Bob Bailey
James R. "Bob" Bailey, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE
Senior Managing Engineer & Office Director
Buildings & Structures
Houston

Dr. Bailey is a licensed Professional Engineer in nine states and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. For 36 years, Dr. Bailey has served as a technical consultant, project manager, and researcher for private industry, universities, and government. As a Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Building & Structures practice, he brings specialized expertise to areas related to civil and structural engineering, wind engineering, and construction materials.

Dr. Bailey has investigated performance problems for wood, metal, and concrete components of various types of structures from large concrete domes and heavy-duty pavements to roof drainage systems. He has conducted in-depth reviews of civil, architectural, and structural drawings; engineering calculations; and the Standard of Care of the Engineer of Record. He has expertise in past and current building codes, and has evaluated and performed repair cost estimates for damaged structures.

Dr. Bailey has conducted hundreds of on-site surveys investigating numerous building envelope and roofing systems for damage caused by hail, wind, and construction errors. He has documented storm damage to health, industrial, educational, and offshore energy facilities in the aftermath of numerous storm event from hurricanes Irene in 1999 to Harvey in 2017, the Oklahoma City Tornado (1999), and the April-May 2011 Tornado Outbreak. He has extensive expertise in determining the risk exposure of commercial and industrial properties to hazards associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding.

Dr. Bailey’s past work at ExxonMobil included wind load and structural analyses of drilling, semi-submersible, and floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) structures; development of well completion and workover programs for domestic and overseas affiliates; and conducting research and teaching classes on well completions and cementing.

Dr. Bailey has served as a lecturer in the private sector and at the university level on subjects related to wind and petroleum engineering. He also has been responsible for the design of test facilities and the development of test programs related to construction and energy. Dr. Bailey is the past Presiding Officer of a five member expert panel that developed a methodology for assigning losses to a TWIA-insured property caused by wind and wave which was subsequently adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance in March 2017. He is also a past member of the ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Subcommittee; past Chair of the ASCE Petrochemical Wind Load Task Committee; and served on an API 4F sub-committee assigned to revise specifications and guidelines for determining wind loads on drilling structures.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1989
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1984
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1982
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

    ASCE Wind Loads on Petrochemical Structures Task Committee (2005-present)

    ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Subcommittee (2012-2016)

    Institute for Energy Law (2011- present)

    Texas Tech University Civil Engineering Advisory Council (2007-2012)

    American Petroleum Institute Spec 4F Wind Engineering Subcommittee (2005-2006)

    Recipient of the Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Energy Award from ASCE (2016)

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Engineer, State of Florida, #67773

Professional Engineer, State of Georgia, #PE033027

Professional Engineer, State of Hawaii, #12820

Professional Engineer, State of Louisiana, #33830

Professional Engineer, State of Mississippi, #26488

Professional Engineer, State of South Carolina, #26408

Professional Engineer, State of Tennessee, #114185

Professional Engineer, State of Texas, #74911

Professional Engineer, State of Wisconsin, #42337-6

Publications

Bailey, JR. Tornado risk assessments of two electrical power plants located in Indiana operated by NiSource, Report prepared for a New Jersey-based risk management company, August 2017.

Bailey, JR. Risk-based design for critical facilities. Power Market Review 2016. Willis Towers Watson, November 2016.

Bailey JR, Shrestha PL, et al. Analysis of maximum probable storm surge at the South Texas Project site. Proceedings, ASCE EWRI Conference, Seattle, WA, June 2014.

Bailey, JR. Hurricane risk assessment of a planned carbon capture facility located in Southeast Texas operated by NRG Energy, Inc., Report prepared for a California-based risk management company, February 2014.

Bailey, JR. Hurricane risk assessments of five electrical power plants located in the Caribbean and Hawaii operated by the AES Corporation, Report prepared for a California-based risk management company, November 2012.

Bailey JR. Feasibility study of an Alaskan LNG plant. Report prepared for an Asian-based consortium of companies, March 2012.

Bailey JR, et al. Wind loads for petrochemical and other industrial facilities. American Society of Civil Engineers, September 2011.

Bailey, JR. Hurricane risk assessment of two wind farms located in South Texas operated by EoN Climate and Renewable. Report prepared for a California-based risk management company, June 2011.

Bailey JR. Wind risk assessment of the ThyssenKrupp steel plant located in Mississippi. Report prepared for a California-based risk management company, November 2010.

Bailey JR, Cantor R, et al. An approach to business vulnerability and risk assessments related to climate change. SPE International Conference on Health, Safety & Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 2010.

Bailey JR. A hurricane risk assessment and mitigation plan for CHRISTUS hospitals located in Texas and Louisiana. Report prepared for CHRISTUS Health, July 2009.

Bailey JR. Study of Major Revenue Interruption Risks in the Gulf of Mexico. Report prepared for a major oil and gas operator headquartered in the United States, July 2009.

Bailey JR, Gilbert RT, et al. Wind load considerations for existing petrochemical structures. Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Austin, TX, May 2009.

Bailey JR, Levitan ML. Lessons learned and mitigation options for hurricanes. Process Safety Progress, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2008.

Bailey JR. Finding the breaking point. Report documenting window performance following the 2004 Florida hurricanes. Prepared in conjunction with the Protecting People First Foundation, Wickford, RI, April 2005.

Bailey JR. Flood hazard assessment of critical NASA assets at the Johnson Space Center. Report prepared for NASA management by ABS Consulting, July 2004.

Bailey JR, Johnson G. Learning from experience – a Risk-based approach to assess windstorm exposures at the Kennedy Space Center. Global Reinsurance, April 2001.

Bailey JR. Wind hazard assessment of critical NASA assets at the Johnson Space Center. Report prepared for NASA management by ABS Consulting, February 2001.

Bailey JR. Vulnerability assessment of Harris County to hurricane winds. Report prepared for the Harris County Commissioners Court by EQE International, June 2000.

Bailey JR. Wind and flood hazard assessment of Critical NASA assets at the Kennedy Space Center. Report prepared for NASA management by EQE International, June 2000.

Bailey JR, Vallabahn CVG, et al. Experimental verification of the theoretical solution of laminated glass units. Proceedings, Advanced Composites Materials in Civil Engineering Structures Materials Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, Las Vegas, NV, 1991 (paper awarded Best of Session, Spring 1991, by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers).

Bailey JR, Minor JE, Tock RW. Changes in Seal Shapes of Structurally Glazed Insulating Glass Units, ASTM STP 1069, T. F. O’Connor, ed., ASTM, Philadelphia, PA, 1990, pp. 42–52.

Bailey JR, Minor JE. Structural glazing tests show wind pressure effects. Glass Digest 1989 Oct; 68–76.

Bailey JR, Minor JE, Tock RW. Response of structurally glazed insulating glass units to wind pressures, Proceedings, 6th U.S. Conference on Wind Engineering, Houston, TX, March 8–10, 1989.

Bailey JR, McDonald JR. Impact Resistance of masonry walls to tornado-generated missiles. Proceedings, 3rd North American Masonry Conference, Arlington, TX, June 3–5.

Presentations

Bailey JR, Shrestha PL, et al. Analysis of maximum probable storm surge at the South Texas Project site. ASCE EWRI Conference, Seattle, WA, June 2014.

Bailey JR. Presentation of evidence—How to keep the jury interested. Cooper & Scully 8th Annual Construction Symposium, Dallas, TX, February 1, 2013.

Bailey JR. Winds and rain a-comin—Hurricanes, structures and potential risks. Texas Association of Defense Council, Spring Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, April 27, 2012.

Bailey JR. Preparing for the worst—Is the nation prepared for natural disasters? American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Spring Leadership Meeting, Charleston, SC, May 17, 2012.

Bailey JR. Probable maximum surge and seiche flooding at a coastal nuclear power plant located in the United States, Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD, November 30, 2010.

Bailey JR, Griffith M. Natural hazard risk assessment and mitigation for nuclear facilities. WebEx presentation, March 2, 2010.

Bailey JR. Lessons learned and mitigation options for hurricanes. Spring National Meeting, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), April 2008.

Bailey JR. Vulnerability of industrial facilities. Reinsurance Association of America Cat Modeling 2006 Conference, Tampa, FL, February 23, 2006.

Bailey JR. Safe haven considerations at industrial sites. The Private Industry Workshop, National Hurricane Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 22, 2005.

Bailey JR. Finding the breaking point. International Code Council, Tampa, FL, February 12, 2005.

Bailey JR. Identifying protective areas for people in buildings. International Conference on Wind Engineering, Texas Tech University, June 2, 2003.

Bailey JR. Assessment of extreme wind effects on industrial facilities. The Private Industry Workshop, National Hurricane Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 17, 2003.

Bailey JR. Assessing the impacts of hurricanes and earthquakes. Association for Facilities Engineering Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 25, 2001.

Bailey JR. Using Digital PhysicsTM to calculate wind loads on structures. ASCE Structures Conference, Washington, DC, May 2001.

Bailey JR. Don’t let your critical assets blow away. Houston Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), October 18, 2000.

Bailey JR. Impact resistance of wood products subjected to simulated tornado missiles. International Timber Engineering Conference, Seattle, WA, 1988.

Prior Experience

Manager, Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division, ABS Consulting (formerly EQE International), 2004–2006

Senior Project Engineer, Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division, ABS Consulting (formerly EQE International), 2001–2004

Project Engineer, Extreme Loads and Structural Risk Division, ABS Consulting (formerly EQE International), 1998–2001

Engineering Specialist, Offshore Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Center (formerly Exxon Production Research Company), 1994–199

Senior Project Engineer, Drilling and Completions Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Center (formerly Exxon Production Research Company), 1992–1994

Project Engineer, Drilling and Completions Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Center (formerly Exxon Production Research Company), 1990–1992

Lecturer and Research Associate, Civil Engineering Department, Texas Tech University, 1989–1990

Project Engineer, Drilling and Completions Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Center (formerly Exxon Production Research Company), 1990–1992

Lecturer and Research Associate, Civil Engineering Department, Texas Tech University, 1989–1990

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

American Association of Wind Engineers (AAWE)

American Petroleum Institute (API) Spec 4F Wind Engineering Subcommittee

ASCE Wind Load on Petrochemical Structures Task Committee

Texas Tech University Civil Engineering Advisory Council (2007–2012)

Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1989
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1984
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1982
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

    ASCE Wind Loads on Petrochemical Structures Task Committee (2005-present)

    ASCE 7-16 Wind Load Subcommittee (2012-2016)

    Institute for Energy Law (2011- present)

    Texas Tech University Civil Engineering Advisory Council (2007-2012)

    American Petroleum Institute Spec 4F Wind Engineering Subcommittee (2005-2006)

    Recipient of the Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Energy Award from ASCE (2016)

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Engineer, State of Florida, #67773

Professional Engineer, State of Georgia, #PE033027

Professional Engineer, State of Hawaii, #12820

Professional Engineer, State of Louisiana, #33830

Professional Engineer, State of Mississippi, #26488

Professional Engineer, State of South Carolina, #26408

Professional Engineer, State of Tennessee, #114185

Professional Engineer, State of Texas, #74911

Professional Engineer, State of Wisconsin, #42337-6