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TZL: Your bio states that you’ve had the opportunity to work on many “unique engineering projects.” Is there one that really stands out in the crowd, and if so, why? JC: In 2016, I was the lead project manager and engineer for an extreme engineering event called “Heaven Sent.” This was a world record stunt where Luke Aikins jumped from 25,000 feet without a parachute – just the clothes on his back. He landed in a 100-square-foot net lifted by cranes, each fitted with air-piston deceleration devices. JMC² were project managers for the design and testing of the “capture” system to safely stop Luke Aikins’ free-fall. This complex process required the utmost attention to detail, but also was highly constrained by budget needs and practical design issues. The project underwent several rounds of revision and more than a few instances of scrapping a design altogether. JMC² ultimately oversaw what was dubbed “the trap.” This project demonstrated that engineering can move beyond its “traditional” uses, helping to further innovative projects and ideas. Engineering can create some truly amazing moments. At JMC², we love the idea of “extreme engineering” and are proud to have played a part in this record-setting event. TZL: Trust is essential. How do you earn the trust of your clients? JC: No matter how big the problem is I will never be afraid to confront it head on and take responsibility if it is ours to take. Our long-term clients know that JMC² will be there to see their projects through from start to finish. They know they can always call me, and I will listen and find solutions. Always telling the truth and taking responsibility is key. TZL: You pride yourself on “being responsive in changing conditions.” Can you provide an example of how this has played out in a recent project? JC: When COVID hit, our structural team had a large portfolio of restaurant and hospitality projects – two industries greatly affected by the pandemic. We took this opportunity to pivot to pursuing more seismic assessment innovative projects and ideas. Engineering can create some truly amazing moments.” “Engineering can move beyond its ‘traditional’ uses, helping to further

projects, balcony inspections, steel fabrication, and industrial building projects. TZL: What role does your family play in your career? Are work and family separate, or is there overlap? JC: My family has always been a huge part of my career. I started JMC² when I was 29 years old, but I couldn’t have done that if my wife, Jennifer, didn’t trust and believe in me. At the start, she helped with our finances and office management, but that ended many years ago. Recently, my son, Sean, who is still in college, has joined us during the summers to use his drone to capture marketing materials and even some topographic survey data. “I’m a generalist with lots of knowledge on many aspects of engineering and our physical environment. My staff is well rounded and can adapt to new challenges. We are an adaptable, creative, TZL: What skills are required to run a successful practice? What do you wish you knew starting out that you know now? JC: Businesses require so many skills above and beyond just engineering. I wish I had more financial skills at the beginning. The key is to not let any area of the business be neglected as it’s all important. The most important skill is listening to the employees and our customers. TZL: “Extreme engineering” is a service that you offer. Why would a company pick you for such a project and can you give me an example of exactly what extreme engineering is? JC: The “Heaven Sent” project was our first “extreme engineering” event. We have been working on garnering sponsorship for the next event called “Thunderpass” where a driver will drive a car upside down in a tunnel for 1.3 miles. Formula One teams have theorized that an F1 car could drive upside down using aerodynamics alone. Nobody has stepped up, so we’re stepping in. I’m a generalist with lots of knowledge on many aspects of engineering and our physical environment. My staff is See ADAPTABLE, page 8 and knowledgeable team and can pull off extreme engineering events.”





■ ■ San Pedro, CA

■ ■ Santa Ana, CA


■ ■ Land development

■ ■ Facilities

■ ■ Infrastructure


■ ■ Civil engineering

■ ■ Structural


■ ■ Sensequake

■ ■ EZ Riser Roof Raising

■ ■ Extreme engineering

MORE ABOUT JMC²: Licensed in 30 states, and partnered with Sensequake (a seismic technology company) and EZ Riser Roof Raising (to raise existing building roofs).

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ULY 18, 2022, ISSUE 1449

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