SMS Geotechnical Solution, Inc. is a professional engineering consulting firm providing services in the field of geotechnical engineering soils and materials testing and special inspections established as currently being operated in 2014.
CE, GE: Owner, Principal Officer
Registered Civil and Geotechnical Engineer with over 30 years experience in the field of geotechnical engineering and soils and materials laboratory testing. S. Mehdi S. Shariat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1981 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He is responsible for managing geotechnical investigations and supervising field operations and testing. He is also responsible for laboratory management and supervision. He obtained his experience by holding different field, laboratory, design, report writing, management and partnership positions in his own and prior goetechnical engineering firms throughout his career.
Senior Staff Geologist
Kevin McFarland is currently the senior staff geologist and supervising laboratory technician for SMS Geotechnical Solutions, Inc. Kevin received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Upon graduating and prior to working for SMS Geotechnical, he has worked for Vinje and Middleton Engineering as a field and laboratory technician. He has received his nuclear gauge and HAZMAT certification through APNGA in 2017. Kevin has also received ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 certification (#01647196) and ICC Soils Special Inspector certification (#9245383) in 2019.
GEG: Registered Engineering Geologist
Steven Melzer is a California state-licensed Professional Geologist and state-certified Engineering Geologist with more than 20 years experience in the field of geology and geotechnical projects. Mr. Melzer received his Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1985. He conducts geological and geotechnical field investigations while coordinating with clients and the project design team. Among his field responsibilities are project research and reconnaissance, determining the appropriate site-specific exploratory investigative means, geologic mapping / logging exploratory excavations, and collecting pertinent in-situ earth material samples for laboratory testing.
Senior Staff Engineer
Shawn Bahramian is currently the senior staff engineer and inspecting/testing technician for SMS Geotechnical Solutions, Inc. Shawn received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Yazd University in Iran in 2000. Upon graduating, he has worked as a construction manager for residential, commercial, and industrial projects in Iran for almost 10 years. Since 2017, Shawn has worked in the field of soils and geotechnical engineering. Shawn has a nuclear gauge certificate and training from Maurer Technical Services. He has also received ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 certification (#01647195) and ICC Soils Special Inspector certification (#9244612) in 2019.