Brent Blackman - Principal and SEOR

Sample Projects

  • Lincoln Property Company - Blackwelder Campus
    Creative office space in 25 new and existing buildings totaling over 150,000 square feet
    Los Angeles, California
  • Rusnak Mercedes Benz
    New 300,000 sf dealership with circular glass showroom, service bays, parts department and parking
    Arcadia, California
  • CSU Channel Islands
    New 28,000 sf, 2 story Student Union, which included a seismic upgrade of an existing 1950s library building
    Camarillo, California
  • Salvation Army Crestmont College
    New 3-story, 18,000 sf dormitory
    Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • Rusnak Porsche, Rolls Royce, Maserati & Bentley
    New mezzanine, service area, column removal, truss strengthening, seismic retrofit and exterior canopy
    Pasadena, California
  • Hayden & Higuera
    Creative office space with new sawtooth roofs for Beats by Dre in two existing buildings totaling 110,000 sf
    Culver City, California
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
    New roof top dining area, stairs, bridge extension and seismic/gravity evaluation
    Long Beach, California
  • Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
    Providing on-going services on an as-needed basis
    El Segundo, California
  • Peer review - select prominent SE firms
    Nissan Campus Due Diligence, Los Angeles, California
    Palladium Truss Modifications
    Hollywood, California

President, LEED® AP

Brent Blackman is the President and Founder of Insight Structural Engineers. Brent established the firm in 2003 with a vision of creating long-term relationships with clients who value excellent service.

Brent is a Structural Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional who is committed to developing efficient structural solutions that are sustainable and compatible with the architectural layout. He is highly involved in all phases of each project from its inception through the completion of construction. His hands-on approach directly benefits our clients by reducing the project cost and improving the schedule.

Brent is an active member of several professional organizations and he recently served on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. He is also a founding member of the US Resiliency Council.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • University of South Carolina
    Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Professional Registration and Accreditation

  • Structural Engineer, California, Arizona, Illinois & Nevada
    Civil Engineer, California
  • LEED® Accredited Professional
  • US Resiliency Council, Founding Member, Certified Rater and Reviewer

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Chi Epsilon, Engineering Honor Society
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
    - Board of Directors, Southern California Chapter (2008-2010)
  • US Green Building Council
  • US Resiliency Council, Founding Member

Relevant Experience

  • Insight Structural Engineers (2003-present)
    President and Founder
  • Structural Focus (2001-2003)
    One of the company founders
  • Degenkolb Engineers (1995-2001)
    Project Engineer
  • ALX Engineering (1994-1995)
    Design Engineer
  • BSI Consultants (1992)
    Quality Control Engineer
  • Geo-Systems (1992)
    Lab Technician and Field Inspector