Ibrahim Erdem
Ibrahim Erdem, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Senior Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • New York

Dr. Erdem specializes in structural analysis and performance of structures. His structural investigations have included evaluation of reinforced concrete structures, structural and light-gage steel components and connections, masonry walls, wood construction, and composite girders. Dr. Erdem has investigated several structural collapses that have included buildings, cranes, roofs, bridges, masonry walls, cold formed steel walls, scaffolding, swimming pools, and retaining walls. He also has significant experience in condition assessment of buildings and industrial structures, in adjacent construction and evaluation of building components according to applicable building codes and standards.

Dr. Erdem has investigated and developed repair/strengthening techniques for masonry walls, concrete structures and steel members. He has evaluated the cause(s), scope, nature and appropriate repairs for damage to industrial facilities and other buildings during Hurricane Sandy. Dr. Erdem studied the Bingol, Turkey region in May 2003 after a very damaging earthquake, collecting data from damaged or collapsed buildings to assist in a damage assessment project. He assisted in evaluation of the documents and reports on numerous collapsed structures due to 1999 Marmara Earthquake. As part of his investigations, Dr. Erdem often utilizes state-of-the-art computer modeling to determine the behavior of complex structural systems under extreme loading.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Erdem was a research assistant at Cornell University, where he conducted nondestructive testing (impact echo) of graphite rods and developed a new finite element model of the human thoracolumbar spine. Besides being a teaching assistant for several classes, he was the instructor for a graduate level course on concrete structures for two semesters.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2008
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2003
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2001

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #PEN 28105

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #091572

Licensed Structural Engineer, Illinois, #081.007284

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Jersey, #24GE05042900

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, # PE082907

LANGUAGES

  • Turkish

Publications

Erdem I, Peraza DB. A case study on a partial collapse of a building with light gage steel framing system. Proceedings, 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, 2015.

Erdem I, Peraza DB. A case study on construction defects of reinforced concrete walls with insulated concrete forms. Proceedings, 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, 2015.

Dolhon AM, Erdem I. Survey of the means of egress provisions in construction codes in the city of New York. Proceedings, 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, 2015.

Erdem I, Peraza D. Challenges in renovation of vintage buildings. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000666.

Dolhon AM, Peraza DB, Erdem I, Ratakonda R. Best practices for conducting pre-construction surveys: Lessons learned from construction claims. Proceedings, 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering of the ASCE, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

Drerup MJ, Erdem I, Anthony RW. Trouble under foot—In situ and laboratory investigation of engineered wood flooring. Proceedings, 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering of the ASCE, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

Erdem I, Truumees E, van der Meulen CHM. Simulation of the behaviour of the L1 vertebra for different material properties and loading conditions. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, in press.

Ratakonda R, Erdem I, Peraza D. Lessons learned: An investigation into a gantry crane collapse during its disassembly in the USA has produced findings that could help prevent a recurrence. International Cranes and Specialized Transport, October 2011; 53–54.

Erdem I, Akyuz U. Analytical investigation of lateral strength of masonry infilled RC frames retrofitted with CFRP. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities 2010; 24(4):302–310.

Ratakonda R, Erdem I. Traditional analytical methods underestimate the stresses at beam copes. Proceedings, ASCE Structures Congress, Orlando, FL, May 12–15, 2010.

Erdem I. Noninvasive evaluations of slender graphite rods and human thoracolumbar spine. Ph.D. Dissertation, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, January 2008.

Erdem I. Transient elastic impact response of slender graphite rods. Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation 2007; 26(2–4):89–96.

Aquino W, Erdem I. Implementation of the modified compression field theory in a tangent stiffness-based finite element formulation. Journal of Steel and Composite Structures 2007; 7(4):263–278.

Erdem I, Akyuz U, Ersoy U, Ozcebe G. An experimental study on two different strengthening techniques for RC frames. Engineering Structures 2006; 28(3):1843–1851.

Erdem I. Strengthening of existing reinforced concrete frames. M.S. Thesis, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, August 2003.

Book Chapter

Erdem I, Akyuz U, Ersoy U, Ozcebe G. A comparative study on the strengthening of RC frames. Seismic Assessment and Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings, S.T. Wasti and G. Ozcebe (eds.), Vol. IV/29, pp. 407–432, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, 2003.

Presentations

Erdem I, Peraza DB. A case study on a partial collapse of a building with light gage steel framing system. 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, ASCE, Miami, FL, 2015.

Erdem I, Peraza DB. A case study on construction defects of reinforced concrete walls with insulated concrete forms. 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, ASCE, Miami, FL, 2015.

Erdem I, Peraza DB. Errors and omissions in the structural renovation of a vintage building. 2013 ASCE Structures Congress, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2013.

Erdem I, Dolhon AM. Magnetite concrete in the nuclear industry. American Concrete Institute Spring Convention, Tampa, FL, April 2011.

Erdem I, Carnahan RA, McDonald B, Sire RS, Ross B. The Bellevue crane disaster. ASCE Forensic Engineering Symposium, New York, NY, June 2010.

Erdem I, Truumees E, van der Meulen M. Stresses in the L2 vertebra under different loading conditions. American Society of Biomechanics 2007 Annual Conference, Stanford University, 2007.

Erdem I, Akyuz U. Nonlinear analyses of two strengthened infilled RC frames. 6th International Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey, 2004.

Erdem I, Akyuz U, Ersoy U, Ozcebe G. Experimental and analytical studies on the strengthening of RC frames. 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Paper No. 673, Vancouver, Canada, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers, Metropolitan Section, Forensic Engineering Committee

American Concrete Institute

American Institute of Steel Construction

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Engineering Structures

ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities

Journal of Steel and Composite Structures

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2008
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2003
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2001

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #PEN 28105

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #091572

Licensed Structural Engineer, Illinois, #081.007284

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Jersey, #24GE05042900

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, # PE082907

LANGUAGES

  • Turkish