Dr. Ameli is an associate Director of Berkeley Research Group (BRG) International Construction Practice.  He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer with 10 years of experience in construction advisory and project management, forensic construction claim investigations, quantification of damages, estimation of cost to repair, and internal audits. 

He has extensive experience in preparation of construction repair costs based on industry-standard pricing resources and market research in conjunction with liability repairs and property claims, loss of productivity, and analysis of labor and material costs fluctuations as a result of catastrophic events such as hurricanes and wildland fires.

He has been involved in commercial, residential, and industrial projects, including sport arenas, performing arts centers, solar farms, hospitals, multi-family high-rise, single-family homes, residential condominiums, class A office buildings, hotels, elementary schools, energy savings performance contracts, transit centers, and light rail transits.

His graduate research study was supported by United States Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences and was focused on the study and numerical modeling of underground fluid flow, with focus on flow through fractured rocks and porous media.  He has expertise in analysis and design of stormwater conveyance systems, 3D modeling of flooding and flood hazard evaluation, and investigation of the effects of wildland fires on hydrological characteristics of watersheds.

As an Expert Witness, he has written numerous expert reports that led to successful settlements.  He has testified in a trial, arbitration hearings on reasonableness and quantification of damages.

He has been a member of the board of directors of the Society of Construction Law, North America since 2020.

Employment History

Managing engineer
2018 – 2021

The Vertex Companies
Project manager
2013 – 2018

Professional Affiliations

Society of Construction Law, North America (SCL-NA)
Member of the Board of Directors

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEi)

American Bar Association (ABA)

Areas of Expertise


University of California, Irvine
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013
MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2010

Sharif University of Technology
BS, Civil and Structural Engineering, 2009


Graduate Research Fund, US Department of Energy, Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences, 2009 – 2013

Outstanding Student Paper Award Recipient, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, 2010 Fall Meeting