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Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO
President
8048 Northcourt Road
Houston TX 77040
USA
phone: 800-992-8048
fax: 713-744-5888
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Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. President and TGE Resources, Inc., she offers environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance auditing, and remediation management of affected real property services.

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

Areas of Expertise:
  • Real Estate Assessments - Environmental Due Diligence
  • Environmental Compliance Audits
  • Remediation Management, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Consulting of Contaminated Real Estate
  • Risk-Based Closure
  • Hazardous, Solid Waste Materials Management, Clean-up Consulting of Affected Property
  • Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, Mold/Fungal, Industrial Hygiene
  • Radiation Safety (NORM)
  • Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Management, Compliance, Corrective Action
  • Environmental Testing, Clean-up Consulting
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Richard J. Long, P.E.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Headquarters:
10029 Whistling Elk Drive
Littleton, CO 80127
CO, FL, GA, TX, KS, NC, DC
USA
phone: 303-972-2443
fax: 303-972-6980
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Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP
President
8633 Willow Kane Court
Orlando, FL 32835
T: (407) 445-0825
F: (407) 445-0821

Long International provides expert claims analysis, dispute resolution, and project management services to the Process Plant Engineering and Construction industry worldwide. Our primary focus is on petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas production, mining/mineral processing, power, cogeneration, and other process plant and industrial projects. We also have extensive experience in hospital, commercial and industrial building, pipeline, wastewater, highway and transit, heavy civil, microchip manufacturing, and airport projects.

Richard Long Richard J. Long, PE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long International has over 40 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering / construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for over 25 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion.



Andrew AvalonAndrew Avalon, PE, PSP is President of Long International and has over 28 years of engineering, construction management and claims consulting experience. He is an expert in the preparation and evaluation of construction claims, business interruption claims, schedule delay analysis, arbitration/litigation support and dispute resolution. He has prepared more than thirty CPM schedule analyses, written expert witness reports, and supported attorneys in depositions, cross-examinations, mediations and settlement negotiations. Mr. Avalon has analyzed construction schedules for owners and contractors to determine the causes of construction delays and to equitably allocate responsibility for delay-related costs.



W. Tom ThweattW. Tom Thweatt is a Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and management consulting experience. He has extensive experience in major U.S. and international refining, chemical, petrochemical, pipeline, infrastructure and thermal / hydroelectric power generation projects ranging from US$40 million to US$1.8 billion. He has worked extensively in projects that were executed by multi-national joint ventures on both the owner's and the contractor's sides. Mr. Thweatt has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million.

9/27/2013 · Construction
The "discrete damages/cost variance analysis method" for quantifying construction claim damages involves the specific distribution of all costs incurred on the project rather than quantifying only certain parts of the cost or damage analysis as may be used in the other methods.

9/4/2013 · Construction
ABSTRACT - This paper provides guidelines to commercial construction cost engineers for the development of a plan for obtaining and utilizing subcontractor cost information for use in bidding, procurement, scheduling, change order management, and claim management. The paper is based upon personal field experience gained in cost engineering, scheduling, bidding, planning, contracting, and claim analyses.

8/13/2013 · Construction
A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. The contractor frequently purchases these materials and agrees to install the quantities of materials on a unit price basis, i.e., a unit price that includes both the cost of the materials and the cost to install them.

12/17/2012 · Construction
Most construction contracts, whether they are standard or customized forms, usually contain specific provisions related expressly to the process of giving "notice." The notice generally refers to an obligation on the part of the Contractor to notify the relevant party administering the contract, normally the architect, resident engineer, or owner's representative, of a claim or change event that gives rise to possible additional entitlement for time and/or cost.

4/13/2012 · Construction
The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately entitled to a time extension or delay, acceleration and loss of productivity damages.

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Kenneth A. Kaigler
1030 East St. Mary Blvd.,Building 3
Lafayette LA 70503
USA
phone: 337-234-9672
fax: 337-234-5888
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Kenneth A. Kaigler formed Kaigler Consulting Service, Inc. in 1987 and has over 37 years of experience in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering industry. He has worked on land and offshore in production, drilling, completion and workover operations for both the operator and contractor.

Mr. Kaigler has accumulated a library of PETEX and IADC training video tapes and publications by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has maintained an updated library of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mineral Management Service (MMS), and the United Stated Coast Guard (USCG).

Litigation Support - Mr. Kaigler has worked on over 800 cases, for both the defendant and plaintiff. He has qualified as an Expert Witness in Drilling, Production, Crane Operation, and Crane Safety on land, inland waters, and offshore locations. Mr. Kaigler has testified in state and federal court 50 times and given over 200 depositions. His education, training, and experience allow him to offer his services with confidence. Drilling rigs and production facilities photographed during facility inspections and other educational materials are available for preparation of trial exhibits. Video and power points are also available for trial.
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Dan McCue
Houston TX 77450
USA
phone: 713-503-4371
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Dan McCue has been a successful Oil & Gas Land Professional for over 35 years. He specializes in developing access strategies for securing exploration and production opportunities in all US Basins.

Known as a contract and land matters problem solver with emphasis on dispute resolution, Mr. McCue has successfully negotiated and drafted numerous Joint Venture Agreements, Joint Operating Agreements, Farmout Contracts and Oil and Gas Leases.

Experience: Mr. McCue's work history began with 18 years at Amoco Production Company in East TX, Permian Basin, Alaska, and the Rockies. After Amoco, he took part in three start-up companies serving as Senior Landman at Spinnaker Exploration (Warburg Pincus), Vice President – Land at Beryl Oil and Gas (First Reserve), and Director of Land at Calera (Khosla Ventures).

After these ventures, Mr. McCue played a major role in the transformation of BP America Production Company’s US assets into an autonomous subsidiary of BP to build a competitive organization in the Lower 48. Most recently, he was BP’s Land Manager for the North Rockies Business Unit and Exploration Land Manager responsible for 3MM acres of non-core assets and the evaluation of exploration opportunities in all US basins.

For the past 22 years, Mr. McCue has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Department of Continuing Education. He instructs industry professionals, management teams, and national oil companies in both Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing, Competitor Analysis, and Joint Venture Partnerships. He has twice been published by The University of Texas for Fundamentals of Petroleum - Fifth Edition (2011) and Land and Leasing - Second Edition (2013).

Litigation Support - Mr. McCue is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the Oil and Gas Industry. His services are available to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Contract Preparation
  • Joint Partnership Agreements
  • Exploration, Development
  • Access Strategies
  • Problem Solving
  • Joint Venture
  • Forced Pooling
  • Lease Sale
  • Unit Agreement
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Offshore / Gulf of Mexico Matters
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    John E. Batey
    35 Fawn Rd.
    Easton CT 06612
    USA
    phone: 203-459-0353
    fax: 203-459-0282
    John Batey is a Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience related to Combustion Equipment Design, Testing and Performance Evaluation. He started and headed the combustion equipment research and development program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This program focused on testing and evaluating residential and commercial oil and gas heating equipment.

    As a consulting engineer, he completed many successful projects related to residential, commercial and industrial burner operation, adjustment, and efficiency improvement. He has supplied consulting services to many law firms, insurance companies, oilheat marketers and associations, oil and gas equipment manufacturers. He has served as Technical Director of the Oilheat Manufacturers Association (OMA) for the past ten years.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Carbon Monoxide injuries and deaths from oil and gas combustion equipment
  • Smoke and Soot Damage from Oil and Propane Equipment
  • Fuel Oil Leaks
  • Fires Related to Heating Equipment
  • Burn Injuries from Combustion Heating Equipment
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    411 N. Sam Houston Parkway East
    Suite 350
    Houston Texas 77060
    USA
    phone: 2813584441
    fax: 281-358-2517
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    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    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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    7/17/2017 · Environment
    The tiny pinhole in the pipe elbow probably took more than twenty years to form and cause a leak, a day or two to be discovered, and less than an hour to be repaired. This recent claim involving corrosion of a pipe elbow on a home heating oil tank resulted in a very minor release of a few gallons of heating oil to the surrounding surface soil. The insured acted appropriately, the release was quickly investigated and repaired. Based on the size of the tank and volume of the release, state regulations did not apply; however, local regulators became concerned over the possibility of impact to shallow groundwater in the area. Although the shallow aquifer was not considered a source of drinking water, it was used extensively for irrigation. Furthermore, the property owner soon began to notice petroleum like odors inside the home/office necessitating relocation for a couple of days. After the repair of the leak, the situation was completely resolved in a few weeks with the excavation and removal of impacted soil from beneath a patio and a portion of the building adjoining the point of release. Fortunately, the release was discovered early, quickly repaired, and the volume of the spill was not sufficient to impact groundwater, which could have easily transported contaminants and associated vapors well beyond the boundaries of the insured's property.

    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.