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Chip Darius, OHST, CET, CSHO
President
110 Court Street, Suite 1
Cromwell CT 06416
USA
phone: 860-978-9899 or 800-809-0059 (Toll Free)
fax: 860-760-6264
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Chip Darius is an OSHA Safety Consultant and Trainer with over 25 years experience in general industry, construction, utilities and emergency services. Mr. Darius is an Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center, teaching courses on OSHA regulations since 2002.

Mr. Darius is a Forensic Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant with experience in both plaintiff and defense cases, in state and federal matters. He has testimony experience in depositions and at trials. He is available to review and evaluate cases, assist in framing legal arguments, assess the merits of a case, conduct incident investigations, and perform site inspections. He is an associate Member of the American Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association.

Mr. Darius has authored 3 guidebooks and multiple articles, and has designed more than 200 specialized courses in safety and trainer development. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Darius has also been a certified Emergency Medical Technician for over 35 years.

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Derek J. Franken
8005 Royal Gardens Place
El Cajon CA 92021
USA
phone: 619-990-4245
fax: 619-334-1880
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Derek J. Franken is general engineering contractor with over 35 years’ experience specializing in Wet Utilities. Mr. Franken has managed a staff of more than 250 employees with yearly project volumes ranging from $60-$100 million, including the successful completion of a single $25 million project under his supervision. His expertise includes all aspects of full service site utilities including all work incidental to the trade. Mr. Franken also has extensive knowledge with agency construction standards such as the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, County of Riverside, etc., and greenbook specifications.

Mr. Franken has project managed all phases of construction from pre-bid job walks through final completion, managed multiple field operations, coordinated up to 40 subcontractors on a single project, conducted project planning meetings with public and private entities including owners, developers, inspectors and subcontractors. His trade experience includes underground repairs, fire services, sewer lines, water lines, paving and concrete work for trench repair, backflow preventers, manholes, storm drain lines and storm drain structures with old and new construction pipelines, pump stations and lift stations.

He has worked with local attorneys consulting on various cases specializing in construction litigations to resolve claims and disputes by providing depositions, hazard analysis, construction defects, discovery for mediation and claims, and expert opinion. Mr. Franken takes a fair, informative and investigative approach in such disputes. A key association was a forensic investigation for a multi-million dollar case involving methane gas in homes. In the past 35+ years, Mr. Franken has completed several private and public works projects from Imperial Valley to Yuma to Riverside County, some of which had unique problems resulting in lawsuits. In the last 10 years, Mr. Franken has been at the forefront of every issue facing the largest wet utility contractor in San Diego County with pipeline issues, pump stations, paving, concrete structures, boring and tunneling.

Mr. Franken can provide expert witness services for Construction Industry Standard Practices, standards of care, safety issues, construction defects, contract disputes, etc. with onsite review, written reports, depositions, mediation, and trial testimony, if needed, locally and nationwide. He is able to communicate complex issues in a clear, detailed and effective manner.

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Lon W. House, PhD, CEM, CSDP
See Multiple Addresses Below
AZ, CA USA
phone: 530-676-8956 (Office) or 530-409-9702 (Cell)
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Lon House Water Energy Expert PhotoLon W. House, PhD, CEM, CSDP, is a Water and Energy Consultant with over 25 years of experience. Dr. House has a Bachelors, two Masters, and a PhD in Engineering and Economics from UC Davis. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) with the Association of Energy Engineers.

Background Experience - Dr. House taught engineering in Graduate School at UC Davis for a number of years and was the Founder and Co-Director for Hydropower at the UCD Energy Institute. He worked for the California Energy Commission as a utility planner, and was the chief utility planner for the California Public Utilities Commission.

Dr. House is the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) energy consultant, representing 500 water agencies which are responsible for over 90 percent of the water delivered in California. He is the California Rural Water Association (CRWA) energy adviser representing over 1,100 rural water systems in California. Dr. House also works for the California Public Utilities Commission as a water - energy expert witness on transmission issues, and for the California Energy Commission as a researcher in the water sector.

Dr. House has been involved in over 50 successful renewable energy solicitations, everything from biogas to wind to solar to small hydro. He is responsible for training and installation of over 25 small hydroelectric projects along in the Thailand/Myanmar border area in SE Asia.

Litigation Support - Lon W. House provides expert witness testimony, regulatory representation, economic evaluations, policy directives, and planning functions for selected clients. His clients include public agencies, trade organizations, regulatory agencies, and independent power producers. He has testified numerous times before the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, California Power Authority, California Independent System Operator, California State Legislature, State Water Resources Control Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the United States Senate.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Water Resources
  • Energy Generation
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Hydroelectric / Hydropower
  • Water / Energy Due Diligence
  • Rural Water Systems
  • Contract Management
  • Water / Energy Pricing
  • Water / Energy Procurement
  • Utilities Valuation
  • Regulatory Representation
  • Wastewater Systems
  • California Office
    2795 East Bidwell Street
    Suite 100-176
    Folsom, CA, 95630
    Arizona Office
    10645 N. Oracle Road
    Suite 121 - 216
    Oro Valley, AZ, 95735


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    Recent changes in the utilities in California, particularly the surplus of solar generated electricity during the afternoon periods, is causing the utilities in the state to request significant changes in their long established Time-of-Use (TOU) periods. The utilities are proposing changing the on-peak TOU period from the long standing afternoon period in the summer to the evening hours and, in many cases, extending the on-peak from the summer season to year around (see Table 1).

    Water in the U.S. is a huge energy user. Approximately 4 perecent of all electricity consumed in the U.S. is used to deliver water and treat wastewater, more than is consumed by the pulp, paper, and petroleum industries. In California water related energy use consumes 19 percent of the state's electricity, 30 percent of its natural gas, and 88 billion gallons of diesel fuel every year. And it is only going to get worse, a lot worse, as the water community struggles to find adequate supplies of water to satisfy a growing population, tries to find ways to treat water to remove ever increasingly miniscule amounts of known pollutants, and tries to cope with a bewildering array of newly identified contaminants.

    This article provides a brief comparison of the public sector vs. private sector in terms of characteristics, applicable incentives, and decision- making criteria for participating in new, untried endeavors like demand-side programs, using water agencies in California as the public sector example. Recommendations on characteristics of utility demandside programs likely to be attractive to public agencies are provided.

    Water utilities are facing a number of issues: droughts and climatic variations in water supply, rapidly rising operating costs, demands for increasingly expensive investments in treatment for fresh water and wastewater, heightened customer expectations in both service and environmental impacts, and the need to replace aging infrastructure. This has spurred interest among water suppliers in managing water demand, capturing all revenue, minimizing distribution system and customer water losses, and increasing customer support and information. A change in their metering systems is one of the primary tools to do this.

    11/30/2016 · Energy - Utilities
    Smart meters have been prominent in the energy utility world, and are beginning to make substantial inroads in the water utility world. Smart meters are probably more useful for the water sector than for the energy sector, and the old days of billing total water consumption during the last month or two is being phased out with the introduction of time-of-use water consumption information. Smart meter installations have reported numerous benefits, both operational and on the customer side (see Table 1). Aside from the obvious savings from reduced need for onsite meter reading, the ability to identify not just the volume of water consumption but also the timing of that consumption has significant benefits, particularly to customers, and may be a linchpin for enhanced water conservation efforts.

    10/25/2016 · Energy - Utilities
    One of the state of California's largest end uses of electricity is in the treatment, heating and cooling, and conveyance of water. In 2005, the California Energy Commission estimated that water-related energy accounts for almost 20% of the state's electricity requirements. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) followed this observation by authorizing water-energy pilot projects designed to validate claims that saving water can save energy and explore whether energy savings may be realized through water conservation measures and incorporated into electric utility energy efficiency programs (http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Energy+Efficiency/Water+Energy+Nexus+Programs.htm).

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    Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII
    President & CEO
    7 Reservoir Road
    North White Plains NY 10603
    USA
    phone: 914-670-0208 or 914-714-3720 (Cell)
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    Steven Pietropaolo, PE, CFEI, CFII, President & CEO, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, amongst others. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor.

    Mr. Pietropaolo has over 25 years of hands on engineering experience including electrical, mechanical, materials, safety, fire protection, and construction. He has knowledge of codes and standards used in construction and industry including building codes, safety codes, and industrial codes. He also has extensive experience in Utility Company procedures / equipment and investigating major incidents involving electrical, gas, steam system failures, and construction accidents.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Pietropaolo has testified as an expert witness many times in cases in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Federal Courts. He has been retained on numerous large multimillion-dollar property damage cases as well as fatal accidents and fires / explosions including those that resulted in injury.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Fires / Explosions
    • Fire Protection Systems
    • Construction Defects / Failures
    • Construction Accidents
    • Equipment Failures
  • Product Liability / Warning
  • Property Loss Subrogation
  • Personal Injury - Slips / Fall
  • Electro / Mechanical System
  • Sports / Recreational Accidents
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    Brian Aanestad
    Vice President
    27475 Ynez Road, #627
    Temecula CA 92591
    USA
    phone: 951-303-8309 or 951-795-6330 (Cell)
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    Brian Aanestad Underground Utilities Expert PhotoBrian H. Aanestad has over 21 years of direct experience providing underground construction for the placement of Underground Utilities and Pipelines. His companies have served in both Prime Contractor and Subcontractor capacities.

    Mr. Aanestad has worked and overseen successful projects to install pipeline and conduit for Cable TV, Fiber Optic, Gas, Electric, Water, Sewer, and Storm Drain. Other pipe and conduit installations include, Seawater Return Pipe Lines, Defrosting Pipeline, Hydro Augers, and Contaminated Soil Remediation Lines.

    Under his direction, Mr. Aanestad's companies have built and installed Fiber Optic Conduit Networks for inner-city and long haul projects. The projects utilized High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe ranging in size from 1 inch in diameter to 42 inches in diameter and installations range from one single conduit to multiple (up to 56) conduits and also include many cased conduits.

    Litigation Support Mr. Aanestad provides expert witness services to insurance companies and counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He holds a class “A” General Engineering Contractors License in the State of California and has a 30 hour Occupational Safety and Health card issued by Cal-OSHA.

    Mr. Aanestad's nation-wide services include on-site review, written reports, depositions, mediation, and trial testimony when needed. His cases have involved the following issues:
    • Installation of Underground Trenchless Public Utilities
    • Fiber Optics Installation Defect
    • General Engineering Contractor Negligence
    • Underground Utility Easements
    • Construction Delay / Change Order Issues
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    Curt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP
    24 Ridge Road
    Longmeadow MA 01106
    USA
    phone: 413-567-1175
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    Curt Freedman Forensic Engineering Expert PhotoCurt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP, has over 30 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. He is registered to practice in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maryland, and Ohio.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Freedman provides forensic engineering services for the insurance industry and attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. With a portable microscope diagnostic camera, his investigations include material science evaluations, as well as mechanical and structural evaluations. Mr. Freedman's background also includes designing, engineering, and constructing HVAC systems, plumbing systems, and utility conservation products for the residential, commercial, and industrial sector.

    Curt Freedman also offers professional forensic services for the Investigation of Child Heatstroke / Hot Car Incident Deaths. His detailed services in this area include evaluation, field testing, and analytic modeling to determine real time interior temperature of the subject vehicle.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Appliances
  • Building Temperature Modeling
  • Carbon Dioxide Gas Testing
  • Carbon Monoxide Investigations
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Construction Cost Evaluations
  • Controls Systems
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Flat Plate Solar Panels
  • Forklifts
  • Furnaces
  • Hydronic Boilers
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Fire Sprinkler Head Failures
  • Ladders
  • Loss of Heat / Fuel Freeze
  • Manufacturing Equipment Accidents
  • Metallic Pipe Fitting Failures
  • Motor Failures
  • Plastic Fitting Failures
  • Plumbing / Piping Systems
  • Rooftop HVAC Equipment
  • Stairs, Ramps
  • Slips & Falls
  • Steam Boilers
  • Photo-voltaic Solar Panels
  • Pump Failures
  • Solar Insolation Modeling
  • Toilet Failures
  • Water heater failures;


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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO
    720 King Georges Road
    Suite 402
    Fords NJ 08863
    USA
    phone: 609-751-4104
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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO, has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Land Use, Municipal Engineering, and Code Enforcement in the State of New Jersey. His rare combination of professional credentials enables him to analyze the development process from concept design through issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. He is one of fewer than ten people in New Jersey who holds licenses as a:
    • Professional Engineer
    • Professional Land Surveyor
    • Professional Planner
  • Construction Official
  • Building Official
  • Plumbing Official
  • Litigation Support - Mr. Peters' expertise is beneficial in the resolution of disputes between project owners, design professionals, contractors, and insurance carriers. He has testified before the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Historic Preservation Review Committee, and Site Plan Review Advisory Board, and NJ Civil Courts. He is also a mediator on the roster of the NJ Civil Courts.

    Mr. Peters provides litigation support for counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases have involved:
    • Engineering Matters
    • Property Line Disagreements
    • Drainage Problems
    • Streets and Sidewalks
    • Sewers
    • Construction Disputes
    • Land Use
  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Codes
  • Construction Permits
  • ADA Compliance
  • Local Government Matters
  • Engineering Malpractice
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    Bonneau Dickson, PE
    2428 McGee Ave
    Berkeley CA 94703
    USA
    phone: 510-845-8625
    fax: 510-845-4606
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    Bonneau Dickson, PE, is a Sanitary Engineer with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of studying, designing, and constructing water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities, both in the United States and abroad.

    Mr. Dickson has designed approximately 300 water, wastewater, and stormwater projects. Has been resident engineer or otherwise participated in the construction phase of approximately 20 water and wastewater projects. Mr. Dickson has both project management and general management experience as project manager on approximately 175 projects.

    Forensic Engineering Experience - Mr. Dickson served as forensic technical consultant, expert witness, or claims analyst on more than 100 projects. With his decades of experience, he understands not only the engineering aspects, but also the financial, managerial, political, and personal aspects of legal issues. Mr. Dickson's expert services include succinct reports with explanations of complex engineering matters in layman’s language.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Sewage Overflows
    • Wastewater Facilities Design
    • Wastewater Facilities Planning
    • Septic Systems
    • Water Facilities Design
  • Water Facilities Planning
  • Standard of Care
  • Stormwater Facilities Design
  • Stormwater Facilities Planning
  • PCE Contamination
  • Education - BS Civil Engineering, GA Tech; MS Sanitary Engineering, GA Tech; MA Sanitary Engineering, Harvard University; Master Of Business Administration, Harvard University

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction, Demolition, and Temporary Traffic Control
    • Tunnels, Rapid Transit Systems, Highway, Bridge, Building, Marine, and Underground Utility Construction and Demolition
    • Falls, Confined Spaces, Electrical
    • Cranes, Forklifts, Earthmoving, Paving, Trenching, Shoring, Scaffolding, Aerial Lift, Pile Driving, Marine
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