Bill Thompson joins HKA as associate director

10 March 2023 2 min. read
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Bill Thompson has joined HKA, a risk and disputes consulting firm, as an associate director in geotechnical engineering.

Based in Philadelphia, Thompson joins the geotechnical offering within the construction, buildings & infrastructure practice, which is situated in HKA’s forensic engineering, architectural & technical service line.

The core service line has more than 500 global forensic technical expert witnesses who work with legal teams to make definitive analysis of the facts for distressed construction projects and disputes. HKA’s professionals advise on engineering and technical fields including architecture and building services, civil and structural, mechanical and electrical, geotechnical, industrial and process, oil and gas, mining, aviation, environment, and IT.

The forensic engineering practice investigates matters including liability, performance issues, material failure, delay factors, and design and contractor duties.

Bill Thompson joins HKA as associate director

Thompson joins HKA with nearly a decade of experience in geotechnical engineering. He has expertise delivering investigation reports, pile drivability studies, geostructural and retaining wall design, foundation design, settlement analysis, and rock mass analysis.

Thompson has also advised on excavation and anchored shoring and underpinning, as well as on non-linear models required for geotechnical analyses.

He joins HKA from design and engineering firm HDR, where he spent the last seven years and latterly was geotechnical section lead for New York and New Jersey. Before that, he spent two years at Pillori Associates, where he was a geotechnical engineer-in-training.

Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and a professional engineer certification.

“HKA is a great place for our brilliant people to work, grow, and play,” Kate Wood, chief people officer, commented on the recent hiring of 25 professionals across its global operations, of which Thompson was one. “Our culture is collaborative, honest, transparent, and high performing – we are one global team.”

“Happy to be here and look forward to working with all my new colleagues,” Thompson said in a LinkedIn post.

HKA provides risk mitigation and dispute resolution consulting within the capital projects and infrastructure sector. The firm also advises clients on the economic impact of commercial and investment treaty disputes, forensic accounting, and complex government contracting matters.

HKA has more than 1,000 people across offices in North America, EMEA, and APAC. The London-headquartered consultancy has 20 US locations coast-to-coast.