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Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO
President
8048 Northcourt Road
Houston TX 77040
USA
phone: 800-992-8048
fax: 713-744-5888
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Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. President and TGE Resources, Inc., she offers environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance auditing, and remediation management of affected real property services.

Ms. Franks provides litigation support and client representation with regard to environmental matters. She has been actively involved in more than 35 "merger/acquisition" projects encompassing over 750 sites nationwide. As senior Technical Advisor, she has been involved in thousands of real property investigations, many of which have involved remediation/closure projects within Texas and throughout the United States.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Real Estate Assessments - Environmental Due Diligence
  • Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Remediation Management, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Consulting of Contaminated Real Estate
  • Risk-Based Closure
  • Hazardous, Solid Waste Materials Management, Clean-up Consulting of Affected Property
  • Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, Mold/Fungal, Industrial Hygiene
  • Radiation Safety (NORM)
  • Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Management, Compliance, Corrective Action
  • Environmental Testing, Clean-up Consulting
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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
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Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG
664 W. Broadway
Glendale CA 91204
USA
phone: (818) 539-8408
fax: (818) 543-4565
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Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG, has over 23 years of experience in performing Geologic and Geotechnical Forensic Engineering investigations. Mr. Wilson currently serves as a Senior Professional Geologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. He holds a professional engineering geologist license in California and a professional geologist license in Utah.

Mr. Wilson has broad experience in numerous industries. He has completed or project managed over a 1,000 forensic evaluations of distressed properties in California, Utah and Oregon for insurance carriers. For the construction industry, Mr. Wilson's work in residential/commercial/public works development projects include trench and drilling exploration, down-hole logging, geotechnical laboratory testing, slope stability analysis, fault trench logging, foundation and keyway observations, fill control, mass grading monitoring. He has also provided planning and environmental impact reports for several cities and counties throughout California.

Litigation Support - Mr. Wilson provides consultation services to attorneys, judges, arbitrators, insurance companies, and others in the evaluation and remediation of soil related distress to structures, earth movement, seismicity, and other matters related to adverse soil, geologic, or hydrologic conditions. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Damage Causation Evaluations
  • Geologic and Geotechnical Investigations
  • Landslide Investigations and Mitigation
  • Geologic Hazard Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Preparation
  • Environmental Planning
  • Observation and Monitoring of Engineered Grading and Construction Projects
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Dr. Dennis Stainken
Principal
4 Carrol Drive
Hillsborough NJ 08844
USA
phone: 908-369-6890
fax: 908-369-6881
Dr. Dennis Stainken has over 30 years of Industrial and Government experience managing Pollution Control and Hazardous Waste Projects. His experience includes assignments in engineering, analytical and toxicology sciences for regulatory compliance, product registration, risk assessment, technology development.

Dr. Stainken is a national expert in Environmental Toxicology & Ecological Research on the transport, fate and effect of pollutants, and in quality assurance in government and industry.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Effects
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Health Issues/Physiology/Chemistry
  • Water & Waste Water
  • Ecological Services
  • Contamination & Remediation
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessments
  • Property Assessments
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Water Quality
  • Risk Assessment
  • Wetlands
  • Industrial Services
  • Gasoline & Oil Issues
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    Shlomo Orr, Ph.D., P.Eng
    Hydrology / Water Resources Consultant
    5900 W 25th Ave.
    Kennewick WA 99338
    USA
    phone: 509-736-3111
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    Shlomo Orr Hydrology Water Resources Expert PhotoPresident and CEO, Shlomo Orr, Ph.D., P.Eng, has over 33 years of extensive consulting, research, and project management experience in the field of Hydrogeology and Water Resources. He earned a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources with a minor in Soil and Water Sciences, and BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering.

    Dr. Orr's background includes modeling, planning, and controlling complex subsurface flow and transport phenomena. He has a broad background in conceptual and computational-numerical modeling of fluid flow and solute transport in saturated and unsaturated porous and fractured formations, including stochastic models that account for uncertainties and provide the basis for risk assessment.

    Dr. Orr has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Groundwater Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geostatistics, and advised MS and PhD students (as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, and thereafter). He also taught a course on fluid dynamics in heterogeneous heaps for the Society of Mining Engineering (SME). He has solved some of the most complex problems in his field; has innovated substantially, and has published his advanced works on modeling and optimization in top journals, while serving as a peer reviewer, himself. His toolbox spans from simple analytical models to most detailed, complex, numerical, stochastic 3D models, as well as advanced machine learning models. Dr. Orr has been a reviewer of major books and top journals in hydrology and water resources, and has served in a special committee of SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) on Advanced Analytics. He was advising top scientists at the University of Saskatchewan on approaches to Integrated Nuclear Environmental Research and Training (INERT), and he has been serving as a Technical Advisor for SoilVision Systems (an advanced geo-software company). He has done breakthrough modeling work and evaluations of risk assessment models for the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

    Litigation Support - Dr. Orr provides expert witness services for cases involving Hydrology, Water Resources, and Environmental Risk. He served as an expert reviewer on advisory boards of the US Army, Air Force, and Navy, on environmental projects. On the other side of the fence, he has conducted major environmental permit applications/investigations for special complex mining operations.

    Dr. Orr's services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Hydrogeology & Geohydrology
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Subsurface Flow & Transport Modeling
  • Aquifer Remediation
  • Soils and vadose zone hydrology
  • Oil and Gas (multiphase flow)
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • NAPL and DNAPL
  • VOC transport
  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Seepage
  • Drainage
  • Wellhead Protection
  • Soil Vapor Intrusion
  • Dewatering / Depressurization
  • Landfill Monitoring
  • Geostatistics and stochastic modeling
  • Monte Carlo Simulations
  • Risk-Assessment
  • Geothermal, Fracking, and Waste Injection


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    6/26/2017 · Hydrology
    This report is the third (and final) report in a series that addresses issues related to hydrologic uncertainty assessment at decommissioning sites. Analyses in the first two reports in this series emphasized the application of relatively simplified models of subsurface flow and transport. Because of their relative computational speed, such simplified models are particularly attractive when the impact of uncertainty in flow and transport needs to be evaluated. These same simplifications, however, have the potential to provide unrepresentative estimates of dose and its uncertainty. Such misrepresentation may have important consequences for decisions based on the dose assessments. The significance of this concern was evaluated by comparing results from uncertainty assessments conducted on a test case using a simplified modeling approach and a more complex/ realistic modeling approach.

    5/9/2017 · Hydrology
    Flow in heaps and dumps is essentially a two-phase flow phenomenon, though for many applications it could be simplified as unsaturated flow. Unlike saturated flow (typical of groundwater flow) where permeability is independent of other hydraulic parameters, unsaturated flow permeability depends on the degree of saturation and/or on capillary pressure. Several recent field studies suggest that flows in heaps and dumps tend to concentrate in preferred pathways, bypassing much of the ore. Different preferential flow phenomena are triggered, promoted, and influenced by different heap structures, by pretreatment, by the composition of the leach solution, and by application rates and schedules. The structure of heaps and dumps is determined and affected by each and every stage of their construction - from blasting to crushing to conveying and stacking of the material.

    5/8/2017 · Hydrology
    In our 1st article (Orr, 2000), we investigated different flow and transport phenomena that could significantly reduce leaching recovery. The combination of such understanding with advanced flow and transport modeling establishes the link between cause and effect, thereby directing operators to optimal design and construction of new heaps. Modeling of flow and transport in heaps could also point to a unique change in application method or rate that would maximize leaching enhancement of an existing heap under existing situation and leaching history. The use of such a model is cost effective in that it can simulate multiple scenarios of alternative leaching enhancement methods. By simulating a large number of irrigation scenarios, such a model can point to optimal and/or most promising alternatives for a particular heap.

    2/8/2017 · Hydrology
    Despite remarkable new developments in stochastic hydrology and adaptations of advanced methods from operations research, stochastic control, and artificial intelligence, solutions of complex real-world problems in hydrogeology have been quite limited. The main reason is the ultimate reliance on first-principle models that lead to complex, distributed-parameter partial differential equations (PDE) on a given scale. While the addition of uncertainty, and hence, stochasticity or randomness has increased insight and highlighted important relationships between uncertainty, reliability, risk, and their effect on the cost function, it has also (a) introduced additional complexity that results in prohibitive computer power even for just a single uncertain/random parameter; and (b) led to the recognition in our inability to assess the full uncertainty even when including all uncertain parameters.

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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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    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, DSc
    3700 State Street. Suite 350
    Santa Barbara CA 93105
    USA
    phone: 805-880-9301 (Direct) or 805-880-9300 (Office)
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    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, DSc, CGW, PH, PH-GW, BCES, HON.D.WRE, FASCE, FAWRA, FASTM, is an Environmental Consultant with over 40 years of experience in site characterization and remediation of Soils and Groundwater.

    Background - Dr. Everett served as the Chief Scientist at Haley & Aldrich, Shaw Environmental, ARCADIS, and Metcalf & Eddy Inc. He is a retired Professional Researcher (Level VII) in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Past Director of the Vadose Zone Monitoring Laboratory at UCSB. The University of California describes full professor Level VII as “reserved for scholars of great distinction.”

    Dr. Everett is an internationally recognized expert who has conducted extensive research on Subsurface Characterization and Remediation. He is Chairman of the ASTM Task Committee on Groundwater and Vadose Zone Monitoring. He also chaired the Remediation Session of the First USSR/USA Conference on Environmental Hydrogeology (Leningrad, 1990).

    Dr. Everett has received numerous awards, published over 150 technical papers and reports, holds several patents, developed 11 national ASTM Vadose Zone Monitoring standards and authored and edited over 10 books including: Vadose Zone Monitoring for Hazardous Waste Sites, and Subsurface Migration of Hazardous Waste. His book entitled, Groundwater Monitoring was endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as establishing “the state-of-the-art used by industry today” and was recommended by the World Health Organization for all developing countries.

    Dr. Everett on Vapor Intrusion


    Litigation Support - Dr. Everett is an expert witness with an established track record in over 80 court cases involving over $2 billion dollars. He provides expert witness services for Toxic Tort Cases, when one or more parties allege health effects and/or property damage from chemicals released to the environment by another party, and Allocation Cases, in which two or more parties disagree over who caused a release to the environment and how much money each party should contribute toward to the cleanup.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Vapor Intrusion
    • Class Action Lawsuit
    • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Tort
  • Remediation Cost Allocation
  • Property Devaluation
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    8/3/2017 · Environment
    Starting in the 1940s, the synthetic chemical 1,2,3-TCP or 1,2,3-trichloropropane, was an ingredient in certain soil fumigants that were widely used on farms in California and other states. 1,2,3-TCP is a highly toxic chemical classified as a human carcinogen.

    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    This compilation of selected technical papers, contains peer-reviewed papers that were presented at a symposium sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock and Subcommittee on Groundwater and Vadose Zone Investigations.
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    The book covers subsurface water exchange between the land and sea as well as groundwater discharge to the seas. It also provides a review of experimental methods and numerical modeling that can be used for the evaluation of specific discharge data and the effect of groundwater on the salt balance of seas and oceans.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    This publication provides an international perspective on one of the most complex issues in hydrology: field and laboratory measurement of low permeability and dual porosity materials. Eleven peer-reviewed papers, written by an international group of experts, focus on the development of techniques to evaluate hydraulic conductivity and remediation of fine grained and dual porosity geologic materials.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD, et al
    Compiled by experienced practitioners, this guide covers topics such as basic principles of vadose zone hydrology and prevalent monitoring techniques. Case studies present actual field experiences for the benefit of the reader. The Handbook provides practitioners with the information they need to fully understand the principles, advantages, and limitations of the monitoring techniques that are available.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD
    This handbook contains specific information on the application of a widely accepted groundwater monitoring methodology, which has been applied to coal and oil shale development sites.
    Lorne G. Everett, PhD
    Guidelines and Methodology for Developing and Implementing a Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program
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    Jenifer S. Heath, PhD
    PO BOX 371136
    Denver CO 80237
    USA
    phone: 303-726-9601
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    Helping clients understand the potential health effects of chemical exposures.

    Jenifer S. Heath, PhD, is a Toxicologist with over 25 years of experience in Toxicology Consulting and Human Health Risk Assessment. She is also a Registered Nurse, licensed to practice in several states.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Heath serves as a testifying or non-testifying witness on cases related to toxicology and human health risk assessment. She reviews case-related documents as well as the technical literature, provides input as to the strength of cases, prepares expert reports, responds to interrogatories, suggests questions to be posed to opposing witnesses, and testifies at deposition and trial. Dr. Heath's training in mediation and arbitration contributes to her ability to succeed in highly charged settings. She has testified at both bench and jury trials.

    Dr. Heath has managed and contributed to hundreds of risk assessments for contaminated sites under many regulatory programs (including state and federal Superfunds, RCRA, UST, and property transfers). She has worked in EPA Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, and in most of the 50 states and has successfully presented results to regulatory agencies, jury members, and the public.



    Areas of Expertise:
    • Chemical Product Liability
    • Mining
    • Lead Poisoning
    • Hydrogen Sulfide
    • Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
    • Contaminated Properties
    • Environmental Regulatory Agency Negotiations
    • Toxic Chemical Exposure (metals, solvents, petroleum)
  • Superfund (CERCLA)
  • Pesticides
  • Animal Health Products
  • Mammalian Toxicology
  • Indoor Air
  • Surface / Groundwater
  • Asbestos
  • Explosives
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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD
    Principal
    10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.Building 200, Suite 250
    Jacksonville FL 32256
    USA
    phone: 904-923-3789
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    Dr. Aaron Hilliard, PhD specializes in the areas of Environmental, Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Hilliard is an experienced forensic toxicologist with degrees in pharmacology, toxicology, and environmental health.

    Dr. Hilliard's services include conducting medical research and medical file review for personal injury that results from biological, chemical, environmental or pharmaceutical agents. He is also available to perform on-site inspections, sampling of nursing home, adult living facilities, medical and laboratory environments.

    Serving the legal community for over 15 years, Dr. Hilliard has worked with local, state and federal regulatory agencies and other entities on a national and international basis. His expertise spans the scope of environmental and infectious diseases involving food and water. This can include respiratory infections from environmental sources to hospital acquired infections such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Dr. Hilliard is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His areas of expertise include:

    Medical Matters Involving:
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Alcohol
    • Adverse Drug Reaction
    • Medication Errors
    • Recreational Drugs
    Environmental Expertise Includes:
    • Public Health and Safety
    • Epidemiology
    • Sanitation
    • Toxic Chemical Exposure
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • Environmental Justice
  • Superfund Site Risk Communication
  • Lead Exposure
  • Mold Exposure
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    David Gossman
    Chief Investigating Officer
    103 South Main Street
    Maquoketa IA 52060
    USA
    phone: 563-652-2822
    fax: 563-652-2824
    Technical assistance to counsel in litigation involving Chemical and Environmental Forensics, Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Materials, Regulatory Compliance, Dioxins, Fires and Explosions at waste facilities and cement plants, and injury or chemical exposure claims due to hazardous materials or hazardous operations.

    We provide the technical expertise and develop the evidentiary basis for legal arguments relying on or involving:
    • Industrial and environmental chemical forensic analysis
    • Causation proved by fate and transport of chemicals and their degradation products in the environment
    • Appropriate standard of care for and regulations of hazardous waste and hazardous materials
    • Safety and prevention of catastrophic events such as fires and explosions
    • Prevention of injury or chemical exposure resulting from hazardous materials or hazardous materials operations
    • Prevention of chemical spills and/or proper management of historical environmental contamination
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

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

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

    Mr. Pokorny offers litigation support services to insurance companies and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has experience in a wide variety of projects including:
    • Engineering and Environmental Insurance Claims
    • Public and Municipal Environmental Remediation / Hazardous Materials Management Programs
    • Private Retail / Commercial Hazardous Materials Management
    • Remediation Programs in High-rise, University, and Hospital Settings
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED AP), with specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), 2010
    • Massachusetts Asbestos Designer, Inspector, Project Monitor, Management Planner, 1987-1995
    • Massachusetts Lead Paint Inspector, 1996-99
    • Type III Asbestos Consultant, VT, Department of Health, 1988
    • EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor, 1998
    • NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager (PHM), Associate
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    12/7/2016 · Environment
    "I'm trying to anticipate and manage environmental issues related to a construction project, but I am having a hard time finding resources. What are some construction-related environmental issues I should keep an eye out for since this appears to be an overlooked area?"

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

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

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

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

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    411 N. Sam Houston Parkway East
    Suite 350
    Houston Texas 77060
    USA
    phone: 2813584441
    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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    A case study that illustrates the importance of combining crash data with a thorough analysis in an auto reconstruction investigation.

    This passage from the Book of Leviticus, which reads like an awkward directive from a manual on mold remediation, is an indication that mold has been troubling mankind since Biblical times. Although mold has been an issue for centuries, only in recent years has it grabbed the spotlight. This is due to high-profile lawsuits, such as the Ballard case in Texas, in which a family claimed that mold in their home was the source of their myriad health problems. The Ballards won an initial $32 million judgment against their insurance company, which later was reduced to $4 million.

    11/2/2017 · Construction
    Engineering involvement with property losses demands an open technical mind that can look at the bigger picture, sometimes beyond the scope of work initially requested by the adjuster or insurance company. Engineering law requires the professional engineer to protect "public health, safety, and welfare. "Sometimes specific technical requests are made to a forensic engineering firm that lead to much broader technical involvement in order to ensure compliance with engineering law and the protection of the public. Is it a benefit for an engineer to look at a broader picture when investigating a loss event, even if the scope of work has been specified? Let's examine two examples.

    8/28/2017 · Failure Analysis
    A tornado can cause catastrophic and extensive damage to all types of structures. For some, the damage requires a total rebuild. However, for the homes and buildings that are salvaged after a tornado, a detailed assessment by a qualified structural engineer is needed to determine the extent of structural damage, the repairability of the structure, and to assist with other repair recommendations related to the building envelope and required building code upgrades.

    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG
    229 Tewksbury Ave.
    Point Richmond California 94801
    USA
    phone: 510-590-1098
    fax: 510-232-2823
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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG, has over 30 years of experience as a Geologist / Hydrogeologist and licensed contractor focused on answering geologic, environmental impairment, and forensic questions. He is a certified hydrogeologist in California and Washington and a Professional Geologist in California and several other states.

    A Fulbright Senior Scholar with 4 awards in environmental engineering and science, his projects relate to collecting, describing, and analyzing Soil, Rock, Groundwater, Vapor, and Stormwater samples, summarizing the data and creating useful technical information and cost recovery statements for decision makers or settlements. His other projects relate to peer review and contractor evaluation projects.

    Mr. Jacobs has provided litigation services in the investigation and analysis of cases involving contamination by hydrocarbon and solvent spills and leaks, erosion, flooding, and related issues. He has provided testimony assisting with many settlement conferences. Mr. Jacobs is qualified to testify in municipal, state, and Federal courts.

    Litigation Support and Expert Witness:
    • Perform litigation and technical support for various environmental and engineering cases from evaluating remediation history to well damage to erosion control
    • Estimate reasonable and necessary remedial costs for settlement conferences
    • Serve as an objective peer reviewer
    • Expert witness testimony on environmental cases
    Since 2002, Mr. Jacobs has been an elected director of two public agencies, a local sewer district, and a community services district. As such he is interested in I&I issues and sewer gas and volatile contaminant vapor intrusion into indoor air spaces via ineffective vapor seals on fixtures or dry P-traps in buildings. He performs cost allocations for environmental litigation, and also provides oil and gas production verification.

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    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Put together by a team of scientists, engineers, regulators, and lawyers, the Chromium(VI) Handbook consolidates the latest literature on this topic. The broad scope of this book fills the need for a comprehensive resource on chromium(VI), improving the knowledge of this contaminant at a time when the extent and degree of the problem is still being assessed. It addresses naturally occurring and anthropogenic sources, geology and geochemistry, toxicity, treatment, regulatory issues and legal cases, and recommendations.
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    Provides the tools needed to analyze and solve acid drainage problem. Featuring contributions from leading experts in science and engineering, this book explores the complex biogeochemistry of acid mine drainage, rock drainage, and acid sulfate soils. It describes how to predict, prevent, and remediate the environmental impact of acid drainage and the oxidation of sulfides, offering the latest sampling and analytical methods. Moreover, readers will discover new approaches for recovering valuable resources from acid mine drainage, including bioleaching.
    James A. Jacobs, et al
    The definitive guide to petroleum hydrocarbon fuel spill and leak causes, prevention, response, and cost recovery.It highlights the complex nature of petroleum hydrocarbon fuel extraction methods, the unintended consequences when disasters occur, spill behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. This practical resource discusses engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental effects; dealing with insurance claims, litigation, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions; and much more.
    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Written by an expert team of scientists, engineers, and toxicologists, MTBE: Effects on Soil and Ground-Water Resources provides complete in-depth coverage of the assessment and potential remediation strategies of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).
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    David Wilshaw, MS, PG
    President
    P.O. Box 783547
    Winter Garden FL 34778
    USA
    phone: 407-342-7737
    David Wilshaw, MS, PG has over 33 years of experience in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics, Hydrogeology and Geoenvironmental assessments. Established in 2012, his company Britannia Solutions LLC has continuously provided Sinkhole Neutral Evaluation and expert geological opinions to insurance carriers, private individuals, corporations and their respective legal advisers. Mr. Wilshaw offers services as a professional geologist and expert witness with respect to disputed sinkhole insurance claims and many other specialized areas of engineering geology, specifically Slope Failures, Underground Mining Subsidence and the Adequacy of Ground Investigations in relation to claims under construction contracts.

    David Wilshaw has been a Florida DFS-certified Neutral Evaluator under §627.7074 Florida Statutes since 2011. He is licensed as a Professional Geologist in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and is registered as a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society in the United Kingdom. He has been Adjunct Professor of Earth Science since 2015. In the last 8 years, he has been the statutory Professional Geologist under s.627.707 Florida Statutes for over 850 cause of subsidence investigations related to sinkhole loss claims across Florida, from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys.

    Litigation Services Include:
    • Testifying Expert at Deposition over 120 times.
    • Testifying Expert at Trial over 30 times.
    • Neutral Evaluation of over 135 Disputed Sinkhole Insurance Claims in accordance with Section 627.7074 Florida Statutes
    • Peer review and expert opinion to defense and plaintiff attorneys on over 2,000 disputed claims for sinkhole loss
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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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