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William Acorn, P.E., FASHRAE
Principal
10617 N Hayden Rd, Suite B-108
Scottsdale AZ 85260
USA
phone: (602) 888-7250
fax: 520-577-0851
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William Acorn Technology Analysis ExpertWilliam R. Acorn, P.E., FASHRAE, is principal and founder of Acorn Consulting Services, LLC (ACS). For over 35 years, he has been involved in the Engineering Analysis and Design of hundreds of projects ranging from Institutional Laboratories to Cleanroom Facilities for the semiconductor industry.

Mr. Acorn has significant experience as an Expert Analyst of System Design, System Failures, Code Compliance issues and Cause/Effect relationships of problems related to the built environment. Mr. Acorn has received numerous awards for technical excellence and is recognized for his technical achievements, innovation and foresight by peers, associates and clients in the advanced technology industry.

Mr. Acorn is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University; the author of the book Code Compliance for Advanced Technology Facilities; and a frequent lecturer to the industry and academia on a variety of technical topics related to building and cleanroom design, construction and project management.

Mr. Acorn is registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Utah. He is also registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Forensic & Litigation Consulting

Analysis and evaluation of losses related to failed systems or other facility performance issues is provided on behalf of owners or attorneys. These services are provided with regard to deficiencies in HVAC Systems, Cleanrooms, Piping Systems, Refrigeration Systems, Construction Claims, Building and Fire Codes:
  • Litigation Consulting
  • Technical Analysis and Investigation
  • Claims Preparation and Analysis
  • Expert Testimony
  • Project Consulting

    ACS assists their clients to optimize the outcome of new and retrofit facilities by providing a range of high level services including:
  • Strategic Planning: Conceptual Design; Feasibility Studies & Evaluations; Value Engineering
  • Facility Retrofit and Renovation Strategies
  • Program Management: Project Delivery Strategies; Selection of Design and Construction Teams
  • Design Consulting and Design Review
  • Code Compliance Analysis and Negotiation
  • 4/11/2005 · Construction
    Introduction: In our first Volume of the Forensic Exchanger, we discussed some of the all too many reasons why HVAC systems fail. If you missed that edition and are interested in that topic e-mail us and we will gladly send it to you. We will follow up with more discussion of that important topic in later editions

    William R. Acorn
    Facilities which utilize hazardous liquids and gases represent a significant potential liability to the owner, operator, and general public in terms of personnel safety and preservation of assets. It is obvious that a catastrophic incident or loss of property or personnel is to be avoided at all costs. This book was conceived to give the reader a guide to understanding the requirements of the various codes and regulations that apply to the design, construction, and operation of facilities utilizing hazardous materials in their processes.
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    Michael Nranian, JD, MBA, MS
    10945 Stoney Point
    South Lyon MI 48178
    USA
    phone: 248-376-0338 or 248-446-4052
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    Michael Nranian, JD, MBA, MS has over 30 years experience focusing in Product Development, Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation, Legal and Technical Compliance, and Product Liability Litigation. He is a licensed attorney in Michigan, Texas, & the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Nranian is a Six Sigma Black Belt, Professional Engineer, & Certified Project Management Professional. He has an in-depth background and education in Law, IP, Electrical, Chemical & Computer Engineering, & Business. He has testified extensively as an expert witness in depositions, hearings, and trials in state & federal courts.

    Mr. Nranian conducts Product and Technology Analysis, Patentability & Prior Art Research,and provides Technology & Litigation Support for Intellectual Property. His litigation background includes patent infringement / non-infringement under literal infringement and the doctrine of equivalents, patent validity / invalidity, prior art, & file-wrapper estoppel, for both ITC and Federal cases, including Inter Partes reviews. He conducts analysis of patents and products, prepares claim charts, & expert witness reports. This includes testimony and document preparation for cases before state, and federal court jurisdictions, and the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

    Mr. Nranian is thoroughly familiar with all 101, 102, 103, 112, and other enablement and prior art arguments. His experience includes Technology Standards Boards and Licensing Authorities, Antitrust / DOJ, Technology Development and Transfer, Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights, Licensing, Unfair Competition/Trade, False/Deceptive Advertising, & Lanham Act Actions, & Class Actions.

    His Product Liability Expert Witness litigation background includes all types of Safety Systems, Electrical Systems, Fires, Accident Reconstruction, and Evaluation of Alternative Designs for Automotive, Medical and other industries. He has over 29 years of experience in Automotive Safety Systems, Sensors, Seatbelts, Airbags / Curtains, Seats, Diagnostic Systems, Crash Recorders, Crash Pulse Analysis, System Diagnostic, Fault Codes, Structure (including roof-crush and door) and front, side & roll-over systems (including sensing and algorithm development) for domestic and international corporations. He is thoroughly familiar with all regulatory (including FMVSS), and corporate due-care requirements, & preemption arguments, occupant kinematics, & injury causation.
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    Iola Goeke
    3660 Hartsfield Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    40 Brambledown Road
    Wallington SM6 0TF
    GBR
    phone: +442084012873
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    Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell is a Chartered Engineer who practices as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Expert for Determination. Geoffrey is the former Senior Partner of Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineers BHA Cromwell House.

    A one time Chairman of the Expert Witness Society, Geoffrey Hartwell has experience giving evidence in court (in both civil and criminal matters) and in International Arbitration. He sometimes is retained as a Single Joint Expert or as a Tribunal Expert. His services are offered to both Plaintiff and Defense. Even when retained on behalf of a Client he, like all Experts, has an overriding responsibility to the Court or Tribunal.

    After his early career in aerospace and nuclear energy, Geoffrey entered private practice in association with the late Leslie Heap and Gerald Lewis of Heap and Digby, Consulting Engineers, in 1969. While with them he designed water and sewage equipment and also the bascule moving machinery for the Lowestoft Bridge, in Suffolk. He practiced also as Beresford Hartwell and Associates and, in 1971 established a separate office in Wallington, South London.

    In parallel with his design career, Geoffrey was first appointed as arbitrator in 1972 and his first foreign arbitration, an ICC appointment in Switzerland, took place later that year. He studied Law to Intermediate level and then transferred to the examinations of the Institute of Arbitrators (now Chartered) of which he became Chairman in 1996-1997 and for whom he taught in various countries on several courses, including the prestigious Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.

    Technical Expertise:
    • Electrical Engineering and Design
    • Mechanical Engineering and Design
    • Instrumentation
    • Automation and Computer Control Systems
    • Maritime and Infrastructure Engineering
    • Process Engineering
    • Solid Waste Handling
  • Communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Cartography
  • Moving Bridges and Lock Gates
  • Construction Project Management
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Water and Waste Water Treatment
  • Arbitration: Geoffrey Hartwell also acts as an arbitrator and adjudicator, as an expert mediator and conciliator, as an expert investigator and assessor for arbitral tribunals, and also as a Special Referee in the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man. His services have been required in the UK and internationally.

    Dispute Boards: Geoffrey Hartwell has experience both as Member and as Chairman of Dispute Boards?. He has been a member of Dispute Boards, retained from the beginning of a project or, alternatively, appointed on an ad hoc basis when a problem arises, Dispute Adjudication Boards to determine a binding decision, and on Dispute Review Boards to make decisions that are advisory but not binding.

    Adjudication: Similar to arbitration, Mr. Hartwell adjudicates domestic and international disputes which are only temporarily binding unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties.

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    12/4/2013 · Mediation
    International Commercial Arbitration, the chosen basis of the annual Willem Vis Moot, is arguably not au fond a process at law. It is quite simply the performance of an agreement between two parties to have a chosen third party hear and determine some difference between them.

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    Thomas H. Burtness, PE
    2195 Wagon Trail Rd.
    White Heath IL 61884
    USA
    phone: 217-687-2000
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    Thomas Burtness Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoThomas H. Burtness, PE, is an Electrical Engineer specializing in both Electrical and Building Construction - equipment selection, specification, and installation (actually “working with the tools”), as well as cost control techniques.

    Background - Mr. Burtness has 40+ years of experience in the design, specification, construction contract administration, installation, startup, and troubleshooting of electrical power, on-site generation, distribution, control, and instrumentation systems and equipment for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal occupancies. His experience also includes water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment plants, and military facilities.

    Additional expertise includes Illumination Engineering for street, roadway, and area lighting including photometric footcandle requirements, calculations, field verification, equipment specifications, installation, and analysis of failure, glare, overlighting and underlighting.

    Litigation Support - Since, 1981, Mr. Burtness has been providing forensic electrical engineering services to insurance companies and attorneys including accident and failure investigations, determination of cause and origin, litigation support, expert opinions, reports, and testimony. His services are available nationwide, with PE registration by comity available in most states.

    Cases Involve:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Electrocution
    • Personal Injury
    • Fire
    • Equipment and Machinery Failure
  • Failure of Safety Circuitry
  • Grounding
  • Lightning Damage and Fire
  • Construction Defects / Contract Claims
  • Design and Specification Disputes
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    John Cosgrove, PE, CDP
    President
    7411 Earldom Avenue
    Playa Del Rey CA 90293-8058
    USA
    phone: 310-823-9448
    John Cosgrove has been a Software Engineer for over forty years. He has taught a graduate-level engineering course, “Engineering the Software Product,” for UCLA and Loyola Marymount in addition to numerous short courses nationwide. He has authored and delivered many papers, articles, and lectures on software litigation, project management, software business issues, and computer safety.

    As a forensic expert, Mr. Cosgrove has worked on numerous cases involving Recovered Computer Data, Computer System Failure, Contractual Disputes, Intellectual Property Disputes, and other matters involving computer systems and software.

    Ares of Expertise:
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Software Architecture
  • Real-Time/Critical Systems
  • Hardware/Software Interfaces
  • Aviation Computer Systems (aircraft navigation systems, communication devices)
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for Distributed Enter
  • 11/19/2010 · Computer Forensics
    The new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) became mandatory starting 12/01/2006. These modified rules were a response to the need to address the evolving predominance of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in most all legal proceedings.

    11/19/2010 · Computer Forensics
    Forensic engineering (FE) practice is affected by the increased involvement of computer technology and computer-resident evidence (80+% and rising). This has a significant impact on most forensic engineering practice specialties. Specific recommendations and guidelines are provided to assist the forensic engineer in adapting his or her practice to this technology.

    For good or otherwise, the legal system has discovered the world of computers and its practitioners. Anyone opening a daily newspaper knows that litigation involving computers and software has exploded in recent years

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    Harry G. Direen, PhD, PE
    Colorado Springs CO 80921
    USA
    phone: 719-270-1278
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    Harry Direen, PhD, PE has over 30 years of experience as an engineer Designing and Developing Systems in the Electronics and Software Industry. He has taught engineering courses at the US Air Force Academy and at the University of Colorado. Dr. Direen currently works with a research group at the US Air Force Academy developing control systems and image processing using GPGPUs for UAVs. An inventor, he holds 3 United States patents.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Direen has significant experience as an expert witness supporting counsel and testifying in complex patent infringement cases. He has a broad base of knowledge in electronic and software systems gained from a long career developing a wide range of products and systems. His litigation experience also includes encryption / decryption methods associated with databases and signal processing.

    Dr. Direen has reverse engineered a variety of complex systems over the years, including: media players, modems, modem compression algorithms, coriolis mass flow meters, database systems, and a range of other products to support patent infringement cases generating detailed claim charts and writing expert reports to demonstrate infringement. He has successfully discovered and analyzed complex digital signal processing algorithms and pertinent operations within these products.

    Dr. Direen's expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He is highly proficient in explaining complex systems to laymen.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electronic Systems
    • Control Systems
    • Embedded Systems Design and Development
    • Databases
    • Control of UAVs / Drones
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Product Reverse Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
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    James Parker
    205 Hammerstone Crescent
    Thornhill Ontario L4J 8A9
    Canada
    phone: 416-302-7501
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    James Parker Electronic Security Systems Expert PhotoJames Parker has over 32 years of relevant industry experience specializing in Electronic Security Systems & Sensors, Electronics R&D, and New Product Development. He has in-depth knowledge of electronic product design in both Wired and Wireless Technologies and outstanding knowledge of Environmental and False Alarm Immunity. Products, such as alarm systems, that Mr. Parker led the design of, have an installed base in the millions.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides Patent Litigation support to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has the ability to explain complex technical material in a straight forward manner. Mr. Parker's past clients include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Fish & Richardson PC, Alarm.com, 2GIG Technologies, and Nest Labs. His services are available nationally and internationally.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electronic Security
    • Security Systems
    • Burglar Alarm Systems
    • Intrusion Detection
    • Motion Detection
    • Wireless Alarm Systems
    • Wired Alarm Systems
    • Occupancy Detection Systems
    • Premises Security
    • Residential Security
    • Commercial Security
  • Research and Development
  • Engineering Management
  • New Product Development
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Alarm Control Panels
  • PIR (Passive Infra-Red) Motion Detection
  • uW (Microwave) Doppler Motion Detection
  • Solar LED Flood Lights (Patio to Street Level)
  • Patent Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Background - Mr. Parker is the Past Vice President of Engineering for Digital Security Controls Ltd. (DSC), a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and components with sales exceeding $400 million annually. He is currently the President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D) where he is responsible for overseeing new product and business development.

    A prolific inventor, Mr. Parker has been granted over 24 unique patents with approximately 80 patent documents published worldwide.

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    Daniel Mahr, PE
    President and Project Manager
    Montville Office Park
    150 River Road, Suite J4
    Montville NJ 07045
    USA
    phone: 973-331-8100
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    Daniel Mahr, PE, is a specialist in the Engineering and Design of Dry Bulk Material Handling Systems. He is an expert in the supply, handling, blending, and processing of a wide range of bulk materials ranging from alumina to wood chips.

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

    Mr. Mahr’s project assignments are located throughout the United States and have taken him to Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. He is a member of ASME, NSPE, and SME. He is the past chair of ASME's Fuels and Combustion Technology Division and was the chair of the Fuel Storage, Handling, and Transportation Technical Committee for several years.

    Litigation Support - Daniel Mahr provides technical services in instances for breach of contract, dispute resolution, equipment failure, and litigation investigation. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bulk Material Handling
    • Unloading / Loading
    • Stacking
    • Reclaiming
    • Crusher
    • Weighing
    • Belts / Conveyors
    • Ports / Terminals
  • Frac Sand
  • Fires / Explosions
  • OSHA Codes and Standards
  • Fluidized Bed Combustion
  • Blending
  • Bulk Solids Handling Transportation
  • Biomass Products & Technology
  • Power Engineering
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    On February 7, 2008, at about 7:15 p.m., a series of huge explosions and fires occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, 14 seriously. The facility, which converted raw cane sugar into granulated sugar, had a material-handling system that included the familiar railcar unloader, belt conveyors, bucket elevators, and silo storage. The explosions were fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.

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    John H. Bickel, PhD
    Nuclear Engineering Consultant
    28559 Cavan Lane
    Evergreen CO 80439
    USA
    phone: 303-670-2974
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    John H. Bickel, PhD is a Nuclear Engineer with 39 years of professional experience in the United States and International Nuclear Power Industry.

    Dr. Bickel is internationally recognized as an expert in the Analysis, Simulation, Design, Licensing, Operation, and Performance Evaluation of nuclear power plants, nuclear electrical systems, instrumentation and control systems - and most recently with licensing digital I&C upgrades. He served nine years as a line manager in a USNRC licensed nuclear utility and five years as a department manager in a USDOE laboratory. He recently served as the Chairman of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Working Group on Defense in Depth of Electrical Systems (2008-2012). Dr. Bickel is a Member of the ANS/ASME Joint Standards Committee on Nuclear Risk Management and the IEEE Standards Association.

    Dr. Bickel's recent litigation support includes Expert Evaluations associated with contractual and national licensing requirements for Digital I&C Systems before the International Court of Arbitration (ongoing) and evaluation of liability claims associated with nuclear reactor shutdowns (ongoing). He has testified in USNRC licensing and enforcement proceedings associated with Millstone 1, Millstone 3, and Prairie Island 1,2.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Nuclear Reactors (BWR, PWR, VVER, RBMK)
    • Nuclear System Reliability
    • Probabilistic Risk Assessment
    • Instrumentation & Control Systems
    • Nuclear Electrical Standards
  • Nuclear Reactor Simulation
  • Nuclear Regulation
  • Nuclear Safety Analysis
  • Nuclear Power Plant Electrical Systems
  • Nuclear Power Plant Licensing
  • Recent Clients:
    • United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC)
    • United States Department of Energy (USDOE)
    • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
    • Lithuanian State Atomic Energy Safety Inspectorate (VATESI)
    • MITRE Corporation
    • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    • Swedish Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (SKI)
    • French Inst. For Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN)
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    Joe M. Beard, PE, CEM
    Owner
    P.O. Box 102
    Sparks NV 89432
    USA
    phone: 775-359-4692
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    Joe Beard Mechanical Systems Expert PhotoJoe M. Beard, PE, CEM, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the Design, Inspection, and Testing of Mechanical, Plumbing, and Process Systems. He has been serving as a Forensic Engineer in Nevada and California since 1992.

    Mr. Beard recently qualified by examination as a Certified Environmental Manager (CEM) in the state of Nevada, allowing him to provide environmental services and opinions. He has also been a registered Control Engineer in California since the 1980s.

    Background Experience - Prior to establishing his consulting firm, Joe M. Beard and Associates (1973-1992), Mr. Beard entered active duty in the United States Marne Corps. He proudly served as a 1st Lieutenant with an artillery MOS and was awarded the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL with Combat "V" for meritous service in combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam.

    Litigation Support - Joe Beard provides expert witness and arbitration services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defense. He recently opined in a case involving the containment failure accident of a 13,500 gallon hydrochloric acid tank. Contrary to opposing experts' opinions, the RFP tank did not fail due to extreme overpressure. An "Implosion" of H2+O2 gases at the top of the tank caused the stored 10,000 gallons of liquid to move violently, rock the tank and cause a torsion fracture in an outlet pipe at the bottom of the tank. His other case experience has included the Design, Inspection, and Investigation of:
    • Controls
    • Chemicals
    • Fires
    • Industrial Roll-Over Accidents
    • Moisture & Mold Related Failures
    • HVAC
    • Plumbing
  • Industrial Processes
  • Building Code Requirements
  • Explosions
  • Auto Accidents
  • Tire Failures
  • Chemical Accidents
  • Fires
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    Telecommunication / Technology Expert
    Los Altos Hills CA USA
    phone: 650-241-9231
    fax: 425-790-0949
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    Oded Gottesman, PhD, CTO of Compandent Inc., provides world-class expertise and experience in working with leading law firms, expert witness services, prior art search, and related consulting for Technology Patent Infringement, Trade Secret Disputes, and related matters. Among his areas of expertise are:
    • DSP
    • Telecommunications
    • Cellular Networks (4G LTE, 3GPP, 3GPP2, etc.)
    • Packetized Networks
    • VoIP
    • Streaming Systems
    • Real-time Systems
    • Cellular Timing and Synchronization
    • Location and Position Systems (UTDOA, GPS, etc.)
    • Transcoding - Multiple Timing Sources, Data Rates
    • Source Coding
    • Channel Coding
  • Error Control Coding
  • Algorithms
  • Speech Audio and Video Processing
  • Signal Compression
  • Algorithms
  • Software, Hardware Implementation
  • Embedded Systems
  • Smartphones
  • Portable Devices
  • Client-server
  • Web Applications
  • Mobile Applications
  • Litigation Support - For the past 15 years, Dr. Gottesman has served as an expert witness in several cellular network and smartphone / tablet device related cases, including network operation, protocols, layers, signal processing, user / human interface, and applications.

    Selected Clients - Dr. Gottesman's clients have included: Alston & Bird, Cooley Godward Kronish, Cummins, Dechert, Echelon, Fenwick & West, Fish & Richardson, Hill Kertscher & Wharton, Kirkland & Ellis, Sidley Austin, Weir & Partners, Woodcock & Washburn, MagicJack, Microsoft, Nokia, Parts Geek, Samsung, TruePosition, Vinson & Elkins LLP, and Wiav.

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    John Hatcher, PE, MBA, CPP, CSC, CPMP, CHSIII, LEED AP
    President
    5010 Wright Road Suite 150
    Stafford TX 77477
    USA
    phone: 832-242-1600
    fax: 832-242-1604
    John is an industry leader in Building Systems Engineering including, Security, Building Automation Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Intelligent Building Concepts and Commissioining. He has worked on some of the most prestigious facilities in the world including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Southeast Asia.

    Security Expertise:
  • Access Control
  • CCTV Surveillance
  • Emergency Communications
  • Operations
  • Risk Assessments
  • Building Automation Expertise:
  • Energy Management
  • HVAC Controls
  • Operations
  • MEP Commissioning
  • Other Systems Expertise:
  • Fire Alarm
  • Telecommunication
  • Intelligent Buildings
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    Paul D. Terpstra, PE
    Wisconsin USA
    phone: 608-346-2392
    Paul D. Terpstra, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer who provides forensic engineering litigation support services. He has over 30 years of experience in Mechanical Design, Programming, Electrical Design, and Troubleshooting of Automated Machinery. He applies his Root Cause Analysis skills to reconstruct events and mitigate the consequences of accidents and failures which give rise to insurance claims and sometimes legal action.

    Mr. Terpstra served as Director of Research & Development for Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing, a major supplier of custom assembly equipment, before founding Innalytical Solutions Inc. He has designed equipment used by major manufacturing companies such as Ford, GM, GE, Potter & Brumfield, Borg Warner, Caterpillar, Siemens, and Rolls Royce. He has been granted six United States patents, three foreign patents, and has two additional US patent applications pending.

    Mr. Terpstra's expert witness services are available to insurance companies and attorneys.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • 3D CAD (SolidWorks CSWP)
    • Machine Design
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
    • Mechanical Design
    • Control System Design
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    Allise Wachs, Ph.D.
    P.O. Box 251652
    West Bloomfield MI 48325
    USA
    phone: 248-421-7590
    fax: 248-539-3858
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    Allise Wachs, Ph.D. has 25 years of experience in the application of Statistical Methods to optimize product designs and manufacturing processes and to assess Product Liability Risk. Dr. Wachs is an expert in the control of manufacturing systems. Her research includes the development of mathematical models to reveal optimal decision sequences.

    The President of Integral Concepts, Inc. and former managing scientist for Exponent Failure Analysis Associates in risk assessment and product litigation, she assists engineers and scientists in the application of statistical and optimization methods to reduce the time and cost to develop new products. She also helps to resolve complex engineering and manufacturing problems quickly and thoroughly.

    Dr. Wachs provides Root Cause and Process Failure expert testimony in the areas of product quality and reliability, product design, manufacturing, probability, and statistical issues. In addition to outstanding credentials and industry experience, her ability to communicate and connect with juries distinguishes her from other technical experts. She has successfully presented highly technical results to juries in a manner that they can understand and appreciate.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Designed Experimentation
    • Reliability Analysis
    • Warranty Estimation
    • General Statistical Methods
    • Statistical Process Control
    • Measurement System Assessment
    • Stochastic Optimization
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