7th Congress – Performance of the Built Environment, Miami, FL, November 15–18, 2015.

Moncarz PD, Bishop CD. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: Innovation or blunder? 27th Conference on Structural Failures, Miedzyzdroje, Poland, May 20–23, 2015.

Bishop C, McInerney E. Disproportionate collapse design considerations—A comprehensive approach. Structural Engineering Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers, Structures Congress 2014, Boston, MA, pp. 2221–2232, April 3–5, 2014.

Bishop CD, White DW. Practical design of complex stability bracing configurations. Proceedings, Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council, St. Louis, MO, April 16-20, 2013.

Bishop CD, White DW. Bracing for stability: a forensic analysis case study. Presentation to the Georgia chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute, Atlanta, GA, November 2012.

Bishop CD. The direct analysis method. Presentation to the engineering staff of Pruitt Eberly Stone, Atlanta, GA, June 2012.

Bishop CD, White DW, Sharma A, and Kim YD. Flange bracing requirements for metal building systems. Proceedings, Annual Stability Conference, Structural Stability Research Council, Pittsburgh, PA, May 10-14 2011.

Bishop CD. Flange bracing requirements for stability of metal building systems: A Synopsis of Current and Proposed Work. Presentation at the MBMA Researcher Symposium, Houston, TX, February 2011.

Bishop CD. Load distribution in lateral systems. Presentation to the engineering staff of Pruitt Eberly Stone, Atlanta, GA, April 2009.

Bishop CD. Introduction to the Direct Analysis (DM) method. Presentation to the engineering staff of Pruitt Eberly Stone, Atlanta, GA, November 2008.


Prior Experience

Consulting Engineer, Pruitt Eberly Stone, 2011–2012

Project Engineer, Pruitt Eberly Stone, 2008–2009

Intern, Pruitt Eberly Stone, 2006–2008

Academic Appointments

Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Steel Structures, Spring 2016

Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Steel Structures, Spring 2014

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009–2012

Teaching Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, Advanced Steel Design, Advanced Concrete Design, Prestressed Concrete, Timber/Masonry, various semesters

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Steel Construction (Professional Member)

American Society of Civil Engineers (Member)

Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE (Member)

Construction Institute of ASCE (Member)

Structural Stability Research Council (Member-at-Large)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2013
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, # PE040101

Licensed Structural Engineer, Illinois, #081007711