Rune Storesund, D.Eng., P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and CEO/president of Storesund Construction Services LLC, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Storesund is recognized for his commitment and dedication in advancing safety, reliability and affordability of civil works infrastructures through state-of-the-art enhancements incorporated into his civil engineering consulting practice as well as research efforts at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (CCRM). He has contributed to improvements in risk assessment and risk reduction through his work on the post-Hurricane Katrina flood defense system evaluation in the greater New Orleans area, the catastrophic Midwest Floods of 2008, natural gas infrastructure following the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion, and other efforts, and most recently on advancements in risk-based modeling and decision-making for wildfire hazards in the urban and wildlife-urban interfaces.
He has been an active contributor to ASCE’s San Francisco Section since his days as a student at UC Berkeley, holding positions such as Concrete Canoe Chair, YMF President, WRYMC Chair, Section President, etc.
Storesund has 20 years of planning, design, engineering and construction experience, having worked on a variety of projects throughout California, the United States and internationally. Storesund Consulting provides consulting services in all aspects of civil, geotechnical, water resources, ecological, restoration and sustainability engineering projects. They specialize in mass grading, earthen reservoirs, water tanks, and water distribution and treatment systems. Through his engineering consulting practice and construction company, Storesund offers advanced, innovative, cost-effective infrastructure solutions via design-build project delivery techniques.
His expertise is on the application of reliability and risk-based approaches to engineering projects in order to effectively manage project uncertainties. He has participated in all aspects of engineering projects – from preliminary reviews to detailed analyses to construction observations and postproject monitoring. He provides expert forensic engineering services for geotechnical and civil infrastructure systems. In addition to traditional engineering services, he provides consultations on field instrumentation and monitoring programs as well as innovation on project development and quality monitoring using Terrestrial LiDAR field surveys. Storesund’s doctoral research was on life-cycle, reliability-based river restoration.
CCRM is a group of academic researchers and practitioners who recognize the need for interdisciplinary solutions to avoid and mitigate tragic events. This group of internationally recognized experts in the fields of engineering, social science, medicine, public health, public policy and law was formed after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to formulate ways for researchers and experts to share their lifesaving knowledge and experience with industry and government. The group’s international membership provides experience across cultures and industries that demonstrate widespread susceptibility to pervasive threats and the inadequacy of popular, checklist-based remedies that are unlikely to serve in the face of truly challenging problems.