Jacob Chacko is a Principal Engineer at GR8 GEO. He has over 23 years of experience with a wide spectrum of multi-disciplinary projects spanning the onshore, offshore and nearshore environments from contracting and engineering consultancy perspectives. Before starting GR8 GEO he managed Fugro’s Consultancy services for the Europe-Caspian region including a team of over 140 professionals located in 6 countries while also serving as a Director of Fugro’s operating company in Turkey. He previously developed and managed Fugro’s international earthquake engineering practice in California until 2011 when he moved to Turkey.
He has recently managed the pursuit, development, execution and successful completion of large multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects involving onshore, offshore and nearshore geotechnical and geophysical site investigations as well as interpretation and engineering design services. Select projects include the Izmit Bay “Osman Gazi” Suspension Bridge and the 3rdBosphorus“Yavuz Sultan Selim” Bridge in Turkey, the SOCAR Oil Gas and Petrochemical Complex Project in Azerbaijan, the BTC and TANAP pipelines in Turkey, the Istanbul New Airport, the Sinop Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey, the Eemshaven-Delfzijl Levee in the Netherlands, the “1915 Çanakkale” Bridge in Turkey and the Turkstream pipeline landing in Turkey.
While based in California he coordinated geotechnical engineering and design work for large coastal-infrastructure projects in the Americas, including the BART Transbay Tube Retrofit Project, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Runway Expansion project, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Replacement Project, and the Baja California LNG Regasification Project.
He has also overseen the execution of numerous earthquake engineering projects in several seismically active areas around the world including Turkey, California, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Azerbaijan, Trinidad, Algeria, U.A.E, Turkmenistan, India, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Most of these projects typically included probabilistic seismic hazard analyses, site response analyses, liquefaction evaluations, and soil-structure interaction analyses.