October 26, 2015

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Noble Consultants, Inc. (NCI), a civil engineering firm specializing in coastal, structural, harbor and water resources engineering with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles is headed by Ron Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, who has recently been elected by the Board of Direction of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to the grade of Distinguished Member (Dist.M.ASCE).

Noble is one of only 637 engineers in ASCE’s 163-year history to receive this prestigious distinction. He will be formally inducted on Monday, October 12, 2015 during the ASCE Annual Convention in New York City.

Founded in 1852, ASCE is America’s oldest national engineering society, representing more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 174 countries. The society defines a distinguished member as one who has made legendary contributions to the area of civil engineering and who has achieved eminence in his or her branch of engineering or field.  Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE can bestow. The total number of Distinguished Members elected in any year typically does not exceed one for every 7,500 members.

Begun in 1853, Distinguished Membership is ASCE's highest recognition and among the Society's oldest honors. It is reserved for ASCE Members or Fellows who demonstrate eminence in some branch of engineering or in its related arts and sciences. 

Recently elected Distinguished Members have been CEOs of engineering firms, top researchers in an engineering discipline, and renowned educators preparing the next generation of civil engineering professionals.   

Noble is a registered civil engineer with over 45 years of experience specializing in coastal and ocean engineering, harbor engineering, navigational dredging projects, waterfront structures, hydrologic analyses, 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 commercial port & harbor facilities, small craft harbors, recreational marinas and waterfront structures. His projects have included beach nourishment and stabilization, coastal flooding, navigational improvements, wetlands restoration, piers, wharfs, floating berths, breakwaters, bulkheads, seawalls, groins, and channel stabilization structures. He has also been heavily involved in overseeing engineering analyses, permit processing, engineering design, construction contract documents/bidding, and construction management for these projects.

During his four and one-half decades in the field of coastal and harbor engineering, Mr. Noble has performed coastal engineering analyses for proposed and existing projects in over 35 countries, including projects in Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Micronesia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has also performed research in the development and calibration of new numerical computer models, and in the operation of hydraulic models to test proposed improvements for the impact of wave run-up and overtopping using wave flumes and to test for wave diffraction and reflection using wave tanks.

In addition, he has taught technical short courses in coastal engineering at UCLA and at the Argonne National Laboratory. He has developed national and international standards and guidelines in coastal engineering, and has organized, managed and chaired national and international conferences in the field of coastal engineering. He received the 2008 ASCE International Coastal Engineering Award and the 2009 ASCE John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award.

He has shown professional leadership in managing a marine services division of 70 personnel in the field of coastal engineering and the related sciences for an international consulting engineering firm, and in founding and leading two consulting firms specializing in coastal and harbor engineering. He founded a computer software firm that developed software programs and user manuals for commercial sale in the areas of wave generation and wave run-up. He has published numerous technical papers involved in various areas of coastal and harbor engineering, and has served as a third party independent technical reviewer for various organizations regarding coastal and harbor engineering issues on projects. Most recently, he contributed to the profession by serving as the Chair of ICCE 2006, the highly successful 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering held in San Diego, California, USA.  He was approved for D.CE and D.PE certification in ACOPNE at the launch of the program in 2009.

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