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Thomas Byers, PE
Senior Consultant
Contact Rush Porter, Director of Business Development
8330 Juniper Creek Lane
San Diego CA 92126
USA
phone: 858-587-2874
fax: 858-587-6749
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Thomas "Tom" Byers, PE is a licensed Electrical Engineer (California & Nevada) and is a certified LEED AP. He has over 30 years experience in the Design and Construction of Electrical Systems for hi-rise commercial and residential projects, commercial tenant improvements, biomedical and data center facilities, including 15 KV substation design. Tom has spent half his career as an engineering manager for design build contractors and has worked in the plans and spec design firm environment as well as a facilities engineer.

At Ivey Engineering, Tom provides existing and new clients with Electrical Design Devices and Forensic Analysis of Electrical Systems, Electrical Accidents, and Electrical Fires. He performs site inspections, testing, research, construction-cost analysis, report writing, and testifies in depositions, hearings and trials.

Tom is a member if the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the International Code Council (ICC).

Experience (partial listing):
  • 20 High-Rise Residential and Commercial Projects
  • 10 Biomedical and Institutional Facilities
  • 5 Medium Voltage Distribution Systems and Data Centers
  • Various Commissioning and LEED Documentation Projects
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Dr. Mark Shirilau
President
8539 Barnwood Lane
Riverside CA 92508
USA
phone: 951-780-9903
fax: 951-789-0783
Dr. Mark Shirilau has over 32 years of experience as a licensed Engineering Consultant and Electrical & General Contractor. He is a nationally known expert in Load Research, Utility Demand-Side Management, Energy Conservation Programs, and Measurement & Verification.

Dr. Shirilau regularly consults with the Contractor State License Board, helping to write the licensing examinations, and has authored Power 101: A Basic Introduction to Electric Utility Power, a book exhibiting his extensive knowledge in the Electric System and Marketplace.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Comprehensive Energy Solutions
  • Electrical Energy Engineering & Auditing
  • Utility Research & Incentives
  • Utility Rate Optimization
  • Demand Side Management - Measurement & Verification
  • Energy Savings Project Management
  • Power Quality Enhancement
  • Education & Training
  • Market & Opinion Research
Mark Steven Shirilau, PhD, PE
Book helping residential and commercial customers in a deregulated electric market.
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David Alley
626 Admiral Drive C537
Annapolis MD 21401
USA
phone: 410-353-4976
David Alley is a Consulting and Forensic Engineer with over three decades of Design Engineering Experience, Field engineering experience and financial analysis experience for power Generation Projects in Cogeneration, Nuclear, Hydropower, Diesel Engine, Combustion Turbine and Gas Turbine Powered Power Generation Facilities. Mr. Alley is a National Electrical Code NFPA-70 expert and an Hazardous area delineation expert.

BSEE-Clemson, MBA-Darden

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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 29 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. 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.

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.

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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Dr. Eugene W. Bartel
Partner
5578 Aiken Road
McKees Rocks PA 15136
USA
phone: 412-787-8166
fax: 412-787-5506
Dr. Eugene W. Bartel is an experienced Electrical Engineer who has been engaged in the scientific investigation of the various aspects of Fire Origin and the Evaluation of Electrical and Mechanical Accidents since 1968. In addition to the preparation of detailed expert reports, technical photographic documentation, laboratory testing and analysis and trial testimony, Dr. Bartel can also develop and assemble unique laboratory testing equipoment to meet the individual needs of any investigation.

Services Offered:
  • Fire scene evaluation, examination, reconstruction, and assessment relating to the determination of the origin and cause of fires
  • Electrical accident reconstruction and evaluation relating to case assessment, pursuit, and trial
  • Product evaluation and testing relative to design deficiencies and standards compliance
  • Forensic engineering and analysis of accidents, events, and fires relating to a wide variety of incidents
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    Les Baxter, P.E.
    President
    154 Pinckney Rd.
    Little Silver NJ 07739
    USA
    phone: 732-212-1400
    fax: 425-969-5779
    Les Baxter has more than 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry, He has a broad background in just about every phase of product development and deployment, including system architecture, systems engineering, standards, product design and testing, etc.

    Mr. Baxter has extensive experience with Patent Infringement and Invalidity cases, Network Performance / Breach of Contract Cases and Telecommunications / Networking Product Liability cases. He has been deposed three times and testified at trial twice.

    Areas of Technical Expertise and Experience Include:
  • Systems Engineering and Offer / Value Proposition Development
  • System and Product Architecture
  • Hardware, Firmware, Software Development
  • Data Communication / Networking and LAN Protocols
  • Standards Strategy and Development
  • Global Technical, Sales, and Marketing Support
  • Technical Due Diligence
  • Specific Areas of Product Experience Include:
  • Structured Cabling and Physical Layer Networking
  • Residential Networks and LANs
  • Switching systems (circuit, packet, and optical)
  • Optical Networking
  • Les Baxter
    Cabling infrastructure and networking technologies are the main focus of this book that features just enough applications and access technologies coverage to illustrate the trade-offs between the options. Residential Networks presents a "soup to nuts" examination of home networking, from physical layer transmission issues to different types of networks and present-day applications such as voice telephony, data networking, entertainment networks, and home automation.
    Les Baxter and Donald J. Sterling
    There is no better introduction to premises cabling, its components, and its varieties than this basic yet technically accurate presentation of structured cabling systems for both business and home. Now in its Third Edition, Premises Cabling has been updated and revised to reflect the latest developments in the industry, such as the Augmented Category 6 UTP cable, the 10GBASE-T Ethernet standard, application-oriented data center cabling, industrial cabling, wireless networks, and more.
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    Iola Goeke
    Director of Administration
    3660 Hartsfield Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32303
    FL AL GA MS TN SC
    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. We are located in Tallahassee, Florida, but are active in AL, GA, MS, TN and SC. We have worked in almost every state in the United States, including Alaska.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction
    • Failure Analysis
    • Product Design
    • Product Development
    • Product Delivery
    • Material Handling System
    • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics and Video Reenactment
    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. 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 Controlability
    • Material Handling
    • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Jim Dobbs, P.E. is a principle in the organization and has been practicing forensic engineering for the past 12 years. He was a design/development engineer at General Electric for a decade prior to coming to BEC Consulting. He has extensive experience in product development and design and hold several patents. He is nationally known for metallurgical failure analysis and accident reconstruction. He has particular experience and knowledge with motorcycles and tractor-trailer accidents.

    Expertise:
    • Metallurgy
    • Medical Devices
    • Railroad Accidents
    • Seat Belts and Airbags
    • Seatback Analysis
    • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E. is also a principle with BEC 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 has considerable knowledge about maintenance of traffic plans and traffic engineering. He is equally knowledgeable about accident reconstruction, especially involving tractor-trailer accidents.

    Expertise:
    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Biomedical Engineering
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Dr. Matthew Soicher, Ph.D.

    Expertise:
    • Biomedical Analysis
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Injury Causation
    • Low Speed Accidents
    • Recreational Injury
    • Sports Injury
    • General Engineering
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Medical Devices
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Product Design
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E.

    Expertise:
    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycles
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Theme Parks
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E.

    Expertise:
    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle
    • 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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    Dr. Yadin B. David
    M.Sc., Ed.D., P.E., C.C.E.
    1111 Hermann Drive,Suite 12B
    Houston TX 77004
    USA
    phone: 713-522-6666
    fax: 713-522-6686
    Dr. Yadin B. David has over 25 years experience in Managing Medical Technologies from Pre-Purchasing Evaluation, Installation, Training, to Servicing and Incidents Investigation. He is expert familiar with a wide variety of medical devices and accessories including infusion pump, laser, electrosurgery unit, monitors, X-ray, defibrillators and catheters. Dr. David is also an expert in Electromagnetic interferences (EMI) with medical devices and in Telemedicine and TeleHealth systems.

    Dr. David serves a Consultant for industry and institutions including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health, General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel, World health Organization (WHO)and medical devices manufacturers. His services include testing, adverse events investigation, engineering reports, program review and risk assessment. Dr. David has given many national and international presentations about medical technology management, telemedicine and medical devices regulations.
    4/24/2012 · Medicine
    In a remote village in Central America, an otherwise unmanaged child's infection can take a turn for worse if not for the long distance diagnosis capacity brought about by the recently installed telemedicine system between Zacapa, Guatemala, and Houston, Texas, where subspecialists in the field of Pediatric Dermatology viewed the wound and prescribed the critically needed treatment.

    1/16/2012 · Engineering
    The dependence in medicine on technology to deliver services is continuously growing. The number of microprocessor-based diagnostic, therapeutic, and patient monitoring devices used in the clinical environment is ever-increasing.

    Yadin David, et al
    Clinical Engineering focuses on managing the deployment of medical technology and integrating it appropriately with desired clinical practices. It provides a description of the wide range of responsibilities clinical engineers encounter, describes technology management and assessment in detail, and reviews the standards and regulatory agencies of interest.
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    Helmut G. Brosz
    President & C.E.O
    See Website for USA Office Address
    64 Bullock Drive
    Markham Ontario L3P 3P2
    CAN
    phone: 905-472-6660
    fax: 905-472-6665
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    Brosz & Associates are Electrical Experts headed by President and C.E.O., Professor Helmut G. Brosz, B.A.Sc., D.B.A., F.A.A.F.S., P. ENG., Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Toronto.

    They provide a wide range of highly specialized Forensic Science and Engineering, Accident Reconstruction, Testing, Commissioning, and Technical and Scientific Services. Their staff of specialists and experts have completed over 5,200 assignments since 1970 ranging from electrical accidents and electrocutions to electrical power system investigation and testing of equipment failures including circuit breakers, motors, switchgear, generators, transformers and appliances.

    Their engineering facilities at Brosz & Associates enables them to perform in-depth research, electrical testing, forensic laboratory testing, microscopy, macro photography and photographic documentation, X-Ray testing, infrared testing, high voltage testing, high current testing and more. Most of their testing equipment is portable and they are also capable of producing professional collages and scale models for reports, mediations, depositions and trial.

    Their clients include insurance companies, legal firms, adjusters, risk managers, manufacturers, contractors, utilities, governments and individuals.

    Services Include:
  • Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Failure Analysis
  • Loss Prevention and Mitigation
  • Subrogation Support for the Insurance Industry
  • Electrical Safety and Accident Prevention
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    John A. Hoschette, BSEE, MSEE
    WA, CA, TX, OH, VA, MD, DC, FL, WI, MN USA
    phone: 715-222-7883
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    John Hoschette, BSEE, MSEE is an Electrical Engineer and Engineering Manager with over 25 years of experience at companies such as Smiths Medical, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Loral, Alliant Techsystems and Rockwell Collins. This has provided him exposure to the engineering methods of organizations nationwide and an acute understanding of all aspects of an engineering career.

    Mr. Hoschette has managed engineering groups as large as 125 people with overall responsibility for business operations, employee salary administration, hiring, termination and career development. He has been involved in cases of employee termination for drugs, layoffs, harassment, non-performance and violation of company business ethics issues.

    His primary responsibility as an engineering manager when dealing with employee issues has been to enforce company policies and procedures to ensure fair and lawful handling of employee discipline and terminations cases when necessary. This involves coordination of Human Resources and Legal Counsel to ensure company liability is minimized.

    Mr. Hoschette's technical work encompasses developing the next generation mission computers for the F-35, P-3, F-16 and F-22 jet fighter aircraft and his technical expertise is Optical Data Networking. His career has covered designing, testing, and fielding of advanced electronics in areas such as: developing infrared sensors for night vision, laser sensors for weapons, helmet mounted displays and fiber channel networks.

    Mr. Hoschette is also an author of two books, “Career Advancement and Survival for Engineers” and “The Engineers Career Guide." He has also been adjunct professor and instructed career development courses for engineers at Tufts University in Boston, Santa Clara University and University of Minnesota.

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    12/1/2011 · Engineering
    With the wealth of knowledge available at the click of a mouse, the Internet is a wonderful tool that can really help accelerate your career. But have you ever stopped to consider what information about you might be available to others on the Internet?

    10/31/2011 · Engineering
    Do you feel underpaid and deserving of a higher salary? Are you thinking about asking for a raise, but unsure how to go about it? Do you cringe at the thought of approaching your boss?

    John A. Hoschette
    The complete, one-stop career resource guide for engineers, engineering managers, and human resources personnel. This book offers proven, commonsense advice for navigating all stages of your engineering career. Packed with real-world tips supported by actual work experiences and examples.
    John A. Hoschette
    his book is packed with useful tips for excelling in the corporate environment. It is all about the "whens" and "hows" of making a good impression and achieving the greatest impact. This is not a technical book--it focuses more on how to deal with the organization.
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    Michael Fisher
    President
    242 N. James Street, #202
    Wilmington DE 19804
    USA
    phone: 888-263-8000 (Toll Free) 302-994-8000 (Local)
    fax: 302-994-8837
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    The CECON Group: Experts at Finding Technical Experts
    • Specializing in science, engineering, and technical business issues
    • Clients range in size from solo practitioners to Am Law 50 firms
    • Free custom searches
    • Technical staff with industrial experience to help you find the right expert
    • Providing expert witnesses since 1985
    Our staff has firsthand experience delivering expert reports, being deposed, and testifying in court. We will locate, vet, and introduce expert witnesses based on your specific requirements.

    Practice Areas offering more than 200 Engineering and Science Disciplines:
    • Biotechnology
    • Compliance
    • Chemical Analysis
    • Energy / Alternate Energy
    • Fire
    • Forensic Investigation
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Materials & Analysis
  • Medical Devices
  • IP & Trade Secrets
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Process Engineering
  • Polymers / Plastics
  • Product Liability
  • Safety / Risk Assessment
  • Technical Due Diligence
  • Toxicity & Drug Abuse
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    5/1/2013 · Pharmaceuticals
    In November, a NY Times editorial raised the issue of "Fake & Useless Drugs" aka counterfeit drugs, appearing in developing nations.

    2/18/2014
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    D. R. Word Associates
    Dr. Darrell R. Word
    PhD, PE
    P.O. Box 786
    Leander TX 78646
    USA
    phone: 512-259-4385
    fax: 512-259-2365
    Dr. Darrell R. Word is an Electrical Engineer registered in the State of Texas. He is proficient in math, physics and the underlying principles of science and engineering, which includes a strong background in Electromagnetics. His principal focus is on Professional Engineering and Consulting. Dr. Word works as an Expert Witness where his knowledge and expertise can be of assistance. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Electromagnetic (EM) Fields
  • Computer Driven Systems and A-D Interfacing
  • Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Micro-Processor and Micro-Controller Applications
  • Analog and Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Systems / Electromechanical Systems
  • Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Communications, Telemetry and Navigation Systems
  • Low-Noise Amplifiers
  • Imaging and Image Processing
  • Systems Design and Analysis
  • RF systems, Spread-Spectrum Systems, and Antennas
  • Power Systems Engineering and Analysis
  • EM Geophysical Systems and Applications
  • Software Environment UNIX, MS-Windows, MS-DOS, Fortran, LISP, C, and Various Assemblers
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    Thomas J. D'Agostino
    P.E. Consulting Engineer
    9 Forest Court, Suite A
    Ronkonkoma NY 11779-3107
    USA
    phone: 631-831-2076 or 631-467-4663
    Thomas J. D'Agostino is a Consulting Engineer with expertise in Building Inspections and Electrical Consultations. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Home Inspector and Pest Control Operator with over 35 years of experience.

    Services Include:
  • Home Inspection
  • Property / Construction Disputes
  • Electrocutions
  • Electrical Fires
  • Aluminum Wiring
  • Wire Connectors
  • Electrical Outlets / Wiring Defects
  • Circuit Breakers
  • UL / CSA Standards / Factory Procedures
  • Lighting
  • Structural Defects
  • Building Inspections
  • Factory Procedures
  • House Fires
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fire Damage
  • Memberships Include:
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
  • National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE)
  • Institute of Electronic / Electrical Engineers (IEEE)
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    Leslie Noel
    Marketing Director
    Corporate Headquarters
    11321 Plantside Drive
    Louisville KY 40299
    USA
    phone: 800-482-5611
    fax: 502-267-6973
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    Donan, a family owned company founded in 1947, provides full-service Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Services. For over 60 years, Donan Engineering has been providing unbiased answers to their client’s complicated questions. Their team of licensed and experienced forensic experts provides investigative services in the fields of engineering investigations, fire and explosion origin & cause, roofing investigations, and component testing. The diversity of their multidisciplinary staff allows them to provide not only a complete service, but a complete service whose conclusions can be successfully and completely supported.

    Donan Engineering has become a richly diverse, industry leader with over 250 employees operating from 50 offices in 27 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia, and Oklahoma. Throughout their growth, Donan has maintained their commitment to providing exceptional customer service, unparalleled quality, unmatched integrity, and timely reporting. Most importantly, they pride ourselves on delivering their clients quality services at an affordable price.

    Services Include:
    Engineering Investigations
  • Bridges
  • Foundations and Basements
  • Geotechnical / Sink Holes
  • Lightning
  • Low and High Voltage
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Retaining Walls
  • Steel Construction
  • Trusses
  • Vehicle Mechanical Studies
  • Vibrations: Earthquakes and Blastings
  • Water Infiltration / Mold
  • Wood Frame Construction

  • Fire / Explosion Origin and Cause
  • Commercial Fires
  • Equipment Fires
  • Vehicle / Residential Fires

  • Roofing Investigations
  • Commercial
  • Residential - Asphalt Shingle
  • Residential - Slate, Tile, Etc.

  • Heavy Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems consist of many components that work in unison to create the desired comfort level for our homes and offices. A well maintained system is designed to last around 15 years, but the life can be dramatically reduced when proper installation procedures and routine maintenance are not performed.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    Ice dams and their resultant leaks are often a chronic and expensive problem in those regions where snow-covered roofs are a common occurrence. To understand their detection, cause, and prevention requires some understanding of the dynamics of a structure's construction, insulation, and ventilation.

    A space heater is a device designed to warm a small area. These devices are typically portable, but the category does include gas- and wood-fueled models that are permanently installed; however, these are not the focus of this article.

    3/12/2014 · Failure Analysis
    Washing machine failures can create significant damage, exposing insurers and their clients to property damage. These failures often involve a high volume of water and can occur without warning. Through the examination of several hundred washing machines, the DONAN Component Testing Laboratory has identified a statistically significant failure trend in General Electric (GE) washing machines. The amount of water supplied to the tub of the washing machine is controlled by a water valve (solenoid-controlled valve) and pneumatic controls. The washing machine's load selector is a pneumatic pressure switch, which activates and deactivates the water valve.

    2/10/2014 · Construction
    Shallow foundations are the most commonly designed and constructed structural foundation system. As opposed to deep foundations where structural loads are transferred to subsurface layers or multiple depth ranges, shallow foundations transfer loads to the earth (soil) relatively near to the ground surface. Some examples of shallow foundations include building components often seen in residential construction such as spread footings, continuous foundation walls and footings, slab-on-grade foundations, and mat-slab foundations.

    1/9/2014 · Construction
    After a tornado event, devastation and destruction are found along the tornado path. Due to the wood-framed construction predominant in Texas and Oklahoma, extensive damage to a house can occur. But how do you know whether visible cracks in the Sheetrock or brick finishes are just cosmetic damage or the signs of structural failure?

    12/10/2013 · Fires & Explosions
    Automatic fire suppression systems are by far the most effective and safest means of preventing extensive fire damage and saving lives. For this discussion, we will touch on automatic sprinkler systems (building systems) and kitchen hood suppression systems. These systems range from very simple to extremely complex.

    10/23/2013 · Construction
    Summertime rolls around and people start seeing condensation on ductwork. Their first thought is that something is wrong with their air conditioner. Actually, sweating ducts have several causes. Very few are attributable to defective air conditioners.

    10/4/2013 · Engineering
    In urban and suburban areas, stormwater systems are found everywhere. From surface waterways, such as rivers, streams, and ditches, to subsurface drainage systems, such as storm sewers and culverts, stormwater systems are as ubiquitous as concrete, which is one of the reasons they are so important (Figure 1). Impervious surfaces like concrete, pavement, and roofs prevent stormwater from naturally absorbing into the ground, and the resulting runoff can cause flooding, erosion, and subsequent structural damage.

    For many years, the fire investigation industry has seen numerous fires involving livestock buildings. These fires are often high profile, especially when masses of animals are lost or injured. Many times these losses are in older structures with neglected electrical and/or heating systems. Given the interior environment, corrosion and degradation to electrical and heating components are common.

    8/16/2013 · Construction
    Cupping, buckling, and crowning are three common problems encountered in wood flooring (flooring). These problems are caused by a combination of the normal material characteristics of the flooring and improper installation of the flooring.

    7/31/2013 · Waterproofing
    While shovels, snowblowers, plows, and deicing agents are used to clear snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks during the winter, removing frozen precipitation from the roof of a house is a bit more challenging. As snow and ice piles up on the roof and subsequently thaws out, the melt-water can sometimes result in damage to the interior of the structure.

    7/15/2013 · Construction
    "Hail has damaged my concrete driveway!" How many times have you heard this claim? A homeowner whose house has experienced a recent severe hailstorm starts to notice things they never noticed before around their house.

    A Donan fire investigator uses many techniques in order to determine the origin and cause of a fire. Chief among these are the investigator's observations of the scene and the conditions surrounding the scene.

    In this age of high energy costs, the price of heating the house will increase. People will be searching for alternate sources to heat their houses.

    4/24/2013 · Construction
    In our October 2010 newsletter, Bob Whelan, P.E., discussed how to approach a roof hail study by using the scientific method. In summary, one should perform a collateral study of the property, or neighboring properties, to gather information about the particular hailstorm in question.

    3/21/2013 · Construction
    Whether to build a residence on a concrete slab or conventional crawlspace foundation is a common decision homeowners must make.

    2/13/2013 · Construction
    By: DONAN
    Is construction vibration just an annoyance, or does it have the potential to cause aesthetic and structural damage to nearby structures?

    1/7/2013 · Construction
    Attic ventilation problems can cause elevated relative humidity in an unheated, residential attic. Elevated relative humidity in the attic can promote mold growth and increase the moisture content in the wood framing to a level that promotes fungal growth and rotting.

    11/30/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Every year, Donan Engineering is asked to look at dozens of basement walls that have failed. A wall is determined to have "failed" when the structural integrity is compromised - such as with the development of a horizontal or vertical crack.

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