Jan Moore recently joined Reaveley as a project engineer. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University of California Berkeley and brings eight years of industry experience working for national structural consulting firms in the San Francisco area as well as Zurich, Switzerland.
She chose the field of structural engineering because of her love for math and architecture. “I’ve always loved math but really became engaged when I recognized math was a means to solve problems. And inherently my strength lies in problem solving,” explains Jan.
While in college she took a history of architecture class and was fascinated by architecture’s impact on society. “I enjoy thinking of the ways architecture can change our moods or the way we all function and interact,” she says. “I especially appreciate the skill architects possess and enjoy having a supportive role in the design and construction process.”
When asked about a project she is most proud of working on, Jan points to the KARISMA benchmark project. The soil-structure-interaction prediction benchmark project was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency and created in response to the Niigataken-Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake (NCOE). The magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred on July 16, 2007, off the coast of Japan. The earthquake affected the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Tokyo Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station located just 16 km from the epicenter.
Jan led a team to develop soil-structure-interaction analysis tools to predict the seismic response of one of the reactor buildings. “We were able to compare our predictions with experts around the world and to compare results with real measured data,” explains Jan. “I was very proud of our performance and learned a great deal.”
Learn more about the KARISMA benchmark project here
With technical expertise in non-linear and linear dynamic analysis and soil-structure interaction, Jan is offering her expertise on the seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of the Rio Grande Depot and the renovation of University of Utah’s Life Science Building.
Jan is a California native who considers Utah home. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2013 from Switzerland where she lived and worked for five years. In Zurich, Jan cultivated a love for the German language, cheese and punctuality.
She and her husband, Jeff, are parents to eight-year-old son, Oliver, and five-year-old daughter, Robin. The family enjoys cross-country and downhill skiing, hiking, camping and generally getting outdoors to explore Utah.