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Clinton J. Ford, MS, ACA, CGC, CIAQM, CIE, CMR, CRMI
21219 Northwest 70th Ave.
Alachua FL 32615
USA
phone: 866-784-2597
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Advanced Building Consultants provides expert services for a wide range of Construction and Environmental issues. Their clients include homeowners, insurance companies, businesses, and attorneys. Advanced Building Consultants serves clients throughout the Southeastern United States.

Construction Services:
  • Construction Management
  • Building Codes
  • Building Construction
  • Roofing
  • Cost Estimating
Environmental Services:
  • Causation and Origin
  • Healthy Habitat
  • Remediation
  • Damage Estimates
Principal, Clinton J. Ford, MS, ACA, CGC, CIAQM, CIE, CMR, CRMI, is a former Continuing Education Sponsor for the Florida Construction Licensing Board and has been a licensed Florida Certified General Contractor since 1981. He has many years of construction experience on projects ranging from $5,000 to $50,000,000 and has been providing consulting and expert witness work for both construction and environmental issues since 1994.

Mr. Ford has obtained both field experience and education in the following four distinct but often related disciplines of Construction, Environmental, Real Estate and Insurance, and holds many titles and over thirty years of construction experience with twenty-five years as a State Certified General Contractor.

Over the years Mr. Ford has combined his extensive construction knowledge with cause and origin of water intrusion and environmental issues offering an exceptional understanding of Building Science and its relationship to contamination from biological agents such as toxic mold, mycotoxins, bacteria and endotoxin’s.

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12/29/2010 · Construction
Through a referral from an Architect, a school teacher called Clinton J. Ford P.A. with questions concerning the construction of their new two-story home.

12/29/2010 · Construction
A local Mortgage Company referred an Attorney to one of their clients because they were having construction problems. Their clients did not want the final disbursements made until these issues were resolved.

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Harold (Ed) von Dran, Jr., PE, CEM
2627 Pebble Row
San Antonio TX 78232
USA
phone: 210-930-2834
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Alpha Terra Engineering, Inc. (ATEI) provides Environmental Support to the Department of Defense, Veteran’s Administration, and public and private sector clients. Disabled veteran owned and operated, ATEI has conducted work in 8 countries and 38 states providing critical infrastructure assessments of more than 20,000 military housing and dormitory units.

ATEI's Environmental Engineering includes:
  • Soil, Water Contamination Investigation, Cleanup
  • Air Emissions Permitting
  • Facility Condition Auditing
  • Functional and Conditional Assessments
  • Lead, Asbestos, Radon Abatement
  • Energy Utilization and Conservation
  • President and Chief Engineer, Harold (Ed) E. von Dran Jr., PE, CEM, has over 39 years of experience in Environmental & Mechanical Engineering, Project Management, Government Acquisitions and Electronic System Repair.

    Mr. von Dran has prepared more than 1,000 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans, Environmental Assessments, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, for oil and gas production and saltwater disposal units. He has also completed Naturally Occurring Radiological Material, sound and environmental studies, various permits and OSHA health and safety inspections for energy industry facilities.

    Mr. von Dran has designed several natural gas fueling stations, saltwater disposal surface facilities, and several civil engineering projects for San Antonio City Public Service. He is currently engaged in the design of an Oncology treatment center, expansion of the Emergency Department, construction of offices, replacement of air handlers, and renovation of several streets, parking lots, and utilities.

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    Michael P. Schuller, PE
    David B. Woodham, PE
    2619 Spruce Street
    Boulder CO 80302
    USA
    phone: 303-444-3620
    fax: 303-444-3239
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    Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Inc. (ANA) provides a variety of professional Structural Engineering Services for building assessment, repair, and evaluation. They specialize in nondestructive and in-place testing of masonry structures. ANA's expertise is in masonry, nondestructive evaluation, and historic preservation can be customized to each client's needs.

    ANA has provided structural engineering services for federal, state, and private organizations since its founding in 1975. The experience and education of their professional and support staff provides a strong capability for handling difficult and challenging material and structural engineering problems. Through ongoing research and practice, the firm has established itself as one of the foremost international authorities on both historic and modern masonry structural systems.

    Professional Services:
    • Evaluation of Existing Structures
    • Structural Repair & Rehabilitation
    • Historic Preservation
    • Structural Analysis
    • Laboratory Testing
  • Flatjack Testing
  • Seismic Retrofit
  • Structural Monitoring
  • Moisture Penetration & Water Testing
  • Research
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    10/14/2014 · Construction
    Atkinson-Noland & Associates worked with Bridge Diagnostic, Inc. to evaluate the performance of the historic Ames Street Bridge in Dedham, Massachusetts during the strengthening phase of the structure. Live load tests were conducted on the bridge before and after strengthening to evaluate the efficiency of the selected rehabilitation method. Displacement and strain were monitored at several critical locations along the arch barrels using Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT) displacement sensors and surface - mount strain transducers. A finite element study was performed to understand the complex behavior of the multi-span masonry arch bridge. A long-term monitoring system was installed to evaluate the bridge behavior over time

    8/27/2014 · Construction
    The church was built in 1917 of concrete masonry blocks that were reportedly cast on site by members of the church. The main problem with the church exterior is the delamination of the exterior skin of the concrete block.

    7/22/2014 · Construction
    Constructed in 1934, the "Old Senior Hall" building was built with a structural steel frame, concrete and gypsteel floors and roof, and a reinforced concrete foundation. The exterior walls were built using a brick masonry façade over a clay tile backup with limestone sills, coping, and accents. Active corrosion of main structural members was discovered in the late 1990's, and a plan was developed to renovate the building to address structural concerns. Atkinson - Noland conducted a full exterior condition survey, including use of nondestructive tests to identify the extent of steel corrosion, evaluate masonry performance, and identify potential repair items. Results of this study were used to plan repairs and any necessary strengthening.

    6/10/2014 · Engineering
    The Health Center building on the Milton Hershey School campus was designed in 1932 as load-bearing masonry construction with steel framing used to support floor and roof loads and loose steel lintels spanning over window and door openings. Atkinson-Noland & Associates was retained to conduct an investigation of the exterior load-bearing masonry walls and structural steel framing for the purpose of identifying typical as-built conditions as well as the locations and severity of any deterioration.

    The 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, Colorado is a pedestrian and transit mall that extends for more than a mile along 16th Street connecting people to major businesses, hotels, restaurants, and retail. Recently, the street mall pavers have experienced a substantial number of loose and cracked granite pavers. Atkinson-Noland & Associates conducted an extensive investigation at the 16th Street Mall granite tile pavers to determine the causes of distress in the paving system. We also helped develop appropriate solutions to paver debonding, slip-resistance, aesthetics, and maintenance.

    4/4/2014 · Construction
    Atkinson-Noland & Associates was a principal investigator on a three-year project evaluating different techniques for repair and retrofit of unreinforced masonry structures. Old masonry construction was simulated in the laboratory, and the test specimens were strengthened by installation of internal reinforcement or repaired by grout injection.

    2/26/2014 · Construction
    A six-story condominium building was constructed using load-bearing, concrete masonry with a clay brick masonry veneer. Specifications required that the collar joint be filled during construction; however, the contractor built the masonry without grouting the collar joint. Subsequent negotiation determined that the masonry must be reconstructed with a filled collar joint.

    1/23/2014 · Materials
    Right: Construction began on the Piedras Blancas Light Station in 1874. The site now includes two of the original historic structures-a lighthouse building completed in 1875 and a fog signal building completed in 1906. The lighthouse building was originally 115 feet tall, including a first-order Fresnel lens manufactured in Paris, France.

    12/17/2013 · Materials
    A two-story masonry building in the historical district of Cripple Creek, Colorado was assessed to determine its present condition. The building was to be retrofitted as a casino but was suffering from over 100 years of weathering in a severe climate and recent neglect.

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    David E. Chase, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
    403 S. Sapodilla Ave., #604
    West Palm Beach FL 33401
    USA
    phone: 609-577-0304
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    FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE: Plaintiff and Defendant ™

    David E. Chase, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA, is an Architect with over 50 years of experience, personally responsible for more than $1 billion of constructed projects, as designer, interior designer, specifier, project manager, architect-of-record, or principal-in-charge.

    Litigation Support - Based on this foundation of technical and practical experience, Mr. Chase has served as an expert witness, testifying in depositions and at trial on over 75 cases, for forensic construction assignments for plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters. His cases have included insurance issues, standard of care, schedule delay, construction defects, contract disputes, water intrusion, mold, errors and omissions together with a specialty in Florida 718 Statutes for condominiums.

    Currently practicing architecture in Florida, Mr. Chase is licensed in 20 states. He has extensive experience in educational, stadium, criminal justice, housing (senior, assisted living, public, multi-family and single detached), health care, commercial, hospitality and retail projects. Mr. Chase has negotiated, authored and administrated design-bid-build, design-build, construction manager-at-risk, fast-track, fixed price, bridging, sole source and private/government contracts.

    Mr. Chase serves as an Expert Witness to highlight issues of fact, to bring clarity to due diligence on both sides of the table, and to advance resolution. As a Mediator and neutral third party, he has expertly guided parties in dispute through an informal, non-adversarial process toward a mutually agreeable resolution without prescribing what that solution should be. Mr. Chase has also served as an Arbitrator on a dozen cases to guide opposing parties through a formal, rule-based process that establishes a binding resolution and reasoned awards.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Architectural Standard of Care
  • Architectural Contracts
  • Building Codes, Standards
  • Construction Defects
  • Building Envelope Systems
  • Design – Build Delivery
  • Water Intrusion Matters
  • Errors and Omissions Claims
  • Stucco and EFIS Systems
  • Betterment Issues
  • Florida 718 Condominium Statutes
  • Wrongful Death Events
  • Fast Track Processes
  • 1990 A D A Guidelines
  • Architectural Copyright Infringement
  • Change Order Analyses
  • Breach of Contract
  • Government Contracts
  • 3/8/2017
    "AIA Florida recently announced its recipients of the 2016 AIA Florida Citizen Architect Award, and named David E. Chase of West Palm Beach, Florida as one of six Florida architects to be honored."
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    Jeffery Cissell, PE
    Licensed Professional Engineer
    PO Box 89
    Cromwell CT 06416
    USA
    phone: 877-851-3344
    fax: 203-286-2345
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    Cissell Investigative Engineering (CIE) is an Engineering firm with experience in multiple fields including Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering. CIE has made a strong commitment to servicing property managers and the insurance industry with fast, accurate, conclusive, and truthful reports.

    Services Include:
    • Water Intrusion
    • Mold Cause and Origin
    • Construction Defects
    • Fire Origin and Cause
    • Structural Failures
  • Mechanical Failures
  • Electrical Failures
  • Product Defect
  • Personal Injury, Trip and Fall
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction
  • Jeffrey Cissell Forensic Engineering Expert PhotoJeffery Cissell, PE, the Principal at CIE, is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Haag Certified Roofing Expert who has performed over 5,000 investigations over his 30 year career following scientific guidelines to ensure objective determinations.

    With a background in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Technology, he offers Forensic Investigations and Engineering services to law firms and insurance companies. Mr. Cissell's investigations include first party property losses, premise liability, construction defects, fire origin and cause, roofing failures, structure collapses, and environmental losses. Determining why it happened and the extent of loss is the primary scope of his investigations.

    Mr. Cissell and the team at CIE are available to determine Cause and Origin for damage caused to residential, commercial and industrial properties. From fire investigations to water intrusion claims, storm damage claims to mold remediation claims, their professional staff will investigate, analyze and complete a comprehensive report of the property damage. CIE also offers a range of Engineering Services including fire product subrogation analysis of components, structural integrity evaluations, fatigue/ failure analysis, vibration analysis, metallurgy, corrosion analysis, troubleshooting, materials testing, xray and electrical testing.

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    John Minor
    President, CGC
    14 Live Oak Drive
    Suite A-1
    Gulf Breeze FL 32561
    USA
    phone: 850-932-8720
    fax: 850-934-6659
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    Complete General Contractors, Inc., is a licensed General Contracting Construction Firm working throughout the Southeast for insurance companies, property owners, property managers, attorneys, and municipalities. They specialize in the cost estimation and causation of large loss complex property claims.

    Services Include:
    • Appraisal and Mediation Services - Fire, wind, flood, storm, hail, and water losses to residential, commercial, or industrial properties
    • General Contracting Services - Restoration or general construction, commercial construction, or industrial construction projects all over the United States. Manage vendors and trades, handle project documents, and serve as an authority for project information to all parties throughout the construction process
    John G. Minor, President of Complete General Contractors, is a third-generation Contractor and licensed instructor certified by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He is a recognized expert on the costs and applications necessary to repair buildings damaged by manufacturer, builder liability, water damage or intrusion, mold, or asbestos.

    Mr. Minor has provided for the successful restoration of millions of dollars in insurance restoration, building failures, and difficult repairs originating from defective construction practices and materials such as fire, wind, water, mold and mildew. His services were in demand for restoration on custom buildings on Bald Head Island.

    In addition to managing the business of Complete, Inc., John Minor teaches classes on mold and mildew remediation and prevention through proper building practices to a variety of clients thru Lorman Educational Services and other professional trainers.

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    It appears we may just finally have some more Wyatt Earp in place of Billy the Kid in the appraisal industry. Gentlemen and Ladies, check your guns at the city limits of Dodge!

    3/3/2015 · Construction
    With sea levels rising by some reports and inch a decade and the prediction of stronger hurricanes todays aging building stock is at risk. In addition for new construction we must learn from the past. The proliferation of coastal development begs for consistent and sustainable construction techniques.

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    L. Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME
    31157 Lobo Vista Road
    Agoura CA 91301
    USA
    phone: (818) 489-4400
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    Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME , has provided services as a consultant and an expert witness in applied Civil and Mechanical Engineering Science, Building, Infrastructure, and Earthwork Contracting. His strength and experience is to successfully combine engineering and applied mechanics with the field experience and contracting skills.

    He packages civil, mechanical engineering, as well as, general, engineering, earthwork and paving and hazardous waste contracting into one package for the use of his clients. His services also include construction job site safety in fire prevention and personnel protection.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Petrovsky's shirtsleeve approach to problem solving gives him the ability to distill complex technical issues to a palatable presentation in the appropriate forum. Serving the legal industry for 25 years, he has been retained in over 600 plaintiff and defense cases, been deposed over 200 times, and given testimony approximately 100 times.

    Mr. Petrovsky's services include testing and analysis, trial preparation case analysis, deposition review and expert summary, evidence presentation, consulting, report writing, court exhibits, static and computer depictions, construction and engineering contract analysis, accident reconstruction, and interpretation of administrative regulations. He has assisted counsel on cases in California, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Nevada.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design: Machine safety and guarding, Strength of materials, wood, metals, plastics
    • Materials Issues and Failure Analysis: Mechanisms, components and machinery; Pressure testing, fatigue analysis
    • Accident Investigations: Heavy equipment accidents, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators; Cranes, lifts, manipulators
    • Air conditioning and Refrigeration: Thermography services and analysis
    • Civil Engineering: Design of Buildings; Residential, industrial, commercial site plans; Land development, site preparation and paving, drilling and boring; Public and private roadways, sidewalks, ramps, parking lots, lighting; Septic systems, sewers, public sewer blockage and stoppage; Scaffolds & scaffolding erection and accidents; Retaining walls and retaining wall failure; Foundation failure / structural damage; Plumbing leaks, water intrusion, explosions; Earthquake Damage Assessment and Remediation; Construction Disputes / Insurance claims; Stucco defects and failures; Job site fire prevention industry standards
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    David M. Bekus
    45 Hunt Lane
    Skilllman NJ 08558
    USA
    phone: 732-735-7444
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    DM Bekus Construction is a New Jersey Home Design, Construction, and Remodeling Contractor. For over 30 years they've been helping homeowners throughout the area improve properties and build homes. DM Bekus Construction delivers high quality, reliable construction services that help homeowners get more pleasure and enjoyment from their homes and buildings.

    Services Include:
    • New Home Construction
    • Interior Remodeling
    • Exterior Remodeling
  • Construction Project Management
  • Homeowner Association Construction
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  • Principal, David M. Bekus has over 35 years in the Construction Industry specializing in home design, construction, and remodeling. He offers services to homeowner associations, housing communities, townhome complexes, property managers, and individuals.

    Mr. Bekus is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a building inspector (RCS, ICS, and HHS), a licensed home remodeler, and a licensed new home builder. He is also certified in Project Management, Cost Estimating, Construction Methods, Construction Site Safety, and is a EPA Lead Safe Certified Contractor.

    Mr. Bekus has been a project manager, overseeing all aspects of construction from conception and approvals to final sales for single homes and developments. He has designed and built over 100 custom homes.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    David AmoriDavid P. Amori, PE, RRC, Vice President of Engineering at EFI Global, has over 22 years of domestic and international experience as a Structural / Geotechnical Engineer and Registered Roof Consultant. Mr. Amori performs Forensic Structural, Geotechnical, Construction Defect, and Building Envelope related investigations and consulting.

    Mr. Amori's background includes geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and domestic and international construction management of commercial and heavy civil projects. He has over a decade of cost center management experience including budgeting, service line development, fiscal management, business development, employee management, recruiting, and strategic development. He has performed hundreds of forensic investigations in North and South America.

    Mr. Amori has authored numerous publications and delivered many presentation on topics such as building construction, structural engineering, and building envelope investigations. He also teaches continuing education classes to individuals in the insurance industry.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Structural Assessment
    • Construction Defect Investigation
    • Foundation Evaluation
    • Structural Fire Damage Assessment
    • Roof and Building Envelope Assessments
    Courses Instructed / Guest Lecturer:
    • Construction Defects
    • Structural Assessment: Repair v Replace
    • Storm Assessment of Commercial and Residential Roofing
    • Foundation Evaluations
    • Basic Building Construction
    • Moisture Migration through Buildings
    • Hail Damage to Residential Roofs
    • EFI Roof Specialist Program – 8 hr Residential Roofing
    Education:
    • Master of Science, Construction Management, University of Birmingham, UK, 1999
    • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Denver, CO, 1995
    • OSHA Fall Protection / Aerial and Scissor Lift Training
    • Fundamental Elements of High Wind Design and the Windstorm Process, TDI
    • RCI: Masonry Wall Systems, Exterior Wall Technology, Wind and Drainage, Professional
    • Roof Consulting, Roof Technology I & II
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    10/12/2017 · Construction
    The forensic engineering assignment typically has a scope of work that begins with something to the effect of "determine the cause of the observed damage to the..." Often this includes an inspection and analysis to determine if the observed damage is related to a particular event. For example, an assignment might ask a forensics professional to determine if the hailstorm on June 1 caused functional hail-related damage to a roof. Or, it might ask to delineate the structural fire-related damage.

    9/14/2017 · Construction
    When a catastrophe hits, unmanned aerial systems (UASs, also called "drones") can quickly and effectively provide a bird’s-eye view of inaccessible and unsafe areas as well as major losses. Such visual access can drastically change the life of the insurance claim, making drone use a rapidly expanding data-collection method.

    8/15/2017 · Construction
    So far this year, the topic of wildfires has gained national attention across the U.S. In May, the Springs Fire in California threatened 4,000 homes and destroyed 24,250 acres. In June, the record-breaking Black Forest Fire in Colorado destroyed 14,280 acres and about 500 homes and caused an estimated $85 million in damages. The devastation from the unprecedented Rim Fire that burned in and around Yosemite National Park in August and September is still being calculated, but it already ranks as one of the worst wildfires in history.

    7/31/2017 · Failure Analysis
    According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), plumbing supply failures are the leading source of residential water losses-almost 50 percent greater than the second-leading source. Many of these are caused by broken pipes that result from water that gets trapped inside them and freezes.

    6/26/2017 · Construction
    Every spring and throughout the summer, much of the U.S. is subjected to thunderstorms that produce damaging hail. Property damage can manifest in several forms: broken windows, damaged roof top equipment, and roof damage. With a residential roof replacement starting at several thousand dollars and a commercial roof at tens of thousands, functional roof damage is probably the largest expense exposure for most buildings.

    3/2/2016 · Construction
    For the forensic investigator, damage assessments require taking a global look at the loss to determine all causes, including possible design and construction deficiencies.

    2/9/2016 · Construction
    Large losses present a unique set of challenges from the perspective of managing an expert or team of experts. For the purposes of this column, let's assume that a large loss is one that exceeds $250,000. These might include heavy civil construction, infrastructure, transportation, or a catastrophic event affecting a large building.

    2/17/2015 · Construction
    Roof collapses can be sudden, catastrophic events caused by a particular loading condition or combination of loads. Roof collapses often happen with little or no warning, making this a particularly dangerous event. When investigating a roof collapse, the obvious perpetrators are examined: how much snow was on the roof, were the drains plugged up, were the winds in excess of the design wind speed and many others. Occasionally, the roof can be doomed to collapse months or years before an event due to design or construction related deficiencies allowing for a subrogation opportunity to recover cost of repairs.

    12/9/2014 · Construction
    Often after an event like a tornado, windstorm, water surge, or fire, the damage sustained to some property structures exceeds the value of it. In these cases, an engineer might be asked to determine if the remaining foundation system is suitable for reconstruction. The motivation for this is fairly straightforward: the property may have been underinsured and saving the foundation represents an effort to reduce the reconstruction cost, or there is a desire to get the structure rebuilt as quickly as possible. In the interest of time and money, an evaluation of the suitability of the foundation for reuse can be performed. There are three main questions for the engineer to answer: Is the slab damaged by the event? Are there any other factors, such as differential foundation movement, that would prevent the slab being reutilized? Are there any code considerations that prevent the slab from being reutilized?

    8/8/2014 · Construction
    In the wake of a Hurricane the monumental task of beginning to assess the losses and respond to the thousands of claims inevitably includes a number of claims concerning the functional assessment of commercial roofing systems. The design and construction of a roof system requires input from several disciplines including thermal considerations (Mechanical), fire resistance (Architect/Municipality), equipment carrying capacity (Structural), ability to drain and/or to store water (Architect/Civil), aesthetics, and the ability to resist any number of transient loads (Structural). The assessment of the damage sustained by a roof system during a storm event is an equally broad endeavor requiring the expert to call on a number of disciplines.

    3/20/2014 · Construction
    Building envelope assessments for storm-related damage is a normal part of job for the property adjuster and forensic consultant. The assessment of storm-related damage inevitably becomes a question of whether the observed condition pre-dates the storm or is the result of sudden and recent event. In fact, the question may very well be, "Did the observed condition exist during or even before the building was constructed; is the condition the result of a construction or design related defect?"

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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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    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

    Mr. Pokorny's responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.

    Selected Projects Include:
    • National Account Manager, Retail and Commercial Banking Properties - Serves as account manager coordinating efforts nationally for EFI’s response to Johnson Controls, Inc. for its retail bank facility partners
    • Hurricane Response (CAT) – Insurance Claims and Facility Managers - Serves as the Northeast CAT Response Coordinator for EFI’s CAT response during climatic weather events
    • Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), Statewide - Serves as the Contract Manager for Environmental Consulting services offered to DCAM from 2006-current in its term agreement for asbestos, hazardous materials investigations, mold and air quality services
    • Hazardous Materials Management, Large Construction Sites, New England - Serves as Project Coordinator and Principal in Charge for EFI’s services provided to Construction Management (CM) firms throughout the Northeast
    Mr. Pokorny has authored numerous articles on topics within his expertise. He has also delivered environmental presentations to such entities as the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Emerging Environmental Claims Managers Association (EECMA).

    Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.

    View Keith Pokorny's Expert Witness Profile.
    12/7/2016 · Environment
    "I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"

    4/20/2016 · Environment
    The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.

    Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.

    1/15/2015 · Construction
    Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.

    4/29/2014 · Construction
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.

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    Horizon Consulting Service
    Dennis Wilson
    Principal
    909 14th Street
    Modesto CA 95354
    USA
    phone: 209-491-7620
    Dennis E. Wilson has over forty years of experience in Land Planning, Civil Engineering, and Land Surveying. His company, Horizon Consulting Service, specializes in Entitlements, In-Fill Projects, Civil Engineering, and Land Planning and Design for commercial, industrial and residential properties. Mr. Wilson works on both private and governmental projects.

    As an Expert Witness, Mr. Wilson has participated in property line disputes, condemnation resolutions and land use issues.

    Professional Memberships:
  • American Planning Association
  • Past Chair of Land Use Committee, National Association of Home Builders
  • Past Chair Land Use & Government Affairs, California Building Industry Association
  • Past Chair of BIACC PAC
  • Past Chair/Current Member on Land Use & Transportation Committee, Modesto Chamber of Commerce
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    John Gillies
    Principal, RICS FRICS FBEng
    22a Ives Street
    Chelsea London
    GBR
    phone: 44-0-20-7377-6247
    fax: 44-0-1702-304-277
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    John Gillies Chartered Bulding Surveyor ExpertJohn Gillies is a Chartered Building Surveyor and the Senior Director of Johnson Gillies. Mr. Gillies is frequently involved in dilapidation assessments for Landlords and Tenants. In addition, he is often called upon to produce opinions and evidence in matters of dispute. Mr. Gillies provides Expert Witness reports for legal issues and appears in Court as an expert on construction and related matters.


    The firm's Building Consultancy and Expert Services Include:

    Surveys: Building, Homebuyer, Vendor, and Measured Surveys. Planned Maintenance, Defects Analysis, and Due Diligence Investigations.

    Audits: Fire, Health and Safety, Environmental, Access, and Commercial EPC.

    Development Consultancy: Development Monitoring, Party Walls, Planning, Rights of Light.

    Construction Consultancy: Contract Administration, Design, Employers Agent, Feasibility Study, Fit Outs, New Build, CDM Co-ordination, Project Management, Refurbishment, Repair & Maintenance.

    Landlord & Tenant: Dilapidations, Services and Charges, Licences and Alterations, Photographic Schedules, Schedules of Condition.

    Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness, Adjudication, and Arbitration of:
  • Building Contract Disputes
  • Cost and Quality of Building Works Disputes
  • Expert Reports
  • Legal Evidence at Court
  • Insurance: Building Reinstatement Valuations and Insurance Loss Assessing.
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    Daniel D. Bawden, GMB, CAPS, CGR, CGP, JD
    5008 Locust St.
    Bellaire TX 77401
    USA
    phone: 713-723-8850
    fax: 713-729-7125
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    Legal Eagle Contractors, Co. is an award-winning full-service Residential Remodeling Company serving Southwest Houston since 1978. They offer professional design and construction services ranging from:
    • Room Additions
    • Kitchen Remodeling
    • Bathroom Remodeling
    • Replacement Windows
    • Garage Conversions
    • Attic Conversions
  • Siding
  • Interior Sheetrock Repair / Painting
  • Exterior Carpentry and Painting
  • Garage Doors and Fancy Front Doors
  • Countertops
  • Lighting Design
  • Principal, Daniel D. Bawden, GMB, CAPS, CGR, CGP, JD, has over 35 years of experience in the Construction Industry. He is a Graduate Master Builder, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, and a Certified Green Building Professional.

    Mr. Bawden serves as an accredited Instructor for the National Association of Home Builders, certifying other builders in his own specialties. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree and Law degree from Baylor University. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of the NAHB Remodelers Council, on track to be the national spokesman for the remodeling industry in 2017.

    Mr. Bawden has been quoted and regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Money Magazine, Consumer Reports, Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, and many more consumer publications. He has made regular appearances on HGTV, and local TV live call-in radio shows in Houston. Mr. Bawden is the only builder who sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Better Business Bureau. He speaks at senior groups and support groups around town on Aging in Place design.

    View Dan Bawden's Expert Witness Profile.
    9/13/2017 · Construction
    What is the first thing I should do if my home got flooded? Call your flood insurance company and file a claim, preferably before August 31st, when the flood settlement rates go down. How can I find out if I have flood insurance, and who to call?

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