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Dale R. Wheeler
PE
4910 Quality Drive
Fredericksburg VA 22408
USA
phone: 703-477-5928
fax: 703-794-1744
Dale Wheeler is licensed in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering, and is certified in Basic Code Enforcement / Building Inspection by the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA). He is published on fire safety in Atrium Buildings and in Exhibition Halls.

Mr. Wheeler's Areas of Expertise include:
  • Fire Protection System Design, installation and operation:
    - Fire detection
    - Smoke detection
    - Fire alarm
    - Central Station
    - Sprinkler systems
    - Fire suppression systems
    - Smoke control
  • Fire and Smoke Barriers
  • Building Code, Life Safety Code, and Fire Code Compliance
  • Fire Hazard, Building Materials, Fire Resistance Ratings
  • Fire Cause and Origin
  • Arson
  • Means of egress, egress signage, emergency lighting
  • Forensic Fire and Fire Systems Investigation
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Daniel Rapperport
8 Wallis Court
Lexington MA 02421
USA
phone: 781-862-9001 or 339-222-2822
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Rapperport Associates, Inc., provides exceptional capability in Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science.

We have provided superior technical support for litigation since 1974, and possess an extraordinarily talented technical team with impeccable academic and industrial credentials and proven analysis capability. Our team of distinguished scientists and engineers is drawn principally from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Failure Analysis
  • Structural Design Analysis
  • Metallurgical Failures
  • Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automobiles / Trucks
  • Biomechanics / Injury Mechanism
  • Off-Road Vehicles
  • Occupant Motion
  • Aircraft
  • Animation

  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Cause and Origin
  • Electrical
  • Gases, Liquids and Dust
  • Industrial Processes
  • ........Safety
  • Machine and Industrial Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Construction Failures
  • Slips, Trips, Falls


  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Structural / Civil
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical
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    Sam Pendergrass
    President
    160 Bevan Drive
    Mooresville NC 28115
    USA
    phone: 704-663-5108
    fax: 704-662-0898
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    Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. (MTi) is a Metallurgical Engineering Service Laboratory specializing in Forensic Failure Analysis of Metallurgical Components. We also offer testing, analysis, and consulting services. By performing a comprehensive failure analysis, the root causes of failures are identified, metallurgical problems are solved and recommendations are made to prevent future reoccurrences. MTi uses the most advanced analytical equipment and techniques. Test results are interpreted and recommendations are made by licensed professional engineers registered in the discipline of metallurgical engineering.

    Our consultants are experts in their field. An in-depth report of our findings approved by an expert metallurgical engineer typically includes: interpretation of test data, conclusions, opinions, and recommendations to improve performance or prevent future problems. MTi has the experience and ability to provide technical support and expert consulting on Metallurgical Engineering Issues and Cause of Failure in Litigation and Insurance Claims. Our metallurgical engineers have provided expert witness services in litigation regarding metallurgical engineering and failure analysis.

    Services Offered:
  • Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Investigation
  • Spectrometry / Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Metallography
  • Defect Investigation
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Chemical Analysis
  • NDT (Non-destructive Testing)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Weld Engineering
  • Miscellaneous Testing /
  • A cracked XXXXX polymer filament die plate was received for analysis to determine the cause of cracking. Results indicate the die plate cracked as a result of a brittle nitrided case and an insufficient cross-sectional area of the narrow ligament between the cap screw hole and the heater cartridge hole on the inlet face.

    6/14/2013 · Metallurgy
    Two cores from a marine diesel engine oil cooler were received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure via leaking. Results indicate that the cooler core failed due to pitting corrosion initiated on the interior (oil side) at the edge of the fins.

    4/19/2013 · Failure Analysis
    The information contained in this report is confidential property of our client and is intended solely for the use of the named recipient(s).

    3/11/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A fractured input shaft used in NASCAR racing was received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure. Results indicate the shaft fractured due to fatigue progression from an intergranular stress crack, initiated at a dot peen identification marking on the shaft.

    1/16/2013 · Failure Analysis
    A cracked nozzle sleeve stub from XXXX Vessel of the proprietary vaporizer system was analyzed to determine the cause of cracking.

    11/7/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Two blade samples of a cracked ******************* centrifugal blower impeller blade was submitted for metallurgical analysis of the cracks. The cracks in the submitted blade samples were found to have initiated at corrosion pits on the leading edge of the blades.

    8/28/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Two aluminized heater tubes were received for analysis to investigate the cause of failure. Unused tube material also was supplied for comparison. Results indicate that the tubes failed via hot oxidation corrosion at extreme temperatures.

    6/22/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. examined a failed superheater tube from XXXXXX X XXX Boiler #7. The ASME SA-213 Grade T11 tube had been in service for 6 to 8 years until failure. The mode of failure was short-term stress rupture due to significant overheating.

    4/17/2012 · Metallurgy
    The four seized bearings submitted for metallurgical analysis were determined to have suffered deterioration of their grease to the point that it was inhibiting motion rather than enabling. The grease had turned to a thick (viscous) black sludge that was full of particulate. Electrical pitting was found in the seized bearings, especially the inner races. Signs of axial (thrust) loads were noted, mainly in the outer raceways. Larger arc strike regions were found on the balls.

    3/13/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A cracked 316Ti stainless steel preheater tube was analyzed to determine the failure mechanism. A second non-cracked tube section from a different elevation was also analyzed to determine the condition of the tube material.

    9/1/2011 · Metallurgy
    A welded left front spindle/steering arm assembly that had fractured at the fillet weld joint between the steering arm and inner brake boss was received for analysis to determine the mode of failure.

    6/6/2011 · Metallurgy
    Several concentrating still condenser tubes exhibiting pitting were received to determine the cause of pitting. Results indicate the tubes pitted initially from the inner diameter (ID) surface due to microbiological corrosion (MIC). MIC pitting initiated preferentially at the tube seam weld. Additional ID surface pits and significant pit enlargement of MIC pits due to chloride pitting were also observed. The chlorine is likely remains from the hydrochloric cleaning process

    5/4/2011 · Corrosion
    Corrosion is a phenomenon leading to exorbitant losses of materials, energy, and money by causing degradation of products, materials of construction, equipment, and necessitating increased maintenance.

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    James D. Madden, PE
    Senior Forensic Engineer
    8803 Brecksville Road,Suite 7-216
    Cleveland, OH 44141
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    ALL STATES
    USA
    phone: 440-838-1191
    fax: 440-838-1192
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    Regularly working in OH, PA, MI, NY & nearby states.
    Available Nationwide

    James D. Madden PE has over 40 years of experience as an Engineer including 17 years of Engineering Design, Industrial Operations, and Construction assistance, and 30 years of Forensic Engineering experience. Mr. Madden's background includes the application of mechanical and chemical engineering research, industrial operations, equipment design, and facilities design with emphasis on Safety Analysis, Safety Design, and Safety Operations.

    Mr. Madden's Forensic Experience has been based on principles of mechanical and chemical engineering and the principles of:
    • Human Factors
    • Safety Design
    • Safeguarding, including Machine Guards
    • Warnings
    • Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices
    Accidents Investigated Include:
    • Commercial / Industrial Equipment and Consumer Products
    • Chemicals, Gases, and Materials
    • Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
    • Hazardous Combustion, including Furnace & HVAC Malfunction with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    • Industrial, Commercial, and Construction Operations and Facilities
    • Building and Property safety - Slips, Trips, Falls
    • Traffic Accidents including Roadway Design and Condition
    James Madden has prepared over 600 written reports and prepared over 60 affidavits in place of written reports in response to motions. He has provided testimony in over 90 discovery depositions and has testified in over 75 trials in local, state, and federal courts in several states. Mr. Madden's services include consultation, on-site investigation and data collection, and preliminary evaluation. He also provides calculations, testing, research, accident analysis, equipment and facilities analysis, accident reconstruction, and verbal and written reports. Mr. Madden's expert witness services are available for depositions, arbitrations, and trials.
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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    Founder
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    USA
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
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    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 30 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    Vehicles
    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    Agriculture
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    Construction
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Engineering Professor at the University of Michigan and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 30 years of experience as an engineering expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, COF testing, recreational vehicle safety (boats, ATVs and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, ANSI, ASTM, UL, CPSC).


    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
    Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
    Mark R. Lehto & James M. Miller
    James M. Miller, Mark R. Lehto & J. Paul Frantz
    James M. Miller, Mark R. Lehto
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    Daniel Bak, PhD, PE, FSE
    Contact Rush Porter, Director of Business Development
    8330 Juniper Creek Lane
    San Diego CA 92126
    USA
    phone: 858-587-2874
    fax: 858-587-6749
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    Daniel Bak Fire Protection Engineering Expert PhotoDaniel N. Bak, PhD., PE, FSE, is a licensed professional Fire Protection Engineer. He has over 35 years of experience in forensic engineering; specializing in fire losses, fire protection, fire life safety, fire risk assessment and code analysis. Daniel has performed fire and life safety consulting for facilities both in the US and abroad. He also has taught undergraduate courses in fire and life safety engineering. Daniel is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

    Dr. Bak joined Ivey Engineering in 2016. His responsibilities include specifying and forensically analyzing fire protection and life safety provisions for various types of projects. He performs inspections, testing, building system analysis, computerized fire simulation and code analysis. Daniel also provides technical assistance to clients, writes reports and testifies in depositions, hearings and trials.

    PROJECT EXPERIENCE (partial listing)
    • Rapid Transit System of Singapore, SIngapore
    • Fire Station, Unites States Navy, Guam
    • III Marine Expedition Force Headquarters, Finegayan Naval Station, Guam
    • San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, San Ysidro, California
    • March Air Force Base, March, California
    • 100 Arthur Street, North Sydney, Australia
    • Council Chambers. 174 Phillip Street, Sydney Australia
    • New South Wales Archive Repository, Kingwoods, Australia
    • Allianz Training Center, 12th Level of 2 Market Street, Sydney, Australia
    • Arboretum Gateway Building, Santa Monica, California
    • Westminster Shopping Mall, Westminster, California
    • South Coast Plaza Shopping Mall, Costa Mesa, California
    • Messeturn Tower, Frankfurt, Germany
    • The Merchandise Mark, Chicago, Illinois
    • Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois
    • Culver City Ice Arena, Culver City, California
    • Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, Illinois
    • Skolnick Toys Company, Des Plaines, Illinois
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Culver City, California
    • Mission Viejo Shopping Mall Renovation, Mission Viejo, California
    • Santa Anita Shopping Mall, Santa Ana, California
    • Westminster Police Department, Westminster, California
    • Adjunct Asso
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    Meyer R. Rosen, President
    CPC, CCHE, CFEI, DABFET, FAIC
    Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (Advanced Training)
    Certified Professional Chemist & Chemical Engineer
    P.O. Box 66
    East Norwich NY
    USA
    phone: 516-922-2167
    fax: 516-922-3830
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    Meyer R. Rosen, CPC, CChE, CFEI, FRSC, FAIC, President of Interactive Consulting, Inc., serves as an expert witness and consultant in Federal and State Courts for plaintiff/defense attorneys and insurance companies in personal injury, products liability, and intellectual property matters. He has over 35 years of industrial and academic experience in chemistry and chemical engineering. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to fires, explosions, hazardous chemicals, chemical fires, toxic exposure, chemical burns from household, industrial and medical chemicals, and hair relaxers. Mr. Rosen is also experienced in identifying safer alternatives, technical aspects of warnings, instruction & labels, OSHA regulations, and Codes & Standards.

    Mr. Rosen is nationally certified as both a Professional Chemist, Forensic Chemist and Chemical Engineer. He has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Specialty Chemical and Allied industries, 15 years in Academia as Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Fire Chemistry, and over twenty years as Founder and President of Interactive Consulting, Inc. He is a recognized Expert in the Technical Marketing of Specialty Chemicals, their formulations, and applications. Meyer currently serves as an Advisor to the Executive Director of the National Society of Cosmetic Chemists.

    Mr. Rosen is a member of several ASTM standards-making committees and serves as a referee for peer reviewed technical journals. He is a former organizer/moderator of the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society’s Surface and Interfacial Science Symposia, Designer and Manager of HBA Global's International Safety and Regulatory Symposia, Chief Scientific Advisor Emeritus for United Business Media’s Global's Personal Care and Cosmetic Technical Conferences. He currently serves as Editor (North and Latin America ) for EuroCosmetics magazine (Germany).

    Patents & Publications: Mr. Rosen holds over 20 U.S. patents, has authored four books, edited a 1,000 page book "Delivery System Handbook for Personal Care and Cosmetic Products: Technology, Applications and Formulations," is co-author of the "Rheology Modifier Handbook," Series Editor of Elsevier’s Personal Care and Cosmetic Series, and written over 40 peer reviewed articles for technical publications. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming 9th Ed. Of “Harry’s Cosmetology” www.harryscosmeticology.com.

    Technology Expertise (Intellectual Property): Mr. Rosen provides consultation and litigation support in patent infringement, trade secret issues and licensing matters. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
    • Organosilicones: Surfactants, Emulsions, Foams, Antifoams, Silane Coupling Agents
    • Water Soluble Polymers, Poly(ethylene oxide), Polyethylene Glycol, and Poly(acrylamide)
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry: Stability of Dispersions, Wetting & Spreading Phenomena, Suspensions & Emulsions, Clays, Paint & Coatings, Personal Care, Cosmetics
    • Flocculating and Coagulating Agents
    • Applied Rheology, Rheology Modification of Aqueous & Non-Aqueous Media
    Certifications:
    • Chartered Chemist and Fellow: Royal Society of Chemistry - London
    • Fellow: American College of Forensic Examiners
    • Fellow: American Institute of Chemists
    • Diplomate: American Board of Forensic Examiners
    • Diplomate: American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology
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    10/9/2012 · Chemical Industry
    The skin is a miraculous organ and the cosmetic & personal care industry continues to make improvements on how to maintain the health and beauty of this organ, the largest in the body. Much of the radiant youthful glow on the skin is often achieved through the delivery of advanced, active skin care products.

    9/12/2012 · Chemical Industry
    The intimate, uniform and lump-free mixing of a formulation containing two or more fluid components, one being lipophilic and the other hydrophilic, with or without the addition of powdered solids, to form a stable emulsion is a complex process.

    Meyer R. Rosen
    This is the first single-volume handbook with the information a researcher needs to select the best rheology modifiers for his/her project. Information on 20 different types of rheology modifiers manufactured by 26 companies worldwide is described. These range from Acrylic Polymers to Xanthan Gum. This handbook was written because, in the authors' experience, the selection of a rheology modifier for specific applications is an arduous task.
    Meyer R. Rosen
    Novel delivery systems designed to facilitate the use of fountain of youth and other functional actives is an idea whose time has come...This must have book has been carefully designed for training, development and synergistic technology transfer across the personal care, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
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    Robert J. Schaal
    Fire Investigation Consultant
    Mandeville LA 70471
    USA
    phone: 504-329-0438
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    Robert Schaal Fire Investigation Expert PhotoRobert J. Schaal is a consultant and forensic investigator with Gulf Coast Fire Investigation, Research, and Education. He is certified as a Fire Investigator and Instructor through the International Association of Arson Investigators.

    Mr. Schaal retired as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after a 27 year career and was certified as a Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator. He has attended numerous fire investigation training and education seminars and has coordinated and participated as an instructor for numerous training programs, both inside the United States and internationally.

    Mr. Schaal has been actively involved in the Louisiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators previously serving on the Board of Directors and advancing to the position of Chapter President. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators for 11 years, including service as President during the 2009/2010. He continues to serve on the steering committee of the IAAI distance learning initiative CFITrainer.net and has served as a program development advisor, contributor of support materials, and a presenter. Mr. Schaal has authored a paper distributed on CFITrainer.net entitled "A Users Guide for the CFI Calculator and Fire Dynamics Equations."

    Gulf Coast Fire Investigation - Featuring Fire Professionals incuding Robert Schaal

    Services Include:
    • Litigation Support and case consultation for attorneys and trial teams involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. His services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant
    • Origin and Cause Determinations of Fire and Explosion Events including scene examinations; scene documentation; evidence collection, testing and examination; and preparation of report of findings
    • Case Management of significant fire and explosion losses including on scene management of experts and support staff including coordination and logistics of all investigations and examinations. Includes the preparation, coordination, and documentation of joint investigation protocols, scene safety assessments, scene examinations, evidence collection, and joint examinations
    • Technical Review of forensic fire investigation reports to ensure compliance with accepted principles and practices utilized within the industry
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD
    Forensic Chemist
    27 Willow Pkwy
    New Windsor NY 12553
    USA
    phone: 845-742-6967
    fax: 845-561-9291
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD, is a Forensic Chemist with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Macri provides investigations, technical, and scientific analyses and serve as an expert witness in the areas of:
    • Chemical Identification / Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Chemical Reactions and Products
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Accidents resulting from Incompatible / Unstable Chemical Mixtures
    • Chemical Overexposure Risks and Assessments
    • Safe Chemical Exposure Limits
    • Safe Use, Handling, and Storage of Flammable and Corrosive Materials and Chemicals
    • Consumer Product Liability
    • Consumer Products Design Defects
    • Investigations of Unsafe Chemical Products
    Litigation Support - Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. His services include expert reports, rebuttal reports, affidavits, and supporting documents. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Chemical Accidents Resulting from Incompatible chemical mixtures
    • Chemical Identification of Unknown Substances Causing Slip and Fall Accidents
    • Sampling, Testing, and Chemical Investigations
    • Industrial Chemical Applications
    • Environmental Regulations, Air & Water Emissions, Pollution Control
    • Chemical reactions, precious metal recovery processes
    • Chemical Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Soil, Wastewater, and Groundwater Contamination
    • Chemical Plant Production and Operation
    • Chemical Forensic Investigations
    • Design defects & chemical accidents resulting from consumer products
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    Capt. Walter P. Godfrey, Jr.
    Senior Fire & Explosion Expert
    P.O. Drawer 307
    Cape Canaveral FL 32920
    USA
    phone: 321-868-7890
    fax: 321-868-0132
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    Captain Walter P. Godfrey, Jr. Is the founder and president of Fire Reconstruction Consultants, Inc. He has over 30 years of Fire & Explosion experience in Marine and over 40 years of Investigative experience with Structures, Vessels, Vehicles, and much more. Capt. Godfrey has investigated and testified in numerous fire cases involving multi-million dollar losses. In addition, he has been the lead investigator on more than 1,500 vessel fire investigations and lead investigator in over 2000 vehicle / structure cases.

    He is a Nationally Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a Nationally Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a National Board Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist and a U.S. Coastguard 100-ton master licensed Captain.

    Capt. Godfrey shares his knowledge and expertise by teaching seminars on structure fires and surface and sub surface vessel fires for insurance underwriters, claims personnel, attorneys, and investigative arms of various government agencies as well as civic and professional groups.

    Services include:
  • Commercial & Residential Structures and Vehicles - Origin & Cause Investigations
  • Failure Analysis and Forensic Specialization: Electrical, Metallurgical, Fire Protection, Mechanical, Structural, Chemical Testing
  • Marine & Security: Underwater Investigative Services, Underwater Training, Planning, Implementation & Management for Security
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    Jim Hunter, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI
    7490 Bridgewater Road
    Dayton OH 45424
    USA
    phone: 937-237-4000
    fax: 937-237-4022
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    Fire and Explosion Consultants, LLC is a privately owned and operated Forensic Fire Investigation Company providing fire and explosion consulting services including origin and cause investigations, forensic and electrical engineering services, evidence storage services, litigation support and consultations. FEC is licensed in eight states throughout the Midwest. FEC offers twelve Certified Fire Investigators, two Certified Evidence Collection Technicians, one Professional Engineer, and three full-time office staff. FEC’s office provides a climate-controlled warehouse and laboratory for evidence storage and analysis. Our experts and office staff are available 24 hours a day to assist you. The Truth is Within the Ashes!

    Jim Hunter, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI has attended more than 100 fire investigation courses, including those from federal agencies, across the United States. He has studied Firefighting, Fraud Fire Investigations, Origin and Cause Investigations, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Post Blast Investigations, Vehicle Fire Investigations, and courtroom testimony. He has testified as an expert witness on origin and cause investigations in Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, Grand Jury, Preliminary Hearings, Juvenile Court, and Depositions in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. These proceedings involve both criminal and civil trials.

    Scott Bennett, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CFII, CVFI has traveled around the United States to attend fire investigation courses in these areas: field of Origin and Cause Investigation, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Explosive Devices, Post Blast Investigations, and courtroom testimony. Scott retired from the Dayton Fire Department where he was assigned to the Regional Fire Investigation Unit as a Senior Fire Investigator. In the courtroom, Scott has testified as an expert in Federal Court, Common Pleas Court, and Municipal Court in multiple states. His testimonial experience includes depositions, grand jury appearances, preliminary hearings, and juvenile court proceedings, during both criminal and civil trials.

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    Robert Malanga, P.E.
    President
    9 Flintlock Drive, Suite 100
    Long Valley, NJ 07853
    NJ, NY, PA, MA, CT, DE, RI, ME, NH, VT
    USA
    phone: 908-876-3255
    fax: 908-876-4299
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    Fire & Risk Engineering provides Fire Protection and Risk Management solutions for projects involving industrial, commercial, institutional, mercantile, transportation, educational, residential, and complex public facilities. They apply scientific laws to fire analyses in order to form a solid foundation for indisputable arguments. In addition, Fire & Risk Engineering provides the experience to identify, interpret and explain the relevant codes, standards, regulations and industry practice that affect the determination of responsibility.

    Robert Malanga, P.E., holds degrees in Fire Protection Engineering as well as in Technology Management and the Electrical/Electronic field. For over 28 years, Mr. Malanga has dedicated his career and avocations to Fire Protection, Life Safety and Risk Management. As a result, he is experienced in analyzing the development and spread of Fires and Explosions as well as evaluating the design and performance of fire protection systems. He has provided expert testimony on the subjects of fire and explosion phenomena; cause and origin; fire behavior, spread and development; design, adequacy and performance of public/private fire protection systems; fire prevention; fire protection and building codes; fire resistant construction and fire safe building design.

    Services Include:
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Protection Systems Evaluation
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Risk Management Consulting
  • Master Planning Program Development
  • Life Safety and Building Code Consulting
  • Risk Assessment and Fire Defense Evaluations
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    John E. Batey
    35 Fawn Rd.
    Easton CT 06612
    USA
    phone: 203-459-0353
    fax: 203-459-0282
    John Batey is a Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience related to Combustion Equipment Design, Testing and Performance Evaluation. He started and headed the combustion equipment research and development program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This program focused on testing and evaluating residential and commercial oil and gas heating equipment.

    As a consulting engineer, he completed many successful projects related to residential, commercial and industrial burner operation, adjustment, and efficiency improvement. He has supplied consulting services to many law firms, insurance companies, oilheat marketers and associations, oil and gas equipment manufacturers. He has served as Technical Director of the Oilheat Manufacturers Association (OMA) for the past ten years.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Carbon Monoxide injuries and deaths from oil and gas combustion equipment
  • Smoke and Soot Damage from Oil and Propane Equipment
  • Fuel Oil Leaks
  • Fires Related to Heating Equipment
  • Burn Injuries from Combustion Heating Equipment
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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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    Metts HardyE. Metts Hardy, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CHMT has more than 36 years of experience conducting fire service and insurance-related investigations, specializing in Fires and Explosions in Residential and Commercial Properties, Vehicles etc.

    He is the Practice Leader of the Fire Investigation Division within EFI Global. He assisted in the development of the company's standardized Fire FACS reporting system and makes regular updates to enhance performance and quality.

    Mr. Hardy has conducted in excess of 3,000 fire origin and cause investigations. He has attended and instructed numerous seminars and continuing education programs related to fire investigation and NFPA 921 for the public and private sector.

    Mr. Hardy provides expert witness testimony in state and federal courts in origin and causes of fires and explosions in Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. He services are available to insurance companies and attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Incendiarism
    • Liability
    • Origin and Cause
    • Subrogation
    • Failure Analysis
    Selected Project Experience:
    • Fire Investigation (TN) - Origin and cause investigation, four story nursing home, multiple fatalities. Investigation included fire dynamics and fire spread, and failure analysis to determine the fire cause
    • Personal Injury Defense (TN) - origin and cause investigation into a gas leak and ensuing fire that critically burned a construction worker. Investigation determined that incident was result of negligence of individual filing suit
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, #304063
    • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI, # 04-112034, 2011
    • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI, #3808-544, 1992
    • Certified Fire Causation Instructor, Tennessee State Fire School, 1991
    • Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, Georgia Institute of Technology, #1000, 1992
    • Licensed Private Investigator, Tennessee, #0000086, South Carolina,#PCD1513; Georgia, #04198
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    What does the insurer do once the fire is out? Normally, the property loss notice is submitted by the insured as soon as possible to begin the adjustment process, collect for damages, and get life back in order. The insurer takes this information and relates it to the adjuster, who then investigates and settles the claim. In fire losses, many times the adjuster will seek the services of a fire investigator or other expert to assist in determining the cause of loss so he or she can make an informed decision as to how to proceed with adjusting the claim. But the expert assigned to a certain loss can make all the difference in the world in how a claim is settled and whether there is an avenue for recovery of insurance funds or protection in potential liability claims.

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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
    View EFI Global's Consulting Profile.
    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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