WICKHAM George Wickham, the former principal of San Francisco tunnel and geotechnical engineer Jacobs Associates Inc. who was known for his cost-estimating expertise, died on Oct. 25 in Lake Wildwood, Calif. He was 89. Wickham joined the firm in 1957 after 10 years of work for a contractor. He co-authored a 1974 research paper that introduced rock-structure rating methodology to tunnel design, according to Jacobs. The approach quantifies and predicts the support required for a tunnel based on key geologic parameters. Says the company, “Others have built on this work to produce rock-mass classification systems” that are widely used in
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