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David Neagley, AIA, Architect
Forensic Architect
PO Box 2265
La Jolla CA 92038
USA
phone: 858-354-8070
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David Neagley Forensic Architecture Expert PhotoDavid Neagley, AIA, Architect: Over thirty-two years of architectural design and construction administration experience with all building types, including educational, medical, R&D, corporate, commercial, custom residential, multi-family housing, military and industrial projects, totaling over 12.4 million square feet. Emphasizing use of durable, low maintenance materials including stainless, copper, bronze, zinc, cement-fiber, plastics, composites, specialty sealants & industrial paints.

Building Reconstruction Specialist: Reconstruction design, details and specifications focused on solving complex construction problems and developing effective repairs for commercial and institutional buildings. Services include design for waterproofing, flashing, exterior finishes, roofs, decks, windows, and remediation of mold, wood rot, corrosion and structural damage.

Construction Industry Expert: Visual inspection, intrusive testing, defect analysis, repair recommendations and forensic expert services for both plaintiff and defense parties. Specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, waterproofing, vapor transmission, exterior finishes, corrosion, condensation, ventilation, mold, wood rot, suspended ceilings, interior partitions, and structural issues.
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
USA
phone: 845-677-3091
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, specializes in Wood Science Technology. His focus is on the evaluation, assessment and testing in virtually every aspect of wood science and wood construction technology across the United States and Internationally.

Dr. DeBonis served as the manger of the Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Litigation Support - Dr. DeBonis provides forensic investigations, failure analyses, research and development, and provide expert witness testimony in a wide variety of legal cases. He has provided technical support on projects ranging from construction problems in single family dwellings to national class action product liability suits. Dr. DeBonis has investigated products failures such:
  • Hardboard / Composite Wood Sidings
  • Fire Retardant Lumber and Plywood
  • Structural Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Scaffold Systems
  • Ladders
  • In Situ Lumber Grading
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Partial and Complete Building Collapses
  • Moisture Intrusion Problems
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Wood Decay
  • Insect Attack
  • Chemical Degradation of Wood
  • NDT Resistance Drilling
  • Wood Testing
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    Dr. Stephen C. Wexler, PE, CPE CCS CPE CPMP CVS CBO CMC CSP
    Chairman
    4132 Del Rey Ave.
    Marina Del Rey CA, TX 90292
    USA
    phone: 310-306-3877
    fax: 310-306-7480
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    Stephen Wexler Construction Management ExpertExperience: 40 years experience in construction, construction management, safety and related. Unusual combination of safety engineering and construction and civil engineering permits separate areas within construction, safety, and premises liability. 6 years Instructor at UCLA Evening Extension in Engineering & Construction Management, and 4 years US Navy Seabees Instructor for Construction Management - Port Hueneme, CA and Gulfport, Mississippi.

    Licenses: Dr. Stephen C. Wexler, PE holds Licenses in Civil Engineering, Safety Engineering and is a "B" License General Contractor.

    Services: 50% of business in Construction Management in working with Owners, Contractors & Subcontractors in their Building Programs and 50% of business activity in Forensic Engineering in working with Attorneys in a variety of case types.

    Qualified Expert Witness: Testimony over 16 years in + / - 200 trials and + / - 500 expert depositions. Backed by a research staff of engineers. Both plaintiff & defense. High integrity & solid record - No skeletons or conflicting testimony. Litigation savvy with attractive record of Jury appeal.

    Other Expertise: Members of Wexco International have additional expertise in: Quality Control; Building and Design Codes; Earthquake / Fire / Flood Damage; Roofing; Waterproofing; Paints; Plaster; Flooring; Critical Path Method Scheduling; Delay Impact Analysis; Accidents relating to Scaffolds, Ladders, Forklifts, Guardrails, Cranes, Manlifts, Use of Tools, Electrocutions, Bulldozers, Stacking; Parking Lots, ADA Regulations; Electric Gates; Construction Area Traffic Control; Roadway Maintenance; Visibility; Lighting.
    The subject Case involved the Defendant traveling Southbound on a Freeway in Southern California, when the California Highway Patrol (CHP) performed a traffic stop. The CHP Officer indicated (at the time of the stop, as well as in the official Report) that the cause of the stop was excessive speed (speeding). During the traffic stop, the driver was cited for driving without a valid Driver License.

    7/24/2014 · Construction
    An employee of a Metal Framing / Drywall Subcontractor fell off a scaffold that allegedly was improperly situated for the work. Additionally, Plaintiff contended that the scaffold had no guardrail (at the time of the incident). The incident occurred during construction of a large mixed use building in Northern California. The result of the fall was a catastrophic injury to the Plaintiff.

    6/17/2014 · Construction
    The subject property is located in the City of Los Angeles, and is considered to be a landmark property. The improvements on the property were originally constructed in early 1910's. The property consists of: a Main House with a gross living area of 9,400 square feet; a Garage with a 900 square foot Guest House above; and, a 740 square foot Pool House. The three (3) buildings, swimming pool, reflection pond, fountain and gardens are situated on a 36,000 square foot lot.

    According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Falls made up 38% (34,418) of all statewide injuries reported.

    According to data released by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which utilized the 2007 Hospital EMS/Trauma Registry Data, Falls and Auto Accidents were the top 2 leading causes of injury within the State of Texas. Of the 91,703 injuries reported in 2007, the combination of Falls and Auto Accidents accounted for an amazing 64% (58,833 injuries). Individually, Auto Accidents accounted for 27% (27,415) of all statewide injuries reported. Additionally, motor vehicle accidents in Texas is the leading cause of death for residents under the age of 45, and 3rd leading cause of death to all residents.

    3/7/2014 · Construction
    Plaintiff was an Apprentice Plumber working at the Construction Renovation of a Coffee House.

    2/4/2014 · Construction
    The subject of this Case involves two (2) adjoining hillside properties in Pacific Palisades, California. One property (owned by Defendant) is at a higher elevation than the other (owned by Plaintiff). Both properties were developed and graded at the same time (in the 1960's). A sloped hillside is situated between each of the respective property building pads and yardscapes.

    1/3/2014 · Construction
    Plaintiff was a 5 year old child that fell through a gap between the horizontal railings of at a guardrail at an outdoor observation platform located on a small hill overlooking a lake.

    11/27/2013 · Construction
    The Project was a remodel of an existing multi-story residence located on a hillside in Beverly Hills, California. The Plaintiffs are the owners of the residence, the Defendant are the Design-Build General Contractors engaged by Plaintiffs to perform various design and remodelling to the hillside property. The Home Improvement Agreement and its amendments (i.e. 2 change orders) were drafted by Defendants.

    10/24/2013 · Construction
    The Project was a retrofit of a historic theatre that was converted to a Restaurant / Bar / Lounge. The Plaintiffs are the managers and operators of a nightclub in Hollywood, the Defendant are the General Contractors engaged by Plaintiffs to perform renovations. The contract and its attachments were created by Defendants.

    10/3/2013 · Construction
    The Plaintiff, an Insurance Adjuster, was performing an inspection of the roof of an automobile dealership that had reported damage as a result of wind and rain from a recent Hurricane. The subject roof consisted of corrugated metal panels, and translucent fiberglass panels with a matching corrugated pattern. Additionally, the subject roof had been covered with a white polymer "paint" coating for purposes of energy reduction.

    The Plaintiff (Decedent) was using a home , propane powered barbecue grill, when the attached propane tank allegedly suffered a catastrophic material failure, resulting in an explosion, which then caused a fire of the residence. Plaintiff obtained the subject propane tank from the Defendant Retailer, who had provided the tank as an exchange of the Plaintiff's empty tank. Defendant Retailer was not authorized by the Defendant Propane Supplier.

    Plaintiff was traveling Northbound in the #1 lane of Frank Sinatra Drive in the Plaintiff's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. At the time of the incident, the Plaintiff was attempting to execute a right hand turn into the main entry at The Bellagio, with the intention of traveling to the employee pick up area, to pick up a co-worker.

    7/26/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    The Plaintiff, a tenant of the subject apartment building, was on the roof of the building, when the Plaintiff fell through a rooftop skylight located above the apartment building hallway. The Plaintiff had been on the roof with a friend, but was alone at the time of the incident.

    At the time of the fall, the Plaintiff was apparently beginning to descend from the top (3rd) level of the scaffold. While transitioning from the top platform onto the ladder that was built into the scaffold frame, the Plaintiff attempted to utilize the midrail as a hand hold, when the midraild gave way. Plaintiff lost his balance and fell to the ground level below.

    Plaintiff was the front passenger in a vehicle traveling Northbound on a 2-lane roadway. While traveling through an "S" turn, the vehicle lost control and entered into a critical speed skid.

    5/29/2013 · Construction
    Plaintiff was a Laborer/Grade Checker who was working at a project involving grading and applying a new asphalt surface to a parking lot. The Defendant was a Contractor that was grading the parking lot utilizing a skip loader.

    4/23/2013 · Construction
    Plaintiff was an HVAC Technician, who was performing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work at commercial shopping plaza. The shopping plaza buildings were single-story in height, and had exterior fixed ladders for access to the roof.

    3/20/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Experts are a very important, and often critical, component of a lawsuit. Aside from all of the traditional elements and facets (Forensic Analysis & Testimony), is the litany of activities that the Expert may play in the initial role of Consultant to the Attorney.

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    Office of Design & Construction
    2115 Third Street, Suite 208
    Santa Monica CA 90405
    USA
    phone: 805-798-0010
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    Jeffrey Phillip Weinstein, AIA, a California licensed Architect since 1982, with Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from USC, has been involved in the development, design and construction of office buildings, high-rise condominiums, multi-family residential podium-type projects, retail, neighborhood shopping centers and regional malls, hotels and resorts, hospitals, and schools (K-12 and University).

    Expert in real estate development, government approvals, entitlements & permits, architect's standard of care, construction management, claims & defects, A/E/C agreements. Expertise includes building envelope & water intrusion, zoning & building codes, errors/omissions, destructive testing & repair, schools (DSA), hospitals (OSHPD), condominiums, commercial/retail/mixed-use projects, high-rise structures, hotels & resorts. Previous employers include Nadel and Callison Architects, Tishman Construction, Trammel Crow Company, Kaiser Permanente, and California State University.

    Professional Licenses / Certifications / Affiliations:
    • California Registered Architect, License #12822
    • Member, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Construction Specification Institute, and Society for Marketing Professional Services
    • Member, North Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review
    Litigation Support: Jeffrey Weinstein has been retained as an expert witness as Owner's Representative, Construction Manager, Contract Administrator, Project Manager and Architect by Developers, Builders, Institutional Owners (Hospitals & Schools), Municipalities, and Corporate Clients. Mr. Weinstein provides professional Architectural and Construction Expert Witness opinion, testimony and services on matters, such as:
    • Architectural
    • Forensic Architectural
    • Construction Management
    • Building Code Requirements
    • Construction Industry Standards
    • Professional Standard of Care
    • Design Defects, Errors & Omissions
  • Construction Defects & Failures
  • Architectural Practice & Peer Review
  • Construction Claim Evaluation
  • Change Order Analysis & Cost Overruns
  • Zoning Entitlements, Land-Use, and Permitting
  • Project Delivery - Fast-Track, Design-Build, GMP
  • Design & Construction Accident Claims
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    Kayleigh Martin
    Director of Business Development
    2200 Lucien Way, Suite 204
    Maitland FL 32751
    USA
    phone: 407-352-0107
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    Founded in 1989 by W. D. “Buzz” Willis III, WCCI provides full-service Construction Cost Management and Consulting. With over 4000 projects in their portfolio, they offer their clients a depth of experience that is unparalleled in the industry. In 2009, Willis Construction Consulting, Inc. merged with McGlamery Professional Construction Services. The merger created a comprehensive 16-Division firm with immersive capabilities. Known today as WCCI, they continue to operate with the same mission and integrity that founded this company – providing their clients with accurate, honest, and detailed cost consulting.

    WCCI provides clear and comprehensive estimates allowing their clients to have assurance in their construction budget. Their multidisciplinary capabilities, which span civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing disciplines, allow WCCI to provide accurate cost data on all aspects of a project. Their cost management process gives customers the ability to financially plan, schedule, bid, and buy-out their construction project in the most cost-effective manner.

    Legal Services - The experts at WCCI base their opinions on facts, which are supported by extensive research and cost data. They are sought out as construction experts for their testimony in industry specific legal disputes regarding cost. Construction practices and procedures are an integral part of their knowledge and, as such, they are second to none as estimators and expert witnesses. WCCI's experts will provide detailed estimates that clients can count on to assist through mediation, arbitration, depositions, and trials.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Construction Cost Claims Estimating & Analysis
    • Change Order Claims Estimating & Analysis
    • General Conditions Cost Estimating & Analysis
    • Cost to Complete & Delay Estimating & Analysis
    • Expert Testimony
    Ed VanLint Construction Estimating Expert PhotoEd VanLint, PE, LEED AP, BD + C, CPE, is a Senior Civil, Structural, and Architectural Estimator. He serves as Director of Estimating at WCCI, overseeing all projects and providing oversight to all processes.

    Mr. VanLint personally leads their most complex estimating projects and insurance claims analysis. His construction experience spans over 36 years and is complimented with various professional licensures and certifications. His robust experience and multiple certifications have earned him the title of Professional Estimator and Legal Expert. Mr. VanLint's personal strength lies in attention to detail with a complete understanding of a multitude of construction assemblies. His project experience includes projects in the public, hospitality, entertainment, industrial and military fields of construction.

    Bruce McGlamery Electrical Construction Expert PhotoBruce McGlamery, E.C., is the Owner of WCCI, purchasing Willis Construction Consulting, Inc. in 2009 and merging the company with his own, McGlamery Professional Services.

    Mr. McGlamery has over 46 years’ experience in the construction industry, including 20 years in the field ranging from an Apprentice Electrician to Senior Project Manager, and 20+ years overseeing construction companies with over 150 employees and up to $80 million in annual sales. In addition to owning the company, Mr. McGlamery holds a current Florida Unlimited Electrical Contractor’s license and serves as a Senior Electrical Estimator. He has extensive legal experience, deemed an electrical construction expert at both State and Federal levels and served as an expert witness on several large cases. Mr. McGlamery's professional experience spans across all sectors of the construction industry and across the globe.

    Brad Tubbs Construction Cost Evaluation Expert PhotoBrad Tubbs has served as President of WCCI since 2015. In his role as President and Senior Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Estimator, he provides overall company leadership with a vision toward the future.

    Mr. Tubbs also leads WCCI's MEP estimating team, handling their most complex and unique projects. His personal strength lies in conceptual estimating of complex mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. He focuses on the cost effectiveness of the MEP systems design, looking for value-added options through the preconstruction phase. Over the past 3 decades, Mr. Tubbs has established his subject matter expertise, with significant contributions in the entertainment, hospitality, sporting facilities, and healthcare industries. His project expertise spans projects across the globe.

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    James D. Wamble, PE, RLS
    PE, RLS
    40 Middleton Street
    Nashville TN 37210
    USA
    phone: 615-251-9555
    fax: 615-251-9034
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    James D. Wamble, PE, RLS has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor. During the course of his career, Mr. Wamble has worked on land planning, land surveying, or civil engineering projects in all counties of the middle and west Tennessee regions, and several counties in east Tennessee.

    Mr. Wamble has offered litigation support services as an expert witness in cases since 1976. In the last four years, he has testified 12 times in 8 lawsuits. These litigation cases include land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering issues. Mr. Wamble has experience with depositions, trials, hearings, and arbitrations.

    Expert Witness Services Include:
    • Research
    • Site Inspections
    • Engineering Analysis
    • Land Surveys
  • Survey and Civil Engineering Drawings
  • Investigation
  • Report Writing
  • Exhibit Preparation
  • Areas of Expertise:

    • Civil Engineering: Design of grading, drainage, utilities, roads, lakes, dams, detention basins, parking lots, shopping centers, subdivisions, apartments, condominiums, planned unit developments, specific plans, industrial parks, mobile home parks, mini warehouses, hotels and office building site plans; flood, drainage, and utility studies; low impact design; financial developability and constructability analysis of proposed developments; preparation of cost estimates; assisting clients in setting project budgets; designing projects to contain cost within determined project budget; construction project management, inspection, administration, and processing of contractors’ pay requests
    • Land Surveying: Topographic, Route, Land, Boundary, Utilities, Aerial ground control, Engineering design, and Construction Surveys
    • Land Planning: Land use/development feasibility analysis, planning and concept design of residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects; zone change applications; planned unit development and specific plan applications; site selection consultation; and graphic presentations
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    James C. Walden, AIA, ASCE
    18 Knapp St., Ste. 4B
    Stamford CT 06907
    USA
    phone: 203-504-2471
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    James C. Walden, AIA, ASCE, is an internationally renowned Architect who has designed award winning low rise buildings in Greenwich, Connecticut and high rise buildings in New York City, New York. He has 50 years of experience practicing Architecture.

    Background Experience - Mr. Walden maintained a solo practice in Greenwich, CT for 25 years. His firm was absorbed by a major New York firm and he subsequently practiced with three major firms in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Walden assisted in founding a new School of Architecture and Planning at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Litigation Support: Registered to practice Architecture in the States of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, Mr. Walden provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant. His services include forensic investigation of construction defects, written reports, depositions, arbitration, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Preparation of AIA Contract Documents
    • Project Programming
    • On-Time Budget Project Delivery
    • Building Envelope Failure
    • Forensic Investigation
    • Restoration of Historic Structures
    • Zoning and Building Code Analysis
  • Owner's Representative Services
  • Due Diligence Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Façade Restoration
  • Residential Projects
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Client Liaison
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    Henrik Vintén
    Snovagen 99 b
    Luleå 97633
    SWE
    phone: 46-0-920 220022
    Henrik Vintén - Chief Surveyor

    Expert in Concrete and Earthworks Construction Surveys, Roads, Bridges, Houses, Industries, Railroad and Dams. Services include Volume Calculations and Net Adjustments. Surveying done with total stations and GPS.
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    Ronald Tyson
    President
    565 N. Ortonville Road
    Ortonville MI 48462
    USA
    phone: (248) 230–9561
    fax: (248) 230–8476
    BUILDING & PREMISES EXPERT, Review and research to render opinions on correct building codes and life-safety standards concerning construction, ADA & OSHA issues. Opinions on causation & foreseeability, licensed builder with many years of subcontracting & general contracting [hands-on] experience. Plaintiff and Defense attorney clients. Continuing education studies. Never disqualified in over 200 times in court. Addressing allegations of Building Mold, Faulty Construction, Failure to disclose, Personal Injury, Manufactured Housing & other construction issues and Condominium claims. Addressing breach of contract issues. Ronald Tyson 248.230.9561 fax 248.230.8476 ronaldtyson@mac.com.
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    Catherine Witt
    Traffic Safety Consultant
    PO Box 25436
    Kansas City Missouri 64119
    USA
    phone: 816-813-6232
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    Catherine Witt Traffic Safety Expert PhotoCatherine Witt specializes in Temporary Traffic Patterns during construction operations, maintenance operations, utility operations, and special events. Any time the motorist traffic pattern is changed there are specific requirements. Ms. Witt and her team are familiar with the requirements on a national level, in all 50 states, the state specific requirements and job site specific based on contracts.

    Experience: Ms. Witt and her team have a total over 100 years experience in the Traffic Safety Industry. She has trained over 20,000 construction, maintenance, utility and law enforcement workers in the requirements nation wide and started out doing installation over 25 years ago. Ms. Witt then worked for the City of Overland Park, KS doing design, plan review, special events and in house training.

    Catherine Witt provides litigation consulting and expert witness services for legal cases involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries, personal injuries, and workplace safety. She has expertise in Work zone safety and OSHA regulations for construction, utilities, special events, emergency response and maintenance. Ms. Witt's expert witness services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Roadway Worker Safety
    • Temporary Traffic Control
    • Flagger Operations
    • Mobile Operations
    • Installation and Removal
    • High Visibility Safety Apparel
    • Adequate Signing
    • Adequate Channelization
  • Appropriate Tapers
  • Traffic Safety
  • Compliance with Plans and Standards
  • Compliance with Jurisdictional Requirements
  • Special Events
  • Emergency Response
  • Multi Jurisdictional / Multi Employers
  • P3
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    Brent A. Johnson
    Chief Auditor
    PO Box 92462
    Southlake TX 76092
    USA
    phone: 817-230-4004
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    Brent Johnson Slip and Fall Expert PhotoBrent A. Johnson is nationally recognized in the Walkway Traction Testing Industry and the author of many articles on the application of national standards for Slip and Fall Prevention.

    Background Experience - Mr. Johnson served as a facilities manager in the healthcare industry for 12 years before moving to the Floor Safety Industry. In his experience, he has recognized the need for extensive research in the reduction of the risks contributing to slip and fall incidents. He has witnessed, first hand, the physical, mental, and financial devastation that can result from unsafe walkways, thus resulting in his proactive, rather than reactive management philosophy.

    During his tenure in the healthcare industry, Mr. Johnson has served on Environment of Care, Safety, and Emergency Management committees for a major suburban hospital network focusing on the prevention of injuries and identification of potential hazards. As a Facility Safety Officer, he has proposed and implemented solutions to minimize risks and enhance the safety for all users of a healthcare facility.

    Mr. Johnson’s experience also includes a background in education and the physical sciences which enables him to apply and articulate the physics and properties of the coefficient of friction and it’s implications with walkway surfaces and safety. His ability to apply the scientific standards for measurement of floor safety established by the National Floor Safety Institute and ANSI as part of a comprehensive walkway management program can help reduce the exposure of a facility to litigation as well as create a safer environment for employees and patrons.

    Mr. Johnson is a member of ASTM, ASSE, the ANSI B101 main committee and the chairman of the ANSI B101.0 Walkway Auditing Procedure subcommittee. He was the first Certified Walkway Auditing Safety Specialist and is now an instructor for the NFSI’s Walkway Auditor Certification Class as well as a Certified XL Tribometrist.

    Litigation Support - Brent A. Johnson specializes is Forensic Walkway Testing in slip and fall cases for both defense and plaintiff attorneys. He offers unbiased, objective walkway test data for slip and fall litigation based on the ANSI/NFSI B101 national consensus walkway testing standards. His services include the coefficient of friction (COF) measurements under both dry and wet conditions.

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    William J. Pyznar, Andrew A. Amorosi & Anthony Volpe
    Principals
    682 Highway 202/206
    Bridgewater NJ 08807
    USA
    phone: 908-595-0050
    fax: 908-595-0012
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    The Falcon Group consists of Forensic Architects and Forensic Engineers who consult on construction claims. We provide claims consulting for: Construction Defects, Architectural Standard of Care, Delay, Errors and Omissions (E&O), Building Codes, Specifications and costs.

    The Falcon group has Professional Engineers, Registered Architects, Roofing Experts, Stucco Experts, EIFS Experts, and Building Envelope Experts. We perform dispute resolution and prepare expert reports for a wide range of construction issues with a current claim total of over $50,000,000.

    Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
    • Developer Transition
    • Expert Witness/Professional Testimony
    • Material Defect Claims
    • Construction Defect Reports and Claims
    • Construction Litigation Support and Documentation
    • Education
  • Municipalities
  • Banks
  • Commercial Property Managers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Attorneys
  • Private Property Owners
  • Professional Services Provided Include:
    • Design Plans and Specifications
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Litigation Support
    • Construction
    • Administration and Inspection
    • Specialty Services for Community Associations
  • Land Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Construction and Material Testing
  • Architectural Services
  • Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Reports
  • Litigation Support - Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
    • Developer Transition
    • Construction Defect Reports and Claims
    • Material Defect Claims
    • Expert Witness/Professional Testimony
    • Construction Litigation Support and Documentation
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    11/4/2015 · Construction
    As discussed in my first window article titled "The View Of Your Windows Is Not Always The Same", there is great variation in the suitability of a window for a particular application. In all cases, there is a very specific need for proper detailing and attention to detail with respect to integration of the window with the building envelope and proper detailing during installation. This sequel to my first window article focuses on quality control measures for installation once your window has been selected and specified.

    10/14/2015 · Construction
    In March 2013 a catastrophic sinkhole collapse swallowed a central Florida bedroom killing the occupant without notice. The home was a total loss and the event made national news making many property managers keenly aware of the costs and dangers of sinkholes. Residents of the Northeast are not immune from these occurrences. Understanding possible causes and remedies should help with decision making at all levels of property management and ownership.

    9/1/2015 · Construction
    Community associations, building owners, engineers, contractors and property managers deal with the constant battle of keeping water out of the building envelope, but sometimes the water that causes stains, mold and decay actually originates from within the building envelope. The cold temperatures of the winter months combined with specific interior conditions will result in excessive condensation. The condensation may be in the attic, basement and crawl spaces or inside wall cavities. Deficiencies in the original construction or recent reconstruction of exterior wall cavities, basements, crawl spaces and/or roofs /attics can exacerbate the conditions resulting in excessive condensation conditions and potential for damage and mold development. Sometimes, the conditions may be seen but many times the condition and subsequent damages may be hidden from view and worsen with each passing winter season, escalating repair costs.

    7/22/2015 · Construction
    "Where were YOU when the lights went out?" was a famous slogan from the 1965 Northeast Blackout, but a better slogan in light of the more recent Superstorm Sandy Blackout of 2012 might be "How did YOUR building perform when the lights went out?"

    6/16/2015 · Construction
    We have been responding to homeowner's complaints of sagging ceilings in the living space of townhomes which were built in the 1980's. Beginning in 2010 and continuing through today, Falcon Engineering has observed the condition of ceilings in over 30 homes in a Lincoln Park, NJ townhome community of close to 400 homes. Our findings are that upwards of 80% of the homes investigated have deflection which exceeds design criteria and are in need of repair. Repairs are relatively simple, but costly to the Homeowners Association having responsibility for the structural components of these buildings. Because of the need for financial planning, Associations want to understand the factors which influence the failures of these aging structures. For the purposes of this discussion, we are talking about failures which occur due to mysterious origin, rather than catastrophic failures of excessive wind or snow loads, or abuse from excessive loads that the trusses were not designed to accommodate (such as water beds or heavy stone finishing materials).

    5/15/2015 · Waterproofing
    It's that time of year again. That snow that is pretty for some is scary for others. You have experienced, read or heard about ice damming. You are familiar with the damage the phenomena can cause. Perhaps your Association has even spent several hundred thousand or even over a million dollars on roofing improvements and/or replacements within the last few years. Why do we have leaks from ice damming? Was the roof replacement performed correctly or designed correctly? The answer is simple, with a properly designed and installed roof system, the possibility of damage resulting from ice damming should be significantly reduced.

    4/16/2015 · Construction
    Manufactured stone is a very popular product for both the interior and exterior of homes and buildings. There are many manufacturers of this type of cladding system, Cultured Stone® and Coronado Stone® among the most recognized names. A man-made stone manufactured primarily for decorative purposes, these systems are typically comprised of cement, natural aggregates and iron pigments. In order to give manufactured stone a realistic appearance and shape it is often created by using molds of actual real natural stones. Like many building materials, the use of manufactured stone has both advantages and disadvantages, and installation is vital to its long term success.

    6/25/2014 · Construction
    A condominium development located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration and severe cracking in the concrete foundation walls and floors in the garages. In support of the Association's overall litigation approach, Falcon performed concrete crack mapping, concrete petrographic analysis, and overall concrete evaluation.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    A New York City building underwent litigation pertaining to the construction of an addition to the existing structure and resultant structural support system depriving tenants of proper light and air through their existing windows. Falcon performed a light and air study on the effect of both the addition and the structural support system on lighting and air flow in defense of the claim.

    4/16/2014 · Construction
    A condominium building located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration into various locations around roofs, curtain wall systems, and balcony access points. The Condominium Association engaged Falcon to investigate these issues in support of their dispute resolution with the Developer

    4/20/2011 · Construction
    As your community or building ages, it will require an increasing amount of maintenance and large scale replacement or improvement projects will become necessary.

    4/25/2007 · Construction
    Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) include a group of exterior cladding systems that was introduced from Europe to the United States approximately 30 years ago. EIFS was first used in Europe after World War II to reclad many bombed and damaged buildings

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    Ted S. Merrill
    General Construction Consultant
    7777 Alvarado Road
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    La Mesa CA 91942
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    Ted Merrill has 60 years of experience that includes all phases of Construction and Damage Repair. Mr. Merrill has 42 years of experience in Estimating and Reconstruction of buildings damaged by Fire, Wind, Water, Motor Vehicles, Earth Movement and Construction Defects. He has testified as an expert in Municipal, Superior and Federal courts.

    Construction Areas of Expertise: Damage Repair
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  • Cabinets
  • Foundation Movement
  • Construction Contracting
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    New York NY 10016
    USA
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    Forensic Engineering: We have a highly qualified team of Mechanical, Biomechanical, Electrical and Civil engineers, most of whom hold doctorates or other advanced engineering degrees from top universities. Our engineers have hundreds of publications, and are active in safety and accident research. Over the past decades, our engineers have helped thousands of attorneys and others pursue their cases.

    Selected Areas of Expertise:Degrees/Licenses: BS, MS, MA, PhD, ScD, PE
    Airbags are credited with reducing numerous injuries and saving many lives during vehicle accidents. However, there have been incidents where they do not function as intended, and have even caused injuries such as explosive powder burns, detached eye retinas, child suffocation and impact deaths.

    Animations are useful visual tools that can help jurors understand how an incident could, or could not, have occurred. Simply describing an event in court, or showing still pictures, may be insufficient to explain a complex sequence of events.

    Biomechanics is the application of mechanics to the interaction of biological systems with their external environment. When investigating an accident, biomechanical analysis can be used to reconstruct a victim’s motion and relate it to his injuries.

    When an understanding of complex motions associated with various accidents is required, computer simulation is an invaluable tool, which allows the modeling and visualization of rollovers and collisions. In addition to vehicle accidents, computer simulation can also be used to create many other systems of masses and contacting surfaces, such as a toppling light pole after it has been struck.

    Construction sites and equipment present many hazards if proper care is not taken. The space in and around a construction site is often filled with potentially dangerous, high-powered equipment capable of delivering high forces.

    Doors and gates, whether automated or manual, can pose a serious hazard to users if not designed, manufactured, installed and maintained properly. The different types include automatic doors, overhead garage doors, elevator doors, sliding doors, swinging doors, and automatic gates.

    Electric fires are becoming more common as appliances and electric feeds are used more and more in our daily lives. Like other fires, the root cause of an electric fire is the introduction of heat, oxygen, and fuel.

    Electric power and electronic appliances are so integrated with modern life that there is a high degree of likelihood that everyone will receive one or more electric shocks in a lifetime. In many cases, only trivial power levels are involved.

    Second only to automobile accidents, falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths. Of these, accidents due to slipping or tripping form a large proportion. Slips and trips occur on floors, streets, walkways, stairs, etc.

    Forklifts, industrial trucks, skid steer loaders, bobcats and other similar material-handling machines are often difficult to maneuver and susceptible to a wide range of accidents. Their nature exposes operators and nearby co-workers to falling loads, crushing hazards and lading dock falls.

    There are roughly 9,000 golf cart related accidents requiring emergency room treatment in the United States each year. The majority of these accidents are related to either braking, cart rollover or passenger ejection. These problems are common to golf carts due to their open design, lack of seatbelts, poor braking capabilities and the uneven terrains they are driven on.

    The primary function of all guarding is to prevent an operator or bystander from being injured by a potentially dangerous portion of a machine. Often the hazard involves moving parts with the potential to cut, crush or draw-in body parts, although barrier guards may also be necessary when electrical, thermal or chemical dangers are present.

    Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) is a branch of science, which is concerned with man’s interaction with his universe. Thus, it is not simply the study of pure science (e.g. sound or light), but rather man’s understanding and reactions (e.g. to hear and see).

    There are over 100,000 ladder accidents annually in the U.S. requiring hospital emergency room treatment. Although many of these result from user misuse, such as an improper extension ladder lean angle against a wall causing it to slip outward, use of a damaged ladder, or failing to lock a step ladder’s spreaders, many ladders fail due to design or manufacturing defects.

    Motorcycles, like passenger cars, are capable of high speeds and must share the road with other vehicles. However, unlike passenger cars, motorcycles are capable of rapid accelerations, offer little protection to the operator during a collision and require special skills to maneuver effectively.

    In many vehicle accident investigations, it is necessary to know not only the speeds and motions of the vehicles involved, but the causes of injuries suffered by their occupants as well. Such investigations seek to answer questions regarding occupant ejection, effects of seatbelt use, airbag deployment and body-interior impacts.

    Parking lots are the scene of many pedestrian accidents because of the close proximity of people and cars and the confusing traffic patterns that sometimes exist. In addition to pedestrian-vehicle collisions, many trip and fall accidents occur in parking lots as well.

    Though swimming pool accidents are sometimes the result of reckless participant behavior, they can also be caused by inadequate supervision, warnings, structures, or defective pool design. Structures commonly found in or near swimming pools include slides, ladders, diving surfaces and fencing.

    Approximately 125,000 serious injuries occur in the US each year related to the use of portable and fixed power saws. Lacerations and similar injuries, such as abrasions and avulsions, account for over 90% of these, which generally occur to males and result in losses in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

    An end user of a product expects that a given product will not only function as intended, but will be safe from non-obvious hazards. Based upon decades of experience with mishaps during use of common and specialized equipment, thousands of standards have been developed for many consumer products and industrial equipment. Numerous organizations exist, e.g., ANSI, ASTM, SAE, and ASME, that regularly review and update these standards.

    Places of business, residences, parking and recreational areas contain potential accident sources such as slippery floors and stairs, product displays, automatic doors, ledges, railings, elevators, escalators and other hazardous items. To prevent such items from causing injury to the public, premises owners and their agents have a responsibility to recognize unsafe conditions and exercise reasonable care to maintain or make conditions safe, or warn the public of the risks involved.

    Supermarkets, pharmacies, home improvement, and department stores expose their customers to many potential accident sources such as floors and aisles, which can become unsafe, and display merchandize that can topple or cause tripping. To prevent such accidents from occurring, these establishments should maintain routine scheduled inspections to insure that unsafe conditions are detected and corrected before accidents occur.

    In many vehicle rollover investigations, it is necessary to know not only the speeds and motions of the vehicles involved, but the causes of injuries suffered by their occupants as well. Such investigations seek to answer questions regarding occupant ejection, effects of seatbelt use, roof crush and body-interior impacts.

    Motor vehicle seatbelt use provides highly effective protection in frontal collisions for impact angles up to 30 degrees off-center (i.e. between 11 and 1 o’clock). All states have laws requiring their use for front seat passengers, as they have been shown to reduce moderate to severe injuries by 50%. They are less effective when your car is hit in the rear or side and sometimes their locking devices malfunction or the anchorage gives way.

    Recreation, sports, and gym equipment are subjected to large dynamic forces and must be designed to support these loads and protect users from unintentional hazards. Adequate instructions and warnings may be required if their assembly and proper use are not obvious.

    Codes and standards specify criteria necessary to ensure that a product, material or process will consistently and safely perform its intended function. Although standards provide minimum design requirements, conforming to a standard is not always sufficient in preventing an accident.

    Structural failure can often produce catastrophic results. In many cases, the damage seen after the accident is not indicative of the cause of the initial failure. Fortunately, based on physical evidence, an investigator can frequently determine how and why a structure failed.

    Heavy trucks, whether tractor-trailers, construction vehicles or garbage haulers, are involved in many serious traffic accidents due to their large weight, high centers of gravity, decreased visibility, poor handling and reduced braking efficiency. In addition, articulated tractor-trailers are subject to additional problems such as jack-knife and trailer sway instabilities.

    Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of incidents producing injury in the US. The main issues in litigating automotive accidents involve vehicle speeds, seatbelt usage, airbag deployment, vehicle component failure (e.g. steering, braking), roadway design, occupant biomechanics, rollover, visibility, etc.

    A person’s interaction with his environment comes largely from visual cues. Without this information, a pedestrian can trip over an unseen object or a driver might not detect a dangerous situation. In order to avoid these hazards, a person requires adequate lighting and should be provided with appropriate illumination for a given task.

    A warning must inform individuals of a danger, which would not be obvious to them. It must tell them how to avoid the danger, and be easily understood. It should also provide them with the consequences of not heading the warning.

    A car is stopped for a light when it is unexpectedly rear-ended causing little or no damage to either vehicle. Nevertheless, the passengers of the struck vehicle complain of neck, shoulder and back pain. Insurance claim representatives, attorneys, medical, engineering and biomedical experts are then brought in and various conflicting allegations, testimony and opinions are expressed.

    Pedestrian and bicycle accidents in the United States result in approximately 80,000 and 50,000 injuries each year, respectively. Though pedestrians and bicycles move differently, they share important characteristics as both have little protection during a roadway collision with a motor vehicle.

    7/14/2009 · Human Factors
    A standard can be defined as a document issued by a recognized agency, and dealing with design and/or safety requirements relating to a specific product or type of activity. Such agencies include the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (051-IA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). OSHA standards are generally legally binding for an employer, while ANSI standards are generally of an advisory nature. The term "industry standard," however, is ordinarily taken to have a broader meaning, including formal standards as just defined, and also including designs and procedures not required in formal standards, though prevailing in a specific industry, and which represent generally accepted custom and practice.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    Persons with no training in engineering are generally unaware of the nature of engineering analysis, and so tend to assume that testing, as a means of determining the causation of accidents, is a dominant tool of the engineer. In the following examples, we shall undertake to explain the nature of engineering analysis, and to show that it is more basic than testing because testing without analysis is meaningless. Further, while analysis is always necessary in accident reconstruction, testing is only sometimes necessary.

    There are approximately 180,000 lawnmower accidents per year. In this introductory presentation, we undertake to describe the various ways in which these accidents occur.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    Second to automobile accidents, accidents due to falls are the leading cause of injury and death. Of these, accidents due to slipping (not tripping) form a large proportion. Slipping may occur on floors, walkways, and stairs or steps. For Introductory purposes, however, the present discussion will be limited to slipping on flat surfaces such as a floor or sidewalk.

    7/14/2009 · Human Factors
    When a person becomes aware of a dangerous situation, a time-interval must elapse before he can take defensive action against it. This time interval, commonly called the reaction time, has been found to be about 0.7 second for all normal persons, regardless of their background and training. This suggests that the reaction time depends on some basic aspect of the human physiology-involving the brain, nervous system, and muscles-which does not vary much from person to person.

    A car is stopped for a light when it is unexpectedly rear-ended by a vehicle from behind. It is not a hard impact and there is little or no damage to either vehicle, because the energy absorbing bumpers have protected them. Nevertheless, the passengers of the struck vehicle complain of neck, shoulder and back pain. The next day they allegedly experience even greater pain and visit a medical person who claims that they have been injured. Insurance claim representatives, attorneys, medical, engineering and biomedical experts are then brought in and various conflicting allegations, testimony and opinions are expressed. Do we have a legitimate injury claim on our hands or a situation of fraud?

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    Accident reconstructionists are often called on to determine the distance that a car, covers while being braked to a stop. Conversely, the reconstructionist may be given information as to the length of the skidmarks left by a car on the roadway, and may be asked to determine how fast the car must have been going at the beginning of the skid. An expert can accomplish this with considerable accuracy, based on a knowledge of the physical principles that are involved, plus available information relating to the friction of tires on various types of road surfaces.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 10,000 golf car related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the US each year. One significant mode of injury in golf car accidents is passenger ejection, which can lead to serious injuries, especially of the head. Based on CPSC statistics, roughly 35% of golf car accidents involve a person falling out of the car. In addition to ejection accidents, at least 10% of golf car accidents involve a rollover and statistics indicate that such accidents are roughly twice as likely to lead to injuries requiring a hospital stay as non-rollover accidents.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accident estimates, tens of thousands of stepladder accidents requiring emergency room treatment occurred annually in the United States. Approximately 85-90% of these accidents involve the user falling from the ladder and 8-9% of these injuries are serious enough to require that the victim be admitted to a hospital. In addition to posing a severe health concern, these accidents have significant loss-of-wages and high medical expense implications.

    11/30/2005 · Expert Witnessing
    Participation of the proper automotive expert in a personal injury lawsuit can govern its success. This article develops four basic principles to optimize their use, while minimizing their cost, and describes some important techniques used by the accident reconstructionist

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    David Tawfik
    Principal Engineer
    P.O. Box 9095
    Bundall Queensland 4217
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    phone: 61-0-41225 5112
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    Dr. David Tawfik is a chartered professional engineer and has been engaged by major project alliances, legal firms, contractors and asset owners to provide impartial advice and undertake expert investigations concerning the Procurement, Fabrication and Performance of Construction Materials used in transportation infrastructure, rail, water, mining, maritime and energy sectors.

    Dr. Tafik's technical competence includes welding and joining, metallurgy, forensic engineering, thermal-mechanical analysis, corrosion analysis, non-destructive testing and condition monitoring.

    Dr. Tawfik has presented and published technical papers at international conferences, congress, forums and peer reviewed journals respectively.

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