Dave was Childs Engineering’s second employee in 1972 and worked his way up the ranks until taking over ownership of the company in 1998

His professional career has concentrated solely in waterfront engineering. He is well-versed in all facets of inspection, design and construction. As a vital part of all waterfront projects, Dave is knowledgeable about the physical limitations imposed on waterfront structures caused by wind, wave, wake and ice forces and draft and area requirements.

Dave has been involved in much of the development of the Boston waterfront, and has a genuine understanding of being able to address the needs of both the developers and the regulators to ensure a successful outcome to any project. This work has included  projects at Rowes Wharf, Battery Wharf, Fan Pier, Long Wharf, World Trade Center, Union Wharf,  and Lovejoy Wharf to name a few.

Dave is an experienced diver having participated and led many underwater inspections for Childs contracts with the US Navy and other clients over the past 40 years. He holds an ADCI Card for surface supplied air diving as well as SCUBA Certification. He has also been involved in permit/licensing of such structures throughout most of New England and New York. Dave continues to teach a course on the safe dry docking of vessels for our shipyard clients and other public agencies.

Dave is licensed to practice engineering in MA, ME, NY, and RI

Contact Dave at: porterd@childseng.com