May 5, 2015
FINLEY Bridge Design Engineer, Jindrich Potucek, P.E. was recently selected as a 2015 Rising Star in Civil + Structural Engineer. The Rising Stars in Structural Engineering program recognizes structural engineers 40 years old or younger working in the United States who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, and/or public service benefiting the structural engineering profession, their employers, project owners, and/or society.
Jindrich is a Florida Registered Professional Engineer with 5 years’ experience in complex bridge design and construction engineering for bridge types including cable-stayed and segmental. He has a solid academic and research background. Jindrich received his Bachelor’s degree from Czech Technical University of Prague and his Master’s degree from Europe’s top Civil Engineering University, the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in Paris. He is a member of the American Segmental Bridge Institute.
It was at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech where Jindrich studied bridge design under internationally recognized complex bridge designer, Jacques Combault, who is also Technical Director at FINLEY. Jindrich’s Master’s thesis discussed the design of high-speed railway bridges emphasizing the specifics of the design based on the AASHTO guidelines. Jindrich also began an internship at FINLEY and was hired as a Bridge Designer in 2011.
Jindrich has worked on some of the most complex bridges currently under design. Jindrich’s first design project was the Ironton-Russell Cable-Stayed Bridge. This $81M project calls for replacing the existing cantilever bridge that connects Ironton, Ohio to Russell, Kentucky. The new 2,616-ft-long (798m) bridge is comprised of a 900-ft (275m) cable-stayed main span and two 370-ft (113m) cable-stayed side spans, two 315-foot tall (96m) towers and two anchor piers on the river’s edge. The entire structure is cast-in-place with 22,500 cubic yards of reinforced (5.8 million lbs. of rebar) concrete (5.8million lbs. of rebar), utilizing the cable stays to construct the bridge by the balanced cantilever methodology. Foundation units consist of 53 large-diameter drilled shafts ranging in size from 42 to 96 inches. Jindrich was the Bridge Designer responsible for the design of temporary erection supports and the backspan falsework.
Another major design project was the Road 1 Motza Bridge Design-Build in Israel. The $170M project consists of two 800 meter precast segmental bridges with three lanes in each direction. Spans range from 40 to 60 meters and a deck height range of 3 to 25 meters above the valley floor. The bridges are being erected in balanced cantilever using a unique overhead gantry which also provides cantilever stability during segment erection. This challenging project is adjacent to religious archeological sites and the segmental bridge design provides a method for building a structure with no impact to this culturally significant area. Jindrich is the Bridge Designer responsible for providing design calculations and on-site support during construction.
During his time at FINLEY, Jindrich has demonstrated his leadership capabilities by overseeing the hiring of interns and, drawing from his education and experience, supports entry level bridge designers and CADD technicians.
“Jindrich has worked very hard to get where he is today. During his internship at FINLEY, Jindrich was very inquisitive and driven to completely understand the challenge and investigate the solution. Over the years, he has expanded his knowledge and has been a natural leader of the young professionals in our office. He is one of the best and brightest engineers I’ve seen in a long time.” said Craig Finley, Jr., P.E., President, FINLEY.