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Thomas L. Luth, MAC
Mold Assessment Consultant
9020 Balcones Club Drive
Austin TX 78750
phone: 512-748-8800 (cell) or 512-401-9500 (office)
Thomas L. Luth, MAC, is a third generation builder with over 35 years of designing, estimating, and building experience in both Residential and Commercial Construction projects. He has extensive training, education, and hands on experience in all areas of construction.

Mr. Luth obtained training through the American Indoor Air Quality Council, Environmental RX Training Facility, and the Department of State Health Services which qualify him to act as a consultant in microbial related matters. His experience, along with onsite air quality and microbial testing, remediation estimating, and remediation of over 100 projects, qualify him as an expert in evaluating and responding to air quality conditions, necessary remediation practices, and its associated causes and costs.

Litigation Support - Mr. Luth offers services to project owners, contractors, attorneys, and insurance companies in matters of Construction Procedures, Defects, and Job Site Safety. He has participated in well over 100 lawsuits as an expert witness for trial work, evaluation reports, assignments of responsibility, damage assessment opinions, and preparing estimations for the cost of repairs and corrections. Mr. Luth also provides dispute resolution services to law firms, insurance companies, and construction organizations.

Areas of Expertise:
  • OSHA
  • Building Codes
  • Industry Standards
  • Building Envelope Testing
  • ASTM Standards
  • Leak Testing
  • Structural Failures
  • Plumbing Defects
  • Air Quality Evaluation
  • Building Sciences
  • Job Site Safety
  • Roofing
  • Window Evaluation Falls
  • Equipment Failure
  • Improper Scaffolding
  • Improper Guardrails
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    Harold (Ed) von Dran, Jr., PE, CEM
    2627 Pebble Row
    San Antonio TX 78232
    phone: 210-930-2834
    Harold (Ed) E. von Dran Jr., PE, CEM, has over 39 years of experience in Environmental & Mechanical Engineering, Project Management, Government Acquisitions and Electronic System Repair.

    Background Experience - Mr. von Dran has extensive Program / Project Management experience in all facets of the Environmental Studies, Remedial Design, Cleanup, and Regulatory Compliance. His experience includes Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Health & Safety.

    Mr. von Dran has prepared more than 1,000 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans, Environmental Assessments, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, for oil and gas production and saltwater disposal units. He has also completed Naturally Occurring Radiological Material, sound and environmental studies, various permits and OSHA Health and Safety inspections for energy industry facilities.

    Litigation Support - A recognized expert, Mr. von Dran has been representing clients before the Texas Railroad Commission and Circuit courts since 2007. His experience includes both written and oral representations before administrative judges in numerous cases. Mr. von Dran's cases include:
    • Noise Pollution
    • Environmental Contamination from Runoff
  • Environmental Trespass
  • Facility Design and Condition Assessment
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    John Minor
    President, CGC
    14 Live Oak Drive
    Suite A-1
    Gulf Breeze FL 32561
    phone: 850-932-8720
    fax: 850-934-6659
    John G. Minor, President of Complete General Contractors, is a third-generation Contractor and licensed instructor certified by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He is a recognized expert on the costs and applications necessary to repair buildings damaged by manufacturer, builder liability, water damage or intrusion, mold, or asbestos.

    Mr. Minor has worked in construction and contracting dispute resolution throughout the Southeast for over 17 years. He has been involved in the successful discharge of 150+ million dollars as an expert witness in property claim lawsuits and disputes. He is retained by both the plaintiff and defense for a fair appraisal of the issues at hand.

    Mr. Minor works with attorneys to generate a plan based on damages to property and in compliance with the provisions and spirit of the insurance policies in effect at the time of the loss. For personal injury cases, he works to establish the code requirements in place at times of the injury to find how they relate to the cause of action.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Loss Appraisals
    • Construction Claims
    • Construction Disputes
    • Construction Safety
    • Construction Damages
  • Fire Damage
  • HVAC Issues
  • Insurance - Property, Casualty
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
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    3/3/2015 · Construction
    With sea levels rising by some reports and inch a decade and the prediction of stronger hurricanes todays aging building stock is at risk. In addition for new construction we must learn from the past. The proliferation of coastal development begs for consistent and sustainable construction techniques.

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    L. Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME
    31157 Lobo Vista Road
    Agoura CA 91301
    phone: (818) 489-4400
    Peter Petrovsky, PE, CE, ME , has provided services as a consultant and an expert witness in applied Civil and Mechanical Engineering Science, Building, Infrastructure, and Earthwork Contracting. His strength and experience is to successfully combine engineering and applied mechanics with the field experience and contracting skills.

    He packages civil, mechanical engineering, as well as, general, engineering, earthwork and paving and hazardous waste contracting into one package for the use of his clients. His services also include construction job site safety in fire prevention and personnel protection.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Petrovsky's shirtsleeve approach to problem solving gives him the ability to distill complex technical issues to a palatable presentation in the appropriate forum. Serving the legal industry for 25 years, he has been retained in over 600 plaintiff and defense cases, been deposed over 200 times, and given testimony approximately 100 times.

    Mr. Petrovsky's services include testing and analysis, trial preparation case analysis, deposition review and expert summary, evidence presentation, consulting, report writing, court exhibits, static and computer depictions, construction and engineering contract analysis, accident reconstruction, and interpretation of administrative regulations. He has assisted counsel on cases in California, New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Nevada.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design: Machine safety and guarding, Strength of materials, wood, metals, plastics
    • Materials Issues and Failure Analysis: Mechanisms, components and machinery; Pressure testing, fatigue analysis
    • Accident Investigations: Heavy equipment accidents, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators; Cranes, lifts, manipulators
    • Air conditioning and Refrigeration: Thermography services and analysis
    • Civil Engineering: Design of Buildings; Residential, industrial, commercial site plans; Land development, site preparation and paving, drilling and boring; Public and private roadways, sidewalks, ramps, parking lots, lighting; Septic systems, sewers, public sewer blockage and stoppage; Scaffolds & scaffolding erection and accidents; Retaining walls and retaining wall failure; Foundation failure / structural damage; Plumbing leaks, water intrusion, explosions; Earthquake Damage Assessment and Remediation; Construction Disputes / Insurance claims; Stucco defects and failures; Job site fire prevention industry standards
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    David M. Bekus
    45 Hunt Lane
    Skilllman NJ 08558
    phone: 732-735-7444
    David M. Bekus has over 35 years in the Construction Industry specializing in home design, construction, and remodeling. Mr. Bekus has been a project manager, overseeing all aspects of construction from conception and approvals to final sales for single homes and developments.

    Mr. Bekus is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a building inspector (RCS, ICS, and HHS), a licensed home remodeler, and a licensed new home builder. He is also certified in Project Management, Cost Estimating, Construction Methods, Construction Site Safety, and is a EPA Lead Safe Certified Contractor.

    Litigation Support - As a seasoned expert in the construction field, Mr. Bekus adheres to building code practices and high construction standards to provide reliable advice and credible expert witness testimony. His services include project evaluations, building code inspections, and clearly and precisely written reports. Mr. Bekus' expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and has testified in NJ superior court Areas of Expertise:
    • Industry Standards
    • Building Code Compliance, Specifications
    • Contract and Plan Specifications
    • New Construction Defects
    • Roof Issues
    • Water Issues
  • Framing Defects
  • Siding Defects
  • Concrete Defects
  • Insurance Claims
  • Poor Workmanship
  • Home Owner Association Issues
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
    David AmoriDavid P. Amori, PE, RRC, Vice President of Engineering at EFI Global, is a Structural / Geotechnical Engineer and Registered Roof Consultant with more than 22 years of domestic and international experience in building and heavy civil construction and engineering. His responsibilities include the oversight of the engineering service line, product delivery, quality, training and mentoring, business development, and executive team liaison.

    Mr. Amori's background includes geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and domestic and international construction management of commercial and heavy civil projects. He has performed hundreds of forensic investigations in North and South America.

    David Amori is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Masters of Science in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham.

    Mr. Amori provides Litigation Support services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. He has been retained numerous times and is court qualified as a structural and geotechnical engineer.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Structural Assessment
    • Construction Defect Investigation
    • Foundation Evaluation
    • Structural Fire Damage Assessment
    • Roof and Building Envelope Assessments
    Representative Litigation Support
    • Pearland, TX - Design team defendant expert in a case involving the code compliance, structural integrity, and functional performance of roof of a newly constructed assisted living facility
    • San Antonio, TX - Expert investigating the performance of window systems, roof systems, and exterior wall finishes
    • Austin, TX - Expert investigating the performance of custom window systems
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    3/2/2016 · Construction
    For the forensic investigator, damage assessments require taking a global look at the loss to determine all causes, including possible design and construction deficiencies.

    2/9/2016 · Construction
    Large losses present a unique set of challenges from the perspective of managing an expert or team of experts. For the purposes of this column, let's assume that a large loss is one that exceeds $250,000. These might include heavy civil construction, infrastructure, transportation, or a catastrophic event affecting a large building.

    2/17/2015 · Construction
    Roof collapses can be sudden, catastrophic events caused by a particular loading condition or combination of loads. Roof collapses often happen with little or no warning, making this a particularly dangerous event. When investigating a roof collapse, the obvious perpetrators are examined: how much snow was on the roof, were the drains plugged up, were the winds in excess of the design wind speed and many others. Occasionally, the roof can be doomed to collapse months or years before an event due to design or construction related deficiencies allowing for a subrogation opportunity to recover cost of repairs.

    12/9/2014 · Construction
    Often after an event like a tornado, windstorm, water surge, or fire, the damage sustained to some property structures exceeds the value of it. In these cases, an engineer might be asked to determine if the remaining foundation system is suitable for reconstruction. The motivation for this is fairly straightforward: the property may have been underinsured and saving the foundation represents an effort to reduce the reconstruction cost, or there is a desire to get the structure rebuilt as quickly as possible. In the interest of time and money, an evaluation of the suitability of the foundation for reuse can be performed. There are three main questions for the engineer to answer: Is the slab damaged by the event? Are there any other factors, such as differential foundation movement, that would prevent the slab being reutilized? Are there any code considerations that prevent the slab from being reutilized?

    8/8/2014 · Construction
    In the wake of a Hurricane the monumental task of beginning to assess the losses and respond to the thousands of claims inevitably includes a number of claims concerning the functional assessment of commercial roofing systems. The design and construction of a roof system requires input from several disciplines including thermal considerations (Mechanical), fire resistance (Architect/Municipality), equipment carrying capacity (Structural), ability to drain and/or to store water (Architect/Civil), aesthetics, and the ability to resist any number of transient loads (Structural). The assessment of the damage sustained by a roof system during a storm event is an equally broad endeavor requiring the expert to call on a number of disciplines.

    3/20/2014 · Construction
    Building envelope assessments for storm-related damage is a normal part of job for the property adjuster and forensic consultant. The assessment of storm-related damage inevitably becomes a question of whether the observed condition pre-dates the storm or is the result of sudden and recent event. In fact, the question may very well be, "Did the observed condition exist during or even before the building was constructed; is the condition the result of a construction or design related defect?"

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
    Keith PokornyKeith Pokorny, LEED AP, Vice President of Environmental Services, has more than 25 years of experience in Environmental, Engineering, and Construction Management services. He specializes in large project coordination and assists clients in implementing construction-related capital improvement programs.

    Responsibilities include the overall management of the Environmental practice for EFI and oversight of the Canadian Operations. His duties include strategic planning, forecasting, recruiting, business development, and employee development. This includes establishing and executing growth opportunities based upon geographic and service-based initiatives within the firm.

    Mr. Pokorny holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Toxicology from Clarkson University and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He is also an EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor and NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager.

    Mr. Pokorny offers litigation support services to insurance companies and attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He has experience in a wide variety of projects including:
    • Engineering and Environmental Insurance Claims
    • Public and Municipal Environmental Remediation / Hazardous Materials Management Programs
    • Private Retail / Commercial Hazardous Materials Management
    • Remediation Programs in High-rise, University, and Hospital Settings
    Licenses and Certifications:
    • US Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED AP), with specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD+C), 2010
    • Massachusetts Asbestos Designer, Inspector, Project Monitor, Management Planner, 1987-1995
    • Massachusetts Lead Paint Inspector, 1996-99
    • Type III Asbestos Consultant, VT, Department of Health, 1988
    • EPA Model Lead Risk Assessor, 1998
    • NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager (PHM), Associate
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    4/20/2016 · Environment
    The benefits of reducing health-care associated infections (HAIs) are well documented, impacting both the general health of a facility and its bottom line. According to the CDC, HAIs cost the healthcare system $37 to $45 billion annually and account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths.

    Following a fire event, a variety of people spend considerable time in the post-fire environment. In addition to first responders, fire and law enforcement, the individuals performing investigations in the property can include insurance claims adjusters, origin and cause fire investigators, inventory assessors, and damage assessors. The fire service, EMS and law enforcement may typically be assumed to be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but exposure to post fire hazards should be considered for those entering the property and performing work well after the fire event.

    1/15/2015 · Construction
    Mr. Pokorny and Mr. Penaloza discuss the "green insurance" programs and policies, LEED concerns for commercial claims and the expertise required to investigate "green claims" on these types of properties. Green building practices have grown annually, adding complexity to the analysis of construction projects, building systems, and building performance expectations. These efforts add a significant level of due diligence and the necessary expertise in responding to 'green claims' on the insurance products serving those properties.

    4/29/2014 · Construction
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present is a variety of building materials and may present a significant impact to construction projects. The presence of PCBs in caulking, sealants, paints, adhesives and other building materials dates from the 1930s to the banning of PCBs in domestically manufactured products in 1979. In that time period, however, PCBs were added to hundreds of building products due to their chemical stability, nonflammability, insulating properties and high flash point.

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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
    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.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
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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 (, 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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    Dr. Elliott E. Dudnik, PhD
    913 Wesley Avenue
    Evanston IL 60602
    phone: 847- 866-7760
    fax: 847-866-7897
    Dr. Elliott E. Dudnik, PhD, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI, ICC, is Principal of Elliott Dudnik + Associates, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Illinois-Chicago, with more than 50 years of professional experience as an Architect, Structural Engineer and Planner encompassing numerous commercial, residential, industrial and public building projects. As a noted educator-researcher, award and grant recipient, and author of more than 30 publications, Prof. Dudnik has lectured and taught at major universities in the US, Asia, Australia and Europe and consulted on Building Code Development, Building Facade and Porch Failures, Inspector Training, and Accessibility.

    Dr. Dudnik's litigation support activities on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants include investigations, analyses, expert witness reports, depositions, and testimonies that draw upon his extensive professional experiences as well as many years of teaching and lecturing to convey and explain complex concepts to judges and juries. Dr. Dudnik has now been engaged in more than 70 cases involving Architectural and Structural Engineering, Building Design and Construction, Defects, Collapses and Failures, and Building-Related Injuries.

    Forensic Architectural Services Include:
    • Expert Witness and Litigation Support
    • Code Violation, Compliance and Interpretation
    • Building Failures and Remedial Design
    • Building Envelope and Water Intrusion
    • Design and Construction Defects
    • Slip, Trip and Fall and Other Personal Injuries
    • Handicapped Accessibility and ADA Compliance
    • Errors and Omission, Professional Liability and Standards of Care
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    Brandon W. Erickson, PE, SE
    Founding Principal
    10000 NE 7th Avenue
    Suite 130
    Vancouver WA 98685
    phone: 360-571-5577
    fax: 360-571-5578
    Brandon Erickson Structural Engineering Expert PhotoBrandon W. Erickson, PE, SE, principal of Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC, has over 19 years of experience in Structural Engineering. Mr. Erickson received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Erickson is licensed in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, California, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. Mr. Erickson's main office is located in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Mr. Erickson also maintains a satellite office in Kihei, Hawaii.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Erickson provides litigation support services relevant to the structural design, construction, performance, failure, and remediation of buildings and similar structures. He is familiar with a variety of structural construction materials, including steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. His practice includes building structures and their foundations, remediation repair designs, construction means and methods, and seismic evaluations and upgrades.

    Retained as an expert for both Plaintiff and Defense, Mr. Erickson's services include comprehensive expert investigations, research, and forensic testing and analysis. His findings are summarized in well-documented, clear, and defendable reports. Mr. Erickson assists with mediation or arbitration, and provides expert testimony at deposition, mediation, or in court.

    Forensic Investigation Services:
    • Perform Proximate Cause Investigations
    • Assess Construction Defects
    • Assess Design Errors
    • Assess Materials Defects
    • Develop Testing and Monitoring Systems
    • Review Design and Construction Documents
    • Determine Extent of Damage
    • Prepare Schematic Remediation Designs Suitable for Scoping and Pricing
    • Prepare Final Remediation Designs Suitable for Permitting, Bidding, and Construction
    • Provide Assistance During the Remediation Phase
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    G. Peter Vander Heide, AIA, LEED AP
    Consulting Architect
    708 Fulton Street
    Philadelphia PA 19147
    phone: 215-925-8471
    Peter Vander Heide Architecture Expert PhotoPeter Vander Heide, AIA, LEED AP has 40 years of experience as a registered Architect in the construction industry. His professional experience includes the design of residential, commercial, and institutional/industrial facilities for public and private owners. He has managed both architects and engineers in several organizations.

    Mr. Vander Heide's career has encompassed design and analysis of structural work for a manufacturer of space-frame systems; management, development, training, and computer programming work in a large, multi-disciplined design firm. He also has management, capital budgeting, and project work experience as the owner of a large collection of public buildings in a major city.

    Mr. Vander Heide has broad experience with codes and standards including the International Building Code, BOCA, the Uniform Building Code, and the Southern Building Code. His hands on experience includes construction inspections across North America

    Peter Vander Heide began offering litigation support services in 2001, after almost 30 years collecting experiences in a broad range of settings and projects as a professional. Since then, he has been involved in over three dozen cases. He offers services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. Mr. Vander Heide has testified in cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has be certified as an expert in architecture in the U.S. Courts, Eastern District of Pennsylvania..

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Construction Defects
    • Construction Delays and Disputes
    • Construction Accidents and Injuries
    • Stairs
    • Leaks and Moisture Intrusion
    • Building Science
    • Building Codes
    • Code Compliance
    • WUFI Analysis - certified Instructor
    • Stucco
  • Windows
  • Masonry
  • Roofing
  • Building Envelope
  • Air Barriers
  • Vapor Barriers
  • Architectural Standard of Care
  • AIA Contracts
  • Change Orders
  • Construction Claims
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    Horizon Consulting Service
    Dennis Wilson
    909 14th Street
    Modesto CA 95354
    phone: 209-491-7620
    Dennis E. Wilson has over forty years of experience in Land Planning, Civil Engineering, and Land Surveying. His company, Horizon Consulting Service, specializes in Entitlements, In-Fill Projects, Civil Engineering, and Land Planning and Design for commercial, industrial and residential properties. Mr. Wilson works on both private and governmental projects.

    As an Expert Witness, Mr. Wilson has participated in property line disputes, condemnation resolutions and land use issues.

    Professional Memberships:
  • American Planning Association
  • Past Chair of Land Use Committee, National Association of Home Builders
  • Past Chair Land Use & Government Affairs, California Building Industry Association
  • Past Chair of BIACC PAC
  • Past Chair/Current Member on Land Use & Transportation Committee, Modesto Chamber of Commerce
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    Scott Friesen, PE
    Senior Consultant
    Contact Rush Porter, Director of Business Development
    8330 Juniper Creek Lane
    San Diego CA 92126
    phone: 858-587-2874
    fax: 858-587-6749
    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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    John B. Giacoma
    1155C Arnold Drive, Suite 258
    (San Francisco bay area)
    Martinez CA 94553
    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.

    • Construction Defects
    • Personal Liability Claims
    • Asbestos Exposure
    • Construction Claims
    • Cost Estimating
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    John Gillies
    Principal, RICS FRICS FBEng
    22a Ives Street
    Chelsea London
    phone: 44-0-20-7377-6247
    fax: 44-0-1702-304-277
    John Gillies Chartered Bulding Surveyor ExpertJohn Gillies is a Chartered Building Surveyor and the Senior Director of Johnson Gillies. Mr. Gillies is frequently involved in dilapidation assessments for Landlords and Tenants. In addition, he is often called upon to produce opinions and evidence in matters of dispute. Mr. Gillies provides Expert Witness reports for legal issues and appears in Court as an expert on construction and related matters.

    The firm's Building Consultancy and Expert Services Include:

    Surveys: Building, Homebuyer, Vendor, and Measured Surveys. Planned Maintenance, Defects Analysis, and Due Diligence Investigations.

    Audits: Fire, Health and Safety, Environmental, Access, and Commercial EPC.

    Development Consultancy: Development Monitoring, Party Walls, Planning, Rights of Light.

    Construction Consultancy: Contract Administration, Design, Employers Agent, Feasibility Study, Fit Outs, New Build, CDM Co-ordination, Project Management, Refurbishment, Repair & Maintenance.

    Landlord & Tenant: Dilapidations, Services and Charges, Licences and Alterations, Photographic Schedules, Schedules of Condition.

    Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness, Adjudication, and Arbitration of:
  • Building Contract Disputes
  • Cost and Quality of Building Works Disputes
  • Expert Reports
  • Legal Evidence at Court
  • Insurance: Building Reinstatement Valuations and Insurance Loss Assessing.
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