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Kayleigh Martin
Director of Business Development
2200 Lucien Way, Suite 204
Maitland FL 32751
USA
phone: 407-352-0107
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Founded in 1989 by W. D. “Buzz” Willis III, WCCI provides full-service Construction Cost Management and Consulting. With over 4000 projects in their portfolio, they offer their clients a depth of experience that is unparalleled in the industry. In 2009, Willis Construction Consulting, Inc. merged with McGlamery Professional Construction Services. The merger created a comprehensive 16-Division firm with immersive capabilities. Known today as WCCI, they continue to operate with the same mission and integrity that founded this company – providing their clients with accurate, honest, and detailed cost consulting.

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

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

Litigation Support Services:
  • Construction Cost Claims Estimating & Analysis
  • Change Order Claims Estimating & Analysis
  • General Conditions Cost Estimating & Analysis
  • Cost to Complete & Delay Estimating & Analysis
  • Expert Testimony


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

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

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

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

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Ronald Tyson
President
565 N. Ortonville Road
Ortonville MI 48462
USA
phone: (248) 230–9561
fax: (248) 230–8476
BUILDING & PREMISES EXPERT, Review and research to render opinions on correct building codes and life-safety standards concerning construction, ADA & OSHA issues. Opinions on causation & foreseeability, licensed builder with many years of subcontracting & general contracting [hands-on] experience. Plaintiff and Defense attorney clients. Continuing education studies. Never disqualified in over 200 times in court. Addressing allegations of Building Mold, Faulty Construction, Failure to disclose, Personal Injury, Manufactured Housing & other construction issues and Condominium claims. Addressing breach of contract issues. Ronald Tyson 248.230.9561 fax 248.230.8476 ronaldtyson@mac.com.
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Hamid K. Toossi, BSCE, MBA, EIT, M ASCE
National & International Services
26 N. Summit Avenue, Suite 205
Gaithersburg MD 20877
USA
phone: 301-661-6731
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Hamid K. Toossi, BSCE, MBA, EIT, M ASCE, TAI's founder and CEO, has over 35 years of academic and hands-on experience in the design, build, and management of heavy Civil and Commercial Construction projects.

Mr. Toossi's experience includes Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling, Engineering, Construction Management, Contract Administration, Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, Claims Analysis, and Expert Services for Construction Claims and Contract Disputes, in the United States as well as overseas.

Mr. Toossi has participated in numerous Continuing Professional Education courses, both as an instructor, and as an auditor, in Contract Law, Construction Law, Business Law, Leadership, Management, Engineering, Construction Management, and Construction Claims. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the founding member of the American Society of MBA Executives.

Litigation Support: Hamid K. Toossi offers expert witness services to law firms representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include written reports, depositions, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony as needed. He has been involved in numerous Construction Claim cases including:
  • Testimony before the American Arbitration Association in connection with a GC bond claim against a surety insurance company and counter claim by insurance company for fraudulent inducement and wrongful termination etc.
  • Testimony before the circuit court, in Fairfax, VA, in areas of concrete construction materials and methods in connection with a water reclamation facility construction project in Ashburn, VA.
  • Prepared testimony as part of litigation before the United States Court of Federal Claims in areas of Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling, delay, disruption and loss of productivity, in connection with design and construction of two submarine decompression chambers for US Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Areas of Expertise:
  • Concrete and Concrete Construction
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Construction Acceleration Claims
  • Construction Defects
  • CPM Scheduling
  • Scheduling Delay & Analysis
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Delays
  • Forensic Evaluation
  • Construction Disputes
  • Concrete/ Foundations
  • Proof of Damages Calculation
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    Daniel J. Knight, Esq., MS
    Attorney, Contractor, Real Estate Broker
    PO Box 3557
    San Luis Obispo CA 93403
    USA
    phone: 805-316-1180
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    Dan Knight Construction Defect Expert PhotoDaniel J. Knight, Esq., MS, specializes in Construction Law Consulting and serves as a knowledgeable Construction Defect Expert Witness.

    Background - A third generation California contractor, he founded Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing in 2006 which has been operating as a General Engineering, General Building, and Plumbing construction company. In 2010, Mr. Knight returned to school, earning a BS and MS in Accounting and is currently working on passing the four sections of the CPA examination. While studying for the CPA exam, he decided to attend Law School. Running Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing through college and Law School, Mr. Knight graduated from the Santa Barbara Colleges of Law with a Juris Doctorate and dual certificates of concentration in Business Law and Family Law. While waiting on Bar Exam results, he also studied for and passed the California Real Estate Brokers’ Exam.

    Mr. Knight is currently practicing construction law and serving as an expert witness in the construction industry. Most recently, he was hired to lecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Polytechnic University in the Construction Management Department teaching: Construction Law, Construction Accounting, Introduction to Construction Management, and Building Engineering Systems, MEP. In addition, he is a Part-time Lecturer at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, teaching Construction Business Management and Managerial and Financial Accounting.

    Litigation Support - Daniel J. Knight has been regularly retained as an expert in construction-related matters for the Sate of California, Contractors State Licensed Board, to work on testing and industry expert opinions on behalf of the State. He was also appointed by the San Luis Obispo City Council to the Planning Commission and has severed as a planning commissioner as well as an appointment to the Administrative Review Board for the City.

    Mr. Knight's experience with actual hands-on building coupled with academic training and extensive experience in the residential and light commercial building industry allows generation of realistic easy to understand reports and narratives. He offers opinions on constructability and feasibility of repairs in residential and commercial construction. His services include reports on defects, de-constructive investigations to discover root causes, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. In addition, Mr. Knight offers standard or care opinions for “A” General Engineering Contractors, “B” General Building Contractors, and “C-36” Plumbing Contractors.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Defects
    • Project Management
    • Private, Public, and Government Construction
    • General Engineering Contractor Standard of Care
    • General Building Contractor Standard of Care
    • Plumbing Contractor Standard of Care
    • SB 800 Reasonability and Feasibility Opinions
  • Foundations
  • Retention Walls
  • Site Drainage
  • Vertical Construction Opinions
  • Underground Construction Opinions
  • Habitable and Constructive Eviction Opinions
  • Fit and Finish Warranty Claims
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    Paris (Perry) Tabor
    CE/SE, PMP, CDP, LEED AP, CAASH
    2671 Crow Canyon Rd., 3rd Floor
    San Ramon CA 94583
    USA
    phone: Ofc: 925-275-0110 / Cell: (925) 360-8259
    fax: 925-838-8901
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    Paris A. (Perry) Tabor, is a Structural Engineering Consultant with expertise in Forensic Construction Analysis. He has more than 30 years experience designing, analyzing and evaluating all low-rise building types, framing systems and construction materials.

    Specialties
    • Design-Analysis:
      • Commercial - retail/MOB/office/sports facility/hospitality/mixed-use
      • Residential - active adult/production housing/custom-estates/market-rate, for-rent & affordable
      • Building Rehabilitations/Additions (many with historically significant and adaptive-use demands)
      • Peer Reviews and Construction Administration services
    • Seismic Risk Assessments: Buildings/Facilities due-diligence/property conditions reports: (PML/SEL/SUL), post-earthquake observations and pre-construction reviews
    • Forensic evaluations, expert witness and litigation support; equally distributed between plaintiff and defense cases
    Structural Services
    • Design of New and Ancillary Structures - Office / Retail Structures, Motel / Hotel / Cultural / Educational / Community Structures, Multi-Family (Market Rate, Rental & Affordable) Housing, Production Housing (Attached & Detached), Industrial / Maintenance Structures
    • Structural and Seismic Evaluations of Existing Structures - Structural Alterations & Rehabilitation, Historic Preservation, Condition Assessment, Post Earthquake Evaluations
    • Special / Ancillary Structures
    • Peer Review / Constructability Reviews / Forensics
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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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    Greg Gerganoff, CSP, Esq.
    Certified Safety Professional

    Denver, CO
    All States USA
    phone: 303-330-4616
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    Greg Gerganoff OSHA Safety Expert PhotoGreg Gerganoff, ASP, CSP, Esq., is an OSHA / MSHA Safety field and compliance expert with experience in the heavy construction, manufacturing, light rail construction, power plant outages, public schools, oil and gas, mining, pipeline, and trenching and excavation industries.

    As OSHA and MSHA are not mere “guidelines to safety” but federal laws enforceable in administrate hearings and federal courts, Mr. Gerganoff's 12 years of experience as a Licensed Attorney, and additional 17 years as a safety professional (CSP), make him uniquely qualified to research and interpret OSHA regulatory laws (29 CFR 1910 & 1926) and MSHA (30 CFR Part 46). He maintains his license to practice law in the state of Colorado.

    Litigation Support - Understanding the role of case assessment and the value of discovery, Mr. Gerganoff's field safety expertise and legal experience can assist legal counsel at any stage of a safety related case or claim. His services are available to counsel looking to a safety professional as a subject matter expert expecting solid, well researched, sited, and substantiated opinions. No advocacy, just plain, unbiased, well-reasoned and supported opinions. Mr. Gerganoff is retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Safety Training includes but not limited to:
    • PEC SafeLand Core and Basic
    • OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Outreach Trainer Gen Industry
    • H2S Training (in accord with ANSI Z390.1-2006)
    • MSHA New Miner (Surface Metal and Nonmetal)
    • Aerial / Man Lift Operator Training
    • Power Tool Safety and Inspection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Confined Space
  • Trench and Excavation
  • Fork Lift Operator Training / Lifting
  • Fall Protection
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    10/17/2017 · Expert Witnessing
    The employ of expert witnesses in litigation is typically undertaken to help the decider of fact (judge or jury) decipher an area of specialized knowledge which is key to the case. The expert report serves the primary purpose of "educating" deciders of fact on topics not commonly known to the general public. However, a noncomplying expert report can wreak havoc on a case, increase costs or worse, have the expert's testimony precluded in whole or part from use at trial. This of course is contrary to the purpose of retaining an expert in the first place. Understanding the parameters of compliance (C.R.C.P. 26 (a) (2) (B) (I)) and how sanctions for non-compliance (C.R.C.P. 37 (c) (1)) may be applied is important not only for legal counsel but the expert as well under the 2015 rule updates and the recent Colorado Supreme Court case, Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado v. Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.

    10/26/2016 · Construction
    During a recent conversation with a friend who had purchased a small construction company he mentioned in passing that one of his employees had injured his ankle on the job but didn't report it to his work comp carrier as it was a minor incident, no days off work, didn't want his rates to go up, why bother. All is good. Right?

    8/18/2016 · OSHA
    Electricity is a vital source of energy in our daily lives. It powers tools, provides light and heat. Our working lives are much improved and efficiency greatly increased thanks to electricity. But what about those situations where power from the grid is unavailable. Well, portable generators are an excellent tool for such a scenario.

    6/24/2016 · OSHA
    Safety culture is a term frequently bandied about in today's business world and sounds as trendy as "mission statements" were years ago. (Let's not forget "best in class". First time I heard this at a company meeting I looked around to make sure I hadn't mistakenly wandered into a dog show. Really?)

    Use fall protection; Use trench boxes when excavating; Lock out Tag Out any time repair or maintenance of equipment involving stored energy is performed; Slips, Trips and Falls are one of the most expensive types of injury. For my sixteen years in safety these safety hazards were always in the forefront of safety concerns for businesses and safety professionals. Guess what? Work related road way crashes is the number one serious/fatal injury cause for U.S. workers. OSHA recognizes this. CDC/NIOSH has generated a white paper studying this fact. Who knew? So here is some info on this number one safety hazard in the US work place.

    4/11/2016 · OSHA
    In the safety world hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping your people safe from unsafe behaviors and/or conditions. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20 foot ladder with tools held in both hands. (This is a fall hazard by the way.) Common sense right? The safety guy who taught me safety had a great response to this attitude, "Few people have any sense (read knowledge) in common (read shared alike)". So while some safety hazards are immediately recognizable others require training to spot and avoid. Training is a key method in avoiding the "Ostrich Zone". One such hazard is Hydrogen Sulfide. You don't want to bury your head facing this hazard. (Won't do much good anyway, Hydrogen Sulfide is heavier then air!)

    3/7/2016 · OSHA
    "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.", so said Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California whose works touched the business world. (He is well known for the "Peter Principal".) Peter's above quote essentially points out that action lacking a clear objective will likely lead to unwanted or unintended consequences.

    2/19/2016 · OSHA
    Hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping employees safe. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20-ft ladder while holding tools in both hands is an obvious fall hazard. While some safety hazards are immediately recognizable, others require training to spot and avoid. One such hazard is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Training is a key method to avoid the "ostrich zone." You do not want to bury your head when facing this hazard.

    1/29/2016 · OSHA
    When personal injury events occur legal negligence actions may arise. Common law negligence is established by plaintiff showing defendant owed plaintiff a legal duty, to conform to a standard of care, defendant breached that duty, plaintiff suffered injury and there is a causal relationship between the breach and injury. FN 1 But what sources of standard of care proofs are available? How does a litigant go about proving standard of care?

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    Rudolph P. Frizzi, PE, GE, D.GE
    Geotechnical Engineering Consultant
    555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1300
    San Francisco CA USA
    phone: 201-398-4613
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    Rudolph P. Frizzi, PE, GE, D.GE is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of extensive practical Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering experience. Mr. Frizzi has extensive project management experience throughout the United States and internationally, with particular emphasis on:
    • Foundation Design and Construction in Urban Areas
    • Large Scale Land and Waterfront Public and Private Development Projects
    Mr. Frizzi has obtained extensive field, office supervision, and project management experience including soil and rock sampling and in-situ testing; monitoring pre , during, and post-construction with state-of-the-art geotechnical instrumentation; nondestructive testing; aqueous and sub-aqueous inspections and investigations; and heavy construction which has contributed to his practical approach to geotechnical problem solving.

    In addition to his "engineer of record" experience, Mr. Frizzi has provided expert geotechnical consultation and trial testimony on over 50 excavation and foundation litigation cases throughout the United States and internationally. His services are available to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Forensic Expertise:
    • Foundations for Stadiums, Arenas, High-Rise Structures in Urban Areas
    • Embankment and Dam Stability
    • Large-scale Land and Waterfront / Marine Structures and Development
    • Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems
    • Soft and Hard Rock Treatment
    • Earthwork
    • Ground Improvement of Waste Fills
    • Temporary and Permanent Lateral Support Systems for Deep Excavations
    • Geotechnical Instrumentation and Vibration Monitoring
    • Construction Dewatering
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    Carl H. Josephson, SE
    Principal Structural Engineer
    See Multiple Addresses Below
    CA, NV, AZ USA
    phone: 858-558-2181
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    Carl H. Josephson, S.E., has over 35 years of Structural Engineering experience. He is active in numerous professional organizations and has served as the Structural Engineer member of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.

    Principal Structural Engineer at JW&A, Mr. Josephson and his team provide special studies, investigations, code review and analysis, and have conducted structural investigations on 1,000s of buildings throughout the Western United States for a diverse group of clients.

    Litigation Support - JW&A have been retained as structural engineering experts by plaintiff and defense clients on over 1,500 cases, and have testified at deposition, trial and arbitration on over 300 matters across Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon. Designated as experts for homeowner associations, developers, and subcontractor cross-defendants, they strive to provide balanced, well reasoned and practical solutions to construction litigation problems. They have also been retained as court-appointed neutral experts on several cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Wood Structures
    • Masonry Structures
    • Steel Structures
    • Concrete Structures
    • Construction Defects
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Professional Liability Claims
  • Seismic / Wind Design
  • Code Review
  • Standard of Care Analysis
  • Foundations
  • Underpinning
  • Retaining Walls
  • Tie-backs
  • Josephson-Werdowatz & Associates, Inc. Office Locations:
    • San Diego Office
      6370 Lusk Blvd., Suite F200
      San Diego, CA 92121-2753
      Telephone: 858-558-2181
      Facsimile: 858-558-2188
  • Las Vegas Office
    3753 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 200
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89169-0952
    Telephone: 702-733-6500
    Facsimile: 702-733-6555
    • Scottsdale Office
      15849 North 71st Street, Suite 100
      Scottsdale, Arizona 85254-2179
      Telephone: 480-945-5337
      Facsimile: 480-945-5499
  • Sacramento Office
    770 L Street, Suite 950
    Sacramento, California 95814-3361
    Telephone: 916-242-833
    Facsimile: 916-242-8332
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    Brian Aanestad
    Vice President
    27475 Ynez Road, #627
    Temecula CA 92591
    USA
    phone: 951-303-8309 or 951-795-6330 (Cell)
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    Brian Aanestad Underground Utilities Expert PhotoBrian H. Aanestad has over 21 years of direct experience providing underground construction for the placement of Underground Utilities and Pipelines. His companies have served in both Prime Contractor and Subcontractor capacities.

    Mr. Aanestad has worked and overseen successful projects to install pipeline and conduit for Cable TV, Fiber Optic, Gas, Electric, Water, Sewer, and Storm Drain. Other pipe and conduit installations include, Seawater Return Pipe Lines, Defrosting Pipeline, Hydro Augers, and Contaminated Soil Remediation Lines.

    Under his direction, Mr. Aanestad's companies have built and installed Fiber Optic Conduit Networks for inner-city and long haul projects. The projects utilized High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe ranging in size from 1 inch in diameter to 42 inches in diameter and installations range from one single conduit to multiple (up to 56) conduits and also include many cased conduits.

    Litigation Support Mr. Aanestad provides expert witness services to insurance companies and counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He holds a class “A” General Engineering Contractors License in the State of California and has a 30 hour Occupational Safety and Health card issued by Cal-OSHA.

    Mr. Aanestad's nation-wide services include on-site review, written reports, depositions, mediation, and trial testimony when needed. His cases have involved the following issues:
    • Installation of Underground Trenchless Public Utilities
    • Fiber Optics Installation Defect
    • General Engineering Contractor Negligence
    • Underground Utility Easements
    • Construction Delay / Change Order Issues
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    Christopher D. Dore, PhD, MBA, RPA
    PO Box 17539
    Tucson AZ 85731-7539
    USA
    phone: 415-466-2980 x707
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    Dr. Christopher D. Dore, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, provides expert witness services in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Cultural Resource / Heritage Management. His expert services focus on the investigation, damage assessment, and valuation of damage resulting from impacts to archaeological resources under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and other laws. He has trial, deposition, litigation, and consultation experience on major, controversial, high-profile cases.

    With an MBA in addition to his doctoral degree in anthropology, Dr. Dore is particularly sought after for cases involving the valuation of damage. In addition to services focused on the protection of archaeological resources, Dr. Dore also provides expert services on topics of cultural resource compliance under laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

    Dr. Dore has participated on both criminal and civil cases, including a case involving international antiquity trafficking. He has worked on case work directly and indirectly for a variety of U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, as well as for private clients. Dr. Dore has provided training in damage documentation to professional archaeologists, lectured at the University of Arizona’s College of Law, and was a co-author of the Society of American Archaeology’s Professional Standards for the Determination of Archaeological Value. In has been a speaker for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and recently published an article entitled “Digging In: An In-Depth Look at the Archaeological Resource Protection Act: The Archaeological View” in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 56.

    Dr. Dore is accomplished, credible, and well recognized in the archaeological community. He has held faculty positions at five major research universities and received research grants from sources including the National Science Foundation. Dr. Dore is the president-elect of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, archaeology's standards and credentialing organization. He also has served as the president and as a director of the American Cultural Resources Association. Additionally, he has served as the treasurer and as a director of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), is the recipient of an SAA Presidential Award, and was the inaugural editor of Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology. Dr. Dore specializes in the archaeology of the southwest United States, California, and Mexico.
    The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 6,800 members, the society represents professional, student, and avocational archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector.

    2/21/2011 · Mining
    This chapter provides an archaeological perspective on the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA).

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    Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP
    Principal Consultant
    West Lafayette IN 47906
    USA
    phone: 765-430-1981
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    Makarand Hastak Construction Engineering Expert PhotoProf. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP, is the Professor and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.

    Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 30 years providing his expertise through consulting, research, teaching, and service to the industry. He is a world renowned expert in the area of construction engineering and management including process improvement, disaster risk reduction, resilience and capacity building, infrastructure management, intelligent planning for the built environment, cost control, project management decision-making, risk management, and strategic planning. Dr. Hastak is a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP).

    Prof. Hastak has worked on numerous projects sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), NSF, State DOTs, and City Agencies. He has authored over 200 publications on process improvement, project controls, capital rehabilitation planning, strategic planning, and decision-making. He has co-authored a widely used book on Infrastructure Planning, Engineering, and Economics (McGraw-Hill 2006 and 2015). Dr. Hastak served on the Education Board of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (2004-2016). He was Editor for two AACE books, the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering (6th Ed. 2015) and the CCP Certification Study Guide (2nd Ed. 2016). He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2009-2016).

    Dr. Hastak has given over 35 keynotes and invited lectures around the world. As a prominent educator, he also engages in developing training material and workshops as well as regularly teaching professional courses for the A/E/C industry. His services include consultation, on-site investigation, data collection, assessment, and reporting.

    Dr. Hastak Lectures at the 2015 International Conference on Building Resilience

    Litigation Support - Dr. Hastak offers expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He served as an Expert Witness on two cases in 2017 and was deposed on one. His services include case reviews, written reports, depositions, arbitrations, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Engineering
    • Construction Management
    • Cost Overruns
    • Schedule Delays
    • Construction Safety
    • Modular Construction
    • Patent Infringement
  • Factory Built Construction
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Data Center Construction
  • Project Risk Management
  • Disaster Recovery / Disaster Mitigation
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Contracts & Warranties
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    Makarand Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP
    Thoroughly revised to address sustainability and the latest codes and regulations, Infrastructure Planning, Engineering and Economics, Second Edition, describes the full range of skills necessary to plan, implement, upgrade, and maintain infrastructure projects in the public sector.
    Makarand Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP
    This edition is designed as a companion workbook to the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition (S&K 6). In conjunction with S&K 6, this study guide will assist individuals in their preparation for the CCP Certification examination as well as develop the general knowledge a cost engineering professional is expected to have. This study guide offers insight into the key topics found in each chapter of S&K 6 and provides practice questions and exercises to better develop knowledge in individual areas.
    Makarand Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP
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    In many places of NYS, public water supply systems are available. If your site is situated in such a location, then the lots which will result from your contemplated subdivision will be required to draw their water supply from the municipal water system

    3/5/2009 · Construction
    As you enter into a contract to buy a piece of commercial or industrial property, you should always keep in mind that your new town and county have rules which you must abide by. With regard to the exterior areas of your premises, there are rules concerning your septic system, the maintenance of your building, the addition onto your structure, etc

    12/28/2006 · Construction
    In developing a vacant piece of land, steep slopes are often an issue. And, the more prevalent the steep slopes are on a site, the greater the likelihood that retaining walls will be part of the Approved Site Plan. Let us consider three municipalities which regulate the final allowable slopes for land which is filled, cut, or graded

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    10/12/2017 · Construction
    The forensic engineering assignment typically has a scope of work that begins with something to the effect of "determine the cause of the observed damage to the..." Often this includes an inspection and analysis to determine if the observed damage is related to a particular event. For example, an assignment might ask a forensics professional to determine if the hailstorm on June 1 caused functional hail-related damage to a roof. Or, it might ask to delineate the structural fire-related damage.

    9/14/2017 · Construction
    When a catastrophe hits, unmanned aerial systems (UASs, also called "drones") can quickly and effectively provide a bird’s-eye view of inaccessible and unsafe areas as well as major losses. Such visual access can drastically change the life of the insurance claim, making drone use a rapidly expanding data-collection method.

    8/15/2017 · Construction
    So far this year, the topic of wildfires has gained national attention across the U.S. In May, the Springs Fire in California threatened 4,000 homes and destroyed 24,250 acres. In June, the record-breaking Black Forest Fire in Colorado destroyed 14,280 acres and about 500 homes and caused an estimated $85 million in damages. The devastation from the unprecedented Rim Fire that burned in and around Yosemite National Park in August and September is still being calculated, but it already ranks as one of the worst wildfires in history.

    7/31/2017 · Failure Analysis
    According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), plumbing supply failures are the leading source of residential water losses-almost 50 percent greater than the second-leading source. Many of these are caused by broken pipes that result from water that gets trapped inside them and freezes.

    6/26/2017 · Construction
    Every spring and throughout the summer, much of the U.S. is subjected to thunderstorms that produce damaging hail. Property damage can manifest in several forms: broken windows, damaged roof top equipment, and roof damage. With a residential roof replacement starting at several thousand dollars and a commercial roof at tens of thousands, functional roof damage is probably the largest expense exposure for most buildings.

    3/2/2016 · Construction
    For the forensic investigator, damage assessments require taking a global look at the loss to determine all causes, including possible design and construction deficiencies.

    2/9/2016 · Construction
    Large losses present a unique set of challenges from the perspective of managing an expert or team of experts. For the purposes of this column, let's assume that a large loss is one that exceeds $250,000. These might include heavy civil construction, infrastructure, transportation, or a catastrophic event affecting a large building.

    2/17/2015 · Construction
    Roof collapses can be sudden, catastrophic events caused by a particular loading condition or combination of loads. Roof collapses often happen with little or no warning, making this a particularly dangerous event. When investigating a roof collapse, the obvious perpetrators are examined: how much snow was on the roof, were the drains plugged up, were the winds in excess of the design wind speed and many others. Occasionally, the roof can be doomed to collapse months or years before an event due to design or construction related deficiencies allowing for a subrogation opportunity to recover cost of repairs.

    12/9/2014 · Construction
    Often after an event like a tornado, windstorm, water surge, or fire, the damage sustained to some property structures exceeds the value of it. In these cases, an engineer might be asked to determine if the remaining foundation system is suitable for reconstruction. The motivation for this is fairly straightforward: the property may have been underinsured and saving the foundation represents an effort to reduce the reconstruction cost, or there is a desire to get the structure rebuilt as quickly as possible. In the interest of time and money, an evaluation of the suitability of the foundation for reuse can be performed. There are three main questions for the engineer to answer: Is the slab damaged by the event? Are there any other factors, such as differential foundation movement, that would prevent the slab being reutilized? Are there any code considerations that prevent the slab from being reutilized?

    8/8/2014 · Construction
    In the wake of a Hurricane the monumental task of beginning to assess the losses and respond to the thousands of claims inevitably includes a number of claims concerning the functional assessment of commercial roofing systems. The design and construction of a roof system requires input from several disciplines including thermal considerations (Mechanical), fire resistance (Architect/Municipality), equipment carrying capacity (Structural), ability to drain and/or to store water (Architect/Civil), aesthetics, and the ability to resist any number of transient loads (Structural). The assessment of the damage sustained by a roof system during a storm event is an equally broad endeavor requiring the expert to call on a number of disciplines.

    3/20/2014 · Construction
    Building envelope assessments for storm-related damage is a normal part of job for the property adjuster and forensic consultant. The assessment of storm-related damage inevitably becomes a question of whether the observed condition pre-dates the storm or is the result of sudden and recent event. In fact, the question may very well be, "Did the observed condition exist during or even before the building was constructed; is the condition the result of a construction or design related defect?"

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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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