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Mr. Oliphant began his professional career in 1974 as a Civil Engineering Officer in the United States Air Force. He has since accumulated thirty-eight plus years of professional expertise related to the structural design and manufacturing of tubular steel poles, prestressed concrete poles, and fiberglass composite poles used to support a variety of critical infrastructure including electrical power lines, athletic field and other lighting systems, and wireless communications equipment. Mr. Oliphant has authored and presented numerous technical papers relating to the design and manufacturing of various types of pole structures. He has become an expert in the forensic analysis of steel and concrete pole failures. He is a charter member of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE and is currently an active member of the SEI Committee on Electrical Transmission Structures. In 2010, Mr. Oliphant received the Gene Wilhoite Award presented by SEI for his significant contributions to the advancement of the “Art and Science of Transmission Line Engineering”. He is an inventor/co-inventor on five patents related to design and manufacturing of electrical transmission pole structures. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, a Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, a Member of the American Welding Society, and a past Correspondent of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. Mr. Oliphant is a graduate of Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, and the University of Houston with a graduate degree in Business Administration. He is Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.
SEI Fellow Since 2012