Gary Chock has been engaged in structural engineering since 1980 and his work includes the tallest buildings in the State of Hawaii as well as numerous resorts, commercial buildings, and military facilities in the Pacific region. For the past 20 years, he has also been the principal investigator for the firm’s research work on multi-hazard analysis and planning, with emphasis on use of GIS analysis, building damage and building performance studies. His work has involved tsunami, earthquake, and hurricane hazard research, building risk assessments, hazard mitigation planning, coastal flooding hazards, building code development, and emergency response planning. Under his leadership, Martin & Chock has established expertise in structural engineering and blast analysis, engineering research, and GIS and risk analysis. Mr. Chock has served the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii over numerous years as President (2007), Vice President, Director, and as Chair of its Special Inspection, Building Code, Legislative, Seismic Zonation, and Education Committees. He now serves as SEAOH’s voting representative on the Hawaii State Building Code Council that decides on the codes and standards to be utilized statewide. Mr. Chock is also an approved data custodian under a DD 2345 Militarily Critical Data Agreement, and he performs Blast Effect Analysis and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection for military installations using FOUO methodologies of the US Army Corps of Engineers Protective Design Center. Gary Chock was selected by Engineering News Record as one of the 25 Top Newsmakers of 2011 for his work for ASCE SEI on developing a national standard for tsunami resistant design and for leading the ASCE SEI reconnaissance of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Tsunami. His was the first group from the US to comprehensively survey the tsunami-damaged Tohoku coastline of Honshu, Japan. In 2010. he was awarded the ASCE Hawaii Chapter Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement for Windspeed Mapping for the State of Hawaii Incorporating Topographic Effects. He developed uniform-risk wind speed GIS-based mapping products and topographic design provisions for adoption as County and State code amendments to the International Building Code.
S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2013