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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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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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    Carl E. Peters, PE, PLS, PP, CO
    4525 Route 27
    Princeton NJ 08540
    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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    R. John Miner, P.E.
    President
    12807 Aqua Valley
    Helotes TX 78023
    USA
    phone: 512-506-9007
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    R John Miner Utility Industry Expert PhotoR. John Miner, PE, is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 40 years of experience in the Utility Industry. He is Owner and President of Collaborative Learning, Inc. established in 1995, also doing business as Collaboration Unlimited and located in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, Mr. Miner provides a wide range of management and technical consulting, litigation support, and educational services. His clients include both public and private sector electric utilities, utility and technical associations, educational institutions, and law firms.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Miner provides expert litigation support on matters involving contractual disputes, electrical accidents, and compliance with both the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC - ANSI Standard C-2) and OSHA regulations applicable to electric utility distribution systems. He routinely presents seminars and short courses throughout the U.S on electrical distribution system design, construction, operation, and maintenance as well as electrical safety and the NESC.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electricity and Safety
    • Electric Utility
    • Utility Management
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    • OSHA Issues
    • Electrical Accident Investigation
    • Electric Utility Contracts
  • Power Plants
  • Power Lines
  • Electrical Distribution
  • Substations
  • Electrical Safety
  • High Voltage Accidents
  • Lineman 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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    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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    Margaret C. Felts
    8822 Shiner Ct.
    Elk Grove CA 95624
    USA
    phone: 916-468-8443
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    Margaret C. Felts is a Litigation Consultant and Expert Witness for law firms, regulatory agencies, and private entities on Energy, Environmental, and Corporate Fraud cases. Her specialties include:
    • Pipeline Integrity Management Records and Processes
    • Gas and Electric Utilities Regulatory Cases
    • Oil & Gas Industry Cases
    • Groundwater Contamination - Expert Knowledge of the Past 100 Years, Emphasis on CA
    • Hazardous Waste Disposal and Site Cleanup
    • Historical Records Research
    Energy Cases - Since 1983, Ms. Felts has served intermittently as a technical consultant and expert witness on a number of Energy Cases for the California Public Utilities Commission, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, CalTrans, the California Energy Commission, and a few private law firms representing claims against oil companies. Selected Major Energy cases include the SoCalGas/ Exxon Offshore Gas Treatment Plant Startup Failure, the SCE/Nevada Power Mohave Power Plant Steam Pipe Failure, the PG&E Helms Pumped Storage Power Plant Startup Failure, and the Enron and the PG&E Bankruptcy.

    Environmental Cases - Ms. Felts also served as technical consultant and expert witness on a number of Environmental Cases. Her primary clients were law firms representing the reinsurance companies of Lloyds of London. Some of the high profile cases were Aerojet, Lockheed, Raytheon, and City of Lodi. Both Aerojet and Lockheed cases included precedent-setting issues that were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Litigation Support - As a primary technical consultant, Ms. Felts leads the development of factual case strategy, identifies the best team of expert witnesses, writes interrogatories, reviews data, and performs independent research to find key evidence. She provides deposition questions and advises attorneys throughout the cases. Ms. Felts drafts logical threads of technical cross examination questions and, as appropriate, testifies in court.

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