Part of my job is to maintain a strong relationship with the NYSDOT. I am always looking for new ways to ensure the client’s satisfaction and improve the quality of our work.

Yakout Omar is responsible for technical oversight, review and quality control engineering for New York State Department of Transportation biennial and interim bridge inspections in Kings and Richmond Counties. He has more than 25 years of experience in inspection, civil engineering design, load rating and analysis of bridge structures throughout New York and New Jersey.

Bridging the Gap
Yakout has performed inspections and quality control for many of the high-traffic bridges in New York City’s five boroughs. His project portfolio encompasses all types of crossings, including suspended, truss, bascule, lift and swing bridges. As quality control engineer for the new Kosciuszko Bridge, the city’s first cable-stayed span, he oversees various inspection programs, including special-emphasis details, anchorages and the hands-on inspection of fracture-critical elements. Yakout has worked extensively with the New York State, New York City and New Jersey Departments of Transportation, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other transportation- and infrastructure-related agencies.

Drone Research and Inspections
During his off-hours, Yakout conducts independent research into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the inspection of bridges and other large structures. On the job, he has used drones for inspecting the Northwell Health Theater at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York.

Outside of Work
Yakout loves to spend time with his family playing chess and video games, and dining out. He is also a regular fixture at his son’s soccer matches and his two young daughters’ swimming competitions. An avid sports fan, he follows several soccer teams in the United States and Egypt. He also enjoys exploring famous cities in the United States and around the world. At home, he is a skilled handyman, performing carpentry, plumbing and electrical work. His outdoor interests include biking, swimming and fishing.

Expertise
• Bridge inspection
• Structural analysis
• Quality assurance and control engineering
• Bridge design and repair