Whitney L. Ciani


Senior Geotechnical Engineer

When I’m working closely with my colleagues and contractors, I know we can solve any challenge.


  • 2008


  • Boise, ID

Whitney is a leader in our Puget Sound geotechnical group, where she has worked on and managed a number of geotechnical projects in the area since 2008. She has worked with various public and private clients on transportation, development, and energy projects, including working at port facilities and soft soil sites.

Whitney specializes in design-build transportation projects, seismic design, seismic hazard analysis and soft soil sites. She is proficient in seismic hazard, liquefaction and lateral spreading analysis and is experienced in the application of numerical modeling to evaluate soil structure interaction. Whitney’s technical skills also include Load and Resistance Factored Design (LRFD), slope stability analysis, lateral and vertical pile capacity and design, shoring design and retaining wall design. In addition to her technical work, Whitney is responsible for project management, site development, construction monitoring, and report and proposal preparation.

Everyone who works with Whitney can see she is passionate about geotechnical engineering and strives to put this enthusiasm into every project she works on.

“I really enjoy the teamwork and collaboration that comes with my projects,” Whitney says. “When I’m working closely with my colleagues and contractors, I know we can solve any challenge.”

In her free time, Whitney enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and their son. She loves fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, and white water rafting.

  • “Evaluation of Seismic Response of a Site Class F Site Using Equivalent Linear and Nonlinear Computer Codes,” presented at the Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, San Diego, CA, May 2010
  • “Influence of Input Motion and Site Property Variabilities on Seismic Site Response Analysis,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (Impact Factor: 1.6). April, 2010.

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