California Department of Transportation

Structure Policy and Innovation

Tom Ostrom
   California State Bridge Engineer
   Deputy Division Chief

Welcome to the California Department of Transportation’s Division of Engineering Services' Structure Policy and Innovation website. Our offices provide support services to the Division of Engineering Services. Below is a description of each office in the Structure Policy and Innovation subdivision, with important links in the left-hand menu bar.

Office of Earthquake Engineering Analysis and Research
   Mark Mahan
   Office Chief

  • Design support for seismic design and structural dynamic analysis practices and procedures
  • Custodian for State Seismic Fault Map

Office of Design & Technical Services
   Shannon Post
   Office Chief

  • Structural design and design/construction support for ancillary structures on the State Highway System
  • Standards and guidance for bridge deck joints & bearings, highway sign structures, signals, & lighting, soundwalls, bridge barriers & railings, and culverts & underground structures.
  • Hydraulic analysis and recommendations for all waterways on the State Highway System

Office of State Bridge Engineer Support
   Sue Hida
   Office Chief

  • Focuses on bridge loads, concrete, steel, substructures, earth retaining structures
  • AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges & Structures support
  • Internal
    • CA Amendments to AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications
    • Caltrans Structural Guidance Material
    • Support during Project Delivery
  • External
    • Prepare for annual AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Bridge/Structures Annual Meeting
    • Review/comment on research
    • Work with Industry Partners

Office of Structure Quality Management
   Roberto Lacalle
   Office Chief (A)

  • Structure specification research and development
  • Structure quality management policy
  • Structures IQA
  • Structure risk management policy
  • Structure design build policy
  • Bridge preservation policy
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction policy
  • Technical skills assessment

Our Mailing Address:

California Department of Transportation
Division of Engineering Services
Structure Policy and Innovation
P.O. Box 168041, MS 9 2/7J
Sacramento, California 95816-8041