Raymond Thompson

Senior Professional
CADD/BIM/3d Modeling

Ray is the CADD coordinator for HNTB-Boston’s office with more than 30 years of experience in plan production. He is responsible for supervising a staff of MicroStation, AutoCad, 3D Studio, and TEKLA operators and Detailers. Ray also has experience with Inroads, assisting with the bridge geometric layouts, additionally produces 3D models for interference checking, constructibility, and structural detailing. Ray also produces 3D visualizations for marketing purposes utilizing 3D-Studio Max and Adobe Photoshop. Ray has supervised the plan preparation of most of the major assignments completed in the Boston office utilizing both computer-generated and manual methods. Ray is currently providing plan production for the replacement of I-95 Providence Viaduct and assisting with construction phase services on the Chelsea Street and Bates Bridge Replacement projects, as well as supporting various detailing assignments for the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge. Ray has also been responsible for detailing the towers for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston and the U. S. Grant Bridge over the Ohio River. He has also managed HNTB’s CADD operations for the Storrow Drive Bridge and Central Artery/Tunnel D017A contract, Congress to North Street, in Boston.

Ray’s project experience includes:

  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
  • Whittier Bridge/ I-95 Improvement Design-Build
  • Newburyport/Amesbury/Salisbury, MA: CADD coordinator for the design-build Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement. As part of MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program, the project involves replacement of the John Greenleaf Whittier Memorial Bridge carrying I-95 over the Merrimack River, replacement of Pine Hill and Evans Place Bridges, and rehabilitation and widening of I-95 over Route 110 and an abandoned railroad. Services provided by HNTB include bridge demolition, utility coordination, retaining walls, drainage and storm water treatment, roadway realignment and widening, interchange improvements, traffic management, lighting and aesthetics, architectural and historic bridge elements, landscape architecture, design of a shared-use path, environmental permitting, and public outreach.


  • AS Architectural Engineering, Wentworth Institute, Boston, MA, 1979

Professional Affiliation

AUGI – AutoCad Users Group

BE Communities – Microstation

Selected Projects

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Green Line Extension (GLX), Cambridge to Medford, MA: CADD coordinator responsible for the plan production of the AECOM/HNTB Joint Venture design of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension, which will extend the MBTA’s Green Line service from a relocated Lechmere Station in Cambridge to Collage Avenue in Medford and to the Union Square area in Somerville, Massachusetts. 2012-Ongoing

New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Rehabilitation of the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge Design-Build, Portsmouth, NH: CADD coordinator and 3D constructability check for the $81 million designbuild bridge replacement project over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. 2011-Ongoing

City of Boston, New Chelsea Street Bridge, Boston/Chelsea, MA: CADD coordinator responsible for the plan production for the new 450-foot long tower-driven vertical lift span utilizing a constant-depth warren truss. The Chelsea Street Bridge was awarded the 2013 ACEC/MA Grand Conceptor Award. 2006 – 2012

U.S. Coast Guard/CSX Transportation, Modification of Bridge No. 193 at MP 653.44 Crossing the Mobile River, Hurricane, AL: Detailer for this value engineering project involving the replacement of the existing single-track, 330-foot, swing-span with a 357-foot span vertical lift bridge. Ray’s responsibilities included the detailing of tower foundations for the main span and the machinery room. He also supervised the plan production. 2008-2010

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Bates Bridge, Groveland/Haverhill, MA: CADD coordinator responsible for the plan production of this 135-foot-long, single-leaf bascule bridge. The replacement of the Bates Bridge over the Merrimack River features an off-line replacement of the existing bascule span with a new movable span and fixed approach span work staged to tie into the existing approach roadways. Ray’s responsibilities included building a 3D model of the bridge for constructibility/interference checking, plan production, and reinforcing detailing, assisting with Construction phase services. The design conformed to MassDOT design standards and the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Moveable Highway Bridges. 2008-2013

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), Goethals Replacement Bridge, New York, NY: CADD coordinator responsible for the plan production and 3D modeling of the 900-foot span steel cable-stayed bridge replacement of the existing Goethals Bridge. Ray’s responsibilities include 3D modeling of several tower options, creation of drive-through and flyover for client presentation. 2008-2010

New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Rehabilitation of the Portsmouth Memorial Vertical Lift Moveable Bridge, Portsmouth, NH: CADD coordinator for the $30 million rehabilitation of the Portsmouth Memorial Vertical Lift Moveable Bridge project over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. 2006

District Department of Transportation (DDOT) South Capitol Bridge, Washington, DC: CADD coordinator responsible for the 3D models for preliminary design of one of the four movable bridges options over the Anaconda River. DDOT was looking for an innovative and aesthetically pleasant solution. Ray’s responsibilities included modeling of one steel bascule bridge and development of preliminary plans. 2005 – 2006

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Ohio River Bridge over Blennerhasset Island, Parkersburg, WV: CADD coordinator responsible for 3D presentations for the preliminary design of the 3,100-foot-long suspension bridge over the Ohio River and Blennerhasset Island. The main span alternate investigated was 1,400-footlong steel composite.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), Bayonne Bridge over Kill van Kull, Bayonne, NJ: CADD coordinator responsible for 3D presentations for the strengthening of the Bayonne Bridge. With a 1,675-foot main span, the bridge is one of the world’s longest steel arches. A structural redundancy girder was added to the span so that it could remain in service in the event of the failure of two adjacent hangers. 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), West Dudley Road Bridge Replacement, Dudley, MA: CADD coordinator who was responsible for structural/civil plan production from preliminary design development through the final bid documents for bridge design, utility coordination, traffic management, construction staging. Ray’s responsibilities also included building a 3D model of the bridge for constructability/interference checking. This bridge reconstruction project, under MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program, includes approach roadway improvements, as well as the full replacement of the existing bridge. Professional Services Completion: 2009 – Ongoing Construction Completion Date: 2012

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (C19D1), Boston, MA: CADD coordinator/detailer responsible for plan production and building a 3D model of the bridge towers for constructability/interference checking of this 10-lane landmark hybrid cable-stayed bridge with concrete back spans (250 feet) and a steel composite main span (745 feet). Opened in early 2003, the bridge has won numerous design awards, including ACEC’s 2003 Grand Award and the 2003 George S. Richardson Medal from the International Bridge Conference.

Design Services: 1996-2000

Construction Completion Date: 2003


Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Agawam Interchange, Agawam, MA: CADD manager responsible for plan production of the construction documents and maintaining the electronic CADD standards for the reconfiguration of the U.S. 5/S.R. 57 Rotary Interchange, including reconstruction/replacement of two bridges and a new flyover ramp structure connecting U.S. Route 5 Northbound to S.R. 57 Westbound in Agawam, Massachusetts. The project includes structures reports, bridge type studies, sketch plans, and 25-percent approval of preliminary design plans. 2010-2012

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Design Engineering Services for the Repair/Rehabilitation of 12 Bridges, Statewide, MA: CADD coordinator responsible for construction documents and plan production for the repair and reconstruction of the Beverly Street Bridge, part of a project that includes the rehabilitation of 12 highway, transit and commuter rail bridges, systemwide throughout Massachusetts. HNTB will provide project management, bridge inspection, bridge design, permitting, public outreach and construction scheduling throughout the contract. The work will be performed in accordance with MBTA, AREMA, MassDOT and AASHTO standards. It includes investigation, testing and inspection of existing conditions of the bridge super/substructure to identify deficiencies, and preparation of the 15-percent conceptual design, including type studies of the bridges along with cost estimates. The HNTB team will perform seismic analysis and stability checks as required by the current codes; prepare preliminary design plans and specifications as well as various final design levels; prepare environmental documents as needed for environmental compliance; prepare construction bid packages; provide construction phase services and prepare and submit post construction inspection and load rating reports.

Maine Turnpike Authority, Mayall Road Underpass Project, New Gloucester, ME: CADD coordinator/plan production responsible for construction documents for the two span composite steel I-girder bridge over the Maine Turnpike. The two span lengths are 106 feet. 2005-2006

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Ambassador Gateway Bridge Project, Detroit, MI: CADD coordinator for the design of four curved composite steel plate girder bridges. This project is part of the overall Ambassador Gateway Bridge Interchange that included several new bridges and a new cable-stayed pedestrian bridge. HNTB designed four bridges. Two of these bridges had bifurcated roadways with curved spans over 200-feet-long. The abutments, piers, barriers, and retaining walls had unique aesthetic treatments. The design conformed to MDOT standards. Ray’s overall responsibilities for this project included overseeing CADD coordination and CADD production of the four bridges; inter-office coordination; inter-discipline coordination; Assisted with the geometrical layout utilizing inroads. Completed 2007

Gammon India Limited, Konkan Railway Bridge over Anjikhad River, Ammu and Kashmir, India: Ray provided CADD production for preliminary and final design of an 870-foot arch span. The final design for this span consists of a concrete-filled steel-composite arch rib, braced steel spandrels, and an open-deck steel girder superstructure. 2004-2005

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), I4/SR408 Interchange, Orlando, FL: CADD coordinator for the design of interim improvements to reconfigure the I4/SR408 Interchange in downtown Orlando. The bridges include several multi-span curved steel box and steel girder type viaducts. The ultimate improvements for this multi-level interchange will include over 28,000 linear feet of steel girder and steel box ramp, bridge widening, and viaduct structures. Ray also assisted with the geometrical layout and detailing of the deck reinforcement for these bridges.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Manchester Airport Access Road, Bedford-Manchester, NH: Structural CADD coordinator responsible for the plan production of four bridges and the temporary toll plaza modifications with a projected construction value of $28 million. The scope of the bridge design work includes three interchange bridges, and a 1,200-foot multi-span bridge carrying the Access Road over the Merrimack River. HNTB, as a major subconsultant to McFarland-Johnson, performed preliminary design for the Airport Access Road project. 2003 – 2010

Massachusetts Port Authority, Boston Logan International Airport, Terminal A-B Utility Tunnel/Headhouse, Boston, MA: CADD coordinator who provided plan production for the Massport utility tunnel/headhouse project that connected Logan Airport Terminal A to Terminal B under the apron pavement. The 250-foot watertight cut-and-cover utility tunnel segment was designed to house four large diameter (future) chilled and hot water pipes. In addition, the tunnel cross-section provides crew with ample walking space for routine maintenance and inspection. This project also included a 1,000-square-foot concrete headhouse structure that connects to an existing valve room, which served as a junction point for all Terminal B chilled and hot water piping.

Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA), Level 3 Fiber Optic Installation Program, Various Locations along the Massachusetts Turnpike, MA: CADD coordinator for an aggressive program to design/detail bridge attachments to approximately 90 Massachusetts Turnpike bridges to accommodate fiber optic cables. This project involved coordinating field investigations, material specification, structural analysis, as well as construction coordination. The restrictive time schedule was also a primary constraint in the completion of this project.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Washington Dulles International Airport People Mover Tunnels, Dulles, VA: Structural CADD coordinator of all cut-and-cover portions of the tunnel, which was involved in five major tunnel construction contracts. This $400 million loop tunnel system will allow a new Automated People Mover (APM) system to link all of the airport’s terminals and concourses. The 10-mile, multi-tunnel project utilizes NATM, TBM and cut-and-cover tunneling technologies.

Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, Underpinning of Route 1A Viaduct, Boston, MA: Ray performed plan production and assisted in detailing of the underpinning assignment.

Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), Waterville/Winslow Project, Waterville, ME: CADD coordinator/production in the design of a 2,120-foot horizontally curved steel I-girder bridge crossing the Kennebec River.

Client, Sixaola River Bridge, Panama, Costa Rica: CADD technician who performed plan production for the Sixaola River Bridge Repairs project.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Notre Dame Replacement Bridge, Manchester, NH: CADD technician who assisted with the plan production of the eastbound bridge of the Notre Dame project. The eastbound replacement structure was designed first. Both a structural steel alternate and a segmental prestressed concrete alternate were designed, and plans, specifications and estimates were prepared for bidding. Following the award and start of construction of the steel alternate, HNTB began design of an identical westbound structure. Each bridge was approximately 1,500 feet long and consisted of 10 spans over the Merrimack River, F.E. Everett Turnpike, B&M Railroad, and city streets. 1984-1985

Vermont Department of Transportation, Chittenden County Circumferential Highway Project, Burlington, VT: Graphic designer for the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway Project for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. This project involved preparing a Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statement for a 15-mile circumferential highway and the final design of seven miles of the project.