Mr. Kirby T. Meyer

MLAW Consultants & Engineers

4805 Buckskin Pass
Austin TX, 78745

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35 years experience in design and evaluation of residential and comercial foundations and structures, water penetration, drainage and pavements. Extensive forensic and expert testimony experience.
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Registered Professional Engineer No. 23228 - Texas
Former Registered Professional Surveyor - Texas (inactive)
B.S.Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University
M.S.Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University

Post-graduate work at Harvard University in 1969 -- Dr. Arthur Casagrandes specialized course for teachers and practicing engineers in geotechnical engineering.

Post-graduate work at University of Texas at Austin in the areas of soil structure interaction and geotechnical engineering. Other training includes seminars in HEC-1 Hydrology and HEC-2 Hydraulics, upgrading water treatment plants, biological waste treatment, and chemical/physical treatment of wastewater.

Attendance or presenter of numerous seminars and technical continuing education courses in the areas of management, geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering and drainage.

Teaching undergraduate Laboratory Strength of Materials and co-instructor of Foundation Case Studies, the University of Texas at Austin.


1959-1962: United States Air Force, civil engineering officer.

1962-1964: Frank G. Bryant & Associates, a geotechnical and construction materials testing laboratory in Austin.

1964-present: Owner, Director, Officer and Senior Consultant in MLAW Consultants & Engineers, active in structural and geostructural design, pavement engineering, and forensic engineering.

1985-present: Owner, Director, Chairman and Senior Consultant in MLA Labs, Inc., a geotechnical and construction materials testing laboratory.

1987-1990: Owner, Director, Vice-President of Geomechanics Services, Inc., a foundation repair and drainage remediation company.

1996-present: Owner, Director, President of Geostructural Tool Kit, Inc., a software development and applications consulting company in the areas of soil-structure interaction and un-saturated soil mechanics.



Familiar with most methods of exploration, including personal experience operating drilling equipment, sampling and logging with drill rigs, excavations, indirect geophysical methods, and geologic engineering techniques. Soil mechanics laboratory testing including personal experience with running all standard tests and supervision of technicians over an extended period of time. Analysis of results including personal preparation or review of approximately 10,000 geotechnical investigative reports.

Expert on expansive clay problems, having published technical papers on the subject and over 35 years analyzing and designing structures to work with expansive clays. Familiar with the genesis and development of the Potential Vertical Rise method of TxDOT. Personal knowledge of the genesis of the Building Research Advisory Board procedures for slab-on-ground design.


Experienced with pavement design procedures including TxDOT, City of Austin, U.S. Corps of Engineers, elastic layer analysis and use of falling weight deflectometer. Familiarity with roller compacted concrete pavement, lime, cement and asphaltic stabilization procedures. Experience includes earthwork and paving design for over 50 truck terminals, commercial and municipal pavement design projects for subdivisions and arterial extensions.


Experience includes over 35 years of involvement with testing laboratories as owner, manager and principal engineer. Familiar with ASTM, TxDOT, ACI, AWS, and National Timber Standards. Extensive experience with testing of construction materials and inspection procedures. Performed and reviewed numerous concrete, RCCP and HMAC mix designs and laboratory investigations. Planned and reviewed testing and inspection of soil stabilization processes, pre-wetting and soil replacement techniques, and large scale structural load testing.


Extensive experience with soil-structure interaction analysis including laterally loaded piles and piers, foundation design including stiffened slab-on-ground, pier and beam, and spread footings. Many years of experience with post-tensioned slab-on-ground design utilizing internally developed procedures, modified BRAB and the PTI design procedures. Experience with the genesis of the various design procedures, such as the PTI procedure. MLAW has produced over 100,000 foundation designs of all types of which he is engineer of record for over 30,000 designs. Experience in design of earth retaining structures including drilled in place, crib wall, pre-cast block and reinforced concrete structures.


Experience in design of structures for single family, multi-family and small to mid-size commercial structures using wood, steel, and reinforced concrete. Design of remediation of damaged structures and retaining walls.


Experience includes investigation of failures of the constructed environment including approximately 5,000 study reports from small to large projects. These projects typically include estimating cost of remediation, analysis, consultation and report preparation. Litigation support and expert testimony has included between 50 and 100 appearances to provide testimony in deposition, open court, or arbitration.


Owner and officer in a general contracting firm (1964 through 1966), foundation pier-drilling company (1965 through 1995), and foundation repair company (1987 through 1991). Construction management of specialized type construction including cable car skyrides and a Submarine Theater, truck terminals with partial or full construction management responsibilities.


Engineer of record or indirect supervision of design of a number of major land developments, municipal utility districts, subdivisions, drainage, paving, and site plans. Numerous small to medium size drainage, wet ground and flood studies, often involving remedial designs.


Solicitation of bids, recommendations to owners for accepting best bids, contract preparation, administration of construction, approval of contractors pay requests, inspection of construction and warranty follow-up inspections on construction of a value of over $200,000,000. The projects included subdivision design, streets, drainage, utilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, structures and earthwork. Personally inspected or reviewed inspectors reports on over 20,000 single family or multi-family residential projects.


He has published numerous papers on the subjects of foundation design and evaluation, expansive clay and pavements. A detailed listing is available upon request.


American Society of Civil Engineers - Fellow

American Society of Civil Engineers, National Standards CommitteeResidential Foundations
on Expansive Clay - Member, 1996-present.

American Society of Civil Engineers, Technical Council of Forensic EngineeringTechnology Implementation Committee - Member, 1997-present.

Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Residential Foundations Committee - Design Sub-Committee Chair, 1997-present.

Post Tensioning Institute, Slab On Ground Committee - Member, 1998-present.

Houston Foundation Performance Committee - Member, 1998-present.

Texas Section of American Society of Civil Engineers - Residential Foundation Investigation and Design Sub-Committee member, January 2000-present.

Texas Section of American Society of Civil Engineers - Residential Foundation Evaluation and Repair Sub-Committee member, January 2000-present.

Texas Section of American Society of Civil Engineers - Award of Honor, 2000

National Society of Professional Engineers
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
American Society for Testing and Materials
American Concrete Institute
American Association of Cost Engineers - Member
National Forensic Center
Post Tensioning Institute - Member
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