Joe Ales

Joe Ales, PhD, PE

Managing Principal

The Managing Director of the Orlando office, Joe is a structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in a diverse range of projects. His specialties include entertainment, aviation, and hospitality projects, and he has particular technical expertise in long-span structures, complex structural steel framing, and post-tensioned concrete. Joe has a passion for 3D modeling and the use of BIM in the communication and production of projects. He oversaw the implementation of Revit Structure at Walter P Moore starting in 2005, and is currently deeply involved in the firm’s now wide-spread use of parametric modeling. He believes in learning by doing and has proficiency in a wide range of 3D modeling and graphics programs. 

He is a registered engineer in Florida as well as eight other states and is a Florida Threshold Inspector. Joe received his Doctorate in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

See Joe's discussion on Behind the Magic: The Engineering of Themed Environments.

What’s your favorite way to pass time?
Spending time with family
What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
Seeing something I have designed, built. Exploring new ways of doing things.
What’s the best advice you’ve far?
Measure twice, cut once.
Why did you choose Walter P Moore?
I would say that Walter P Moore chose me.


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“Managing the Risks of BIM,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., Ph.D., S.E., Structure, April 2010.

“Steeling Home,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., Ph.D., S.E. and Justin Barton, P.E., Modern Steel Construction, June 2010, Volume 50, Number 6.

“Navisworks is Not Just for Clash Detection,” Joseph Ales, AEC Edge, Summer 2010.

“Top Model,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., PanStadia, Volume 14/ No. 1, Autumn/Fall 2007.

“The Design and Construction of the University of Phoenix Stadium Retractable Roof,” Joseph M. Ales Jr., BSCES Fall 2007 Lecture Series, Innovative Structures, October 23, 2007, Boston, MA.

“Raised in Arizona,” Stadia, October 2005