Key Staff

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Ronald M. Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE

President/CEO

Mr. Noble is a registered civil engineer and a Diplomate in Coastal Engineering, in Port Engineering and in Water Resources Engineering with 45 years of experience specializing in coastal-ocean engineering, navigational/dredging projects, waterfront structures, hydrologic analysis and computer modeling. He has worked on a broad cross section of coastal/oceanographic and hydrologic engineering projects involved with riverine, estuarine, and coastal processes, dredging operations, navigational surveys, flood studies and the design of port facilities, small craft harbors and waterfront structures. Projects have included beach nourishment and stabilization, coastal flooding, navigational improvements, wetlands restoration, piers, floating berths, breakwaters, bulkheads, seawalls, groins, and channel stabilization structures. He has been equally involved in overseeing engineering analyses, permit processing, engineering design, construction contract documents and bidding, and construction management for these projects.

Mr. Noble’s professional recognitions include the following: he is a past President of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and River Institute (COPRI) of ASCE, is a past Technical Region Board of Governor of ASCE, is on the Board of Trustees and Past President of the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) of CEC, and is on the Board of Directors of Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC); he is Vice-Chair of the Coastal Engineering Research Council and has been on the council since his appointment in July of 1980; he is a past director and a charter member of the Association of Coastal Engineers; he is a past director of both the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association, he is a past president of the Marin Chapter of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California, and he was a Director of the World Marina Conference, Inc. which sponsored the World Marina Conference, Long Beach, California, April 29 – May 2, 1991. He was the recipient of the 2008 ASCE International Coastal Engineering Award, the 2009 ASCE John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award, and the 2012 ASBPA Morrough P. O’Brien Award.  Mr. Noble was Chairman for the ICCE 2006 (30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering) held in San Diego, CA during September 2006, was a Co-Chair for the 2011 Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice held in San Diego, CA during August 2011, and was the General Chairman for the National Shoreline symposium, “Shoreline Forum ’79″, held in Los Angeles, California. He was also Chairman of an American Nuclear Society Committee that developed an American National Standard on Design Basis Flooding at Power Reactor Sites, was a member of the ANS Committee on Site Evaluation of Power Reactor Sites, and was the U.S. Expert Representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency Committee (IAEA) for Development of the International Standard on Design Basis Floods for Nuclear Power Plants on Coastal Sites.

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Jon T. Moore, P.E., D.CE

Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Moore is a registered civil engineer and a Diplomate of Coastal Engineering with specialized expertise in planning, design, and construction of coastal and marine projects. His 38 years of experience encompasses a broad range of studies and design work. This background includes analysis of physical processes, inspection and assessment of existing conditions, damage repair and preventive maintenance, siting of new facilities, and preparation of construction plans and specifications for all types of coastal structures and development. Specific scopes of work have included earthwork, rubble-mound and fixed breakwaters, jetties and groins, bulkheads and seawalls, small craft harbors, boat launching ramp facilities, and floating docks, fixed piers of timber, steel, concrete, shoreline stabilization, dredging, beach nourishment, civil engineering design, and preparation coastal regional sediment management plans and strategic implementation programs. Mr. Moore obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil and coastal engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Moore has served as a Director of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association and national chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Waterways, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division. He was also the founding Co-Chairman of the Coastal Zone specialty conference in 1978 that has since evolved into an important forum for coastal zone management issues and discussion. In 2005 he was awarded the Joe Johnson Award by the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association in recognition of his contributions to coastal preservation. Most recently he was recognized by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, & Navigation Engineers as a Diplomate of Coastal Engineering. Mr. Moore has published numerous technical papers and articles and has been an invited speaker to many groups including the California Coastal Commission where he has discussed innovative strategies for shoreline erosion management.

Jeffrey A. Melby

Vice President/Coastal Engineering Research

Dr. Melby joined Noble Consultants-GEC on July 31, 2017 as a Principal Coastal Engineer/Vice President working from both GEC’s Baton Rouge office and from his home office in Vicksburg, MS. He previously had 30 years of service as the Senior Research Engineer with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), US Army Research and Development Center (ERDC) where he was honored with both the 2017 ERDC Researcher of the Year Award and  the 2017 USACE Researcher of the Year Award.

Dr. Melby is a research coastal and hydraulic engineer specializing in the development and application of coastal numerical and physical models, storm surge modeling, statistical analysis and database development. In FY16, he led the design and development of the Coastal Hazard System (CHS) and the Coastal Hazards Rapid Prediction System (CHRPS).  CHS stores a suite of basic hurricane scenarios that cover a statistical range of events.  These scenarios are fed into CHRPS software to rapidly produce a Geographic Information System-based flood prediction image that enables a decision maker to visualize the storm effects.  The output can be incorporated into a program for hazard vulnerability and risk assessments.  The material savings from these programs, as well as their life-saving potential, represent a significant contribution to the national welfare.

Dr. Melby’s early work with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was on breakwater concrete armor structural response, with a primary goal to resolve armor breakage. This included the first comprehensive stochastic structural design methodology for dolosse. Based on the concrete armor structural response research, Dr. Melby invented the CORE-LOC® concrete armor unit which is widely used around the world. The CORE-LOC® worldwide patents are, by far, the highest earning patents in USACE history and were at one time the highest earning patents in the Department of Defense. Dr. Melby has since been granted patents and trademarks on two other concrete armor unit designs.

Dr. Melby is a member of the Coastal Engineering Research Council and former Chair of the ASCE Coastal Structures Committee, and is a former member of the Association of Coastal Engineers Board of Directors. He routinely teaches short courses on coastal flood risk and coastal structure engineering at international and USACE conferences and workshops, and has served on a number of journal editorial boards.

Chia-Chi Lu, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE

Manager, Coastal Engineering

Dr. Lu is a registered civil engineer and Diplomate of Coastal Engineering who specializes in the fields of coastal and hydraulic engineering, and has over 25 years of extensive experience in the development and application of numerical simulations on related engineering problems by using various numerical techniques. He has been involved in numerous Corps of Engineers coastal/hydraulic projects including coastal planning analyses, development of oceanographic design criteria, storm damage reduction, coastal processes assessment, and riverine hydrology and hydraulics. His experience also includes hydrodynamic studies and water quality analyses of coastal estuaries, and tidal-influenced creeks, rivers and man-made lagoons as well as the EIS/EIR impact assessment for various coastal developments and ecosystem restorations.

Recently, he has developed an innovated statistical approach to simulate the random bluff failures typically observed for the Encinitas/Solana Beach shoreline in Southern California. This Monte Carlo modeling methodology was certified by the Committee on Tidal Hydraulics of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center to better characterize the episodic nature of bluff erosion. The statistical form of model outputs lends itself to the incorporation of the Risk and Uncertainty analysis that is required for all Corps of Engineers coastal projects.

Thomas J. Fischetti, P.E.

Manager, Engineering Design

Mr. Fischetti has over 28 years experience in civil and structural engineering and project management. His professional experience encompasses strategic, operational and technical support roles, with major emphasis leading structural engineering and design services offered by NCI. His demonstrated ability to deliver quality service are the result of a broad range of experience in design, project management, controls and scheduling for large and small projects – like buildings, offshore platforms, tanks, equipment and pipe supports, process plants, pipelines, piers, wharfs and levees. He has prepared construction documents for numerous public works and private projects.

Mr. Fischetti’s engineering expertise encompasses onsite investigations and finite element modeling and analysis of indeterminate structures. The renovation of the Tracy Pump Plant Fish Bypass Facility is a recent example where his expertise was put to work. A three-dimensional structural model of the access pier allowed for a sophisticated analysis – and simple solution – to support temporary construction loads that would be encountered during the renovation. The attentive and comprehensive analysis was sufficient to address initial concerns to safely implement the work and ultimately was proven to be an effective and efficient means to renovate the facility.

Wenkai Qin, Ph.D., P.E.

Manager, Coastal/Water Resource Analysis

Dr. Qin is a registered civil engineer with over 12 years of experience in numerical modeling and engineering analysis of coastal and water resource projects. This work has included hydrologic and hydraulic analysis; numerical modeling analysis of hydrodynamics, sediment transport and water quality in coastal zones, estuaries and rivers; analysis and numerical modeling of coastal processes including tides, waves, currents, sediment transport, beach evolution, and shoreline morphology; and risk and uncertainty analysis. He has performed projects for the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, state agencies, counties, cities and private sectors along coasts, rivers, estuaries, bays, lakes, lagoons, reservoirs, and wetlands. He has extensive experience in applying hydraulic and coastal models such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HEC-FDA, SAM; RMA2, RMA4, SED2D; STWAVE, REFDIF, SWAN, Boussinesq Wave Model, ADCIRC, SHORECIRC, GENESIS, SBEACH, and CEDAS. He has developed models for coastal/water resource applications using FORTRAN, Matlab and C++.

Dr. Qin obtained his Ph.D. degree in hydraulics/river engineering from Tsinghua University, China. He developed a hydraulics and sediment transport model for a complicated water system including the Yantge River and Dongting Lake. He then obtained a Ph.D. degree in civil/coastal engineering from the University of Delaware. He developed a model system for nearshore processes including waves, nearshore circulation, and sediment transport. He is a member of the Coastal and Estuarine Hydroscience Committee of ASCE’s Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI).

Rachel K. Kamman, P.E.

Manager, Watershed Hydrology

Ms. Kamman joined the Novato office of Noble Consultants-GEC in February 2017 as a Principal Engineer with over 25 years of experience. She is a registered civil engineer with broad experience in watershed hydrology.   She specializes in performing hydrologic, hydraulic and hydrodynamic analyses in the assessment and design of restoration and enhancement projects in coastal, estuarine and river systems.  Over the past sixteen years, Ms. Kamman directed and participated in numerous interdisciplinary studies integrating hydrology, hydraulic engineering, geomorphology, biology, and land-use issues. In performing this work, Ms. Kamman often develops and applies innovative approaches, including advanced numerical models, to the assessment of flood and sediment transport processes in rivers, and circulation, sedimentation and contaminant transport processes in large bays and estuaries.  Ms. Kamman has been the Project Manager and/or lead technical investigator on numerous coastal and tidal wetland investigations.  Most recently, she has focused on the development and integration of field monitoring programs, numerical models and long-term planning for the management and enhancement of river and coastal resources.  A common objective in Ms. Kamman’s work is to develop scientifically based decision support tools and facilitate their integration in resource management decision making and engineering design.

Ms. Kamman was a founding member and participant of the San Francisco Bay Wetland Restoration Projects Design Review Group (DRG) from 2002 to 2004.  She routinely provides introductory hydrology/geomorphology seminars to local, state, and federal resource/regulatory agency staff, resource managers, and watershed groups. Ms. Kamman is the prime or contributing author on over 20 technical publications and reports in the discipline of hydrology and tidal/fluvial hydraulics.  She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, International Association of Hydraulic Research, Estuarine Research Federation, and Society for Ecological Restoration.

Glenn E. Gibson

Construction Cost Estimating

Mr. Gibson has over 40 years of construction analysis, construction management, supervision, cost estimating, and field inspection involving marine and offshore projects. In addition to his consulting background, he has been responsible for the construction of numerous civil works projects including marine terminals, breakwaters, dredging, deep foundations, bridges, and piers. Mr. Gibson has provided constructability analysis and cost estimating on numerous projects during the past ten years for Noble Consultants, Inc. This includes the evaluation of performance characteristics for various dredging and disposal equipment, and the costs associated with these various dredging and disposal options, as well as the costs to process and remove dredged material from a non-aquatic disposal site. This has also included the constructability analysis and cost estimates for shore protection, breakwaters, piers, wharfs and dock structures.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Gibson worked for various marine contractors on the West Coast, in varying positions of increasing responsibility. He has acted as a shift engineer, project engineer, project manager, area manager and general manager for major California-based marine construction companies. He has estimated construction costs, established and monitored detailed cost and production tracking systems, and has built and modified dredges and dump barges.

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