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Harold (Ed) von Dran, Jr., PE, CEM
2627 Pebble Row
San Antonio TX 78232
USA
phone: 210-930-2834
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Harold (Ed) E. von Dran Jr., PE, CEM, has over 39 years of experience in Environmental & Mechanical Engineering, Project Management, Government Acquisitions and Electronic System Repair.

Background Experience - Mr. von Dran has extensive Program / Project Management experience in all facets of the Environmental Studies, Remedial Design, Cleanup, and Regulatory Compliance. His experience includes Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Health & Safety.

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

Litigation Support - A recognized expert, Mr. von Dran has been representing clients before the Texas Railroad Commission and Circuit courts since 2007. His experience includes both written and oral representations before administrative judges in numerous cases. Mr. von Dran's cases include:
  • Noise Pollution
  • Environmental Contamination from Runoff
  • Environmental Trespass
  • Facility Design and Condition Assessment
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    Dr. Joseph Jolson
    Owner
    5867 Solway Street
    Pittsburgh PA 15217
    USA
    phone: 412-480-3049
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    Dr. Joseph D. Jolson has over 28 years of industrial experience providing Product Development, Product Support, Litigation, Subrogation, and Intellectual Property Services. He has championed the development of two-dozen commercially successful products. Dr. Jolson's experience includes:
  • The development, testing, use, and analysis of failed aqueous and lithium batteries
  • The development, placement, testing, use and analysis of failed carbon monoxide, chlorine, combustible gas, ethylene oxide, hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and volatile organic hydrocarbon gas detectors
  • The development, testing, use and analysis of failed air purifying respirators including self-contained self-rescuers
  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Batteries
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Gas Detection
  • Failure Analysis
  • Industrial Hygiene & Safety
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Mine Safety
  • Product Testing
  • Respiratory Protection
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

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

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
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    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD
    Forensic Chemist
    27 Willow Pkwy
    New Windsor NY 12553
    USA
    phone: 845-742-6967
    fax: 845-561-9291
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD, is a Forensic Chemist with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Macri provides investigations, technical, and scientific analyses and serve as an expert witness in the areas of:
    • Chemical Identification / Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Chemical Reactions and Products
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Accidents resulting from Incompatible / Unstable Chemical Mixtures
    • Chemical Overexposure Risks and Assessments
    • Safe Chemical Exposure Limits
    • Safe Use, Handling, and Storage of Flammable and Corrosive Materials and Chemicals
    • Consumer Product Liability
    • Consumer Products Design Defects
    • Investigations of Unsafe Chemical Products
    Litigation Support - Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. His services include expert reports, rebuttal reports, affidavits, and supporting documents. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Chemical Accidents Resulting from Incompatible chemical mixtures
    • Chemical Identification of Unknown Substances Causing Slip and Fall Accidents
    • Sampling, Testing, and Chemical Investigations
    • Industrial Chemical Applications
    • Environmental Regulations, Air & Water Emissions, Pollution Control
    • Chemical reactions, precious metal recovery processes
    • Chemical Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Soil, Wastewater, and Groundwater Contamination
    • Chemical Plant Production and Operation
    • Chemical Forensic Investigations
    • Design defects & chemical accidents resulting from consumer products
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    Chuck Dutill, PE
    Expert Witness | Principal Consultant
    1240 West Chester Pike, Suite 213
    West Chester PA 19382
    USA
    phone: 610-701-5650
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    For over 35 years, Chuck Dutill, P.E., has been performing Hydrology and Environmental Engineering nationwide. He has focused on wastewater, stormwater, flooding, sewers, septic systems, groundwater, drainage, runoff, hydrology, hydraulics, backups, drinking water, and air quality.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Dutill has spent approximately 25% of his professional time providing expert witness services nationwide for over 35 years. About 55% of his expert witness services have been for defendants, with approximately 45% for plaintiffs.

    He has issued more than 95 expert reports, been deposed over part or all of 25 to 30 days, and testified in court (including jury and non-jury trials) over part or all of 25 to 30 days. As indicated in feedback from attorneys on expert witness cases, some of his strengths include diligence, high standards, understandable input, responsiveness, timeliness, thoroughness, oral communications, effective report writing, listening skills, efficiency, professional demeanor, organization, and assistance to counsel.

    Expertise:
    • Hydrology
    • Stormwater Management
    • Flooding
    • Drainage
    • Runoff
    • Sewer Systems
    • Sanitary Sewage
    • Wastewater Treatment
    • Septic Systems
    • Backups
    • Overflows
    • Surface Water
    • Groundwater
    • Hydrogeology
    • Erosion
    • Grading
    • Hydraulics
    • Floodplains
    • Piping Systems
    • Wells
    • Mold
    • Soils
    • Air Quality
    • Regulations
    • Combined Sewers
    • Detention
    • Maintenance
    • Inspections
    • Dams
    • Sinkholes
    • Hazardous Waste
    • Aquifers
    • Drinking Water
    • Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Health and Safety
    • Standard of Care
    • Toxicity
    • Contamination
    • Spills
    • Pollution
    • Remediation
    • Modeling
    • Storage
    • Sedimentation
    • Hydroplaning
    • Odors
    • Waste Management
    • Wetlands
    • Landfills
    • Water Quality
    • Monitoring
    • Storm Sewers
    • Infiltration/Inflow
    CV Available Upon Request

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    Philip T. Tringale, PhD, PE
    Environmental Engineering Consultant
    555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1300
    San Francisco CA USA
    phone: 510-874-7011
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    Philip T. Tringale, PhD, PE is a registered Professional Civil Engineer with over 25 years of Environmental Consulting experience. His site and redevelopment projects include commercial and industrial facilities, landfills, and cases requiring technical support for litigation.

    Dr. Tringale has directed numerous site assessments and remediation programs involving soil and groundwater contaminated primarily by organic solvents, metals, and petroleum products. He has particular expertise in site characterization and in the use of in-situ testing to evaluate soil properties. Dr. Tringale has provided final design for remedial actions that involve excavation, containment, bioremediation, vacuum extraction, monitoring, and groundwater treatment.

    Dr. Tringale has been providing litigation support services to the legal industry for over 20 years. He is available to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Tringale has been retained approximately 15 times and has provided expert testimony in support of counsel for cases involving:
    • National Contingency Plan Compliance
    • Identification of Contaminant Sources
    • Magnitude and Extent of Contamination
    • Remedial Cost Estimates
    • Allocation of Cost and Responsibility
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    Capt. Mike Jacobs
    S. Douglas Devoy
    4544 Post Oak Place, Suite 160
    Houston TX 77027
    USA
    phone: 800-231-2375 or (713) 622-1633
    fax: 713-622-1644
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    douglas devoyS. Douglas Devoy has over 30 years experience in Marine and Offshore Oil and Gas Industry acting as Senior Vice President / Director of Matthews-Daniel Company, Houston, Texas with worldwide group responsibility for Marine Surveys. He supervises staff and performs all types of Marine related Surveys including Wet and Dry Ocean Transport of Rigs, Structures, Modules and Equipment, Trip-in-Tow Surveys, Loss Investigations, Safety and Valuation Surveys or Marine Equipment and Warranty Surveys, and Location Approvals.

    Mr. Devoy has Coordinated Salvage Efforts and Negotiated Salvage Contracts on behalf of Underwriters and Owners. He has also supervised all aspects of Ocean Tows / Voyages including all Engineering Aspects. Adjusting Marine and Energy Related Losses.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Surveying of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Marine Accident Investigation Naval Architecture
    • Marine Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Accident Investigation and Loss Adjustment for Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Valuations for Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Assets


    mike jacobsMichael A. Jacobs has over 40 years experience in the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas Industries including an Active Seagoing Career as an Deck Officer on Tankers and Bulk Carriers, Terminal Controller in a Container Terminal responsible for the Loading and Discharging of Ocean-Going Container Vessels, and Master / Offshore Installation Manager of Semi-Submersible Drilling Rigs. Capt.Jacobs is also a Marine Surveyor involved with all types of surveys in the offshore industry including Towages, Heavy Lift Transportation, Damage Surveys, Installation of Oil Related Structures, Modules and Equipment, Rig Move Attendance and Rig Location Approval.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Marine Operations in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
    • Admiralty; Accidents Involving Dock, Shipboard and Offshore Cranes
    • Anchor-handling, Towing and Mooring Incidents
    • Swing Rope and Personnel Basket Worker Transfer Accidents
    • Cargo and Cargo Container Damage
  • Pipeline Damage
  • Hurricane and Heavy Weather Damage
  • Mooring System Failures
  • Anchor-handling Operational Failures
  • Towing System failures
  • Rig Moves
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
  • Collision
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    JIJI THOMAS
    Senior Officer-Environment
    Kudilil House, Eravimangalam
    Kottayam 686613
    IND
    phone: 987-067-0240
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    TCE Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE) is one of India's leading Engineering Consulting Organizations. TCE offers a wide range of multi-disciplinary services in project engineering across several sectors. The firm has completed more than 4500 assignments, including the engineering of several power plants with total installed capacity of over 41,000MW, several large urban water supply and waste water projects, as well as those for smaller towns, facilities inside battery limits and offsite facilities for several chemical and industrial plants.

    TCE has highly qualified and experienced professionals on its rolls. Design offices are located in several cities in India - Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Jamshedpur, and a branch office in the USA and South Africa.

    TCE has successfully carried out several assignments overseas — in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and the Americas.

    TCE has done projects funded by:
    • World Bank
    • Asian Development Bank
    • United Nations Development Programme
    • Japan Bank for International Cooperation
    • United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    • World Health Organization
    • United States Agency for International Development
    Services Include:
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Environmental Survey & Consultations
    • Environmental Data Analysis & GIS mapping
    • Environmental Sampling, Monitoring & Pollution Analysis (Air, Water & Soil)
    • Environmental Clearance & Liaison with Statutory Authorities
    • Industrial Site Visits and Identification of Suitable Waste Disposal Sites & Methodologies