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Francis J. Arland, PE


Frank Arland, a geotechnical engineer, joined MRCE in 1984 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was promoted to Principal in 2007. Frank is experienced in foundation design, heavy construction, and waterfront work, and has a special focus in design, construction, and maintenance of earth dams and levees.

Frank directs geotechnical and structural design projects. He works with clients to define project objectives and schedules, and allocates MRCE engineering resources. Frank works with MRCE engineers to establish project goals, field investigation needs, and outline analysis methods. He works with staff for report content and preparation, and reviews the results of laboratory testing, design analyses, and contract document preparation.

Frank has contributed as an expert witness for differing site conditions claims in soil and rock, and cases involving building damage, pile installation, bulkhead instability, and marine outfall construction.

Frank was recognized as an ENR “Top 25 Newsmaker” for 1997 for his support of the Ponce ocean outfall in Puerto Rico.


  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, BSCE, 1979 (Commissioned Officer)
  • Drexel University, MSCE, 1984

Professional engineering licenses

  • New York


  • The Moles; Publicity Committee Chairman, Trustee
  • Deep Foundations Institute (DFI); ACIP Pile Committee Member
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME); SAME New York City Post Board of Directors, 2004-2007; 2011-present

Notable projects:

  • Connecticut State Pier Complex Improvements, New London, CT
  • MTA East Side Access, New York, NY
  • DEP Gilboa Dam, Schoharie County, NY
  • Conrail Bergen Tunnel, Jersey City, NJ