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William J. Pyznar, Andrew A. Amorosi & Anthony Volpe
Principals
682 Highway 202/206
Bridgewater NJ 08807
USA
phone: 908-595-0050
fax: 908-595-0012
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The Falcon Group consists of Forensic Architects and Forensic Engineers who consult on construction claims. We provide claims consulting for: Construction Defects, Architectural Standard of Care, Delay, Errors and Omissions (E&O), Building Codes, Specifications and costs.

The Falcon group has Professional Engineers, Registered Architects, Roofing Experts, Stucco Experts, EIFS Experts, and Building Envelope Experts. We perform dispute resolution and prepare expert reports for a wide range of construction issues with a current claim total of over $50,000,000.

Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
  • Developer Transition
  • Expert Witness/Professional Testimony
  • Material Defect Claims
  • Construction Defect Reports and Claims
  • Construction Litigation Support and Documentation
  • Education
  • Municipalities
  • Banks
  • Commercial Property Managers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Attorneys
  • Private Property Owners
  • Professional Services Provided Include:
    • Design Plans and Specifications
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Litigation Support
    • Construction
    • Administration and Inspection
    • Specialty Services for Community Associations
  • Land Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Construction and Material Testing
  • Architectural Services
  • Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Reports
  • Litigation Support - Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
    • Developer Transition
    • Construction Defect Reports and Claims
    • Material Defect Claims
    • Expert Witness/Professional Testimony
    • Construction Litigation Support and Documentation
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    11/4/2015 · Construction
    As discussed in my first window article titled "The View Of Your Windows Is Not Always The Same", there is great variation in the suitability of a window for a particular application. In all cases, there is a very specific need for proper detailing and attention to detail with respect to integration of the window with the building envelope and proper detailing during installation. This sequel to my first window article focuses on quality control measures for installation once your window has been selected and specified.

    10/14/2015 · Construction
    In March 2013 a catastrophic sinkhole collapse swallowed a central Florida bedroom killing the occupant without notice. The home was a total loss and the event made national news making many property managers keenly aware of the costs and dangers of sinkholes. Residents of the Northeast are not immune from these occurrences. Understanding possible causes and remedies should help with decision making at all levels of property management and ownership.

    9/1/2015 · Construction
    Community associations, building owners, engineers, contractors and property managers deal with the constant battle of keeping water out of the building envelope, but sometimes the water that causes stains, mold and decay actually originates from within the building envelope. The cold temperatures of the winter months combined with specific interior conditions will result in excessive condensation. The condensation may be in the attic, basement and crawl spaces or inside wall cavities. Deficiencies in the original construction or recent reconstruction of exterior wall cavities, basements, crawl spaces and/or roofs /attics can exacerbate the conditions resulting in excessive condensation conditions and potential for damage and mold development. Sometimes, the conditions may be seen but many times the condition and subsequent damages may be hidden from view and worsen with each passing winter season, escalating repair costs.

    7/22/2015 · Construction
    "Where were YOU when the lights went out?" was a famous slogan from the 1965 Northeast Blackout, but a better slogan in light of the more recent Superstorm Sandy Blackout of 2012 might be "How did YOUR building perform when the lights went out?"

    6/16/2015 · Construction
    We have been responding to homeowner's complaints of sagging ceilings in the living space of townhomes which were built in the 1980's. Beginning in 2010 and continuing through today, Falcon Engineering has observed the condition of ceilings in over 30 homes in a Lincoln Park, NJ townhome community of close to 400 homes. Our findings are that upwards of 80% of the homes investigated have deflection which exceeds design criteria and are in need of repair. Repairs are relatively simple, but costly to the Homeowners Association having responsibility for the structural components of these buildings. Because of the need for financial planning, Associations want to understand the factors which influence the failures of these aging structures. For the purposes of this discussion, we are talking about failures which occur due to mysterious origin, rather than catastrophic failures of excessive wind or snow loads, or abuse from excessive loads that the trusses were not designed to accommodate (such as water beds or heavy stone finishing materials).

    5/15/2015 · Waterproofing
    It's that time of year again. That snow that is pretty for some is scary for others. You have experienced, read or heard about ice damming. You are familiar with the damage the phenomena can cause. Perhaps your Association has even spent several hundred thousand or even over a million dollars on roofing improvements and/or replacements within the last few years. Why do we have leaks from ice damming? Was the roof replacement performed correctly or designed correctly? The answer is simple, with a properly designed and installed roof system, the possibility of damage resulting from ice damming should be significantly reduced.

    4/16/2015 · Construction
    Manufactured stone is a very popular product for both the interior and exterior of homes and buildings. There are many manufacturers of this type of cladding system, Cultured Stone® and Coronado Stone® among the most recognized names. A man-made stone manufactured primarily for decorative purposes, these systems are typically comprised of cement, natural aggregates and iron pigments. In order to give manufactured stone a realistic appearance and shape it is often created by using molds of actual real natural stones. Like many building materials, the use of manufactured stone has both advantages and disadvantages, and installation is vital to its long term success.

    6/25/2014 · Construction
    A condominium development located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration and severe cracking in the concrete foundation walls and floors in the garages. In support of the Association's overall litigation approach, Falcon performed concrete crack mapping, concrete petrographic analysis, and overall concrete evaluation.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    A New York City building underwent litigation pertaining to the construction of an addition to the existing structure and resultant structural support system depriving tenants of proper light and air through their existing windows. Falcon performed a light and air study on the effect of both the addition and the structural support system on lighting and air flow in defense of the claim.

    4/16/2014 · Construction
    A condominium building located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration into various locations around roofs, curtain wall systems, and balcony access points. The Condominium Association engaged Falcon to investigate these issues in support of their dispute resolution with the Developer

    4/20/2011 · Construction
    As your community or building ages, it will require an increasing amount of maintenance and large scale replacement or improvement projects will become necessary.

    4/25/2007 · Construction
    Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) include a group of exterior cladding systems that was introduced from Europe to the United States approximately 30 years ago. EIFS was first used in Europe after World War II to reclad many bombed and damaged buildings

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    Meherwan P. Boyce
    Ph.D., P.E., CEng, Fellow ASME (US), IDGTE (UK)
    2121 Kirby Drive, 28N
    Houston TX 77019
    USA
    phone: 713-807-0888
    fax: 713-807-0088
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    Meherwan P. BoyceDr. Meherwan P. Boyce, Ph.D., P.E., CEng, Fellow ASME (US), IDGTE (UK), IMechE (UK), NAFE (US); has 50 years of experience in the field of TurboMachinery in both industry and academia. His industrial experience covers 20 years as Chairman and CEO of Boyce Engineering International, and five years as a designer of Compressors and Turbines for Gas Turbines for Various Gas Turbine Manufacturers. He is committed to providing leading edge technologies, in areas of infrastructure projects and specialized Engineering skills, in energy, Turbomachinery, corrosion, and environment related areas.
    Areas of Expertise:
    • Aerodynamics
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Bio-Engineering
    • Cogeneration
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • TurboMachinery
    • Heavy Fuels Combustion
    • Performance Evaluation of Combined Cycle Power Plants
    Forensic Engineering and Expert Witness Testimony:
    • Combustion Turbines
    • Steam Turbines
    • Compressors
    Meherwan P. Boyce, PhD, PE
    This comprehensive Handbook has been fully updated and expanded for the second edition. It covers all major aspects of power plant design, operation, and maintenance. It includes not only an updating of the technology, which has taken great leaps forward in the last decade, but also introduces new subjects such as Carbon Sequestration Technology, Chemical Treatment of Water used in Combined Cycle Power Plants, and extended treatments on Steam Turbines and Heat Recovery Steam Generators. This is an extensive treatise with 145 figures and photographs illustrating the many problems associated with Combined Cycle Power Plants and some of the solutions that have enabled plants to achieved higher efficiencies and reliability.
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    David Tawfik
    Principal Engineer
    P.O. Box 9095
    Bundall Queensland 4217
    AUS
    phone: 61-0-41225 5112
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    Dr. David Tawfik is a chartered professional engineer and has been engaged by major project alliances, legal firms, contractors and asset owners to provide impartial advice and undertake expert investigations concerning the Procurement, Fabrication and Performance of Construction Materials used in transportation infrastructure, rail, water, mining, maritime and energy sectors.

    Dr. Tafik's technical competence includes welding and joining, metallurgy, forensic engineering, thermal-mechanical analysis, corrosion analysis, non-destructive testing and condition monitoring.

    Dr. Tawfik has presented and published technical papers at international conferences, congress, forums and peer reviewed journals respectively.

    Expert and Consulting Services Include:
  • Expert Technical Advisory
  • Supervision and Approval of Fabrication Programs
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Third Party Reviews, Audits and Certification
  • Troubleshooting
  • Project Management
  • Technical Due Diligence
  • Incident Response
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    Tau Max Engineering
    William H. Pultar, BSME - ACTAR
    27 Hillcrest Rd.
    Dracut MA 01826
    USA
    phone: 978-957-5559
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    William Pultar Human Factors Expert PhotoWilliam H. Pultar, BSME, ACTAR, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Factors and Accident Reconstruction.

    Background Experience - Employed by the Massachusetts State Police for several decades, Mr. Pultar's duties have included the investigation of line of duty injuries, citizen complaints, cruiser crashes, and the use of force incidents. As Section Supervisor for the Northeast Team of the C.A.R.S. unit, he was responsible for the training of the Northeast Team members in newer aspects of total station technology and was consulted numerous times on the kinematics of motor vehicle crashes by the Essex, Middlesex, and Hampshire District Attorney’s Offices.

    Promoted to Lieutenant in 2010, Mr. Pultar was responsible and accountable for the supervision of A Troop personnel and the oversight of a geographical area that covers the northeast corner of Massachusetts and, as SCO, was put in charge of large high risk NIMS and crime related incidents such as the 2012 Beverly homicide and the Boston Bombing incidents.

    Litigation Support - While employed by the Massachusetts State Police, Mr. Pultar testified numerous times in Federal District, Massachusetts Superior, and District Courts as an expert in the kinematics, kinetics of motor vehicle crashes, and human factors involving crashes, and as an expert in the electronic imaging of Crash Data Recorders. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise - William Pultar's expertise is in the Extraction of Electronic Data from Commercial Vehicle Engine Control Modules (CVEDM), motor vehicle crash data (CDR), restrain control module (RCM) and engine control modules (ECM) for all “supported vehicles. He currently has the only privately owned Hyundai and Kia download kits in New England. All of these modules are commonly referred to as vehicle “black boxes,” although they are NOT black boxes.

    Mr. Pultar also specialized equipment to measure Luminance (NOT illumination), electronic survey crash scene, and measure acoustical data (sound energy), such as backup alarms, sirens, etc.

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    Steven Kushnick
    Principal Engineer
    P.O. Box 670084
    Marietta GA 30066
    USA
    phone: 770-591-1720
    fax: 770-591-7996
    Mechanical Engineer - Turbomachinery Expert. Gas turbine engines, steam turbines, jet engines, compressors, pumps, expanders, generators, cogeneration, combustion equipment, diesel engines, and reciprocating compressors. Failure analysis, stress analysis, mechanical design, design analysis, troubleshooting, performance analysis, durability assessment. Access to metallurgical laboratory. Experienced Expert witness.

    Please see our Service List at www.sbkushnick.com/servicelist.pdf for a concise description.
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    Michael D. Haughey, PE, HBDP, CEM, LEED AP
    Principal
    5556 West 75th Drive
    Westminster CO 80003
    USA
    phone: 303-650-1080
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    Michael D. Haughey, PE, HBDP, CEM, LEED AP is a Mechanical Engineer since 1974 with experience in Mechanical Systems Design, Analysis, Consulting, Energy Studies, Energy Audits, and Sustainability Consulting. His experience includes design of HVAC, fire protection, plumbing, and energy management systems for a wide array of facilities, including institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential.

    Mr. Haughey's litigation support services are available to expert witness specialists, attorneys, insurance companies, defendant companies, and claimants and include independent testimony at depositions or trial, witness of observations, analyses, and expert opinion.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • HVAC Design
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Solar Systems
  • Low Energy Mechanical Systems
  • Sustainability and LEED
  • High altitude design
  • Evaluation of Building Mechanical Systems:
    • Systems and Component Sizing, Load Calculations
    • Energy-efficiency
    • Code Compliance
    • Sustainability, general conformance to LEED standards
    Evaluation of Building:
    • Energy-efficiency
    • Sustainability, general conformance to LEED standards
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    4/9/2014 · Engineering
    Cooling for indoor Grow Ops involves more than simply adding up the lighting watts and converting that into cooling tons. Plants release a surprising amount of moisture into the air (by transpiration, plus evaporation from the soil), and this has to be accommodated as latent load in the air conditioning equipment. The result when using standard air conditioning equipment for dehumidification will often be over-cooling or insufficient dehumidification. Adding in-room dehumidifiers can help, however they normally reject the heat from the process back into the room, which the air conditioning equipment needs to remove.

    1/28/2014 · Engineering
    I expect that in the future architects, owners, engineers, and occupants will work together to “engineer” buildings as active, “living” systems that put more energy back into the grid than they use and also help to clean the air and water in the nearby communities.

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    Dr. Shakir Shatnawi, Ph.D., P.E.
    Transportation Engineering Expert
    El Dorado Hills CA 95762
    USA
    phone: 916-790-1158 or 916-990-6488 (Cell)
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    Shakir Shatnawi, PhD, PE, specializes in Transportation Engineering and Pavement Design and has over 27 years of practical and extensive engineering and transportation expertise covering industry and public agencies including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). As President of Shatec Engineering Consultants, LLC, he directs engineering operations and performs pavement studies and investigations.

    Background Experience - Dr. Shatnawi served as a principal investigator on multi-million dollar pavement projects. He taught highway and transportation engineering at California State University. He was the QC/QA program manager, the chief of the Pavement Design and Rehabilitation and the chief of Pavement Preservation, and served as the Caltrans State Pavement Engineer. He directed Caltrans’ Pavement Program as a Division Chief and oversaw over 50,000 lane miles with a budget of over $200 million in pavement preservation and over $500 million in pavement rehabilitation.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Shatnawi provides expert witness services, expert testimony, and litigation support to legal entities and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include dispute resolution and failure and forensic engineering analysis and investigations on cases related to:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Highway Design Standards
    • Highway Specifications / Guidelines
    • Public Agency Policies / Practices
    • Pavements
    • Materials
    • Highway Geometric Design
    • Drainage
    • Asphalt
    • Concrete
    • Highway Repairs / Maintenance
  • Construction Quality Control / Quality Assurance
  • Construction Claims
  • Surface Conditions - Friction, Skid Resistance
  • Potholes / Roughness
  • Traffic
  • Highway Safety
  • Signage
  • Sight Distance Requirements
  • Roadside Hazards
  • ADA Requirements
  • Code Violations
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    Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG
    664 W. Broadway
    Glendale CA 91204
    USA
    phone: (818) 539-8408
    fax: (818) 543-4565
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    Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG, has over 23 years of experience in performing Geologic and Geotechnical Forensic Engineering investigations. Mr. Wilson currently serves as a Senior Professional Geologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. He holds a professional engineering geologist license in California and a professional geologist license in Utah.

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Investigations
    • Damage Causation Evaluations
    • Geologic and Geotechnical Investigations
    • Landslide Investigations and Mitigation
    • Geologic Hazard Assessments
    • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Preparation
    • Environmental Planning
    • Observation and Monitoring of Engineered Grading and Construction Projects
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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
    fax: 214-614-4955
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    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...


    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:

    CREDENTIALS. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support

    www.ExpertEngineering.com
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    R. Kevin Smith, P.E.
    President, R. K. Smith Engineering
    1539 Chalone Ct.
    Crown Point IN 46307
    USA
    phone: 219-226-9510 (Office)708-790-1938 (Cell)
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    R. Kevin Smith PE, BSME, MMAE, has been a specialist in Engineering Forensic Safety and Design for 35 years. He has consulted on over a 1,000 matters nationwide.

    Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer and holds a BSME and MMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He specializes in Material Handling Equipment Safety, including lift trucks, dock safety, truck loading, conveyors, and aerial work platform safety.

    Mr. has been actively involved as a member of the committee that writes the Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks (ASME/ANSI B56.1) for over 30 years. He also serves on the B56.6 committee (rough terrain lift trucks) and the ANSI A92.5 and A92.6 subcommittees (self-propelled elevating work platforms).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Smith formerly worked for Triodyne, Inc. for over 15 years as a forensic engineer/principal engineer. As President of R. K. Smith Engineering Inc., he currently has a laboratory for examination and testing, and owns or has access to varied testing equipment and tools.

    Kevin Smith has testified at depositions and trials on several hundred matters. He has performed hundreds of investigations into product failures involving injury and property damage, and has reconstructed numerous accidents. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Mr. Smith also is on the Adjunct Math faculty at Prairie State College.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forklift Trucks
    • Aerial Work Platform Lifts
    • Product Testing
    • Material Handling / Lifting / Rigging Equipment
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine Guarding
    • Safeguarding
    • Warnings
  • Agricultural and Construction Equipment
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Stability Testing
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Consumer Products / Testing
  • OSHA Citations
  • Codes & Standards
  • Standard of Care in Design
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    John C. Pfeiffer
    President
    2701 Lindsay Ave.
    Louisville KY 40206-222
    USA
    phone: 502-897-1630
    fax: 502-894-3894
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    John C. Pfeiffer, P.E. has a long history in accident investigation and forensic engineering service going back to before the company was founded. John C. Pfeiffer, P.E., principal engineer, has practiced in the field of forensic engineering since the early 70’s with over 175 investigations completed or still in process.

    Investigations cover a wide variety of causes from product failure, material properties, and software inadequacies to human errors. Experience includes electrical engineering, instrumentation, industrial process control and industrial automation engineering with in-depth experience in additional areas such as grounding, lightning protection, surge protection and power systems design. Also software based industrial systems such as programmable logic controllers and high level control systems. Performed many arc flash hazards analysis and other analysis. Primary experience is in industrial design. Besides assisting in investigations we can help in determining corrective action to prevent the reoccurrence of similar accidents.

    Published in professional journals.

    Works equally for the plaintiff and defense.

    Primary business - design of electrical systems for industry.

    Field of Expertise:
  • Arc Flash Hazards
  • Electrical Power
  • Electrocutions/shock
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Control Software
  • Process Instrumentation and Control
  • Static Electricity/Lightning
  • Explosions
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    Casey K. Hemmatyar, PE, SE
    Chief Expert
    515 South Flower St., Ste. 3600
    Los Angeles CA 90071
    USA
    phone: 213-261-6600
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    Casey K. Hemmatyar, SE, is a Forensic Structural Engineer with over 30 years of diversified experience in the field of Structural, civil, and forensic engineering in design, investigation, evaluation, research, building code and standards development and construction supervision. His experience includes new buildings, special structures, as well as modifications, alterations, seismic / wind retrofits, and upgrades.

    Mr. Hemmatyar has provided failure analysis, expert consultation, structural forensic investigation, damage assessment services for many litigation and insurance related matters. He has been principal structural engineer on projects for clients such as NASA and several other high profile agencies.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Hemmatyar has provided extensive services for defendants and plaintiff attorneys on construction litigation matters in single and Class-Action both on State and Federal lawsuits. His understanding of core legal concepts and engineering principles has enabled him to assist his attorney clients in the most efficient manner. His services include on-site inspection, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Code Compliance / Violation
    • Natural Disaster Damage Assessment
    • Structural Failure Investigation
    • Foundation System Settlements
    • Structural Repair Analysis
    • Corrosion
    • Earthquake Damage
    • Vibration and Frequency
    • Mechanical, Electrical, Medical Equipments
  • Construction Schedule Delay
  • Property Insurance Claims
  • Standard of Care
  • Construction Accidents
  • Buildings & Public Works
  • Flood & Demolition Damage
  • Errors / Omission
  • Water Intrusion
  • Roof Systems
  • Floor Systems
  • Impact Forces
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    Bill O'Donnell, Jr.
    2940 South Park Road
    Bethel Park PA 15102
    USA
    phone: 412-835-5007
    fax: 412-835-5017
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    O'Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc. (OCE) provides engineering, failure analysis, metallurgy, and expert witness services. Providing analytical, design, testing, and technical problem solving services for more than 30 years, our extensive experience gives us credibility in expert witness testimony. Our results are based on quantified engineering principles and analysis- not just opinions. We have testified in International, Federal, and State Courts, presenting comprehensive technical reports, models, and simulations that are easily understood by Judges and Juries.

    Services Offered:
  • Mechanical Engineering: Design and analysis services including finite element analysis. Troubleshooting and providing design repair solutions.
  • Failure Analysis: Metallurgy, analysis, and testing of components to determine root cause of structural failures and fires/explosions.
  • Product Liability & Patent Infringement
  • Sample Cases:
  • Power plants
  • Petrochemical facilities
  • Dams
  • Heat exchangers
  • Piping
  • Pumps
  • Valves
  • Machine tools
  • Welded structures
  • Appliances
  • Sport equipment
  • "We are often asked to solve simple to complex engineering problems - the key to our effectiveness has been our ability to integrate interdisciplinary talent in materials science and engineering" - Bill O'Donnell, President
    The largest storage rack/ retrieval system, larger than two football fields and eighty feet wide was constructed to store 108 million pounds of paper products. On July, 2002, after two months of use, the facility collapsed and sparked a fire that destroyed the entire structure and 45 million pounds of paper. Nearly 50 fire departments responded to the inferno, which burned for three weeks. The owner of the facility sued a number of companies that included the contractor that designed and built the structure, a subcontractor, and the company that supplied the 110 foot steel columns.

    4/5/2013 · Engineering
    A comprehensive engineering analysis was performed on a coke oven battery roof and heating walls. Coke oven batteries are constructed with refractory bricks.

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    Mukul Verma, PhD
    Consultant & Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    USA
    phone: 248-971-0705
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    Mukul Verma Vehicle Engineering Expert PhotoMukul K. Verma, PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, brings more than 35 years of industrial, academic and R&D experience to his consulting practice. This extensive experience includes various engineering and management assignments in the development and testing of new automobiles at a major manufacturer of vehicles. He has led the implementation of technical advances in multiple fields of vehicle design and automotive safety, some examples being in areas such as - performance of airbag systems, pedestrian’s protection, car-to-SUV crashes, telematics for crash notifications, post-crash protection, heavy truck rollovers, motorcycle handling, etc. During period, Dr. Verma was additionally appointed by the automobile manufacturers’ associations and other research organizations to lead an international team of experts which then successfully developed engineering solutions to the urgent problem of safety of occupants in passenger cars when involved in crashes with heavier SUVs or pickup trucks.

    His recent academic experience has been in the field of sustainable transportation and he has taught graduate courses in mechatronics systems in vehicles and intelligent tire-and-vehicle systems.

    Dr. Verma has published more than thirty papers in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences and has been active in professional organizations as invited speaker, session chairman and organizer. He is well-known for his expertise in Vehicle Engineering and Traffic Safety and his interviews and opinions have appeared in US and in international media on several occasions

    Litigation Support – Dr. Verma’s recent litigation-related work has been in two fields:

    1. Automotive forensics – accident investigation and product liability evaluation of automobiles. His work includes detailed incident analysis, evaluation of the performance of vehicle and airbag systems, preparation of expert reports, depositions and trial testimony.

    2. Intellectual Property – analysis of a patent’s validity and evaluation of infringement claims for complex electromechanical and safety-related components. This includes literature search, prior art, detailed reports on validity & infringement and deposition and trial testimony.

    His clients have included automobile manufacturers, large corporations, private citizens and government entities.

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    Many automobile accidents are complex cases with multiple events during a single accident. The aim of forensic investigations of such (and all other) accidents is to reconstruct the sequence and the severity of events during the accident and then to establish cause and- effect relationships between the injuries (or damages) and the probable factors - vehicle design (e.g. brakes, structure, airbags); vehicle operator (e.g. distracted driver, alcohol impairment, reduced vision); and operating conditions (e.g. fog, failed traffic sign, excessive speed, icy road).

    Hybrid cars have been on US roads for many years, starting with Honda InSight (1999) and Toyota Prius(2000) in mass production.

    In crashes between two automobiles, it is generally assumed that the lighter vehicle will suffer more damage and that its occupants will suffer higher levels of injury.

    This article contains a few of the findings from our recent study of automobile safety in frontal crashes. Parts of the data analyses are presented but details such as the relationship of a particular design feature to the measured injury indicators are highly dependent on specific cases and are available only for individual discussions.

    The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (part of the U.S Department of Transportation) underwent major changes recently. For automobiles designated as model years 2011 and later, the changes involve both what is measured and what is published.

    Over the years, there have been several product liability litigations regarding pedestrians being injured and the front structure designs of the vehicles being alleged as the significant factor.

    The structural behavior of automobile seats and seatbacks is one of the factors often examined in investigating injuries to a vehicle's occupant(s) in crashes.

    Airbags in modern automobiles have been around for many years and their record in improving occupant safety in crashes is generally well accepted. However, many questions still arise regarding their deployment and performance in crashes.

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    Materials Science Associates, LLC provides Expert Witness services for complex Materials, Mechanical, and Biological Systems legal cases. The engineers and scientists at Materials Science provide honest and accurate analysis of alleged Product Failures, Personal Injuries, and Manufacturing Processes. Experts in Biomedical Engineering, Forensics, and Pathology the Experts at Materials Science can assist with retrieval and storage of devices. Materials Science Associates specializes in Multi District Litigation (MDL), Class Action, and Consolidating cases. Materials Science Associates LLC provides the following services to legal teams worldwide:
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  • John JarrellDr. John D. Jarrell, PhD, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in the analysis of complex designs and failures involving materials, mechanical and biological systems. He has been a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, since 1996 and actively involved in Engineering Analysis, Design, Product Development, and Research. He earned three degrees from Brown University, a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Doctorate in Biology, Medical Science and Engineering and received Medical training in histology, physiology, microbiology and pathology.

    Dr. Jarrell has a faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has several US and foreign patents issued or pending covering Photoactive Materials, Active Delivery Films and Coatings for Green Energy and Medical Applications.

    Jay VincelliJay M. Vincelli, M.Sc, PE, is an experienced multi-discipline engineer specializing in Computational Analysis of Biomechanical Implants and Aviation Components, Fracture Analysis, and Chemical and Metallurgical Analysis of steel, aluminum, titanium, and nickel-based alloys. With expertise in Medical Device Retrieval, Wear Analysis, and Aviation Failure Analysis, he is actively involved in engineering analysis, design, product development and research.

    Mr. Vincelli has filed for a provisional patent covering a miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass circuit for transgenic mouse testing. He is the author of a peer reviewed publication on a study of laser cleaning and pulsed gas tungsten arc welding of titanium alloy tubes. His collaborative work has been published with investigators at the University of Virginia Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center in Cherry Point, NC.

    Donald MongDonald L. Mong, PI, is a highly experienced Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, Private Investigator, Forensic Photographer, and Certified Master Diving Instructor. He is a 22 year Veteran Police Officer with 15 years of experience as a Traffic Officer. He has investigated over 2,000 traffic accidents, including many fatalities and serious injuries involving automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. He spent 10 years as a Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Instructor.

    Mr. Mong has been qualified and testified as an expert witness in Rhode Island Superior Court and Vermont District Court for cases involving Motor Vehicles, Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Motorcycles. He has assisted multiple jurisdictions with investigations involving fatalities, serious injuries and police collisions. Donald L. Mong has conducted extensive hands-on research and training in traffic accident reconstruction, including conducting over 20 low, medium and high speed crash tests.

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