Viral Patel

Viral Patel

Viral Patel, PE, SE

Managing Principal

As a Director of Design, Viral influences Walter P Moore’s practice and projects across an extremely broad range of activities through a team of Design Managers in each of our offices. Additionally, with 30 years of specialized structural engineering consulting experience, he currently leads our Research and Development team, a group that focuses on the development of advanced solutions for our most complex structural challenges, as well as develops tools and best practices to improve the quality and consistency of all of the firm’s work. Viral has a knack for making the complex simple. His technical breadth is spectacular, including advanced analytical methods for long-span structures, complex three-dimensional frames, and tall buildings. He helps improve the way that buildings are designed through his involvement as a voting member of ACI 318, 318-W(Chair), 318-F, 375, and 314. He also has industry-leading expertise in the performance-based design of reinforced concrete buildings under wind loads.

Viral is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and six other states.


M.S., Civil Engineering, Rice University

See Viral's discussion on Designing Smarter Structures

What three words best describe you?
Dependable. Consistent. Conscious.
Why did you choose Walter P Moore?
I joined Walter P Moore in 1988 due to its reputation as one of the best places to work for structural engineers.
What’s your favorite way to pass time?
Listening to Indian music.


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“Steel Design After College”, coauthor of six hour course prepared for American Institute of Steel Construction

“Components of lateral deflection in sway frames”, ACI Special Publication 240, 2006, Performance-Based Design of Concrete Building for Wind Loads.

“Modeling assumptions for lateral analysis”, ACI Special Publication 240, 2006, Performance-Based Design of Concrete Building for Wind Loads.

“A Framework for Performance-based Wind Engineering”, ATC & SEI Conference on Advances in Hurricane Engineering 2012