Macan Doroudian
Macan Doroudian, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
Managing Engineer
Civil Engineering
  • Orange County

Dr. Doroudian is experienced in the fields of geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, and geotechnical earthquake engineering. He has worked on projects ranging from geotechnical and ground motion assessments for earth dams, stabilization of large landslides, moisture intrusion through slab-on-grade concrete floor, failure analysis of mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls (with soil nail anchors and geogrid reinforcement), soil erosion associated with landfill cover, and construction vibration monitoring, damage potential assessment associated with such vibrations, and pipeline failure investigations. Dr. Doroudian has also performed geotechnical engineering analysis for more than 400 telecommunication facility sites. In addition, he has extensive laboratory soil testing experience ranging from development of a special device for measuring small-strain behavior of soils (one copy is currently used at University of Rome, Italy) and development of special equipment for sample preparation from wide-diameter tubes for triaxial testing, to special techniques for centrifuge testing of soil nailed excavations models under cyclic loads.

He is also experienced in Geotechnical field instrumentation of measuring equipment such as tiltmeters, inclinometers, piezometers, geophones, and seismometers. Dr. Doroudian is currently serving on the ASCE Standards Committee KSTAT (Fitting of Hydraulic Conductivity with Statistical Spatial Estimation).

Dr. Doroudian’s major areas of research include; development of a GIS-based geotechnical database for seismic microzonation for Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has performed joint research with an international team on evaluating the socio-economic impact of large earthquakes, using a combination of GIS-based geotechnical database and nonlinear I-D site response effective stress analysis to evaluate the effect of local geologic conditions and soil type on seismic response. Other major areas of research have been small-strain behavior of soils in NGI direct simple shear test; centrifuge testing of soil nailed excavations models under cyclic loads; and settlement of compacted fill under seismic and similar cyclic loads.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1997
  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1993
  • B.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1991

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #62177

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Arizona, #51184

Licensed Geotechnical Engineer, California, #2815

Publications

Loaiciga HA, et al. Standard guideline for fitting saturated hydraulic conductivity using probability functions. ASCE/EWRI Standard 50-2008, ASCE Press, Reston, VA, 2008.

Loaiciga HA, et al. Standard guideline for estimating the effective saturated hydraulic conductivity. ASCE Standard 51-2008, ASCE Press, Reston, VA, 2008.

Heuze FR, Archuleta RA, Bonilla F, Day SM, Doroudian M, Elgamal A, Hoehler M, Lai T, Lavallee D, Lawrence B, Liu PC, Martin A, Matesic L, Minster B, Oglesby D, Park S, Riemer M, Steidl J, Vernon F, Vucetic M, Wagoner J, Yang Z. Estimating site-specific strong earthquake motions. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 2004; 24(3):199–223.

Vucetic M, Lanzo G, Doroudian M. Effect of the shape of cyclic loading on damping ratio at small strains. Soils and Foundations 1998; 38(1):111–120.

Vucetic M, Lanzo G, Doroudian M. Damping ratio at small strains in simple shear test. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 1998; 7k:124:585–594.

Lanzo G, Vucetic M, Doroudian M. Reduction of shear modulus at small strains in simple shear. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 1997; 123(11):1035–1042,

King S, Kiremidjian A, Basoz N, Law K, Vucetic M, Doroudian M, Olsen R, Eidinger J, Goettel K, Homer G. Methodologies for evaluating the socio-economic consequences of large earthquake. Earthquake Spectra 1997; 13(4):565–584.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. A direct simple shear device for measuring small-strain behavior. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal 1995; 18(1):69–85.

Vucetic M, Tufenkjian MR, Doroudian M. Dynamic centrifuge testing of soil nailed excavations. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal 1993; 16(2):172–187.

Conference Proceedings

Shrestha PL, Hamilton DL, Cydzik K, Wardak S, Jordan N, Shaller PJ, Doroudian M. Flood hazard analysis and mitigation. Proceedings, International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society (WEES-2009), pp. 699–706, New Delhi, India, January 12–16, 2009.

Murillo B, Wardak S, Hamilton DL, Shrestha PL, Cydzik K, Doroudian, M. Sedimentation analysis for existing and proposed development conditions. Proceedings, International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society (WEES-2009), pp. 1636–1641, New Delhi, India, January 12–16, 2009.

Shrestha P, Hamilton D, Lyle J, Doroudian M, Shaller P. Analysis of flood hazards for a residential development. Proceedings, ASCE World Environmental and Water Congress, Tampa, FL, May 15–19, 2007.

Shrestha P, Bigham G, Hamilton D, Doroudian M. A three-dimensional model for Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas. Proceedings, ASCE International Perspective on Environmental and Water Resources, New Delhi, India, December 18–20, 2006.

Hamilton D, Shrestha P, Lyle J, Doroudian M, Shaller P. Flood hazard analysis and protection plan for a residential development. Proceedings, ASCE World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Omaha, NE, May 21–25, 2006.

Shaller P, Hamilton D, Shrestha P, Lyle J, Doroudian M. Investigation of flood and debris flow recurrence—Andreas Canyon, San Jacinto Range, Southern California. Proceedings, ASCE World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Omaha, NE, May 21–25, 2006.

Shaller P, Hamilton D, Doroudian M, Shrestha P, Lyle J, Cattarossi A. Investigation of flood hazards on alluvial floodplains. Proceedings, ASCE World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, Anchorage, AK, May 16–19, 2005.

Shrestha P, Hamilton D, Jordan N, Doroudian M, Hong S, Proctor D. Impact of sewage line spills on pathogen levels in recreational waters. Proceedings, ASCE World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, Anchorage, AK, May 16–19, 2005.

Hamilton D, Shaller P, Shrestha P, Lyle J, Doroudian M. Investigating flood hazards on alluvial floodplains. Presentation, Alluvial Fan Flood Hazard Management Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, April 20–22, 2005.

Hamilton D, Shaller P, Lyle J, Doroudian M, Shrestha P. Multi-disciplinary approach to distinguishing flood hazards on alluvial floodplains. Presentation, Arid Regions 10th Biennial Conference, Restoration and Management of Arid Watercourses, Mesa, AZ, November 16–19, 2004.

Shaller P, Hamilton D, Doroudian M, Shrestha P, Lyle J, Cattarossi A. Interpretation of tectonic, fluvial, and eolian landforms in the Upper Coachella Valley, California, using aerial photography, DEM, and LiDAR technology. Poster Presentation, Geological Society of America, Denver Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 7–10, 2004.

Vucetic M, Kocijan J, Doroudian M. Kinematics and failure of soil-nailed excavation models in dynamic centrifuge tests. Proceedings, International Symposium on Landmarks in Earth Reinforcement, Fukuoka, Japan, A.A. Balkema Publisher, Vol. 1, pp. 737–742, 2001.

Lanzo G, Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Small-strain cyclic behavior of Augusta clay in simple shear. Proceedings, 2nd International Symposium on Pre-failure Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS Torino 99, Published by A.A. Balkema, Vol. 1, pp. 213–219, September 1999.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Integration of 3-D geotechnical database of Los Angeles and 1-D nonlinear site response model into a GIS for seismic microzonation. Proceedings, NEHERP Conference and Workshop on Research on the Northridge, California Earthquake of January 1994, Published by Nonprofit Organization “California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering CUREe,” Richmond, CA, Vol. II, Earth Sciences, pp. 189–198.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Small-strain testing in an NGI-type direct simple shear device. Proceedings, XI Danube–European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Pore, Croatia, May 1998.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M, Martin GR. Development of 3-Dimensional geotechnical database for Los Angeles seismic microzonation. Proceedings (on CD-ROM), 11th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier Science Ltd. Publications, Paper No. 2148, Acapulco, Mexico, 1996.

Iskandar V, Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Development of geotechnical database for Palo Alto and its utilization for seismic microzoning. Proceedings (on CD-ROM), 11th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier Science Ltd. Publications, Paper No. 2148, Acapulco, Mexico, 1996.

Vucetic M, Iskandar V, Doroudian M, Luccioni L. Centrifuge testing of the failure mechanism of soil-nailed excavations under dynamic loads. Proceedings, International Symposium on Earth Reinforcement, A.A. Balkema Publisher, Vol. 1, pp. 829–834, Fukuoka, Japan, 1996.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M, Martin GR. Development of geotechnical database for Los Angeles and its potential for seismic microzonation. Proceedings, 5th International Conference on Seismic Zonation, Vol. II, pp. 1512–1514, Nice, France, October 1995.

Vucetic M, Doroudian M, Martin GR. Development of geotechnical site database for Southern California for seismic microzonation. Proceedings, 3rd Annual Caltrans Seismic Workshop, Sacramento, CA, June 1994.

Tufenkjian MR, Vucetic M, Doroudian M. Stability of soil nailed excavations. Proceedings, International Workshop on Technology for Hong Kong’s Infrastructure Development Infrastructure ’91,’ pp. 751–762, Hong Kong, 1991.

Published Conference Abstracts

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Integration of 3-D geotechnical database for Los Angeles and I-D nonlinear site response model into a GIS for seismic microzonation. Proceedings, Northridge Earthquake Research Conference, 42 p., Los Angeles, CA, August 1997.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Densification of the SCEC Geotechnical Database and its integration with a nonlinear site response model in a GIS environment. Proceedings, Southern California Earthquake Center 1997 Annual Meeting, p. 61, Costa Mesa, CA, 1997.

Vucetic M, Doroudian M. Methodology for utilization of SCEC geotechnical database to assess nonlinear site response. Proceedings, Southern California Earthquake Center, 1996 Annual Meeting, pp. 44–45, Palm Springs, CA, 1996.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M, Martin GR. Development of geotechnical database for Los Angeles. Proceedings, 1995 Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geology and the International Symposium for Geoinformatics, Session No. IV, pp. 161–163, Osaka, Japan, 1995.

Research Reports

Vucetic M, Doroudian M, Matesic L. Results of geotechnical laboratory tests on soil samples from the UC San Diego Campus. Report for University of California’s Campus-Laboratory Collaboration (CLC) Program research project “Estimation of the Ground Motion Exposure from Large Earthquakes at Four UC Campuses in Southern California,” UCLA Research Report No. ENG-99-203, Civil and Environmental Eng. Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 110 p., May 1999.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Results of geotechnical laboratory tests on soil samples from the UC Santa Barbara Campus. Report for University of California’s Campus-Laboratory Collaboration (CLC) Program research project:“ Estimation of the Ground Motion Exposure from Large Earthquakes at Four UC Campuses in Southern California,” UCLA Research Report No. ENG-99-203, Civil and Environmental Eng. Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 107 p., April 1999.

Vucetic M, Hsu CC, Doroudian M. Results of cyclic and dynamic simple shear tests on soils from La Cienega Site conducted for ROSRINE project and other research purposes. UCLA Research Report No. ENG-98-200, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 440 p., December 1998.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Development of 3-D geotechnical database and its application to the evaluation of nonlinear site effects and seismic zonation. Research Report No. ENG 97-186, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 347 p., September 1997.

Vucetic M, Doroudian M. Task H-5: Geotechnical site database for Southern California. Final Report to Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, Research Report, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Vol. I, Vol. II, Vol. III, 1546 p., October 1995.

Doroudian M, (with Kajima-CUREe (24 authors). Methodologies for evaluating the socio-economic consequences of large earthquakes. Year Two Report of the Kajima-CUREe Joint Project, Kajima Corporation Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan, 1995.

Vucetic M, Doroudian M. Task H-5: Geotechnical site database for Southern California. Second Year Annual Report to Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, Research Report, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 255 p., May 1994.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. A direct simple shear device for measuring small-strain behavior of soil. Research Report No. ENG 93-185, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 129 p., June 1993.

Vucetic M, Tufenkjian MR, Doroudian M. Dynamic centrifuge testing of soil-nailed excavations—Testing program and procedure. Research Report No. ENG 92-180, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 50 p., June 1992.

Lectures

Doroudian M. Double specimen direct simple shear device for measuring small-strain behavior. Invited instructor at University of Rome, Rome, Italy, November 2002.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Methodology for utilization of SCEC Geotechnical Database to assess nonlinear site response. Taisei Institute of Construction Technology, Taisei Corporation, Yokohama, Japan, November 1994.

Doroudian M. Small-strain behavior of soils in direct simple shear. Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, June 1994.

Doroudian M. Utilization of geotechnical database for seismic microzonation. Kajima Institute of Construction Technology, Kajima Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, June 1994.

Doroudian M. Development of geotechnical database for Palo Alto and its utilization for seismic microzoning. CUREe-Kajima Annual Meeting, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, October 1994.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Geotechnical database for Southern California. NSF Workshop on Scientific Supercomputing, Visualization, and Animation in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology, Carnegie Mellon University, November.

Posters

Shrestha PL, Hamilton D, Jordan N, Lyle JE, Doroudian M, Shaller PJ, Wardak S, Cydzik K, Medellin J. Inland flood hazard analysis and mitigation. Poster, ASCE-EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Conference, Honolulu, HI, May 12-16, 2008.

Wardak S, Murillo B, Hamilton D, Shrestha PL, Doroudian M, Cydzik K, Medellin J, Shaller PJ. Sedimentation analysis in an open channel network for existing and proposed development conditions. Poster, ASCE-EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Conference, Honolulu, HI, May 12-16, 2008.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Cyclic engineering properties of soil at small stains in simple shear device. Poster Session, UC/CLC Earthquake Workshop, San Ramon, CA, March 1997.

Doroudian M, Vucetic M. Methodology for utilization of SCEC Geotechnical Database to assess nonlinear site response. Poster Session, Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, October 1996.

Doroudian M. Development of geotechnical site database for Southern California. Poster Session, NSF/USGS 3rd-Year Review Site Visit of the Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, September 1993.

Doroudian M, Tufenkjian. Seismic stability of soil nailed excavations. EERI, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 1991.


Prior Experience

Project Manager, Bing-Yen and Associates, 1998–2001

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996–1997 

Academic Appointments

Part-time Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997–present

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers—ASCE

ASCE Standards Committee—KSTAT

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute—EERI 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1997
  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1993
  • B.S., Structural Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1991

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #62177

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Arizona, #51184

Licensed Geotechnical Engineer, California, #2815