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Kenneth J. Shorter, CSP
Certified Safety Professional
5916 Foxhall Manor Drive
Baltimore MD 21228
USA
phone: 410-564-7698
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Kenneth J. Shorter, MS, CSP, ARM, TCDS has over 30 years of experience planning and managing Construction and Demolition Safety for local, national, and international companies, including an extensive range of projects from rapid transit systems, airports, highways, hospitals, and landfills to tunnels, bridges, marine projects, and underground utility systems. He recently directed safety for the $1.3 billion expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Throughout his career, Mr. Shorter has been responsible for investigating and explaining why a wide range of complex accidents happened and how they could have been prevented. Mr. Shorter has his Masters Degree in Safety and Professional Certifications in Safety, Risk Management, and Traffic Control Design. He is a member of the ANSI A10 Committee for the Safety of Construction and Demolition Operations which produces the national consensus safety standards for the industry. His expertise extends beyond OSHA to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, ANSI, NFPA, and a wide range of other consensus standards.

A highly qualified Expert, Kenneth Shorter provides litigation support services for both Plaintiff and Defense.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Construction, Demolition, and Temporary Traffic Control
  • Tunnels, Rapid Transit Systems, Highway, Bridge, Building, Marine, and Underground Utility Construction and Demolition
  • Falls, Confined Spaces, Electrical
  • Cranes, Forklifts, Earthmoving, Paving, Trenching, Shoring, Scaffolding, Aerial Lift, Pile Driving, Marine
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Christian Plunkett
Consulting Arborist
639 Montgomery Road
Hillsborough NJ 08844
USA
phone: 908-824-0412
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Christian J. Plunkett, BCMA, is an independent Consulting Arborist with 14 years of experience in the fields of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Mr. Plunkett is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and holds a BS in Urban Forestry. He is a skilled diagnostician with extensive experience in the areas of Tree Preservation, Tree Risk Assessment, and Appraisal of Tree Value.


Mr. Plunkett has distinguished himself within his profession by earning the highly respected ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and New Jersey Certified Tree Expert credentials. He is also ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Mr. Plunkett is a member of both the International Society of Arboriculture and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.


Litigation Support - Mr. Plunkett provides expert opinion, litigation support services, and forensic investigations to attorneys, insurance adjusters, and property managers needing advice on tree valuation, tree risk assessment, tree health care, and management. He has been accepted as an expert witness in NJ Courts of Law deciding timber trespass, encroachment, and tree damage cases. Mr. Plunkett's services include site investigation, research, report writing, and testimony at deposition or trial.


Areas of Expertise:
  • Hazardous Trees / Tree Parts
  • Tree Risk Assessment
  • Appraisal of Tree Value
  • Casualty Appraisal
  • Abiotic Disorders
  • Managing Tree Health and Safety
  • Tree Preservation During Construction
  • Insect Pests of Trees
  • Tree Diseases
  • Fertility Deficiencies


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2/28/2017 · Plants & Trees
As defined in the tree care industry, a "Hazard Tree" is a tree that poses a level of risk to people or property that exceeds the risk tolerance of the property owner or manger. This means that a tree that may be considered a hazard to one property owner may not be considered to be a hazard by another property owner. Thus, "hazard tree" is a somewhat subjective concept, used when making tree risk management decisions on a particular property, and is not a description of the inherent level of risk actually posed by a particular tree. In the tree care industry the term "hazard tree" is generally reserved to describe a tree that requires immediate removal, or other mitigating actions, to reduce the level of risk posed.

11/23/2016 · Plants & Trees
There are many terms in use describing different types of tree care professionals and this can cause considerable confusion for a homeowner or property manager who requires a tree care provider. The information below will hopefully provide some clarity on the topic.

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L. Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME
31157 Lobo Vista Road
Agoura CA 91301
USA
phone: (818) 489-4400
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Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME , has provided services as a consultant and an expert witness in applied Civil and Mechanical Engineering Science, Building, Infrastructure, and Earthwork Contracting. His strength and experience is to successfully combine engineering and applied mechanics with the field experience and contracting skills.

He packages civil, mechanical engineering, as well as, general, engineering, earthwork and paving and hazardous waste contracting into one package for the use of his clients. His services also include construction job site safety in fire prevention and personnel protection.

Litigation Support - Mr. Petrovsky's shirtsleeve approach to problem solving gives him the ability to distill complex technical issues to a palatable presentation in the appropriate forum. Serving the legal industry for 25 years, he has been retained in over 600 plaintiff and defense cases, been deposed over 200 times, and given testimony approximately 100 times.

Mr. Petrovsky's services include testing and analysis, trial preparation case analysis, deposition review and expert summary, evidence presentation, consulting, report writing, court exhibits, static and computer depictions, construction and engineering contract analysis, accident reconstruction, and interpretation of administrative regulations. He has assisted counsel on cases in California, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Nevada.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design: Machine safety and guarding, Strength of materials, wood, metals, plastics
  • Materials Issues and Failure Analysis: Mechanisms, components and machinery; Pressure testing, fatigue analysis
  • Accident Investigations: Heavy equipment accidents, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators; Cranes, lifts, manipulators
  • Air conditioning and Refrigeration: Thermography services and analysis
  • Civil Engineering: Design of Buildings; Residential, industrial, commercial site plans; Land development, site preparation and paving, drilling and boring; Public and private roadways, sidewalks, ramps, parking lots, lighting; Septic systems, sewers, public sewer blockage and stoppage; Scaffolds & scaffolding erection and accidents; Retaining walls and retaining wall failure; Foundation failure / structural damage; Plumbing leaks, water intrusion, explosions; Earthquake Damage Assessment and Remediation; Construction Disputes / Insurance claims; Stucco defects and failures; Job site fire prevention industry standards
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David M. Bekus
45 Hunt Lane
Skilllman NJ 08558
USA
phone: 732-735-7444
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David M. Bekus has over 35 years in the Construction Industry specializing in home design, construction, and remodeling. Mr. Bekus has been a project manager, overseeing all aspects of construction from conception and approvals to final sales for single homes and developments.

Mr. Bekus is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a building inspector (RCS, ICS, and HHS), a licensed home remodeler, and a licensed new home builder. He is also certified in Project Management, Cost Estimating, Construction Methods, Construction Site Safety, and is a EPA Lead Safe Certified Contractor.

Litigation Support - As a seasoned expert in the construction field, Mr. Bekus adheres to building code practices and high construction standards to provide reliable advice and credible expert witness testimony. His services include project evaluations, building code inspections, and clearly and precisely written reports. Mr. Bekus' expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and has testified in NJ superior court Areas of Expertise:
  • Industry Standards
  • Building Code Compliance, Specifications
  • Contract and Plan Specifications
  • New Construction Defects
  • Roof Issues
  • Water Issues
  • Framing Defects
  • Siding Defects
  • Concrete Defects
  • Insurance Claims
  • Poor Workmanship
  • Home Owner Association Issues
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    James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE
    2909 Cole Ave
    Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75204
    USA
    phone: 214-468-8118
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    Drebelbis Engineering is an Architectural and Engineering firm specializing in Forensic Engineering. Their combined background in architecture, engineering, and business make Drebelbis Engineering uniquely qualified to address the complexities found in forensic engineering assignments.

    A Dallas-based company founded in 1996, their focus is structural, architectural and civil engineering as applied to buildings and site systems. They bring technical engineering knowledge, testimony, and remedy when construction fails to perform and when construction processes derail.

    Principal, James R. Drebelbis, AIA, PE, is an Architect and Structural Engineer with over 40 years of experience in all phases of building construction and performance, project management, and producing documents for building construction (drawings, specifications, change orders).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Drebelbis specializes in Forensic Engineering for attorneys and insurance companies. His understanding of building types and construction systems includes site construction and earth retaining structures as well as residential, commercial, manufacturing, and institutional buildings.

    Mr. Drebelbis is retained for Cause and Origin of Structural Failures and disputes about construction performance that often emphasize the obvious (leaks, cracks, collapses). His expertise is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Services include engineering investigation, documentation, testimony, and preparation of Certificates of Merit.

    Education/Licenses: - BS Arch. Engineering, MBA, Professional Engineer (Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico), Architect (Texas)

    Areas of Technical Experience and Expertise:
    • Construction Technology
    • Building Codes
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Fire, Weather, Disaster Related Damage
    • Roofing & Waterproofing Systems
    • Water and Moisture Intrusion
    • Stair Construction
    • Performance of Building Materials
    • Retaining Structures
    • Application of Building Materials
  • Selection of Building Materials
  • Structural Engineering
  • Site and Building Drainage
  • Foundation Design
  • Soil Behavior
  • Concrete Workmanship and Design
  • Contract Documents
  • Professional Ethics
  • Slip, Trip, Fall
  • Corrective Construction
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    Donald M. Searles
    10 Country Lane
    Mattoon IL 61938
    USA
    phone: 217-259-2229
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    Don Searles and his company, Dredging Specialists, has completed over 150 contract dredging projects in 22 states. They have completed 16 dredging contracts for 5 out of the 6 largest corporations in the world. Dredging Specialists designed and built six hydraulic dredges. Mr. Searles has designed, built, operated, and repaired many fluid power hydraulic systems. He has selected the rigging equipment needed, engineered, and supervised many hoisting and winching operations.

    Mr. Searles has 45 years experience repairing construction, farm, marine equipment, and winches, as well as diesel and gasoline engines, including racing engines. He has owned and operated a steel fabrication and machine shop for 36 years. Mr. Searles is an experienced welder and machinist. He does surveys of dredges and support equipment, to determine condition and value and has completed many consulting projects in the U.S. and 12 other countries.

    Expert witness: 27 Years Experience, 37 Cases, in 23 States and Canada. Testified in court 7 times, Deposed 7 times, 27 cases involved dredging, and or, dredging accidents, 14 cases involved personal injuries or death, 6 cases involved hydraulics and machinery. 2 cases involved other matters.

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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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    David AmoriDavid P. Amori, PE, RRC, Vice President of Engineering at EFI Global, is a Structural / Geotechnical Engineer and Registered Roof Consultant with more than 22 years of domestic and international experience in building and heavy civil construction and engineering. His responsibilities include the oversight of the engineering service line, product delivery, quality, training and mentoring, business development, and executive team liaison.

    Mr. Amori's background includes geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and domestic and international construction management of commercial and heavy civil projects. He has performed hundreds of forensic investigations in North and South America.

    David Amori is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham.

    Mr. Amori provides Litigation Support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been retained numerous times and is court qualified as a structural and geotechnical engineer.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Structural Assessment
    • Construction Defect Investigation
    • Foundation Evaluation
    • Structural Fire Damage Assessment
    • Roof and Building Envelope Assessments
    Representative Litigation Support
    • Pearland, TX - Design team defendant expert in a case involving the code compliance, structural integrity, and functional performance of roof of a newly constructed assisted living facility
    • San Antonio, TX - Expert investigating the performance of window systems, roof systems, and exterior wall finishes
    • Austin, TX - Expert investigating the performance of custom window systems
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    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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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    USA
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Design, Analysis, Expert, Trial, Forensic Witness
    Counties of Westchester, Rockland, Queens, Putnam
    Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Nassau, Suffolk, Bronx, Statin Island
    Richmond & Brooklyn / Kings County Long Island / NY City / Manhattan / White Plains
    Shrub Oak NY 10588
    USA
    phone: 914-245-6320
    fax: 914-245-6335
    Vincent A. Ettari, P.E., P.C. specializes in many fields of Civil, Structural, Site, Coastal, Safety & Environmental Engineering, including the Design & Analysis of:

  • Structures, Buildings, Houses, Dwellings
  • Foundations, Footings, Elevators, Retaining Walls, Dams
  • Development Plan & Plats for Sites, Properties, and Residences
  • Underground & Subsurface Chamber / Chambers
  • Scaffold, Scaffolds, Scaffolding
  • Site Plans & Subdivisions: Industrial, Commercial, Residential
  • Roads, Roadways, Ramps, Walks, & Man Hole Cover / Covers
  • Sidewalks, Walkways, Paths & Pathways
  • Lighting: Lamps, Lights, Lamp Poles, Light Levels
  • Luminaries & Illumination (Specifications)
  • Rock Cuts & Blasting (Topography, Specification)
  • Soil Slopes / Samples / Mechanics / Geotechnical Engineers
  • Sanitary Facilities, Septic Systems (Board of Health Septics Approval)
  • BOHA / DEP Approvals
  • Water, Drains, Drainage, Sewer & Sewage Lines & Mains
  • Culvert / Culverts, Manholes (Man Holes) & Catchbasins / Catch Basins
  • Inspection, Supervision, and Certification of Construction
  • House Inspector & Inspections
  • Road, Roadway, Walk & Sidewalk Premises Liability (e.g., Steep Slope)
  • Walkway, Path, Ramp & Pathway Premise Liability (e.g., Steep Grade)
  • Coefficient of Friction / Slip & Fall (Snowy & Icy Conditions)
  • Vertical Discontinuity / Discontinuities / Trip & Falls
  • Small Ports / Port, Marinas / Marina, Marine Dredging
  • Levees, Jetties, Dolphins, Piers, Sea & Flood Walls
  • Wharves, Breakwaters, Bulkheads, Weirs, & Revetments
  • Groins, Dikes and Waterfront Structures
  • Drainage Basin Analysis, Rainfall, Floods & Flood Plain / Plains
  • Flooding Controls & Control Devices
  • Storm Water Runoff (10, 25, 50 & 100 Year Storms)
  • Pressure & Pressures: Wind, Wave / Waves, Ice, Snow
  • Rain Fall Run Off & Storm Water Pollution Treatment
  • Excavation, Grading, Fills & Filling Operations (Swales, Berms, Silt Fence)
  • Erosion Control, Sediment Barriers, Sedimentation / Catch Basins (Hay Bales)
  • Pumps and Pump System Line & Main
  • Slope, Dam, Levee, Jetty, Dolphin, Pier, Wharf & Breakwater Collapse
  • Bulkhead, Weir, Revetment, Groin, Dike, Footing & Foundation Failures
  • Failure of Fire Containment Wall, Elevator or Water Front Structure
  • Tenement House Façade Collapses
  • Code History of Existing Multiple / Multi-Family Dwelling / Building
  • Application of Municipal Building, Fire & Property Maintenance Codes
  • City, Town & Village Zoning, Planning, Steep Slopes & Grades, Wetland & Wetlands Ordinances
  • Testimony at Board Meetings as a Design Forensics Engineer
  • 3/23/2009 · Engineering
    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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    Victor Lee Gallivan, P.E.
    14193 Klingensmith Blvd.
    Carmel IN 46033
    USA
    phone: 317-605-4704
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    Victor Gallivan Asphalt Pavement Expert PhotoVictor Lee Gallivan, PE has 45 years of expertise in the field of Asphalt and Pavement Engineering. He founded Gallivan Consulting, Inc. in 2015 after 42 years with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) where he was involved in multiple aspects of highway construction activities mainly related to Asphalt Materials Design and Construction.

    Background Experience - Mr. Gallivan has been instrumental in the national advancement of new technology for the Federal Highway Administration on Intelligent Compaction (IC) for Soils, Aggregate and HMA materials from 2007, and SuperPave from 2000. He is also updating the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards for recycling programs, specifications and protocols for recycled materials.

    As the lead technical manager for FHWA, Mr. Gallivan's efforts included multiple national and international programs related to Intelligent Compaction and the development of performance specifications using the technology. He has made over 50 presentations throughout the US and Internationally on Intelligent Compaction, Quality Assurance Programs, Recycling of Materials, Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements (RAP), Reclaimed Asphalt Shingles, and Reclaimed Rubber, various Slag products, as well as HMA and WMA materials. He has also authored or co-authored over 40 reports that include 30+ Peer Reviewed Research papers for various boards and associations.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Gallivan is a Subject Matter Experts in the field of Asphalt and Pavement. He provides forensic activities for states and local governments. His specific areas of expertise include:
    • Foundry Sands
    • Shingles
    • Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Pavement and Materials Technologies
    • Quality Assurance Programs
    • Recycled Materials Programs including Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements
    • Rubber and various Reclaimed Slag Products
    • In-Place Pavement Recycling Technologies including CIR, CCPR, FDR, and HIR Programs
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    Paul Gogulski, PE
    President
    346 Coston Road
    Richland, SC 28574
    All States USA
    phone: 910-548-5088
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    Paul Gogulski Construction Experts
    Gogulski & Associates, Inc. provides Construction Consulting and Forensic Engineering Services are experienced in general contracting, claims, construction litigation, and accidents. With skills developed from some of the best general contractors, developers and architect- engineers in the business, Gogulski has used his broad range of experience to resolve hundreds of cases throughout the country and overseas. Recognizing that the best way to avoid claims and achieve a successful project requires real time project monitoring, measuring and control of documentation, Mr. Gogulski is presently working with a professor at a major university and a president of an established consulting firm in the development of software to reduce risk by integrating forensic information modeling within clients project controls.

    Mr. Gogulski has testified as an Expert Witness on behalf of both Plaintiff and Defense in over 120 cases in 23 States. He is available to analyze the technical facts of a case, analyze costs and delays, review documents, prepare questions during interrogatories, preparation of reports, and assist in all other stages of litigation.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • General Contracting
    • Excavation
    • Sitework
    • Construction Defects
    • Civil Engineering
    • Safety
    • Building Code Compliance
    • Contract Dispute Resolution
  • Owner Representative
  • Quality Control
  • Engineering Oversight
  • Standards of Care
  • OSHA Safety
  • Delay and Damages Claims
  • Construction Accidents and Personal Injury
  • Architectural and Design Supervision
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    3/27/2017 · OSHA
    When you hire a painter to paint your living room, or get your neighbor to help you build a shed on your property, whether you know it or not, you have just become an owner-builder who has inherited enormous risk as a contractor.

    4/30/2014 · Construction
    Attorneys often say that if Contractors just followed the terms of their contract, they would not have so many problems with payment of Change Orders. That is easy to say, but as a practical matter, it does not work that way. While clauses in the contract require submittal of estimates and approval before proceeding, most Change Orders impose an unstated requirement for immediate implementation, thereby contradicting some of the terms stated in the same contract. Failure to proceed usually results in delay, additional costs, and sometimes puts the entire project at risk.

    7/9/2013 · Construction
    Two highly successful projects provide insight into the discipline of Urban Design which improves planning and enhances development of mega projects. This article shares Mr. Gogulski's experience with Disney's master planning organization, WED Enterprises during construction of the Contemporary Resort Hotel at Orlando, Florida, and as Development Manager for Kaiser Engineers on Boston's Southwest Corridor.

    6/17/2013 · Construction
    Yes, if you are in the construction business, you had better learn to love litigation. The trends show litigation is increasing every year, and likely to increase for the foreseeable future.

    3/27/2013 · Construction
    An interesting story that appeared in the NY Daily News states that New York City jobsite accidents are up 31 percent from 2011 to 2012 with injuries increasing 46 percent during that time too.

    2/22/2013 · Construction
    Working with attorneys, general contractors and owners throughout the world, construction expert Paul Gogulski learned the ins and outs of Vince Lombardi's famous rule: "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." It has been said that this well-known quotation regarding winning encapsulates what is purportedly wrong with competitive sports.

    12/17/2012 · Construction
    In 1999, I was working with a major electrical subcontractor on a life-safety system for the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas after winning a $3 million dollar bid on the project.

    12/18/2012
    Construction expert Paul Gogulski’s seminars in Qatar were a huge success. He was recently featured in Qatar's Construction Sites magazine this month for his seminars along with a trio of responses on his seminar.
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    Randy Gray, CHST, CSHM, OHST, BS, MS
    President
    5795 Mayfield Highway
    Benton, KY
    42025-4749
    All States USA
    phone: 270-703-8282
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    Randy Gray, CHST, CSHM, OHST, BS, MS, President and CEO of Grayhawk Safety & Health Consulting Company, is a Forensic Safety and Health Consultant and a Certified Safety & Health Manager. He has nearly 32 years of experience as an OSHA Compliance Officer Specialist with the State of Kentucky.

    Mr. Gray has extensive professional and educational experience in the Occupational Safety and Health fields. He has conducted onsite Safety & Health Audits and Investigations, including general scheduled inspections, employee complaints, referrals, follow-up, and fatal and non-fatal accidents.

    In his career, Mr. Gray has conducted a total of 1,535 inspections:
    • 813 Inspections were conducted related to the general industry 29 CFR 1910 regulations
    • 611 Inspections were conducted related to the construction industry 29 CFR 1926 regulations
    • 111 Inspections were conducted in other industries such as longshoring, maritime, agricultural, and other 29 CFR OSHA regulations
    Litigation Support - Mr. Gray provides expert witness services in defense and plaintiff litigation matters, safety and health on-site audits, customized OSHA safety and health training, OSHA 10 and 30 hour construction and general industry training, and assistance for employers who have been issued citations that they need assistance with obtaining better citation settlement agreements and working in conjunction with legal counsel with litigation assistance contesting OSHA citations.

    Mr. Gray has served clients in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. He is available on a limited basis on a National level for more complicated, challenging cases.

    Services Include:
    • Defendant and plaintiff expert witness services
    • On-Site Safety and Health Audits
    • Investigation of fatal and non-fatal accidents
    • Customized OSHA Training
    • Authorized OSHA 10 & 30 Hour for Construction and General Industry
    • Assistance with OSHA contest and informal conference procedures to obtain better settlement agreements
    • Expert testimony in OSHA contest hearings
    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Accidents
    • Industrial / Manufacturing Accidents
    • Third Party Safety, Industrial Hygiene
    • Permit Required Confined Spaces
    • Falls
    • Electrical Issues
    • Stuck-By / Caught-In Accidents
  • Construction Multi-Employer Job sites
  • Industrial / Manuf. Host Multi-Empl. Citation Sites
  • Product Failure Safety / Health Accidents
  • Personal Injury Accidents
  • OSHA Inspections
  • OSHA Citations / Regulations
  • OSHA Training
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    Michael C. Head, PE, LEED AP BD+C
    2451 Cumberland Pkwy, Suite 3338
    Atlanta GA 30339-6571
    USA
    phone: 404-909-0535
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    Michael C. Head, PE, LEED AP BD+C, has more than 35 years of Structural Engineering Analysis, Design, and Project / Construction Management experience in Saudi Arabia and the United States. His projects range from the design of new facilities and forensic investigations to renovation and retrofitting of existing structures in the GMP, Design/Bid and Design/Bid/Build delivery method.

    Mr. Head is a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 States (AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NH, SC, TN), Washington, D.C., and the United Kingdom, a registered Special Inspector in Florida and a LEED Accredited Professional.

    Mr. Head's diverse portfolio includes aircraft hangars, airline terminals, apartment complexes, arenas, central utility plants, churches, concert halls, convention centers, educational facilities, medical facilities, gymnasiums, hotels, laboratories, manufacturing plants, low and high-rise office buildings, parking decks, performing arts centers and radiation treatment plants.

    Litigation Support - Michael Head's investigation, design and construction experience make him highly qualified to engage in Forensic Structural Investigations and to assist the design, construction, and legal communities in analyzing problems and determining how to address and solve them. His expertise is called upon in the rare occasions when codes or standards are not met, structural materials are under strength, extraordinary loads are experienced on the structure, or safety methods on site prove to be inadequate.

    Mr. Head is available to assist attorneys, insurance companies, contractors, architects, engineers, owners, and developers in determining the reasons that the structural systems under-performed and, where possible, how to efficiently return the facility to fulfill its intended function.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Building Codes and Standards
    • Construction Defects
    • Construction Failure Analysis
    • Building Distress
    • Concrete
    • Structural Steel
  • Seismic Retrofit
  • Hurricane Damage
  • Foundations Issues
  • LEED
  • Blast Design
  • Parking Decks
  • Low Medium and High-rise Buildings
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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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    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
    View Brian Aanestad's Consulting Profile.
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