Obituary 01 Aug 2019

Fred Benjamin Estep 1938-2019

Fred Benjamin Estep, well known to the civil tunnelling and hydropower industries in the USA, died on 9 March 2019. He was a professional civil engineer for 45 years, known for his contribution to the tunnelling industry. He spent the last 10 years of his working life between 2000 and 2010 with civil engineering practice Parsons as a construction manager on the San Vicente water tunnel in San Diego, the Chattahoochee sewer tunnel in Atlanta, and the Los Angeles Metro project.

Fred Benjamin Estep
Fred Benjamin Estep

Before that he spent 35 years at Tudor Engineering Company, which in 1990 merged with Kaiser Engineers. While there, he worked on BART and MARTA metro systems in San Francisco and Atlanta respectively; the Exchequer and Austrian Dams in California; the Rollins, Sly Creek, Monticello, Jones Fork, and North Fork hydroelectric projects in the USA; and the South Bay tunnel outfall in San Diego.

Estep gained a BSc in Agriculture from UC Davis in 1961 and a BSc in Civil Engineering and another in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He also contributed to the fields of rapid transit, roads and highways, bridges, dams, and hydroelectric powerhouse designs.


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