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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
USA
phone: 845-677-3091
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, specializes in Wood Science Technology. His focus is on the evaluation, assessment and testing in virtually every aspect of wood science and wood construction technology across the United States and Internationally.

Dr. DeBonis served as the manger of the Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Litigation Support - Dr. DeBonis provides forensic investigations, failure analyses, research and development, and provide expert witness testimony in a wide variety of legal cases. He has provided technical support on projects ranging from construction problems in single family dwellings to national class action product liability suits. Dr. DeBonis has investigated products failures such:
  • Hardboard / Composite Wood Sidings
  • Fire Retardant Lumber and Plywood
  • Structural Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Scaffold Systems
  • Ladders
  • In Situ Lumber Grading
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Partial and Complete Building Collapses
  • Moisture Intrusion Problems
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Wood Decay
  • Insect Attack
  • Chemical Degradation of Wood
  • NDT Resistance Drilling
  • Wood Testing
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    Ronald Tyson
    President
    565 N. Ortonville Road
    Ortonville MI 48462
    USA
    phone: (248) 230–9561
    fax: (248) 230–8476
    BUILDING & PREMISES EXPERT, Review and research to render opinions on correct building codes and life-safety standards concerning construction, ADA & OSHA issues. Opinions on causation & foreseeability, licensed builder with many years of subcontracting & general contracting [hands-on] experience. Plaintiff and Defense attorney clients. Continuing education studies. Never disqualified in over 200 times in court. Addressing allegations of Building Mold, Faulty Construction, Failure to disclose, Personal Injury, Manufactured Housing & other construction issues and Condominium claims. Addressing breach of contract issues. Ronald Tyson 248.230.9561 fax 248.230.8476 ronaldtyson@mac.com.
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    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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    Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO
    President
    8048 Northcourt Road
    Houston TX 77040
    USA
    phone: 800-992-8048
    fax: 713-744-5888
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    Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. President and TGE Resources, Inc., she offers environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance auditing, and remediation management of affected real property services.

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Real Estate Assessments - Environmental Due Diligence
    • Environmental Compliance Audits
    • Remediation Management, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Consulting of Contaminated Real Estate
    • Risk-Based Closure
    • Hazardous, Solid Waste Materials Management, Clean-up Consulting of Affected Property
    • Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, Mold/Fungal, Industrial Hygiene
    • Radiation Safety (NORM)
    • Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Management, Compliance, Corrective Action
    • Environmental Testing, Clean-up Consulting
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    Brian Spiegel & David Spiegel
    CR, CIEC, CMRS, CEICC, CSDS, CMCC, IICRC
    PO Box 7577
    La Verne CA 91750
    USA
    phone: 800-266-8988
    fax: 909-596-8803


    AVAILABLE NATIONALLY
    CERTIFIED RESTORERS * CERTIFIED INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS *
    CERTIFIED MICROBIAL REMEDIATION SUPERVISORS * CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL INFECTION CONTROL CONSULTANT * CERTIFIED STRUCTURAL DRYING SUPERVISOR * CERTIFIED INFRARED THERMOGRAPHERS *
    IICRC CERTIFIED MASTERS * LIC. GENERAL CONTRACTORS #299472


    SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

    Brian Spiegel and David Spiegel offer expert testimony and consulting services regarding smoke, water, fire, mold contamination property damage restoration, reconstruction, and construction defect related problems.

    Both have been speakers nationally and internationally on property damage restoration, construction, and mold contamination related topics. In the past at the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) national mold symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Forensics Consultants Association on toxic mold litigation and mold remediation in Newport Beach, California.

    In the media Brian and David have written articles for industry trade magazines and given television and radio interviews, including one with Brian on ABC TV “Good Morning America” featuring a segment on mitigating water damage.

    CONSULTANTS AND EXPERT WITNESS
  • Mold & Bacterial Contamination
  • Construction Defects
  • Fire & Smoke Damage
  • Industry Standards of Care
  • Structural Damages
  • Water Damage
  • Sewage Backflow
  • Flooring Forensics
  • EXPERT SERVICES
  • Property Damage Contractor
  • Inspections & Formal Reports
  • Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Smoke Particulate Testing
  • Property Insurance Claims
  • Testing
  • Detailed Construction Estimates
  • Cost Damage Appraisals at Current Industry Pricing
  • Litigation Support
  • Infrared Structural Inspections
  • Concrete Moisture Testing
  • PROPERTY DAMAGE ASSESSORS
  • Residential and Commercial
  • Appraisal Process: Appraisers & Umpires
  • Contents and Structure
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    Jeffrey E. Bartrem
    Construction Inspection Consultant
    PO Box 264
    Williamston MI 48895
    USA
    phone: 517-655-6903 or 517-944-1380 (cell)
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    Jeffrey E. Bartrem is a Certified Building Inspector with over 30 years of experience as Residential Rehabilitation Specialist, Building Official, Plan Reviewer, and Deputy Fire Inspector. He has performed tens of thousands of inspection on residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

    Mr. Bartrem's experience includes both national and international projects including ones in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He has vast knowledge and understanding of Construction Practices Assessments, International Code Council, the International Accreditation Service, Basic Building Codes, ICBO, ICC, and the Uniform Building Code.

    Mr. Bartrem has been offering litigation support services for 35 years. He is often called upon to perform thorough research to disqualify opposition reports, depositions, and testimony. Mr. Bartrem has been qualified in many District and Circuit Courts, as well as Federal Courts, and has never been disqualified.

    Jeffrey Bartrem has appeared for builders at licensing hearings, conducted draw request inspections, negotiated for building and business owners with building officials, fire officials and prosecutors, performed complex sale inspections, prepared maintenance forecasts, managed multi-million dollar renovations, as well as represented many homeowners in building code and workmanship claims.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Wrongful Death
    • Premises Liability
    • Property Liability
    • Negligence Actions
    • Building Code Expert
    • Residential Structures
    • Commercial Structures
    • Fire Issues
    • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Zoning
  • Workmanship
  • Water Testing
  • Building Inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Building Code Research
  • Construction Safety
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    Michelle A. Copeland, CIH
    Certified Industrial Hygienist
    14900 Interurban Avenue South
    Suite 271-B
    Seattle WA 98168
    USA
    phone: 206-729-5018
    fax: 253-449-0613
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    Michelle A. Copeland, CIH is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Seattle, WA who has worked in the field of occupational safety / health for 35 years, assisting employers to implement programs that comply with OSHA regulations and are consistent with occupational health and safety best practices.

    Ms. Copeland has provided long-term strategic safety and health planning, program and training development/implementation, auditing, coaching/counseling, accident investigation, data analysis/presentation, and coordination with company supervision, employees and other stakeholders. She has worked with general industry, mining, maritime and public clients, and on multi-employer construction sites.

    Her work is currently split between consultation and expert witness services. As an expert witness, she has worked for both defense and plaintiff's attorneys, as well as OSHA in-house counsel. Most of her work has been on civil cases, but she has also testified in criminal cases related to occupational health and safety. She has been deposed numerous times and has testified several times in trial settings before a jury.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Work-Related Personal Injury or Illness
    • Exposure - Chemicals, Mold, Noise
    • Multi-Employer Worksites
    • Product Liability
    • Construction Safety
    • OSHA Regulations
    • Hazard Communication / GHS
    • Workplace Emergency Medical Response
    • Industrial Hygiene
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Ladder Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Ergonomic Safety
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Electrical Safety
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    Dr. Bruce C. Hemming
    PhD, President/CEO
    See Multiple Addresses Below
    St. Louis MO 63119-3421
    USA
    phone: 314-645-2177 or 800-688-9144
    fax: 314-645-2544
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    Dr. Bruce C. Hemming, PhD - President & CEO of Microbe Inotech Laboratories, Inc. (The MiL, Inc.) is an accomplished science and business professional with over 30 years of real-world experience in Microbiology and its practical applications. Dr. Hemming and his staff perform rapid microbial identifications, confirmations, and contaminant sourcing, of all pathogenic, indicator, and spoilage organisms (bacterial, yeasts and molds, and other fungi) using the latest genetic (DNA) and instrumental technologies.

    Dr. Hemming provides litigation support services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He brings with him The MiL advantage of:
    • Proprietary, microbial kinetic and endpoint assays
    • Microbial databases which contain profiles of over 3,000 species of microbes
    • Microbial diagnostics research
    • Product development capabilities
    • Specialized skills in using automated, microbial characterization, identification tools
    Areas of Expertise
    • Food Safety & Nutrition - Spoilage
    • Environmental Sampling
    • Biomedical - Pharmaceutical
    • Industrial Hygiene
    Helix Center (Core Lab)
    1100 Corporate Square Drive, Ste. 225
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    Telephone: 800-688-9144
    Microbe Scan, LLC
    1100 Corporate Square Drive, Ste. 224
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    Telephone: 800-688-9144


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    William R. Ivey, PE, Principal
    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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    William Ivey HVAC Plumbing Engineering Expert-PhotoWilliam R. Ivey, PE - HVAC, Plumbing and Piping Construction Industry Expert for over 30 years.
    • Licensed professional engineer working at all levels in the bidding and managing of construction projects. Began his career in 1970 when he joined a Seattle based mechanical contracting firm as an estimator. Has managed over $400 million of mechanical construction work as a project manager on projects totaling over $3 billion in total construction costs, since 1970.
    • Founded Ivey Construction Services (ICS), in 1994, an engineering and construction consulting firm.
    • Has served as an Expert Witness in Construction Litigation Matters, Designed HVAC, Piping and Plumbing Systems, and has served as an industry expert for the California State Contractors License Board.
    • Approximately 100 HVAC and plumbing engineering engagements and 300 expert and forensic consulting engagements since forming ICS in 1994.
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    Robert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM
    5703 Oberlin Drive
    Suite 300
    San Diego CA 92121
    USA
    phone: 888-606-0617
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    Robert Griswold Real Estate Management Expert PhotoRobert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM, has over 30 years of specialized experience in the field of Real Estate Management. He is currently active as a day-to-day hands-on, licensed practitioner, consultant, and expert witness in all aspects of real estate (except valuation).

    A 3-time graduate of the distinguished Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a BS ('81), MBA ('86) and MSBA (2nd Masters) ('88) in real estate and related disciplines, Mr. Griswold is a recognized expert on management of all types of residential real estate. He has actively managed over 60,000 residential units and several million square feet of commercial, industrial, self-storage and retail properties nationally. He has extensive experience as a court-appointed receiver (over 160 times) for private lenders and major financial institutions.

    Litigation Support - In the last 20+ years, Mr. Griswold has consulted on over 1,800 litigation matters, has been deposed over 300 times, and provided sworn testimony in trial or arbitration on over 100 occasions in both state and federal litigation matters throughout the United States. Also serving as a court-appointed bankruptcy Custodian and Referee, his case work is very evenly divided between plaintiff and defense work.

    Mr. Griswold is uniquely qualified to opine on real estate related litigation matters having authored or co-authored the 3 best selling real estate books: Real Estate Investing For Dummies; Property Management Kit For Dummies; and Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies. His 15+ years as an On-Air NBC-TV Real Estate Expert and a similar tenure as a major radio station weekly talk show host have prepared him to present opinions to juries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Property Manager or Broker Fiduciary Duty
    • Transactions
    • Lease / CAM Disputes
    • Lease Mitigation
    • Premises Liability - Trip & Fall
    • Maintenance or Failure to Maintain
    • "Slumlord" Allegations
    • Health & Safety or Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death
  • Property Inspections
  • Water Intrusion, Mold
  • Bed Bugs
  • Fair Housing, Discrimination
  • HUD Management Issues, Criminal Acts
  • Management / Receiver Fees
  • Transfer Disclosures, Misrepresentation, Negligence
  • Negligent Hiring, Supervision, Termination
  • Association Board Duties and Negligence
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    Robert S. Griswold, et al
    Do you want to get involved in real estate investing, but aren't quite sure where to start? Real Estate Investing For Dummies is your go-to resource for making sense of the subject, offering plain-English, step-by-step explanations of everything you need to know to keep yourself one step ahead of the competition. Inside, you'll discover how to overcome the challenges of the market, take advantage of the opportunities in any real estate environment—including a down market—and so much more.
    Robert S. Griswold
    A comprehensive guide to the laws and legalities of renting property. This one-stop legal reference provides both guidance and the correct forms that help landlords avoid tenant issues, which could lead to legal ramifications. From screening potential tenants to handling your own insurance and taxes, you'll find expert insight in this easy-to-read style that simplifies complex legal matters into understandable terms. The book includes access to all the needed legal forms in both English and Spanish, and contains current information about applicable codes, ordinances, and policies across the country.
    Robert S. Griswold
    Thinking about becoming a landlord? This book gives you proven strategies for establishing and maintaining rental properties, whether a single family or multi-resident unit. You'll find out how to prepare and promote your properties, select tenants, handle repairs, avoid costly mistakes and legal missteps—and meet your long-term goals.
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    Ernest Chiodo
    M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H.
    221 North LaSalle,Suite 1748
    Chicago IL 60601
    USA
    phone: 312-351-0717
    Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H), and biomedical engineer. Dr. Chiodo is board certified in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chiodo served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was the chief physician in charge of measures designed to protect the public health of over one million persons. He has also been the lead expert witness in a number of high profile cases including serving as the lead expert witness in a mass toxic tort case for Gerry Spence.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Electrocution
  • Building Related Disease
  • Biomechanics
  • Bed Bugs
  • Genetic evidence in the form of DNA profiles has proven to be a powerful tool in the advance of justice by proving the innocence of accused persons.

    Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.

    10/11/2012 · Toxicogenomics
    In toxic tort litigation, a person is often claiming to have developed cancer or some other serious disease due to having been exposed to a particular substance. Determining if the exposure to the substance was the cause of the disease is often a central focus of the litigation.

    9/26/2012 · Medical
    It is a common error that an attorney retains the wrong type of expert to testify in a lawsuit. This error is particularly common when the expert is a medical specialist. It is widely believed that a medical doctor who specializes in a particular organ system is qualified to formulate opinions and testify as to all issues concerning that organ system.

    Ernest Chiodo, MD, JD, MPH, CIH
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    Dr. Richard Lynch
    President
    21 Scott Street
    Riverside NJ 08075
    USA
    phone: 856-764-3557
    fax: 856-764-3558
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    Environmental Safety Management Corporation, NJ's leading Industrial Hygiene Consulting Firm, was founded in 1992 by Dr. Richard Lynch, Ph.D., CIH, CMC, CMRS, CHFM. Clients include law firms, insurance companies, manufacturing, health care, commercial, office, schools & residential facilities.

    Expertise & Services:
    • Ph.D. in Public Health (Rutgers University & Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (American Board of Industrial Hygiene)
    • Certified Microbial Consultant (Am.Council for Accredited Certification)
    • Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (Am.Council for Accredited Certification)
    • Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (American Hospital Association)
    • Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association

      Since 1992, Dr. Lynch has provided professional consultation & litigation support in matters related to:

    • Indoor Air Quality/Sick Building Syndrome
    • Mold Testing and Remediation Design Oversight
    • Fire & Water Damage
    • HVAC Assessment Services
    • Healthcare Infection Control Risk Assessments, Pre-Construction Risk Assessments
    • Healthcare, Office and Industrial Ergonomics Assessments
    • Back injury Prevention for Health Care, Office and Manufacturing
    • OSHA Compliance
    • Litigation Support & Expert Witness Services
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    Joel R. Coats, PhD
    524 River Oak Dr.
    Ames IA 50010
    USA
    phone: 515-294-4776
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    Joel Coats Entomology Toxicology Expert PhotoJoel Coats, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University. Specializing in Insecticide Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology, he has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 1978 and served as Department Chairman for seven years.

    Dr. Coats’ research program includes two main areas: (1) insect toxicology and (2) environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry of Agrochemicals. His research in the insect toxicology area is focused primarily on natural products as insecticides and insect repellents, including investigations of their spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action, metabolism, synthesis of biorational derivatives and analogs, quantitative structure-activity relationships.

    Dr. Coats is familiar with all types of pesticides and insect repellents, including synthetic and botanical insecticides, acaricides, fumigants, and repellents; toxicity, mechanisms of action, environmental and comparative toxicology, ecological risk assessment, persistence of pesticides, movement in the environment, and residue analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Coats provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been deposed and testified on numerous occasions. Dr. Coats offers opinions regarding pesticide cases of many types, including:
    • Non-target / Off-target Effects
    • Residues
    • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental Contamination
  • Efficacy of Products
  • Patent Infringement
  • Dr. Coats has received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals from the American Chemical Society Agrochemical Division, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. In October he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    Resistance to conventional pesticides has been growing rapidly among all pests. Furthermore, there is increased public concern about the safety of conventional pesticides, and increased governmental restrictions have resulted in the need to identify new compounds that are safe and effective in controlling pests that are of concern to agriculture as well as to public and animal health. Biopesticides may aid in the control of such pests with fewer deleterious effects to the environment, people and animals.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This volume and the contributed chapters therein are a result of the Natural Products for Pest Management symposium held at the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA August 19-23, 2012 to honor the late Horace (Hank) Cutler and his contributions in the field of natural products chemistry. The symposium introduced recent discoveries and applications of natural products from insect, terrestrial plant, microbial, and synthetic sources for the management of insects, weeds, plant pathogenic microbes, and nematodes.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The third of three volumes based on the 2nd Pan-Pacific Conference on Pesticide Chemistry, this book examines metabolism and residue analysis methods of environmental pesticides.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    The first compilation of research on microbial degradation of contaminants in the rhizosphere. Discusses the interactions between microorganisms, plants, and chemicals in the rhizosphere. Examines the degradation of industrial chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorophenol, and trichloroethylene, as well as the degradation of pesticides in the rhizosphere.
    Joel R. Coats, et al. (editors)
    This new volume offers comprehensive information on microbial adaptation for pesticide degradation. Among the many topics covered in its 20 chapters are a general description of enhanced biodegradation as it occurs in an agricultural context; the microbial aspects of enhanced biodegradation, including the genetics, biochemistry, and ecology of pesticide-degrading microorganisms; and the potential impact of enhanced degradation on pesticide fate in aquatic systems and groundwater.
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
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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.

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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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    Donan, a family owned company founded in 1947, provides full-service Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation Services. For over 60 years, Donan Engineering has been providing unbiased answers to their client’s complicated questions. Their team of licensed and experienced forensic experts provides investigative services in the fields of engineering investigations, fire and explosion origin & cause, roofing investigations, and component testing. The diversity of their multidisciplinary staff allows them to provide not only a complete service, but a complete service whose conclusions can be successfully and completely supported.

    Donan Engineering has become a richly diverse, industry leader with over 250 employees operating from 50 offices in 27 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia, and Oklahoma. Throughout their growth, Donan has maintained their commitment to providing exceptional customer service, unparalleled quality, unmatched integrity, and timely reporting. Most importantly, they pride ourselves on delivering their clients quality services at an affordable price.

    Services Include:
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  • Over the past several years, there has been a clear trend of phasing out "dry-charge" air conditioners and heat pumps. What happened, why are some contractors still selling them, and what are the current common repair/replace options? Read this insightful article for everything you need to know on the topic.

    12/2/2016 · Engineering
    The term plumbing is derived from the Latin word "plumbum," the name of the metal lead that was the preferred material used by the Romans to construct their empire's water supply systems. This bit of history is even relevant today as the continued use of this potentially toxic metal has made headlines because of recently exposed problems in the Flint, Mich., water supply.

    7/29/2016 · Forensics
    Most forensic investigation projects include a scope to determine the cause of some damage or condition. Project scopes often request determining the cause and origin of the damage. Since insurance policies contain descriptions of covered and non-covered situations, clearly specifying causes and origins is crucial for clients' coverage decisions. This article discusses the differences between and significance of these two important terms.

    4/18/2016 · Construction
    Brick masonry chimneys have been prevalent for centuries, but it wasnt until recent decades that brick-clad, wood-framed chimneys became common in residential construction. This trend resulted from the increasing popularity of metal insert fireplaces. While they may appear similar from the exterior, the structure and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys are very different than masonry-built chimneys. Prior to studying damage, it is important to understand critical elements in the structural support and weather-resistant envelope of wood-framed chimneys and the types of damage that can result from improper construction.[1]

    Fires can be caused by devices that fail due to a manufacturer's defect. Quality assurance procedures have gone a long way to eliminate out-of-box failures but manufacturers sometimes bypass quality checks on consumer products for competitive reasons. Even the most ethical companies are susceptible to human error that can cause an almost imperceptible change in an otherwise flawless manufacturing procedure.

    As the days get shorter and temperatures turn milder, most HVAC systems are taking a well-earned vacation. For a short while, a cool breeze through open windows will be enough to keep us comfortable in our homes. But soon, homeowners will switch their thermostats from cooling mode to heating mode, and some of them will unfortunately discover their HVAC system does not heat. It's time to pull out those extra blankets and make the call to a service professional sooner than expected.

    12/21/2015 · Construction
    Wood bowstring trusses were used extensively in commercial buildings from the 1920s to the 1960s. Wood bowstring roof trusses provided long clear spans necessary in warehouse and industrial buildings. Many roofs supported by bowstring trusses are still in service today. Compared with other structural timber-truss types, bowstring trusses have exhibited more frequent structural problems. The structural deficiencies encountered are attributable to deficiencies in the original design of the trusses combined with damage due to exposure and age.

    9/28/2015 · Engineering
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a 2015 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It covers and assists in complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Association's requirements, including changes to requirements since the last edition. For personal safety in forensic studies it is important to stay informed of these updates. NFPA 70E covers arc flash risk assessment, establishment of arc flash boundaries, requirements of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), use of PPE within the arc flash boundary, and equipment labeling requirements regarding arc flash hazards. The following examples illustrate the importance of staying abreast of the latest standards.

    7/16/2015 · Construction
    History shows us that building codes have been around for a long time - in fact, the earliest known was around in 2000BC[1]. Penalties were also much harsher for construction defects. If a builder constructed a house that collapsed and killed the owner, the builder was not fined, but was put to death. The United States has been a country with diverse codes - as many as 5,000 at one time. More recently, however, various states and municipalities have adopted "model" codes such as the International Building Code or International Residential Code. These provide a "base" and may be used as written or an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) may amend certain parts of the model code, making it more stringent and/or specific for a certain area.

    5/14/2015 · Forensics
    Whether it is helping us formulate our opinion or confirming an initial diagnosis, technology plays a valuable role in forensic engineering work. Following are a few examples of existing technology available to Donan's project managers. Though not standard issue, these tools are utilized when necessary to accurately determine or confirm a cause of loss.

    There are many types, manufacturers, and sizes of commercial HVAC systems which can make it difficult to create general guidelines for repair procedures and estimates for hail-damaged units. This guide uses the most common "light commercial" rooftop units (RTUs), which are 5-tons, 7.5-tons, and 10-tons in capacity, for estimating time to repair or replace.

    Imagine for a moment that you are sitting in your home, listening to the rain while reading your favorite novel. Then suddenly you hear a roar of thunder and your home becomes dark. What just happened? You may have just experienced a power surge. Although lightning is not the most common cause of this phenomenon, it is excellent for illustrating what a power surge is and how it can affect your home. A power surge is a term used to describe a condition where the voltage and or current increases beyond its normal levels. Power surges, when due to the elevation of the voltage being supplied by the electrical utility company, have the potential to change data streams, interrupt electrical control circuits, burn out components, cause arcs, create shorts between conductors, overload systems, and cause system failures. The most common causes of power surges are indicated as follows:

    1/7/2015 · Construction
    Concrete is a desirable construction material due to its inherent strength and durability, which make it well-suited for many applications in residential and commercial construction, especially foundations, floor slabs, driveways, sidewalks, and roads, among other things. In these applications, concrete that is properly designed, mixed, placed, and maintained will perform exceptionally well for many years. However, poor design or mix, improper placement, finishing techniques, or inadequate maintenance may result in concrete that does not perform as intended. Aside from cracking, which is probably the most common form of distress to concrete, since virtually all concrete will crack as it cures, surface distress due to scaling, spalling, and popouts are the most common forms of damage.

    12/2/2014 · Construction
    The relationship between wind, hailstone velocity, and impact energy is based on an understanding of fundamental physics. Over a half century of laboratory research and field studies have determined that the severity of hail damage to a roofing material is contingent on the kinetic energy at the point of impact and the roofing material's resistance to that impact energy. These studies have found that a hailstone must be of a certain mass (i.e., size), and it must be traveling at a certain speed (velocity) to result in functional damage to the roofing material. The kinetic energy is a composition of mass and velocity, defined by the following equation:

    10/17/2014 · Construction
    Chances are, it's happened to you. An unexpected period of cold weather occurs and temperatures drop well below freezing for an extended period of time. One morning you attempt to turn the water on in the kitchen sink and...nothing. Hot water? Nope. Cold water? Nope. What happened? Did you forget to pay the water bill...again? Chances are, your pipes are frozen. "How can that happen? They are inside the house!", you may say; however, just because your water lines are inside the building envelope, does not mean they are adequately protected from freezing.

    9/4/2014 · Construction
    If hail impacts a roof covering and the effects of this impact result in some loss in the material's overall integrity or functionality, this material is classified as "hail damaged." More specifically for cedar shakes and shingles, valid hail damage is typically a new fracture of the cedar corresponding to a clean spot or scuff mark from the hailstone impact.

    7/25/2014 · Construction
    Although sags along roof ridgelines can be discovered at any time, in northern climates they are often attributed to the effects of a past snow load. To make an educated analysis of the actual cause of this phenomenon, one must have a basic understanding of the structure and the loads to which it has been subjected.

    Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems consist of many components that work in unison to create the desired comfort level for our homes and offices. A well maintained system is designed to last around 15 years, but the life can be dramatically reduced when proper installation procedures and routine maintenance are not performed.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    Ice dams and their resultant leaks are often a chronic and expensive problem in those regions where snow-covered roofs are a common occurrence. To understand their detection, cause, and prevention requires some understanding of the dynamics of a structure's construction, insulation, and ventilation.

    A space heater is a device designed to warm a small area. These devices are typically portable, but the category does include gas- and wood-fueled models that are permanently installed; however, these are not the focus of this article.

    3/12/2014 · Failure Analysis
    Washing machine failures can create significant damage, exposing insurers and their clients to property damage. These failures often involve a high volume of water and can occur without warning. Through the examination of several hundred washing machines, the DONAN Component Testing Laboratory has identified a statistically significant failure trend in General Electric (GE) washing machines. The amount of water supplied to the tub of the washing machine is controlled by a water valve (solenoid-controlled valve) and pneumatic controls. The washing machine's load selector is a pneumatic pressure switch, which activates and deactivates the water valve.

    2/10/2014 · Construction
    Shallow foundations are the most commonly designed and constructed structural foundation system. As opposed to deep foundations where structural loads are transferred to subsurface layers or multiple depth ranges, shallow foundations transfer loads to the earth (soil) relatively near to the ground surface. Some examples of shallow foundations include building components often seen in residential construction such as spread footings, continuous foundation walls and footings, slab-on-grade foundations, and mat-slab foundations.

    1/9/2014 · Construction
    After a tornado event, devastation and destruction are found along the tornado path. Due to the wood-framed construction predominant in Texas and Oklahoma, extensive damage to a house can occur. But how do you know whether visible cracks in the Sheetrock or brick finishes are just cosmetic damage or the signs of structural failure?

    12/10/2013 · Fires & Explosions
    Automatic fire suppression systems are by far the most effective and safest means of preventing extensive fire damage and saving lives. For this discussion, we will touch on automatic sprinkler systems (building systems) and kitchen hood suppression systems. These systems range from very simple to extremely complex.

    10/23/2013 · Construction
    Summertime rolls around and people start seeing condensation on ductwork. Their first thought is that something is wrong with their air conditioner. Actually, sweating ducts have several causes. Very few are attributable to defective air conditioners.

    10/4/2013 · Engineering
    In urban and suburban areas, stormwater systems are found everywhere. From surface waterways, such as rivers, streams, and ditches, to subsurface drainage systems, such as storm sewers and culverts, stormwater systems are as ubiquitous as concrete, which is one of the reasons they are so important (Figure 1). Impervious surfaces like concrete, pavement, and roofs prevent stormwater from naturally absorbing into the ground, and the resulting runoff can cause flooding, erosion, and subsequent structural damage.

    For many years, the fire investigation industry has seen numerous fires involving livestock buildings. These fires are often high profile, especially when masses of animals are lost or injured. Many times these losses are in older structures with neglected electrical and/or heating systems. Given the interior environment, corrosion and degradation to electrical and heating components are common.

    8/16/2013 · Construction
    Cupping, buckling, and crowning are three common problems encountered in wood flooring (flooring). These problems are caused by a combination of the normal material characteristics of the flooring and improper installation of the flooring.

    7/31/2013 · Waterproofing
    While shovels, snowblowers, plows, and deicing agents are used to clear snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks during the winter, removing frozen precipitation from the roof of a house is a bit more challenging. As snow and ice piles up on the roof and subsequently thaws out, the melt-water can sometimes result in damage to the interior of the structure.

    7/15/2013 · Construction
    "Hail has damaged my concrete driveway!" How many times have you heard this claim? A homeowner whose house has experienced a recent severe hailstorm starts to notice things they never noticed before around their house.

    A Donan fire investigator uses many techniques in order to determine the origin and cause of a fire. Chief among these are the investigator's observations of the scene and the conditions surrounding the scene.

    In this age of high energy costs, the price of heating the house will increase. People will be searching for alternate sources to heat their houses.

    4/24/2013 · Construction
    In our October 2010 newsletter, Bob Whelan, P.E., discussed how to approach a roof hail study by using the scientific method. In summary, one should perform a collateral study of the property, or neighboring properties, to gather information about the particular hailstorm in question.

    3/21/2013 · Construction
    Whether to build a residence on a concrete slab or conventional crawlspace foundation is a common decision homeowners must make.

    2/13/2013 · Construction
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    Is construction vibration just an annoyance, or does it have the potential to cause aesthetic and structural damage to nearby structures?

    1/7/2013 · Construction
    Attic ventilation problems can cause elevated relative humidity in an unheated, residential attic. Elevated relative humidity in the attic can promote mold growth and increase the moisture content in the wood framing to a level that promotes fungal growth and rotting.

    11/30/2012 · Failure Analysis
    Every year, Donan Engineering is asked to look at dozens of basement walls that have failed. A wall is determined to have "failed" when the structural integrity is compromised - such as with the development of a horizontal or vertical crack.

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