TJCAA’s head designers, Terence (Terry) Cavanagh and Paul Giorsetto, were principals and design leaders for an international environmental engineering design firm in California’s Bay Area. Mr. Cavanagh and Mr. Giorsetto together provide over 50 years of experience in delivering creative problem solving for public and commercial/industrial clients. The TJCAA Structural Group provides expertise in the design of water and wastewater treatment plants and seismic evaluation of existing structures, as well as in the design of ozone treatment and chemical containment facilities. Our Instrumentation, Control, and Electrical Group has developed designs for low and medium voltage distribution systems and control systems for complex water treatment facilities both domestically and internationally.
TJCAA and its personnel are responsive and flexible team members. We have demonstrated our ability to provide quality service, both as a lead firm and by integrating effectively with existing design teams. We work toward the best solutions for our clients. TJCAA operates from our fully equipped design offices and is also comfortable operating remotely or on site as part of an existing design team.
“Setting the Standard”
TJCAA – The Names and Faces
Gianna C. Zappettini, Esq.
Gianna Zappettini, a licensed attorney in California since 1989, oversees the management of TJCAA. Ms. Zappettini directs all marketing, financial, contractual and personnel matters associated with the corporation. Her experience as an attorney, which includes civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense, construction litigation, and personal injury litigation, as well as her experience coordinating staff at a small law office, provides her with a solid foundation for management of TJC and Associates, Inc.
Terence J. Cavanagh, S.E.
Senior Vice President
Terry Cavanagh, a licensed engineer since 1985, is an expert in the design of water and wastewater treatment plant structures. He specializes in the structural design and seismic evaluation of facilities including water and wastewater treatment plants, reservoirs and storage tanks, pump stations, ozone treatment facilities, chemical storage and containment facilities, operations centers/laboratories, and outfall structures. He provides significant design expertise with all conventional building materials used for water and wastewater treatment facilities.
Rick W. Cavanagh
Chief Financial Officer
Richard Cavanagh, as TJCAA’s Quality Control Manager, supervises the implementation of TJCAA quality control policies and procedures. His educational background is in Business Administration/Tax, and he has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1988. Mr. Cavanagh has extensive experience in quality assurance/quality control of manufacturing, testing, and reporting processes. He applies his skills and experience toward assuring that TJCAA products and services meet the standards of excellence required by our clients.
Paul J. Giorsetto, P.E., LEED AP
Paul Giorsetto, TJCAA’s Instrumentation, Control, and Electrical (ICE) services leader, has been a licensed engineer since 1984, and has extensive design experience in the areas of electrical power distribution, electrical industrial applications, control systems, and instrumentation. He also has significant experience in construction services, as a resident engineer and inspector, and during facility startup. He has acted as a project manager and electrical and/or discipline lead on large water and wastewater design projects. Mr. Giorsetto has also served as project manager on dedicated electrical and instrumentation and control design-build projects. As an accredited LEED professional, he has an understanding of the principles that go into designing structures/buildings that have a minimal impact on the environment, and that promote energy efficiency and a healthy environment for their occupants/users. TJCAA clients seeking ICE design solutions will benefit from Mr. Giorsetto’s extensive experience.
Michael J. Erwin, P.E.
Michael Erwin, who heads up TJCAA’s Control Systems Programming group, has been building valuable experience since 1986 in the design, implementation, and management of electrical power, control, automation, and instrumentation systems. He performs electrical design engineering for water and wastewater treatment, collection, and distribution systems, and industrial facilities, focusing on instrumentation and control system design and programming. His specific experience includes development of power calculations, protective device coordination, equipment specification, instrument selection, and control panel fabrication design; design of SCADA systems for in-plant and telemetry-based systems; and PLC programming. He has hands-on familiarity with a wide variety of PLC and SCADA hardware and software platforms. He gained his extensive experience not only as a consultant, but also as chief engineer and project manager for a Northern California systems integrator. With this understanding of the water/wastewater, control system, and construction industries, he provides a viewpoint that emphasizes constructability and an emphasis on systems that feature maximum operator usability and efficiency.
Richard K. Thow. S.E.
Daisy M. Yu, S.E., LEED AP
Senior Structural Engineer
Eileen A. Nakamura, P.E.
Senior Controls Technician
Helen Tran is an automation engineer with nearly 15 years’ experience in instrumentation and controls (I&C) and system integration. She has performed a variety of electrical and I&C designs for process equipment and utility systems. With a background in the electric power, biotechnology, and water treatment industries, Ms. Tran applies practical knowledge in design, documentation, programming, and configuration of control system hardware and software components. She is adept at interpreting client processes and operations, automation planning/design/implementation, and providing support for system integration projects under a variety of automation hardware and software platforms. Her skillset includes operating principles of turbomachinery control systems and plant process controls. In addition, her experience includes pharmaceutical and biotech operations, and she has a thorough working knowledge of pharma design, construction, commissioning and qualification, and operations and experience within the current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) regulations.
Jacqueline N. Arama, P.E.
Jacqueline Arama is an electrical engineer with a wide variety of experience in instrumentation and controls (I&C) and electrical analysis and design. Her experience includes feasibility studies and electrical design for water and wastewater treatment plants and associated communication facilities. She has developed designs including electrical load and voltage drop calculations, equipment layouts, panel elevations, electrical plans, lighting, detailed control loop descriptions, and electrical power distribution, as well as remote monitoring and controls. Mrs. Arama is experienced at performing field verification of plant conditions and documentation, and with developing electrical models and performing power system analyses using SKM PowerTools©. She is familiar with fiber-optic cable allocation, electrical load studies, and piping and instrumentation diagram layouts and development, including coordination with process engineers.
Lee G. Meyer, P.E.
Raphael E. Okubo
Electrical Design Specialist
McKenzie S. Campagna
Manan S. Bhatt
James Wu has experience in the design of a variety of structures including water and wastewater treatment facilities, pump stations, mixed-use developments, residential units, and schools. Mr. Wu supports our Structural Engineering group by performing calculations, reviewing drawings, and providing engineering services during construction.