Acute Engineering is a structural engineering firm specializing in light frame construction. We focus on residential construction but also support commercial projects that utilize light frame construction techniques. Established in 2002, Acute Engineering is one of the premier light frame construction engineering firms in the west. We have developed tools, programs, and procedures that allow us to provide engineering at a very competitive cost while maintaining quick turnarounds. Whether you are working on a residential home or a commercial project, come see what Acute Engineering can do for you.



Chris Yeates, P.E.


Brandon Decker, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

Jacob Ballard, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

Client Managers

Alison Simpson, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

Brad Ellis, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

Connor Jensen, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

George Jacklin, S.E.

Licensed Engineer

Jay Adams, S.E.

Licensed Engineer

Full Time Staff

Ryan Wilkinson, P.E.

Engineer Manager

Alihi Faalafua

Project Engineer

Alijah Cordova

Project Engineer

Andrew Van Every, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

Brandon Chambers

Project Engineer

Dylan Hunter

Project Engineer

Grant Johnson

Project Engineer

Hailey Dinkins

Project Engineer

Hannah Van Noy

Project Engineer

Michael Chidester

Project Engineer

Nathan Bell

Project Engineer

Tristan Parker

Project Engineer

Tyler Jensen, P.E.

Licensed Engineer

Will Berger

Project Engineer

Mason Williams

Administrative Service Manager/HR Coordinator

Natalie Bury

Office Manager

Taren McNamara

Drafting Manager

Matt Newitt

CAD Technician

Josh Probst

CAD Technician

Paul Thorley, P.E., S.E.



Thorley, P.R., Yeates, C.H. (2018) “Structural Engineering in the Real World”

October 2nd and 3rd, Beehive Chapter (ICC)

Thorley, P.R (2018) “Timberframe Design, Connections, and Loads”

July Meeting, Bonneville Chapter International Code Council (ICC)

Thorley, P.R (2017) “Engineers - Who Needs Them?”

October Meeting, Bonneville Chapter International Code Council (ICC)

Yeates, C.H. (2017) "The IRC - Are you Structurally Code Compliant?"

September Meeting, Beehive Chapter International Code Council (ICC)

Thorley, P.R., Fonseca, F.S (2017) “Timberframe Research and Engineering”

May Seminar, Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU)

Bond, B. (2016) “Women's Equality”

Interviewed by Lauren Simpson on The Matt Townsend Show, BYU Radio. Aug. 29, 2016

Thorley, P.R. (2016) “Light Frame Structural Engineering Analysis and Documentation”

Utah Chapter ICC Annual Business meeting and Education Conference 2016,  February 17th, St. George, Utah

Thorley, P.R., (2015) “Light Frame Construction and Structural Engineering, Career Review”

Presentation, Utah Valley University, Skills USA.

Thorley, P.R., Yeates, C.H., Decker, B.T. (2015) “Acute Engineering Processes, Residential Construction Standards, and Common Construction Issues”

Presentation, Brigham Young University Civil Engineering Undergraduate Seminar.

Thorley, P.R., (2015) “SEER Committee Review”

SEAU News, Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU), Vol. 14, No. 7, Salt Lake City, Utah. April 2015. Page 5

Thorley, P.R. (2015) “Light Frame Structural Engineering Principle and Practice”

Utah Chapter ICC Annual Business meeting and Education Conference 2015,  February 17th, St. George, Utah

Yeates, C.H. (2014) "Shear Walls and Hold-downs".

Presentation, Utah Beehive Chapter ICC Monthly Meeting

Sandy, UT Project of the Year (2013).

Challenger School Corporate Office

Krestschmann, D.E., Gorman, T.M., Smith, R.E., Fonseca, F.S., Apostol, K., Thorley, P.R., (2013). "Interlocking Cross Laminated Timber from Blue Stain Resource: Feasibility and Viability Report"
Yeates, C.H. (2012) “Attending Graduate School”.

Presentation, Brigham Young University Civil Engineering Graduate Dinner, November 2012, Provo, Utah.

Thorley, P.R. (2011). “Structural beams”.

Lecture, Beehive Chapter of the International Code Council (ICC), March 16, Orem, Utah.

Thorley, P.R., and Judd, J.P. (2011) “ Sustainable building using Interlocking Cross-laminated Timber”

SEAU News, Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU), Vol. 15, No. 8, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Judd, J.P., Fonseca, F.S., Walker, C.R. and Thorley, P.R. (2011). “Tensile capacity of mortise and tenon connections in timber frames”

Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, in process of publication.

Thorley, P.R. (2009). “Starting an Engineering business”.

Graduate Seminar, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Brigham Young University, October 01, Provo, Utah.

Walker, C.R., Fonseca, F.S., Thorley, P.R., and Judd, J.P. (2008).

Tensile capacity of timber frame mortise and tenon connections”. Proceedings, 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering, June 2-5, Miyazaki, Japan