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Scott Friesen, PE
Senior Consultant
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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Scott Friesen Energy Engineering Expert PhotoScott Friesen, PE, is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, Mississippi and two Canadian provinces (Alberta and Manitoba), and is LEED Accredited (CaGBC) and certified as an Energy Manager. Scott has more than 14 years of experience in Design and Construction of HVAC, Plumbing and Building Energy Conservation, System Design, Construction and Forensic Analysis. He has also performed commissioning, energy audits and was involved in marketing and business development.

Scott's responsibilities at Ivey include design and forensic analysis of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and energy management systems. He performs site inspections, testing, research, product analysis, cost estimating and is responsible for writing reports and testifying in depositions, hearings and trials.

Scott is a member of Association of Professional Engineers, Geologist, Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Experience (partial listing):
  • Approximately 75 HVAC, fire protection and plumbing design projects
  • Approximately six design error and omission expert engagements
  • Approximately 20 residential construction defect expert engagements
  • Approximately 16 commercial construction defect expert engagements
  • 10 LEED design projects
  • 8 HVAC and plumbing commissioning projects
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Leslie Noel
Marketing Director
Corporate Headquarters
11321 Plantside Drive
Louisville KY 40299
USA
phone: 800-482-5611
fax: 502-267-6973
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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:
Engineering Investigations
  • Bridges
  • Foundations and Basements
  • Geotechnical / Sink Holes
  • Lightning
  • Low and High Voltage
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Retaining Walls
  • Steel Construction
  • Trusses
  • Vehicle Mechanical Studies
  • Vibrations: Earthquakes and Blastings
  • Water Infiltration / Mold
  • Wood Frame Construction

  • Fire / Explosion Origin and Cause
  • Commercial Fires
  • Equipment Fires
  • Vehicle / Residential Fires

  • Roofing Investigations
  • Commercial
  • Residential - Asphalt Shingle
  • Residential - Slate, Tile, Etc.

  • Heavy Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Passenger Vehicles
  • 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
    By: DONAN
    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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    PO Box 702
    Jefferson City TN 37760
    USA
    phone: 865-471-8142
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    Roger W. Griffith, PE, has over 33 years of professional experience as a Mechanical Engineer in design, maintenance, and operation of mechanical systems. He specializes in the areas of Plumbing, HVAC, and Fire Sprinkler Systems Design.

    As the principal of Griffith Engineering & Consulting for 17 years, his design experience with commercial and industrial projects include convention centers, schools, office buildings, condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, churches, manufacturing facilities, medical buildings, restaurants, historic buildings, dormitories, fire halls, and maintenance facilities.

    Litigation Support - Since 2002, Mr. Griffith has been providing forensic engineering, consulting, and expert witness services that are thorough, credible, and timely. He also assists clients through the mediation and arbitration process.

    Mr. Griffith's expertise is available to plaintiff and defendant on the issues of plumbing, mechanical, and fire sprinkler system defects and failures. His expert testimony is based upon independent and impartial investigation, research, analysis, and testing. His services include written reports and the preparation of exhibits. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • HVAC Design
    • Plumbing Design
    • Pipe Failures
    • Plumbing Component Failures
    • Sprinkler System Failures
  • Hot Water Systems / Scalding Water
  • Water Heater Failures
  • Gas Venting / Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Gas Furnaces
  • Legionella
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    Ray G. Helmer, P.E.
    Principal
    9314 Bankside Drive
    Houston TX 77031-1713
    USA
    phone: 713-777-7611
    fax: 713-774-6881
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    Ray Helmer is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio and Kansas. He is available to perform Expert Witness Services in all 50 states.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Civil, Structural and Forensic engineering
  • Highway engineering, roadways, sight distance
  • Concrete and Asphalt Pavements
  • Highway / Street lighting
  • Traffic engineering, signals, signs, striping
  • Traffic noise studies
  • Accidents – automobile, train, motorcycle, pedestrian
  • Traffic accident testimony involving city / County / State DOTS
  • Hydraulics, hydrology, drainage, flooding
  • Sanitary engineering, sewers, overflows
  • Water treatment, distribution, pumping
  • Water disinfection byproducts (DBPs)
  • Wastewater treatment plants, lift stations
  • Soil expansion, contraction, settlement
  • Foundation failure, structural damage
  • Plumbing, leaks, water intrusion
  • Airports, FAA standards, runways, taxi ways, ramps
  • Bridges, buildings, corrosion, concrete cracking
  • Construction defects, fraud, accidents, delays, estimates
  • Hydroplaning is frequently alleged to be a cause of vehicular traffic accidents. This is because many persons, even law enforcement personnel, may not know the technical definition and criteria for hydroplaning.

    Many vehicular accidents happen because drivers are in too much of a hurry or they are distracted by any number of things. They just are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Traffic accidents at signalized intersections are common where both drivers claim the other driver is at fault.

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    John Hatcher, PE, MBA, CPP, CSC, CPMP, CHSIII, LEED AP
    President
    5010 Wright Road Suite 150
    Stafford TX 77477
    USA
    phone: 832-242-1600
    fax: 832-242-1604
    John is an industry leader in Building Systems Engineering including, Security, Building Automation Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Intelligent Building Concepts and Commissioining. He has worked on some of the most prestigious facilities in the world including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Southeast Asia.

    Security Expertise:
  • Access Control
  • CCTV Surveillance
  • Emergency Communications
  • Operations
  • Risk Assessments
  • Building Automation Expertise:
  • Energy Management
  • HVAC Controls
  • Operations
  • MEP Commissioning
  • Other Systems Expertise:
  • Fire Alarm
  • Telecommunication
  • Intelligent Buildings
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    John B. Giacoma
    1155C Arnold Drive, Suite 258
    (San Francisco bay area)
    Martinez CA 94553
    USA
    phone: 925-681-3342
    fax: 707-649-1503
    John B. Giacoma provides consulting and evaluation services for Plumbing, Mechanical and HVAC related projects. He has over 40 years of field experience as a tradesman Plumber and Contractor.

    Mr. Giacoma has installed, supervised, managed, consulted and designed Mechanical, Plumbing and HVAC projects for Residential, Commercial and Industrial sites. He works with attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Expertise:
    • Construction Defects
    • Personal Liability Claims
    • Asbestos Exposure
    • Construction Claims
    • Cost Estimating
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    James Partridge, PE
    925 South Adams Road
    Birmingham MI 48009
    USA
    phone: 248-645-1465
    fax: 248-645-1590
    James Partridge is a Building Forensics Engineering Expert with over 40 years of experience. His expertise and experience has, and continues to, assist him in expert witness analyses and helps him to assist clients in Assessing Design and Installation Deficiencies, Maintenance Issues and System Failures. His knowledge of current codes and standards ensures his clients a case presentation that is technically accurate and scientifically supportable. JPC offers: Comprehensive Investigation, Analysis, Forensic Engineering and Expert Witness services in Analysis of Residential, Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Building Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Scald Injuries, Water Intrusion and Mold issues, Insurance Evaluations, Building Systems Forensic Engineering, Fire Protection Systems – for all building types.

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    Residential indoor air quality, historically, has not been a major concern because the envelope and window leakage provided inhabitants with sufficient outdoor air. Older residential buildings are sufficiently leaky such that infiltration alone can meet the minimum outdoor air requirements for residential ventilation. In an increased environmentally conscious society, many individuals have become more aware of their resource consumption, and are implementing enclosure draftstopping, attic insulation, and window replacement.

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    James R. Fink, PE
    21 Purgatory Rd.
    Exeter RI 02822
    USA
    phone: 401-484-1546
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    James Fink Electrical Engineering Expert PhotoJames R. Fink PE., is currently president of Kleinholz Inc., a consulting engineering company. He has 23 years of experience with Electrical and Mechanical Systems and Products.

    Prior to Kleinholz Inc., Mr. Fink served as a professional engineer and manager at Thielsch Engineering company in Cranston, Rhode Island. As a degreed and licensed professional electrical consulting engineer and ex US Navy nuclear engineer, Mr. Fink has designed and overseen hundreds of electrical engineering projects and investigations. His research and development efforts have produced industry changing intellectual property in the electro-mechanical data center equipment sector.

    Mr. Fink serves as Chairman of the Rhode Island Electrical Code Committee and Chairman of the State Building Code committee, which result in continual periodic code training. These committees also hear all state building code appeals and disputes.

    Litigation Support - Today, James R. Fink continues to focus on electrical consulting and Forensic Engineering activities. As a licensed electrical professional engineer, expert witness, and seasoned public speaker, he has the technical aptitude to find the cause, and enjoys the challenge of providing simple explanations to the layperson.

    Mr. Fink understands evidentiary rules, and has the ability and experience to provide litigation assistance to lawyers, insurance companies, judges and owners. His expert witness services and investigative reports are provided as necessary to assist with insurance claims, legal challenges, and competitive disputes. To date, work has been approximately 55% for plaintiff, 45% for defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electrical Shock
    • Electrocution
    • Electrical Fires
    • Electrical Codes
    • HVAC
    • Batteries
    • Generators
    • UPS
    • Power Supply
    • Circuit Breakers
  • Power Quality
  • Data Centers
  • Electronics
  • Power Outages
  • Spikes
  • Surges
  • Blackouts
  • Computer Simulations
  • Critical Facility Downtime
  • Electronics Failure Mode Analysis
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    Tim Keane
    Consultant
    31 Marian Circle
    Chalfont PA 18914
    USA
    phone: 215-996 1805
    fax: 775-542 4560
    Tim Keane is a Leading Expert on methods to Control, Mitigate and Assess the Risk for Legionella in building and industrial water systems. He has published articles and books on the subject and has co-written regulatory documents including the 2005 guidelines for Ornamental Fountains and the 2000 ASHE Advisory. Mr Keane has over 25 years experience in water system consulting and over 10 years experience in facility design, construction and operation.

    Legionella Risk Management, Inc. provides engineering consulting services for outbreak investigation, control and remediation of legionella from water systems in commercial buildings, healthcare and industrial facilities.

    We provide Litigation Support in this area.
    3/1/2011 · Environment
    Dr. Vincent Conte of the Miami - Dade County Health Department said about the EPIC hotel Legionnaires' disease outbreak, "What's ironic is the hotel installed a special filtration system to enhance the quality of their drinking water."

    Tim Keane, et al.
    The greatest tool to prevent infection during construction is awareness. This book helps you prevent and manage healthcare-associated infections related to construction, renovations, repair, and maintenance activities. Easy-to-use tools help you set up a risk management program, monitor construction activities, and comply with all regulatory codes and standards...
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    James D. Madden, PE
    Senior Forensic Engineer
    8803 Brecksville Road,Suite 7-216
    Cleveland, OH 44141
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    ALL STATES
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    phone: 440-838-1191
    fax: 440-838-1192
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    Regularly working in OH, PA, MI, NY & nearby states.
    Available Nationwide

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

    Mr. Madden's Forensic Experience has been based on principles of mechanical and chemical engineering and the principles of:
    • Human Factors
    • Safety Design
    • Safeguarding, including Machine Guards
    • Warnings
    • Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices
    Accidents Investigated Include:
    • Commercial / Industrial Equipment and Consumer Products
    • Chemicals, Gases, and Materials
    • Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
    • Hazardous Combustion, including Furnace & HVAC Malfunction with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    • Industrial, Commercial, and Construction Operations and Facilities
    • Building and Property safety - Slips, Trips, Falls
    • Traffic Accidents including Roadway Design and Condition
    James Madden has prepared over 600 written reports and prepared over 60 affidavits in place of written reports in response to motions. He has provided testimony in over 90 discovery depositions and has testified in over 75 trials in local, state, and federal courts in several states. Mr. Madden's services include consultation, on-site investigation and data collection, and preliminary evaluation. He also provides calculations, testing, research, accident analysis, equipment and facilities analysis, accident reconstruction, and verbal and written reports. Mr. Madden's expert witness services are available for depositions, arbitrations, and trials.
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    Dr. James Rice
    3255 Avebury Lane
    Keswick VA 22947
    USA
    phone: 434-326-0148
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    Dr. James Rice Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoDr. James Rice has over 35 years of technical and managerial experience in both industry and academia. He has a strong technical background in broad areas of mechanical engineering ranging from fluid mechanics and heat transfer to basic design. Dr. Rice’s primary expertise is in computational methods and simulation in mechanical engineering. His mechanical engineering practice has focused in particular on the development and application of these methods to a diverse range of applications in industry, and has also used these methods in his litigation support activities.

    Dr. Rice has extensive experience as an expert witness in patent litigation involving issues in Mechanical Engineering. Over the last ten years, he has provided litigation support in more than 30 cases including approximately 25 patent cases. This experience has included the preparation of numerous expert reports, depositions, and trial testimony for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. His litigation support activities have also included testing and analysis as required to support his opinions.

    Dr. Rice is the author of over 30 technical publications and has consulted for over fifty companies. He has conducted over 200 seminars and short courses in the U.S., Europe, and the Orient, and has been an invited speaker at international engineering conferences.

    Expertise:
    • Computational Methods
    • Heat Transfer / Thermodynamics
    • Turbomachinery
    • Combustion
    • Fluid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Mechanical Design
  • Intellectual Property
  • Prior Art Review
  • Infringement & Invalidity
  • Industries and Applications:
    Automotive:
    • Vehicle Aerodynamics
    • Passenger Compartment Flow
    • Underhood Flow & Heat Transfer
    • Intake & Exhaust Manifolds
    • Intake & Exhaust Valves
    • Engine Cooling Jackets
  • Power Steering Components
  • Cooling Fans
  • Fuel Delivery Systems
  • Ejectors
  • Control Valves
  • Torque Converters
  • Power Generation:Electronics:
    • Valves
    • Fossil & Nuclear Heat Exchangers
    • Thermal Stratification
    • Separation Systems
    • Combustion Systems
  • Enclosures
  • Heat Sinks
  • Natural / Forced Convection
  • Hard Drive Flow
  • Motors
  • HVAC:Turbomachinery:
    • Duct Systems and Components
    • Valves, Fittings
    • Flow & Temperature Distribution
    • Particle Dispersion
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Blowers
  • Fans
  • Aerospace:
    • Aerodynamics
    • Wind tunnels
    • Rotor Loads
    6/24/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Quite often when I receive an inquiry from an attorney about a new case, the case deals with a product or device that involves a very specialized and narrow area of design and engineering.

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    Gerald Roy Spencer, P.E.
    President
    4635 Southwest Freeway - Suite 900
    Houston TX 77027
    USA
    phone: 1-800-383-9685
    MEP Engineer of Record for the design and construction of more that 1300 MEP projects located in the USA, Europe, Canada, Asia, South America, and Carribbean since 1965.

    REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEER and Engineer of Record for the design and the construction of HVAC, & Plumbing Systems

    REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEER and Engineer of Record for the design and the construction of Interior and Exterior Lighting Design, Interior Electrical Power Distribution Systems, Exterior Power Distribution to Class 35kV, Large Un-interruptible Power Systems, Large Emergency Power Generation Systems to 750kVA, Electrical Power Quality Analysis Documentation & Harmonic Current Attenuation Design

    EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES for Facility HVAC, Electrical Power. Lighting and Plumbing Systems; Construction Contract Administration Services; Project Construction Cost Estimating Services; Life Cycle Cost Analysis Report Services; Energy Consumption Analysis Report Services; Diesel power engine-generators and fuel systems; UPS systems; Data Processing power and Grounding systems;
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    Kayleigh Martin
    Director of Business Development
    2200 Lucien Way, Suite 204
    Maitland FL 32751
    USA
    phone: 407-352-0107
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    Founded in 1989 by W. D. “Buzz” Willis III, WCCI provides full-service Construction Cost Management and Consulting. With over 4000 projects in their portfolio, they offer their clients a depth of experience that is unparalleled in the industry. In 2009, Willis Construction Consulting, Inc. merged with McGlamery Professional Construction Services. The merger created a comprehensive 16-Division firm with immersive capabilities. Known today as WCCI, they continue to operate with the same mission and integrity that founded this company – providing their clients with accurate, honest, and detailed cost consulting.

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

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

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Construction Cost Claims Estimating & Analysis
    • Change Order Claims Estimating & Analysis
    • General Conditions Cost Estimating & Analysis
    • Cost to Complete & Delay Estimating & Analysis
    • Expert Testimony
    Ed VanLint Construction Estimating Expert PhotoEd VanLint, PE, LEED AP, BD + C, CPE, is a Senior Civil, Structural, and Architectural Estimator. He serves as Director of Estimating at WCCI, overseeing all projects and providing oversight to all processes.

    Mr. VanLint personally leads their most complex estimating projects and insurance claims analysis. His construction experience spans over 36 years and is complimented with various professional licensures and certifications. His robust experience and multiple certifications have earned him the title of Professional Estimator and Legal Expert. Mr. VanLint's personal strength lies in attention to detail with a complete understanding of a multitude of construction assemblies. His project experience includes projects in the public, hospitality, entertainment, industrial and military fields of construction.

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

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

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

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

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