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Julian M. Toneatto, PhD, PE, PP
President
PO Box 133
Lafayette Hill PA 19444
USA
phone: 609-502-0900
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Adler Engineers, Inc.was established on June 14, 1990 as a Civil / Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Consulting firm to provide quality services for public and private clients in a highly competitive environment. Adler performs Site, Civil, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering tasks as well as Environmental Consulting, Expert Witness, and Forensic Engineering services including:
  • Civil Engineering / Surveying / Landscape Architecture
  • Environmental Consulting / Cultural Resource Management
  • Construction Engineering / Field Services
  • Sustainable Design
  • Threat and Security Assessments
  • Telecommunications Design and Engineering
Julian M. Toneatto, PhD, PE, PP, President of Adler Engineers, Inc., has over 40 years of experience in Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering Consulting.

Dr. Toneatto has a Doctorate in Structures and Dynamics and MBA in Finance. His former employers include the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, States, Municipalities, DOT, private and public firms, and the EXXON Corporation.

Dr. Toneatto served as a Professor of Civil Engineering and Course Director at the Department of Civil Engineering, U.S. Military Academy. He structured, revised, and taught courses in Advanced Structural Analysis, the Honors Course in Structural Analysis and Steel Design, and authored and taught Soil Mechanics. Dr. Toneatto has also served on the faculty at USMA (West Point): Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Philadelphia University and The US Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

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Allied Glass Experts, LLC
Henry (Hank) H. Chamberlain
Chairman and President
5000 State Ave.
Kansas City KS 66102
USA
phone: 913-287-9200
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Allied Glass Experts, LLC (AGE) is an international consulting, engineering, and research group with practice limited to Glass and Glazing issues. A Kansas corporation, AGE associates include numerous internationally recognized experts in diverse areas of the glass industry. Together, they can often provide the optimum mix of expertise to resolve technical issues involving glass and glazing systems.

AGE projects commonly involve architectural, industrial, or automotive applications. Design, forensic, research, engineering, testing, and consulting services are available.

Services Include:
  • Design & Testing
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fractography
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Optics
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Process Control
  • Forensics
  • Henry Chamberlain, Chairman, has 50 years of experience in the Glass Industry. His expertise includes design, manufacturing, testing, quality control, and failure analysis. He has a breadth of experience from automotive, commercial, architectural, and consumer product applications.

    Mr. Chamberlain has held numerous leadership positions in professional associations and is a well-respected expert within the glass industry community. Since 1996, he has contributed to glass industry publications and given lectures and presentations on glass.

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    Fred P. Smith
    President
    111 W. Canyon Crest Road
    Alpine UT 84004
    USA
    phone: 801-763-8484
    fax: 801-763-5755
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    Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. is a company that specializes in Rapid Product Development. Their engineers have had over 20 years developing the skills of new product design. Their innovative approach to product design can be seen in over 100 patents held by their engineers. When we create a product, we must sell it to our customer. We use resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and written descriptions to communicate our ideas to our customers. We effectively teach them about the product and its merits.

    We apply the same skills we use in developing new products to our work as expert witnesses. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges and jurors make good decisions.

    Alpine Engineering's Design Experience reaches a number of industries including Refuse Equipment, Hydraulically Operated Equipment, Trucks and Related Equipment, Aerial Lifts, Manlifts, Industrial Equipment, Mobile Equipment, Material Handling, Forklifts, Pallet Trucks, Boom Trucks, Suspension Systems, Garbage Trucks, Front Loaders, Side Loaders, Automated Loaders, Rear Loaders, Rolloffs, Liftgates, Exercise and Sports Equipment, Trucking Equipment, Turf Care Equipment, Farming Equipment.

    Alpine Engineering's Comprehensive Services include:

    Product Development
  • Innovative Concept
  • Multi-Industry Experience
  • Powerful Design Tools
  • Full Service Fabricating Materials
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Vast Technical Knowledge
  • Intellectual Property
  • Creative Display Presentations
  • Great Reputation
  • Patent & Patent Related Issues
  • Patent Searches
  • Provisional Patent Complete with Illustrations
  • Patent Infringement Review
  • Design Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Electrical
  • Structural Integrity Tests
  • Value Analysis
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    Dr. Charles R. Anderson
    President & Principal Scientist
    9051 Red Branch Road, Suite C,
    Columbia MD 21045
    USA
    phone: (410) 740-8562
    fax: 410-740-8201
    Dr. Charles R. Anderson has long specialized in the Characterization of Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films and Coatings. He and his team offer Materials Consulting Services, enhancing material and/or process to meet requirements and provide advantages over competitors. Dr. Anderson is able to apply decades of experience, cross-industry knowledge, and diverse areas of expertise to serve as a cost-effective partner to enhance or augment current R&D capabilities or capacity.

    Anderson Materials (AME) is prepared to deploy an array of analytical techniques and experiences to provide top-tier analysis and consulting services. AME offers services to such industries as Aerospace and Defense, Building Materials and Construction, Chemical, Communications, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Energy & Utility, Government Agencies, Industrial Equipment, Medical Industries, Resource Materials, and Colleges and Universities.

    Consulting Specialties:
    • Adhesive Bonding
    • Cleanliness & Contamination
    • Coatings
    • CTE, Thermal Expansion
    • Elemental Analysis
    • Glass Transition Temperature
    • Interfaces
    • Materials Identification / Verification
  • Medical Devices and Prostheses
  • Melting Temperature
  • Outgassing and Water Content
  • Particle Analysis
  • Plastic Testing
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Surface Roughness
  • Thin Film Analysis
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    Keith M. Cianfrani, MAS, CRSP
    Aviation Safety Consultant
    350 New Britain Road
    Doylestown PA 18901
    USA
    phone: 215-348-3942
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    Aviation Safety Consultants, LLC is a company designed to assist the aviation community with precise and specific Aviation Safety Consulting. Their clients include insurance companies, aviation flight schools, aircraft production companies, law firms, and fixed and rotary wing operators.

    Consulting Services - Aviation Safety Consultants, LLC offers safety evaluations (audits) for aviation companies in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations and IS-BAO and HAI Standards. They teach and promote proven Risk Management practices. They specialize in Human Factors and Material Failure in Accident Investigations.

    Aviation Safety Consultants, LLC also provides consulting services for industrial, construction, and motor vehicle accidents. Their experts include Flight Instructors, Airline Pilots, Air Traffic Control Specialist, A&P Mechanics, Metallurgy Engineers and Safety Personnel both from the military and civilian organizations.

    Founder and Owner, Keith M. Cianfrani, MAS, CRSP, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, has over 30 years of aviation experience. He is a master army aviator, aviation safety officer, commercial pilot, instructor pilot, and was an accident investigator for the U.S. Army Safety Center.

    Mr. Cianfrani is rated in both rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft. As a safety officer, he has managed safety programs in organizations with over 100 aircraft stationed throughout 5 states. He is currently an instructor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State University. Mr. Cianfrani is also presently attending Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) as a PhD Student in Aviation Science. He writes the Safety and Training Column for Rotor and Wing Magazine.

    Mr. Cianfrani is a certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and has also worked in the civilian, commercial aviation industry. He has been flying for companies such as Petroleum Helicopters, Damin Aviation, Keystone Helicopters, Island Helicopters, and Chopper 6 and Chopper 3 in Philadelphia. He also has experience in the flight for life, aero medical evacuation industry.

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    Andrew C. Kolbert, PhD, MTM
    President, Chief Technology Officer
    4840 Venture Drive
    Ann Arbor MI 48108
    USA
    phone: 800-930-5450
    fax: 800-930-5479
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    Avomeen Analytical Services is a full-service Chemical Testing Laboratory that offers advanced product testing and development services for a variety of specialty, consumer, and industrial goods. Their staff is comprised of a combination of material scientists, polymer experts, experienced expert witnesses, pharmaceutical development specialists, and more.

    Avomeen Analytical Services supports a variety of services including home health, cosmetics and beauty, manufacturing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics and polymers, paints and coatings, food and beverage, and many more.

    Their experienced chemists specialize in:
    • Product Reverse Engineering & Reformulation
    • Material Testing Services, Material Identification / Impurity Characterization
    • Extractables & Leachables Testing / Food Contact Notifications
    • Product Defect Investigations & Failure Analysis
  • Custom Formulation Development Services
  • Method Development and Validation
  • Product Stability & Release Testing
  • Compendial Testing
  • Pharmaceutical Development / Lab Analysis
  • Complex Manufacturing Problems
  • President and CEO, Andrew C. Kolbert, PhD, MTM, has over 20 years of experience executing and managing analytical and product development programs, both internally and in external organizations. He holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from MIT, a Masters in Technology Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and a six sigma green belt in process improvement.

    Specializing in Analytical and Solid State Chemistry, Dr. Kolbert has gained mastery in a wide range of chemical and analytical testing. He strives to provide quality testing and chemical analytical services to help scientific, technology, and manufacturing companies compete in the global market.

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    Iola Goeke
    3660 Hartsfield Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    USA
    phone: 850-558-3100
    fax: 850-575-8454
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    BEC Consulting, LLC was established in 1982. Since that time, we have provided top-level consulting engineering services and accident reconstruction to our clients; law firms, insurance companies, state and local agencies, manufacturing companies, and clients who are seeking product design analysis and other engineering related services.

    Our engineers represent a broad range of engineering disciplines which enables us to work on a variety of cases using the team approach. The teams at BEC are comprised of Engineers, Technical Specialists, Graphics Specialists, as well as Research and Administrative Personnel, so that each case is given personal attention and is handled efficiently and effectively. Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Venice working in almost every state in the United States, including Alaska.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction - Including Automobile, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle/Bicycle & Pedestrian
    • Engineering Consulting
    • FARO 3-D Scanning
    • Black Box Downloads
    • Construction Zone / Roadside Safety
    • Industrial Equipment
    • Failure Analysis
    • Product Design
    • Product Development
    • Material Handling System
    • Biomechanical Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics
    Every aspect of our firm is designed to serve our clients needs; conference rooms for mediations and depositions, a research and testing lab, secured evidence storage, facilities for expert inspections, and easy access to airport and hotel facilities for our out-of-town clients. We are truly a full service engineering firm.

    Because of this team approach and a commitment to customer service, BEC has attained regional and national recognition as a leader in forensic engineering services and new product development. This excellent example and tireless dedication to serving our client’s needs has resulted in a devoted client base and reputation second to none.

    Dr. Charles Benedict, P.E., founded Benedict Engineering Company in 1982 and our name has since changed to BEC Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years experience in the fields of product and machine design and analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction of all types, and product and system failure analysis. He has designed, developed, manufactured, and tested more than sixty different products and machine systems. Dr. Benedict is well respected in the fields of forensic engineering, product and machine system design and analysis and patenting.

    Expertise:
    • Biomechanics
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Vehicle Restraint Systems
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Material Handling
    • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E., is also a principal with BEC Consulting, LLC, and has been practicing forensic engineering for over 15 years. He holds several patents on roadside safety devices and studied roadside safety at the University of Nebraska. He is a consulting engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. His current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction, analysis of maintenance of traffic issues, premises liability, investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, and development of automated material-handling systems.

    Expertise:
    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Maintenance of Traffic
    • Roadway Design
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E., CXLT, is an Industrial engineer with specialties in industrial accident reconstruction, including forklifts, construction machinery, appliances, and manufacturing equipment. Her experience includes vehicular accident reconstruction involving automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles, as well as slip, trip, and fall analysis, product failure analysis, and workplace-safety related issues.

    Expertise:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Confined Spaces
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Theme Parks / Recreation Facilities
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical engineer and Principal with our firm, specializing in accident reconstruction. His current work involves the analysis and reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including vehicular dynamics and occupant restraint as well as the investigation of industrial accidents and product analysis.

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    Leighton Spadone, President
    Tire Technology & Data Analytics
    14617 Cedar Road
    Beachwood OH 44122
    USA
    phone: 440-264-3638
    fax: 216-291-2823
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    DAAS Inc. specializes in Tire Technology, Tire Compounding, Tire Processing, Tire Curing, and Performance Modeling. Dedicated to providing top notch consulting and statistical services in the tire and rubber industry, DAAS has served tire manufacturing clients in the United States, Romania, China, India, and Poland.

    Consulting Services:
    • Technical Support - Optimization of Laboratory, Banbury, Extruder, Curing, and Calendaring processes
    • Product Development - Material Evaluations and Component Formulations; Tire Design and Reinforcement for Radial Truck and Earthmover tires; Tire testing
    • Technical Management - Statistical Scenarios to Improve Product Performance, Manufacturing Uniformity, and Quality
    • JMP Statistical Modeling - Data Cleaning, Exploration, and Modeling Used to Troubleshoot Materials & Compound R&D, Product, Process, and Manufacturing
    • Quality Assurance - Quality Specifications for Materials, Compounds, Components, Processing, and Tire Curing; Performance Models, and Quality Systems
    • Expert Witness - Truck and Earthmover Tire and Compound Performance, Tire Removal, and Fleet analysis
    Leighton Spadone Tire Technology Expert PhotoLeighton Spadone, President of DAAS Inc., has over 50 years of Tire Technology and Applied Statistics experience. He trains and consults tire companies on Tire Design, Tire Materials and Compound Formulations, Tire Curing, rubber processing, quality control, tire, compound, and materials testing.

    Mr. Spadone was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co in International Technical Service and Domestic Tire Development for over 43 years and by Eurotire Inc for 6 years as the Chief Technical Officer. he is an experienced Materials Product Developer for Radial Light Truck Tires, Radial Medium Truck Tires, Farm Tires, and Off-Road Radial Earthmover Tires.

    Mr. Spadone has authored numerous tire technology conference papers for the ACS Rubber Division, ITEC, and JMP Discovery including Truck & Passenger Tire Testing, Treadwear prediction, Rubber Mixing, and Earthmover TMPH. Articles have been published in Rubber and Plastics News and The Quality Digest. He has specialized training in Statistics, 6-Sigma, Technical Management, and SAS & JMP statistics and programming.

    Regression Model to Predict Tire Performance: Paired Design Experiment

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    This is a personal injury case in which a car windshield was smashed and the driver injured by a tire that "came off" a truck that the car was following on a high-speed interstate highway. The car driver was hospitalized and the car towed. The truck had one of its rear tires replaced and then departed the scene of the accident.

    A London based arbitration process for breach of a contract to purchase tires brought by an International Earthmover Tire Manufacturer, plaintiff, against an International Mining Company, defendant. The Mining Company contractually agreed to order a specified number of tires or to pay 40% of the agreed selling price for any tires not ordered. This is referred to as a “Take or Pay” arrangement. The tire manufacturer contracted to produce tires that met the Tire and Rim Association OTR Handbook standards. The manufacturer did not guarantee tire performance, in terms of any performance measure.

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    James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE
    2909 Cole Ave
    Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75204
    USA
    phone: 214-468-8118
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    Drebelbis Engineering is an Architectural and Engineering firm specializing in Forensic Engineering. Their combined background in architecture, engineering, and business make Drebelbis Engineering uniquely qualified to address the complexities found in forensic engineering assignments.

    A Dallas-based company founded in 1996, their focus is structural, architectural and civil engineering as applied to buildings and site systems. They bring technical engineering knowledge, testimony, and remedy when construction fails to perform and when construction processes derail.

    Principal, James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE, is an Architect and Structural Engineer with over 40 years of experience in all phases of building construction and performance, project management, and producing documents for building construction (drawings, specifications, change orders).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Drebelbis specializes in Forensic Engineering for attorneys and insurance companies. His understanding of building types and construction systems includes site construction and earth retaining structures as well as residential, commercial, manufacturing, and institutional buildings.

    Mr. Drebelbis is retained for Cause and Origin of Structural Failures and disputes about construction performance that often emphasize the obvious (leaks, cracks, collapses). His expertise is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Services include engineering investigation, documentation, testimony, and preparation of Certificates of Merit.

    Education/Licenses: - BS Arch. Engineering, MBA, Professional Engineer (Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico), Architect (Texas)

    Areas of Technical Experience and Expertise:
    • Construction Technology
    • Building Codes
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Fire, Weather, Disaster Related Damage
    • Roofing & Waterproofing Systems
    • Water and Moisture Intrusion
    • Stair Construction
    • Performance of Building Materials
    • Retaining Structures
    • Application of Building Materials
  • Selection of Building Materials
  • Structural Engineering
  • Site and Building Drainage
  • Foundation Design
  • Soil Behavior
  • Concrete Workmanship and Design
  • Contract Documents
  • Professional Ethics
  • Slip, Trip, Fall
  • Corrective Construction
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    Steven J. Meyers
    President and Chief Technical Officer
    132 Clow International Parkway
    Bolingbrook IL 60490
    USA
    phone: 630-624-1347
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    DVI Aviation specializes in providing comprehensive aviation accident investigation services. DVI's air safety investigators combine scientific analysis, material science, laboratory testing, piloting expertise, aircraft maintenance, and human factors to investigate aircraft accidents and promote aviation safety. DVI has investigated hundreds of cases, ranging from the in-flight failure of composite structures, to the use of unapproved parts, to incidents involving ground operations. DVI serves the Insurance, Legal, and Aerospace Industries.

    DVI Services Include:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Faultier Analysis
    • Laboratory Services
    • Human Factors Analysis
    • Pilot Error
  • Maintenance Error
  • Patent Infringement
  • Military Contracting
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Flight Training
  • Steven Meyers Aviation Aircraft Safety Expert PhotoSteven J. Meyers, President and Chief Technical Officer at DVI, is an experienced Aircraft Accident Investigator who combines scientific analysis, material science, laboratory testing, piloting expertise, aircraft maintenance, and human factors to investigate air safety issues. He has a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science, BS in Engineering Physics, AS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and an Extension Diploma in Applied General Metallurgy.

    Mr. Meyers has piloted / instructed in 60 different types of aircraft ranging from turbines to gliders to seaplanes. He is a multi-engine, instrument rated commercial pilot, active flight instructor (CFI), FAA licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P), and FAA Inspection Authorization (IA). His prior investigations range from the failure of composite airframe structures, to the use of unapproved parts, to reconstructing ground vehicle incidents. He also evaluates the effects of corrosion, temperature, and mechanical stresses on the properties and performance of materials. He served in the USAF/ANG as a non-commissioned Intelligence Officer.

    Mr. Meyers has authored over 20 technical papers on topics within his field of expertise. He has delivered numerous presentations and workshops on aviation issues including safety, human factors, and accident investigation procedures to entities throughout the nation.

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    Edward S. George, PE
    President, Principal Investigator
    124 Calle De Leon
    St Augustine FL 32086
    USA
    phone: 904-826-1431
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    E & S Consulting, Inc., is a Florida registered professional engineering firm dedicated to bringing clients top-level consulting engineering services. E & S Consulting specializes in Product Liability litigation and expert testimony, however, they routinely perform Failure Analyses in non-litigation matters. They provide services to attorneys, insurance companies, state and local agencies, as well as manufacturing companies.

    Services iNclude:
    • Metallography
    • Hardness Testing
    • Multi-channel Temperature Profiles
    • Binocular Microscopy
  • Photographic Documentation
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • X-Ray Diffraction
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy
  • Edward George Product Liability Failure Analysis Expert PhotoPresident and Principal Investigator, Edward S. George PE, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Product Liability and Failure Analysis.

    Mr. George earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Florida Department of Materials Science and Engineering, graduating with a specialty in metallurgy. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. George is a member of The National Society of Professional Engineers, The American Welding Society, The National Association of Forensic Engineers, The Florida Engineering Society, American Water Works Association, and The International Society for Fall Protection.

    Mr. George has experience in a variety of material failures including:

    Metals - Polymers - Plastics - Composites - Ceramics - Glass - Porcelain

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    Dr. Paul Eason, PE, CFEI
    4600 Touchton Road,Building 100, Suite 150
    Jacksonville FL 32246
    USA
    phone: 904-279-9300 or 888-504-5454
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    Paul Eason is a Licensed Engineer, Nationally Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Forensic Consultant. His expertise comes from a strong background in industry and academia. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of North Florida, and maintains a graduate faculty appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Florida.

    Dr. Eason has testified in numerous trials and depositions in the following practice areas: Product Design & Manufacturing Analysis, Metallurgy & Materials, Fire & Explosions and Industrial Accidents

    Areas of Expertise:

    Product liability and failure analysis, Product Defect & Safety Issues including: Metals, Plastics, Glass, Ceramics, Corrosion, Fatigue, Overload & Material Selection

    Fire and Explosion analysis including: cause and origin determination, product related fire causation, industrial process accidents, dust explosions, welding/brazing accidents
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    Dr. Arun Kumar
    Ph.D.
    250 N. Nash Street
    El Segundo CA 90245
    USA
    phone: 310-322-2011
    fax: 310-322-2243
    Arun Kumar, Ph.D. has 34 years of experience in Metallurgy, Materials Science and Failure Analysis of Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials at Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft Company and EAG Laboratories. He manages and supervises approximately 17 engineers and technicians performing a variety of analytical services and failure analysis.

    Dr. Kumar provides metallurgical consultation, performs failure analysis and serves as an expert witness in product liability trials involving materials failures. He has extensive experience in metallurgical failure analysis of aircraft, helicopter, automobile and motorcycle components, machineries, medical implants, machine tools and household appliances.
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of their 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    Services Offered - Whether your project requires failure analysis, a forensic engineering investigation, event reconstruction, fire cause and origin, or a specialized assessment, EFI Global’s multi-disciplinary engineers and technical professionals can address your project needs.

    Engineering:
    • Civil and Structural
    • Mechanical and Electrical
    • Material Science
    • Construction Management
    • Building Envelope Assessments
    • Property Condition Assessments
    • Roofing Evaluations
    Fire Investigations:
    • Incendiarism
    • Origin and Cause
    • Failure Analysis/Product Liability
    • Fraud
    Environmental, Health & Safety
    • Phase I, II, or III Environmental Site Assessments
    • Training in Emergency Planning & Response
    • Drilling, Sampling, & Monitoring Well Installation
    • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)
    • LEED and Green Building Support Services
    • Brownfield and Site Development
    • Remediation Oversight and Monitoring
    • Regulatory Compliance Reporting
    • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)
    • Property Loss & Risk Control Services
  • Energy Audits
  • Storage Tank and Petroleum Management
  • Environmental Permitting Services
  • Occupational and Industrial Health & Safety Training
  • Industrial Hygiene Audits & Risk Assessments
  • Asbestos Surveys & Abatement Design
  • Lead-based Paint Surveys & Abatement Design
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Mold Investigation & Consulting
  • Noise Monitoring
  • Specialty and Consulting Services
    • Analysis for Explosives and Flare Residues
    • Propane & Natural Gas Analysis for Composition & Odorants
    • Flash Point Analysis for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
    • Fuel Identification
    • Contamination of Motor Fuels
    • Wildfires: Testing for Soot, Char and Ash
    • GC/MS Scan of Soil & Water for VOCs
    • Microbiology Laboratory Services
    • Viable and Non-Viable Fungi
    • Wood Degradation Analysis Bacterial
    • Water Quality Testing
  • Transportation Forensic Services
  • Air Sampling Analysis for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Vehicle Failure Analysis
  • Product Failure and Analysis
  • Chemistry Laboratory Services
  • Fire Debris Analysis by GC/MS for All Samples
  • Ignitable Liquids by ASTM E1618
  • Plastics Identification
  • Thermal Properties for Solids and Liquids
  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)
  • TGA (Thermal Gravimetric Analysis)
  • Catastrophe Response
    • Hurricane & Flood Damage Assessment
    • Tornado Damage Assessment
    • Earthquake Damage Assessment
    • Hail Damage Assessment
    • Wind Induced Failure Analysis
    • Storm Surge Determination
    • Indoor Air Quality & Mold Services
    • Water Intrusion Analysis
    • Asbestos Management Services
    • Environmental Assessment & Oversight Management
  • Safety Inspection & Testing
  • Hazardous Material Surveys
  • Structural Evaluations
  • Electrical Concerns
  • Roof Damage Investigations
  • Business Interruption Analysis
  • Seismic Damage Evaluations
  • Moisture Mapping
  • Repair Cost Estimating
  • Reconstruction Monitoring
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    A case study that illustrates the importance of combining crash data with a thorough analysis in an auto reconstruction investigation.

    This passage from the Book of Leviticus, which reads like an awkward directive from a manual on mold remediation, is an indication that mold has been troubling mankind since Biblical times. Although mold has been an issue for centuries, only in recent years has it grabbed the spotlight. This is due to high-profile lawsuits, such as the Ballard case in Texas, in which a family claimed that mold in their home was the source of their myriad health problems. The Ballards won an initial $32 million judgment against their insurance company, which later was reduced to $4 million.

    11/2/2017 · Construction
    Engineering involvement with property losses demands an open technical mind that can look at the bigger picture, sometimes beyond the scope of work initially requested by the adjuster or insurance company. Engineering law requires the professional engineer to protect "public health, safety, and welfare. "Sometimes specific technical requests are made to a forensic engineering firm that lead to much broader technical involvement in order to ensure compliance with engineering law and the protection of the public. Is it a benefit for an engineer to look at a broader picture when investigating a loss event, even if the scope of work has been specified? Let's examine two examples.

    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    Daniel Mahr, PE
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    Energy Associates, P.C. is a professional corporation that provides engineering and consulting services for projects at ports, terminals, power plants, transportation, mines, and the minerals/process industries.

    They assist owners, developers, A/E firms, industrial enterprises, financial and banking institutions, utilities, governmental agencies, and EPC Contractors. Energy Associates is often part of an engineering team, providing specialty expertise that allows the project to move forward quickly in the right direction.

    Services Include:
    • Feasibility Studies
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    President and Project Manager of Energy Associates, P.C., Daniel Mahr, PE, is a specialist in the Engineering and Design of Dry Bulk Material Handling Systems. He is an expert in the supply, handling, blending, and processing of a wide range of bulk materials ranging from alumina to wood chips.

    Mr. Mahr is experienced in ports and terminals, the power, transportation, mining, steel, and process industries. He has managed large or technically demanding projects handling bauxite, coal, biomass, minerals, and other bulk commodities. As president, Mr. Mahr is responsible for all corporate activities of Energy Associates. On construction assignments, he has served as a technical representative and monitored technical/contract compliance.

    Mr. Mahr’s project assignments are located throughout the United States and have taken him to Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

    Daniel Mahr is the author / editor of over 50 technical articles, papers, and publications for major industry magazines and conferences. He contributed the “Above-Ground Handling and Storage” chapter for ASME's Materials Handling Handbook and is the editor of seven 7 ASME publications on solid fuel issues.

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    On February 7, 2008, at about 7:15 p.m., a series of huge explosions and fires occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, 14 seriously. The facility, which converted raw cane sugar into granulated sugar, had a material-handling system that included the familiar railcar unloader, belt conveyors, bucket elevators, and silo storage. The explosions were fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.

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