Nick has particular expertise in the evaluation and repair design of industrial structures, non-conventional structures and archaic structural systems.
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A forensic specialist, Nick Hyatt has more than 15 years of experience in the inspection, analysis and restoration of buildings and structures for building owners, insurers and attorneys. Investigations have involved structural failures, fire damage, wind damage, vibration damage and foundation settlement. His projects frequently involve evaluation of structural capacity, design of repairs, construction documents and construction observation. Nick also serves as the lead investigator for multi-disciplinary teams that require expert investigation, consulting and sworn testimony.
A Solid and Varied Background
Nick joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2012, after working with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in Boston and Chicago; he also ran his own general contracting firm for five years, after receiving his MBA from the University of Chicago. One of his first projects at the firm was joining the New Zealand earthquake damage assessment team for eight weeks.
Investigation and Repair of Archaic Structures
Nick has particular expertise in evaluation and repair design of industrial structures, non-conventional structures and archaic structural systems. His portfolio includes the failure investigation of the Koror-Babeldaob Bridge collapse, Republic of Palau; failure investigation and consulting for the World Trade Center following 9/11; and seismic evaluation of the 3,500-foot suspension span of the historic George Washington Bridge in New York.
Outside of Work
Nick has two sons who keep him busy with school activities and gymnastics. As best as he can manage, he tries to take a long hiking trip at least once a year (without a cellphone).
• Failure investigations and litigation
• Structural investigations
• Earthquake engineering
• Bridge engineering
• Blast design and vibration analysis
• Façade investigation and repair
• Expert witness
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