ERIC JACQUES

PhD Student & Consultant

I like solving unique and challenging civil engineering problems. My solution toolbox is always full of refreshing ideas. Feel free to look around my website.

  • Eric Jacques
  • Canadian
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • eric@ericjacques.com
  • www.ericjacques.com
  • www.rcblast.ca

Employment

  • Blast Expert2010 - Present

    Self-Employed/University of Ottawa

    Developed software program RCBlast for integrated dynamic inelastic response history analysis of reinforced concrete elements subjected to blast-induced shock waves.

    Contracted to provide technical expertise and experimental testing services for the following projects:

    • Blast resistant doors: product development and testing - Ambico Limited

    • Blast testing of window assemblies – Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

    • Blast vulnerability assessment of the East Block of the Parliament of Canada – Public Works and Government Services Canada.

    • Blast testing of GFRP retrofitted reinforced concrete columns – Fyfe Asia Pte. Ltd.

    • Development of pressure-impulse diagrams for blast vulnerability screening software – Public Works and Government Services Canada.

    • Investigation of high-strain rate effects on wood beams – Canadian Wood Council.

    • Dynamic Cable Testing – J.L.Richards and Associates Ltd.

  • Teaching Assistant2009 - 2012

    University of Ottawa

    Led graduate and undergraduate level tutorials, laboratory sessions and discussion groups in a variety of subjects, including advanced reinforced concrete design and analysis, fundamentals of structural analysis using computer methods, and mechanics of materials.

  • Research Assistant2009; 2011 - Present

    University of Ottawa

    Assisted fellow graduate students with the successful planning, fabrication, and execution of experimental research projects. Topics of study include: dynamic shock tube testing of critical reinforced concrete elements; pseudo-dynamic testing of structures to resist earthquake motion, and; static testing.

  • Field Engineer2007 - 2008

    EllisDon Corporation

    Coordinated construction activities with trades and vendors, and performed quality control inspects. Gave weekly site safety briefings and enforced EllisDon safe work practices on-site.

Education

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering2011 - Present

    University of Ottawa

    Currently performing experimental research studying the effect of high-strain rates on the bond characteristics between reinforcing steel and concrete. Recipient of NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (PGS-D 2011-2013).

    Member of the Structures Lab Safety Committee, responsible for lab-centric safety policies, regulations, and procedures for use by students and staff, as well as the development of a lab-specific safety course.

  • M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering2009-2011

    University of Ottawa

    Thesis titled "Blast Retrofit of Reinforced Concrete Slabs and Walls." My thesis received the 2011 University of Ottawa Commission on Graduate Studies in Sciences Prize. Recipient of NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M 2009-2010).

Awards and Honours

    • 2011 University of Ottawa Commission on Graduate Studies in Sciences Prize recognizing an excellent master's thesis in the Sciences.

    • 1st place prize – “Innovative and Cost Effective Blast Retrofit of Wood Framed Structures,” 2011 National Security Innovation Competition, Colorado Springs, USA, April 2011.

    • 2nd place prize – “Blast Retrofit of Reinforced Concrete Slabs and Walls,” 2011 University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering Research Day Poster Competition, January 2011.

    • 1st place prize – “The Use of Advanced Composite Technology for Mitigating Blast Risk in Structures,” 2010 National Security Innovation Competition, Colorado Springs, USA, May 2010.

General Skills and Abilities

  • Structural analysis

  • Dynamic analysis

  • FE modelling

  • Programming

  • Fabrication

  • Experim. testing

Extracurriculars

    • Regular volunteer for University of Ottawa events

    • Member (as captain, assistant captain, and player) of numerous sports teams

    • National level Ultimate Frisbee player with co-ed competitive team GLIDE

    • Snowboarding

    • Travelling

    • Bicycling

    • Starcraft

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