David J. Kerkes, Ph.D., P.E.

Consulting Geotechnical (Civil) Engineer

Biographical Sketch

I am an independent geotechnical consultant with over thirty years of civil engineering experience.   I am a registered professional engineer in several states, and I hold a doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a specialty in geotechnical engineering.   My experience includes the various aspects of analysis and design, project management, estimating and scheduling, engineering administration, construction management, construction quality assurance, and the supervision of technical staff.   I have been responsible for the preparation of technical proposals, feasibility studies, design reports, construction drawings, and specification packages, and have submitted reports to various local, state, and federal agencies.

I am on the roster of consultants to the Asian Development Bank for my expertise and experience in geotechnical engineering.   I have had major roles in the design and construction of earth and rockfill dams for water resource development projects in the United States, Southeast Asia, and South America, and I have served as a senior review consultant for dam projects in the United States and overseas.   I also have considerable experience in the geoenvironmental field and have worked on numerous projects for the major national waste disposal companies on both municipal and hazardous waste landfills.   I have been directly involved in landfill permitting, design, and construction quality assurance of composite soil and geosynthetic liner systems, as well as leachate collection systems.   My work includes the stability of final cover systems and the evaluation of the long-term settlement and stability of waste impoundments.   I am a member of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's ad hoc committee on the use of waste as ballast for landfills constructed below the seasonal high groundwater level.   I have served on a technical assistance contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and in that capacity I performed assessments of earth dams, natural slopes, and landfills damaged by natural disasters.

I provide my expertise to engineering firms and law firms on a variety of projects, including the design of storm water detention ponds, groundwater seepage analyses, landfill design, the evaluation of existing dams, settlement and consolidation analyses of earth structures and shallow foundations, stability analysis of slopes and deep excavations, analysis and design of retaining walls and sheet pile structures, and the design of flood control levees.   In addition, I am an experienced engineering educator and served on the faculty of the University of Connecticut as Assistant Department Head of Civil Engineering for four and a half years. I am actively involved in continuing education and have taught courses on the shear strength of soil and numerical analyses of problems in settlement and consolidation, which I also taught nationally for the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Ph.D., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, University of Colorado, 1990
M.S., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1975
B.S.E., Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1971

Professional Affiliations

United States Society on Dams (USSD)
Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Societies)

International Experience

I have worked on projects in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Guyana, Colombia, and Peru. I am a former United States Peace Corps volunteer, and worked on community development projects in Thailand from 1971 to 1973. I still have a basic working knowledge of Thai, and I have basic language skills in Spanish.

International projects that I have worked on include, but are not limited to the following:

La Regadera Dam, Colombia
Recreta Dam, Peru
Black Bush Irrigation Project, Guyana
Wadaslintang Dam, Indonesia
Citanduy River Basin Development Project, Indonesia
Magat Dam, the Philippines
Small Dams for Medium Scale Irrigation, Thailand

List of Clients

Arias & Associates, Inc.
Asian Development Bank
Boyle Engineering Corporation
Coughlan, Crowson, Fitzpatrick, et. al.
D. Miller & Associates
Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall
Emergency Response Program Management Consultants
Engineering Consultants, Inc.
ESA Consultants Inc.
Espey, Huston & Associates, Inc.
Golder Associates Inc.
GSE Lining Technology, Inc.
Hagans, Bobb & Burdine, P.C.
Howrey, Simon, Arnold, & White, LLP
Hilcorp Energy Company
HTS Consultants, Inc.
Ingenieria y Recursos Hidricos Ltda.
Insight Engineering, L.P.
Kleinfelder, Inc.
McBride-Ratcliff & Associates, Inc.
Morrison-Knudsen Engineers, Inc.
Office of The Harris County Attorney
Paradigm Consultants, Inc.
PBS&J (Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan), Inc.
Pepe & Hazard, LLP
Raytheon Engineers & Constructors
Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Solum Engineering, Inc.
States West Water Resources Corporation
Steffen, Robertson & Kirsten
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Dam Safety)

David J. Kerkes, Ph.D., P.E.
Consulting Geotechnical Engineer
1311 Mustang Trail
Kingwood, Texas 77339   U.S.A.

281-358-5155             dkerkes@earthlink.net