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Personal Details

Name:                 Alexander Bausk                                            Phone:             [Please contact for number]  

Address:             Chernyshevskogo 24a, 49600,                        E-mail:  
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (GMT+2:00)         Web:      


                                          Structural engineer, FEA and CAD professional with 6 years of experience in structural analysis and design, engineering substantiation, on-site investigations and condition assessment.

                                          Track record in working as a consulting engineer and analyst for projects as diverse as public buildings, non-building structures, heavy structures in the energy, nuclear, and minerals processing sectors, and nuclear power plants’ containments.

                                          Experience with individual clients as well as corporate and government institutions. Strong background with complex standards and regulations frameworks, experience with strictly regulated sectors.

                                          Expert in structural reliability studies with personal input to Ukraine’s nuclear industry regulatory provisions, providing key technical expertise and research abilities for high impact projects such as the nation’s premier reactor license renewal.

                                          CAD professional with 7 years of experience in civil/structural CAD drafting and 3D modelling as well as CAD supervision and workflow management.     

Career Objective

                                          To contribute my skills in a responsible structural engineering, analysis or research position in an engineering consultancy, construction company or research institution.

Professional Skills

Engineering/Design:    Strong skills in steel, concrete design and condition assessment, closed-form analysis and structural FEA, stress analysis, engineering substantiation. Skills supported with 6 years of relevant experience in the industrial, public and residential sectors.
Extensive experience with field measurements, on-site instrumentation, engineering survey, materials testing and engineering calculations.

Ability to quickly learn new design guidelines and codes as well as implement and develop enterprise practices. Familiar with the Eurocodes and BS standards.

CAD/Drafting:                Expert CAD user with 7 years experience in structural and civil drafting. Professional knowledge of AutoCAD and verticals, 5 years of experience in CAD application programming. Strong skills in managing team drafting workflow. Good experience with drawings and deliverables quality assurance. Strong experience with 3D modelling and analysis. Familiar with StruCAD, SAP2000 and Tekla software, limited experience with Bentley Microstation.

Management:                  Skills in teamwork coordination ― from developing standards and work guidelines to helping team members reach better productivity. General experience in supervising junior designers.
Aimed at boosting drafters productivity by making the drafting process easier.

Structural/FEA:             6 years of hands-on structural analysis experience (static, dynamic incl. seismic, nonlinear). Advanced skills in Finite Element Analysis (structural FEA) using ANSYS, SCAD, LIRA, Robot, STAAD, CalculiX. Experienced with computer algebra and numerical analysis packages (MATLAB, MathCAD, Octave etc.).

General:                           Organisational skills, tested ability to adequately respond to challenge and work under pressure. Good attitude towards both teamwork and independent action.
Proven experience in meeting deadlines, exeptionally fast learning and self-education.
Good training and lecturing skills, public speaking experience.

Educational Background

2005 – 2007                   PhC (PhD equivalent) in Structural Engineering from Pridniprovska State Academy for Civil Engineering and Architecture (PSACEA), Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Degree awarded (8 Oct 2008, Dipl. No. 048151).

2003 – 2004                   MSc (Hons.) in Structural Engineering, from PSACEA, graduated September 2004.

1999 – 2003                   BSc (Hons.) in Structural Engineering, from PSACEA, graduated July 2003.

Professional Record

2007 – Present               Nuclear Structures Research Lab, Institute for Advanced Construction at  Pridniprovska State Academy for Civil Engineering and ArchitectureProject Engineer, Civil/Structural

Employer Summary:    Founded in 1981, the NSRL at PSACEA{…} is the key organization supporting the country’s nuclear infrastructure, providing engineering and research services to many major industrial entities in Ukraine and Russia. A division of PSACEA (a major high school and technical research center), it is widely recognized by the construction industry members for completing varied projects in condition assessment, structural design and analysis, safety monitoring, projected service life research and other services in the heavy industry and energy sectors.

Key Duties:                     Managing daily work of up to 12 engineers and designers and supervising quality of drafters’ output. Delivering structural analysis and substantiation of complex nuclear structures and multi-storey public buildings. Conducting negotiations with clients and subcontractors. Preparing training programs on FEA, design and workflow guidelines for engineering interns. Developing regulatory documents for major clients in the nuclear sector. Support of tender submittals. Consulting architects and engineers on analysis-specific issues. Directing organization’s overall CAD strategy. Developing and enforcing enterprise-level CAD/BIM policies.

Accomplishments:        Successfully delivered analysis, design and detailing for new and rehabilitated structures in industrial and public sectors. Served as EOR in varied structural rehabilitation/retrofit projects. Conducted a research on structural reliability methods later included in regulatory documentation. Delivered high-quality analysis and supervised the execution of design documents. Participated in numerous on-site investigations of industrial, public and residential structures resulting in safety reports and retrofit projects.

2005 – 2007                   Nuclear Structures Laboratory at PSACEAStructural Design and CAD Engineer

Key Duties:                     Managing structural and civil CAD assignments of a team of up to 8 persons, liaising with consultants, subcontractors and clients, developing guidelines and standards for efficient completion of engineering, analysis and drafting tasks. Delivering calculations for medium-sized projects in varied industries. Developing rehabilitation projects for public buildings and industries, performing engineering substantiation and condition reports on existing structures. Managing team CAD policies, consulting on CAD and FE analysis issues. Managing drafting tasks, performing on-site structural inspections, in-situ instrumentation and survey.

Accomplishments:        Developed a workflow policy and supporting CAD software that increased drafters’ productivity by approx. 60% and allowed to standardize the drafting process.
Developed an enterprise-level CAD standard as well as working guidelines that helped engineers to migrate from manual drafting to CAD.

Worked in liaison with engineers and clients to ensure documents consistency.
Enforced transition of drawing and report files, code documents database and other design data to a shared document server, allowing to increase productivity. Designed and detailed medium-sized steel and concrete structures, performed FEA studies on numerous assessment projects. Established and led monthly workshops (6-10 attendees) to share advanced drafting techniques and engineering knowledge.

2004 – 2005                   Nuclear Structures Laboratory at PSACEA ― Researcher (Structural Reliability)

Key Duties:                     Performing studies on advanced safety analysis methods in scope of doctoral research on systems reliability. Results implementation into nuclear structural reliability and license renewal practices.

Accomplishments:        Along with completion of C.Phil. dissertation, developed a novel practical method for second-order uncertainty analysis and implemented the numeric procedure.

2003 – 2004                   Nuclear Structures Laboratory at PSACEA ― CAD Technician (part–time employment)

Experience (Structural) – Selected Highlights

11/2009 – 12/2010      Structural safety reanalysis and seismic qualification of the South-Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant units 1&2, Rivne Nuclear Power Plant units 1&2 (Each unit sized approx. 185000 cu. m, and involved numerous minor structures)

                                          This large-scale structural reanalysis task included structural/stress analysis and durability calculations of four major nuclear industry facilities, and was quite an accomplishment for the Ukraine’s energy sector. Performed as Project Engineer and Chief Safety Analyst. Delivered structural calculations, FEA and safety studies, lead field operations involving security clearance and radiation safety, developed structural reliability reports, and presented my team and its work at collaborative meetings with the clients and the regulation authorities.

02/2008 – 12/2009      Safety analysis, seismic qualification and rehabilitation design of 4 public hospitals sizing 20000 sqm each and accounting for over 8 millions USD in structural rehabilitation investments. Appointed as Principal Structural Engineer on this project.

11/2007 – 02/2008      Industrial building rehabilitation project made for Erlan Co., a leading Ukrainian beverage/foods producer

                                          A goal was set to retrofit an existing weathered brickwork structure to accommodate a fully equipped product storage area. The implementation included preliminary field inspection, structural condition assessment, design, detailing, and production supervision of steel roof trusses and other steelwork, concrete foundations, indoor ramps and concrete retaining walls. Total retrofit area 25000 sqm.

                                          Managerial skills were tested by checking subcontractor’s designs, participation with the client’s architect, and making the team members meet strict deadlines.

                                          The project site was located abroad and much of the work was done remotely.

02/2007 – 06/2007      Survey and long-time monitoring of a tunnel kiln at a plant of HeidelbergCement Group, the global leader in cement production

                                          One of many tasks of this type, involved on-site measurements using advanced laser equipment, reporting and calculations, delivery of drawings and settlement charts.

05/2006                          Consulting in the investigation of a pallet rack system collapse, for Polyfarb, an enterprise of PPG Group, the world leader in coating materials

                                          Appointed as consultant engineer to report expert opinion on the case of steel pallet rack collapse due to overloading. Being in charge of 2 junior technicians, performed initial inspection, coordinated work on the expertise report, performed stress analysis of the rack structure, and participated in face-to-face negotiations with the rack vendor.

Additional Information

Languages:                      English ― fluent; written German; limited written French skills.
Russian, Ukrainian ― native speaker.

Publications:                  Research papers published at the International Conference for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (Toronto 2007: available online), International Conference for Theoretical Foundations of Civil Engineering (Warsaw 2005, 2007), market analysis article on BIM prospects at (available online).

Research Highlights:    Participated in the development of international regulatory standards for nuclear energy facilities (RD 0624-2005, Monitoring of Nuclear Power Plant Structures);
quired Ph.C. degree on advanced safety assessment methods for managing uncertainty in structural analysis/FEA.

Memberships:                American Society for Civil Engineering (student member).
American Concrete Institute (student member).

References:                     Available upon request.


Written by Alexander Bausk

June 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

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  1. […] This blog’s goal is to give fellow engineers and friends an updated information source about my work (like finite element analysis, enigneering software or AutoCAD programming and CAD management on You also might be interested in reading and downloading my CV. […]

  2. Hi Alex,
    I came to know you through seaint digest.I am happy to know you as an experinced structural engineer.I have done my structural engineering ( in structural engineer-2003) from People’s friendship university of Russia. But couldn’t practice as a structural designer.I work as a supervisor in a construction company. I wanted to know if there is any association of structural engineers (russian speakers)which i can have access from internet? Can i find Russian codes and books in internet?


    February 8, 2010 at 7:11 am

    • Hello Ram,
      sorry for delaying my answer.
      This forum and site – – pretty much covers almost all communication needs for a Russian-speaking structural engineer. – is a directory of codes, books and other scanned sources in Russian.


      August 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

  3. When I use my search engine to look for blogs to read yours has come up several times on different categories. That just made me want to read it more, I can see why. It is excellent. Keep up the awesome work and I will continue reading.

  4. Asking questions are truly nice thing if you are not understanding anything entirely,
    however this post provides fastidious understanding yet.

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