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David Neagley, AIA, Architect
Forensic Architect
PO Box 2265
La Jolla CA 92038
phone: 858-354-8070
David Neagley Forensic Architecture Expert PhotoDavid Neagley, AIA, Architect: Over thirty-two years of architectural design and construction administration experience with all building types, including educational, medical, R&D, corporate, commercial, custom residential, multi-family housing, military and industrial projects, totaling over 12.4 million square feet. Emphasizing use of durable, low maintenance materials including stainless, copper, bronze, zinc, cement-fiber, plastics, composites, specialty sealants & industrial paints.

Building Reconstruction Specialist: Reconstruction design, details and specifications focused on solving complex construction problems and developing effective repairs for commercial and institutional buildings. Services include design for waterproofing, flashing, exterior finishes, roofs, decks, windows, and remediation of mold, wood rot, corrosion and structural damage.

Construction Industry Expert: Visual inspection, intrusive testing, defect analysis, repair recommendations and forensic expert services for both plaintiff and defense parties. Specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, waterproofing, vapor transmission, exterior finishes, corrosion, condensation, ventilation, mold, wood rot, suspended ceilings, interior partitions, and structural issues.
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
phone: 845-677-3091
Wood Advisory Services (WAS) is a wood science consulting company specializing in the Engineering Uses of Wood and Wood-based Products. They have been pioneers in the development of full-size structural lumber testing procedures, design properties, and statistical distribution and reliability simulations.

WAS provides a wide range of consulting and testing services in virtually every aspect of Wood Science and Wood Construction Technology across the United States and Internationally. WAS professionals frequently assists architectural firms, major corporations, building contractors, trade associations, government agencies, building owners, insurance companies, and home owners in the design of wood structures and specification of wood materials. In addition, they often advise contractors and material suppliers on the interpretation of wood construction specifications, perform building evaluations, and provide research and development on wood construction technology.

WAS services include the standardized testing (i.e. ASTM, AWPA, APA, etc) of wood and wood-based materials including lumber, timber, structural composite lumber, utility poles, piles, decking, siding, trim, solid flooring, and engineered wood flooring.

Principal, Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Wood Science/Engineering and Construction Technology. Dr. DeBonis served as the Manager of Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Dr. DeBonis has authored numerous articles and delivered seminars and presentations on topics within his area of expertise. Subjects have include the application of wood-based materials, the evaluation of wood piles, and the preliminary investigation of structural wood components.

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Christian DeCapria
Architect/Engineer/Contractor Management Specialist
Delhi LA 71232
phone: 318-303-3577
Who Dat Consulting provides Construction Management consulting and Clerk of the Works services. We save our clients thousands of dollars in unnecessary overhead costs by acting as the liaison between the client, architect, engineer, and contractors. Through our Geaux2 Team, we are capable of performing, managing, coordinating and overseeing all phases of the Predesign, Design, Bidding & Award, Construction, and Project Closeout, and further Facility Maintenance Services for years after. Our clients maintain as much control of the project as they desire. Our specialists have the ability to work onsite or offsite with programs such as AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project and have an established library of a/e/c forms, reports, etc.

Christian DeCapria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management with a minor in Architectural Technologies and Business Administration. He has over fifteen (15) years of experience in residential and commercial construction. He is very familiar with Division 01 Specifications and has experience in all tasks regarding construction project management, including troubleshooting and resolving on-site issues, maintaining or exceeding project schedule, keeping projects within or below budget, and managing contractors.

Types of Projets include: commercial, industrial, military, public, green and sustainable projects, hotel/multi-unit residential, retirement centers, assisted living complexes, healthcare complexes, dental facilities, veterinary facilities, cafeterias, restaurants, spiritual centers, educational centers, libraries, technology centers, retail centers, automobile dealerships, and convention, entertainment and sporting centers.
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Office of Design & Construction
2115 Third Street, Suite 208
Santa Monica CA 90405
phone: 805-798-0010
Jeffrey Phillip Weinstein, AIA, a California licensed Architect and Construction Project Manager since 1982, with a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from USC, is actively involved with development, design and construction management. Mr. Weinstein provides preconstruction (entitlements, plans, permits) through on-site construction administration services (change order analysis, cost evaluation) on a wide range of building types.

Expertise: Mr. Weinstein has extensive experience in real estate development, acquiring government approvals, entitlements and permits, architect's standard of care, construction management, claims & defects, and A/E/C agreements. His expertise includes scope of services and design fees, zoning and building codes, errors/omissions, construction defects, destructive testing and repairs. Previous positions include Director of Operations, Preconstruction Director, Senior Project Manager, Construction Manager and Administrator for Nadel and Callison Architects, Tishman Construction, Trammel Crow Company, California State University and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

Project Experience: Jeff's project experience includes high-rise residential and mixed-use developments, multi-family residential podium-type apartments and condominiums, retail, big box, neighborhood shopping centers and regional malls, corporate and tenant improvements, hospitality including wineries and breweries, themed resorts and casinos, K-12 and university buildings, hospitals and medical facilities, custom and production homes.

Professional Licenses / Certifications / Affiliations:
  • California Registered Architect, License #12822
  • AIA Certified in Construction Management, Contract Administration and Specifications
  • Member, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, Construction Specification Institute
  • Member, North Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review
Professional Services Include:
  • Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) Project Management
  • Owner’s Representative / Real Estate Development / LEED Design-Build
  • Director of Operations and Pre-Construction Services / Construction Administrator
  • Forensic Architect / Construction Expert Witness
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9/11/2017 · Construction
ln our current climate of economic prosperity and rising real estate values, the prevalence and usefulness of construction litigation may be on the wane. Much of the litigation and expert opinion in recent years has resulted in unrealistic repair schemes for the sole purpose of producing a settlement among parties to the litigation. When a plaintiff expert recommends a "remove and replace in its entirety"1 scenario (for example, arguing that all exterior stucco must be demolished and reinstalled due to a lack of expansion joints), the defense expert frequently advocates a more modest "fix what's broken" scheme to provide a minimum repair at the lowest cost. This process consumes considerable time and resources, and creates a difficult environment in which to craft a settlement. More often than not, neither party is pleased with the outcome; unreasonable plaintiff positions often result in settlement amounts ranging between 15 to 25 percent of the claim amount.

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Kayleigh Martin
Director of Business Development
2200 Lucien Way, Suite 204
Maitland FL 32751
phone: 407-352-0107
WCCI provides Construction Cost Management and Estimating throughout all design and construction phases. With over 4,000 projects to date, they provide a depth of expertise that is unparalleled in the industry. WCCI's clients include owners, developers, architects, construction managers, contractors, attorneys, and insurance agencies worldwide.

Founded in 1989 by W. D. “Buzz” Willis, III to produce cost estimates, WCCI has over 225 years of combined Hard Bid and Hard Hat experience. With cost management projects exceeding a total value of $24 billion, the company has been called up for their expertise around the globe, including the U.S., Hong Kong, Moscow, Afghanistan, Morocco, Qatar, Brazil, The Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic among others.

The team at WCCI has a strong understanding of current market conditions, a vast knowledge of many different construction methods and keen attention to detail. It is their ability to provide comprehensive quantity take-offs, specific market pricing, and carry appropriate contingency and escalation costs that leads their clients to a successful project within budget from conception to completion.

WCCI Services:
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Program Estimates
  • Preconstruction Estimates
  • Cost Reduction Reviews / Estimates
  • Bid Review & Reconciliation
  • Change Order Management
  • Pay Application Reviews
  • Project Closeout
  • Subcontractor Bid Reviews (Scope & Price)
  • MEP Systems Cost Reduction Alternatives
  • Change Order Management
  • Project Management of MEP Trades
  • Site Inspections
  • MEP Systems Constructability Reviews
  • Claims Assistance
  • Legal Services

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

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

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

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

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    James D. Wamble, PE, RLS
    PE, RLS
    40 Middleton Street
    Nashville TN 37210
    phone: 615-251-9555
    fax: 615-251-9034
    James D. Wamble, PE, RLS has over 30 years of experience as a Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor. During the course of his career, Mr. Wamble has worked on land planning, land surveying, or civil engineering projects in all counties of the middle and west Tennessee regions, and several counties in east Tennessee.

    Selected Recent Projects:
    • Lake Forest Estates – Approximately 5000 residential units and numerous commercial parcels. Largest subdivision in the state. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
    • Reelfoot Lake – Boundary survey of an 18,000-acre public lake to determine the pre-1917 Ordinary Low Water Mark for a Federal lawsuit in Lake County and Obion County, TN. Performed land surveying and expert witness services
    • Tapestry – 393 unit condominium and apartment development with 6,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in a Traditional Design Town Center in Brentwood, Williamson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
    • Evans Hill - 340 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in Hermitage, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
    • Evergreen Hills - 900 mixed residential units designed as a Traditional Specific Plan in the Cane Ridge Community of Nashville, Davidson County, TN. Provided land planning, land surveying, and civil engineering services
    Services Include:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Land Use Planning
  • Land Surveying
  • Retail, Res., Industrial, Comm. Site Design
  • Construction, Grading, Drainage Plans
  • Roadway, Detention, Basin Design
  • Erosion Control
  • Water Quality Design
  • Engineering Studies
  • Cost Estimates / Financial Analysis
  • Developability / Constructability Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Residential, Industrial, Commercial, Mixed-Use
  • Zone Change Request
  • Planned Unit Development Design
  • Specific Plan Design
  • Natural Resource Analysis
  • Graphic Presentation
  • Site Selection Consultation
  • Boundary
  • Topography
  • As-Built
  • Route
  • ALTA Land Title
  • Utility
  • Aerial Ground Control
  • Construction
  • GPS

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    Henrik Vintén
    Snovagen 99 b
    Luleå 97633
    phone: 46-0-920 220022
    Henrik Vintén - Chief Surveyor

    Expert in Concrete and Earthworks Construction Surveys, Roads, Bridges, Houses, Industries, Railroad and Dams. Services include Volume Calculations and Net Adjustments. Surveying done with total stations and GPS.
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    John P. S. Salmen, FAIA
    8757 Georgia Ave., Ste 430
    Silver Spring MD 20910
    phone: 301-270-2470
    fax: 301-270-8199
    Universal Designers & Consultants (UD&C) is a leading team of expert Architects and Accessibility Professionals. We provide consulting services to business owners/operators and companies wanting to improve customer access and make their establishments compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    UD&C is equipped to handle a range of architectural, universal design and accessibility services to meet the needs of organizations, individuals and communities of every shape and size, including
    • Hotels, Motels, Resorts
    • Golf, Fitness, Sports Facilities
    • Restaurants
    • Stadiums and Arenas
    • Universities and Schools
    • Shopping Malls and Stores
    • Office Buildings
    • Parks and Playgrounds
  • Government Buildings
  • Cruise Ships
  • Hospitals
  • Private Residences
  • Theaters
  • Industrial Plants
  • Churches
  • Airports
  • UD&C Services:
    • Accessibility Consulting
    • Assessments and Surveys
    • Corporate Accessibility Management Plans
  • Plan and Design Review
  • Residential Housing
  • Training and Seminars
  • President, John P. S. Salmen, FAIA, is a licensed Architect who has specialized in Barrier Free, Accessible, and Universal Design for more than 35 years. He is president of Universal Designers & Consultants Inc., an accessibility consulting firm he founded in 1991 that specializes in the field of designing environments to be usable by people of all ages and abilities.

    Mr. Salmen has been a voting member of the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117 Committee for more than 20 years and he serves on the Editorial and Scoping sub-committees for the A117.1 Standards for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. The firm represented the American Institute of Architects on the ADAAG Review Federal Advisory Committee and Salmen was a voting delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. He has served for many years as an appointed member of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities (MD).

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    John Salmen, AIA, et al
    An extensive resource for anyone involved in designing, building or operating buildings that must be accessible (including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act). Presents more than 650 products (from 400+ manufacturers) for use in creating accessible commercial, residential and recreational facilities. Product chapters include a discussion of how a product is used, a list of desirable features to assist buyers in selecting appropriate models, a generic illustration of the product and a roster of available manufactured products. The CSI number, a brief description, features and the manufacturer's name and address are provided for each individual product entry.
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    Ronald Tyson
    565 N. Ortonville Road
    Ortonville MI 48462
    phone: (248) 230–9561
    fax: (248) 230–8476
    BUILDING & PREMISES EXPERT, Review and research to render opinions on correct building codes and life-safety standards concerning construction, ADA & OSHA issues. Opinions on causation & foreseeability, licensed builder with many years of subcontracting & general contracting [hands-on] experience. Plaintiff and Defense attorney clients. Continuing education studies. Never disqualified in over 200 times in court. Addressing allegations of Building Mold, Faulty Construction, Failure to disclose, Personal Injury, Manufactured Housing & other construction issues and Condominium claims. Addressing breach of contract issues. Ronald Tyson 248.230.9561 fax 248.230.8476
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    Catherine Witt
    Traffic Safety Consultant
    PO Box 25436
    Kansas City Missouri 64119
    phone: 816-813-6232
    Traffic Safety Consultants (TSC) specializes in Traffic Jurisdictional Requirements and Compliance. TSC provides consulting services in the following areas:
    • Incidents of Internal “Back-Overs” / “Trapped Betweens”
    • Special Events
    • Safety & Health Management
    • On-Site Safety Management
    • Construction Site inspections, Contractor Safety
    • Plan Review
  • Safety Audits
  • Internal Traffic Control Plans
  • Safety Policy for Roadway Workers
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Training for Employees and Management
  • Accident / Incident Investigation
  • Catherine Witt Traffic Safety Expert PhotoPrincipal, Catherine Witt, specializes in Temporary Traffic Patterns during construction operations, maintenance operations, utility operations, and special events. Any time the motorist traffic pattern is changed there are specific requirements. Ms. Witt and her team are familiar with the requirements on a national level, in all 50 states, the state specific requirements and job site specific based on contracts.

    Ms. Witt and her team have a total over 100 years experience in the Traffic Safety Industry. She has trained over 20,000 construction, maintenance, utility and law enforcement workers in the requirements nation wide and started out doing installation over 25 years ago.

    As a Master instructor contracted to the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) for over 15 years, she has hands-on experience with varying requirements nationwide.

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    Brent A. Johnson
    Chief Auditor
    PO Box 92462
    Southlake TX 76092
    phone: 817-230-4004
    Traction Auditing, LLC provides businesses with unbiased assessments of Walkway Management Programs which points out risk areas in need of improvement to reduce the incidence of Slip and Fall events. The consultants at Traction Auditing, LLC track over time effective walkway management which can decrease liability if a slip and fall event occurs by validating a business’ pro-active approach to walkway safety. Their services are available to architects, contractors, facility owners, insurance investigators and adjuster, and legal support.

    Services Include:
    • Determination of specific sites in facilities in need of testing
    • Identification of potentially hazardous areas
    • Take representative coefficient of friction samplings of walkway areas
    • Monitor data for accuracy during the testing process
    • Data analyzed to formulate a complete and detailed report including the adequacy or potential high risk nature of the respective walkway surfaces and the surface maintenance program and its degree of contamination relative to it location in the facility
    Brent Johnson Slip and Fall Expert PhotoChief Auditor, Brent A. Johnson is nationally recognized in the Walkway Traction Testing Industry and the author of many articles on the application of national standards for Slip and Fall Prevention.

    Background Experience - Mr. Johnson served as a facilities manager in the healthcare industry for 12 years before moving to the Floor Safety Industry. In his experience, he has recognized the need for extensive research in the reduction of the risks contributing to slip and fall incidents.

    During his tenure in the healthcare industry, Mr. Johnson has served on Environment of Care, Safety, and Emergency Management committees for a major suburban hospital network focusing on the prevention of injuries and identification of potential hazards. As a Facility Safety Officer, he has proposed and implemented solutions to minimize risks and enhance the safety for all users of a healthcare facility test

    Mr. Johnson’s experience also includes a background in education and the physical sciences which enables him to apply and articulate the physics and properties of the coefficient of friction and it’s implications with walkway surfaces and safety.

    Mr. Johnson is a member of ASTM, ASSE, the ANSI B101 main committee and the chairman of the ANSI B101.0 Walkway Auditing Procedure subcommittee. He was the first Certified Walkway Auditing Safety Specialist and is now an instructor for the NFSI’s Walkway Auditor Certification Class as well as a Certified XL Tribometrist.

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    Hamid K. Toossi, BSCE, MBA, EIT, M ASCE
    National & International Services
    26 N. Summit Avenue, Suite 205
    Gaithersburg MD 20877
    phone: 301-661-6731
    Toossi and Associates, Inc. (TAI) is a full-service General Contracting, Construction Management, and Consulting firm with expertise in high-profile, complex projects for both public and private sector customers.

    Headquartered in the Washington metropolitan area, TAI specializes in providing Construction and Consulting Services in connection with new facilities as well as additions, renovations, restorations and modernizations of small and large-scale commercial, institutional, and government buildings.

    TAI's specialization and in-depth experience in consulting and construction enable them to value engineer a project from start to finish providing client's the opportunity to identify potential savings and avoid costly delays.

    Building & Construction Services:
    • Best Practices
    • Preconstruction and Bidding
    • Construction Phases
    Construction Management:
    • CQC Compliance and Consulting
    • Forensic Engineering and Analysis
    • Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling
    • Construction Monitoring, Testing, and Inspection
  • Value Engineering
  • Constructability / Feasibility Review
  • Program / Construction Oversight Assistance
  • Quantity Take-off and Cost Estimating Services
  • Hamid K. Toossi, BSCE, MBA, EIT, M ASCE, TAI's founder and CEO, has over 35 years of academic and hands-on experience in the design, build, and management of heavy Civil and Commercial Construction projects.

    Mr. Toossi's experience includes Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling, Engineering, Construction Management, Contract Administration, Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, Claims Analysis, and Expert Services for Construction Claims and Contract Disputes, in the United States as well as overseas.

    Mr. Toossi has participated in numerous Continuing Professional Education courses, both as an instructor, and as an auditor, in Contract Law, Construction Law, Business Law, Leadership, Management, Engineering, Construction Management, and Construction Claims. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the founding member of the American Society of MBA Executives.

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    Daniel J. Knight, Esq., MS
    Attorney, Contractor, Real Estate Broker
    PO Box 3557
    San Luis Obispo CA 93403
    phone: 805-316-1180
    The Law Office of Daniel J. Knight is a legal practice focusing on all residential Real Property and Construction Law. They draw on decades of experience to help clients understand where their case or project stands in relation to construction defects.

    Having built, remodeled, moved, and manipulated countless structures, the professionals at The Law Office of Daniel J. Knight have real life experience to help build and repair based on tested design methodologies and systems. In addition to real property services, they offer representation for Construction Defect and Construction Management issues relating to:
    • Land Use
    • Property Purchase and Sale
    • Entitlements
    • Site & Foundation Work
    • Breach of Duty by Realtors and Representatives
  • Structural Remodels
  • Finish Work and Remodel
  • Underground &
  • Utility Services
  • Public Works
  • Dan Knight Construction Defect Expert PhotoPrincipal, Daniel J. Knight, Esq., MS, specializes in Construction Law Consulting and serves as a knowledgeable Contsruction Defect Expert Witness.

    Background - A third generation California contractor, he founded Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing in 2006 which has been operating as a General Engineering, General Building, and Plumbing construction company. In 2010, Mr. Knight returned to school, earning a BS and MS in Accounting and is currently working on passing the four sections of the CPA examination. While studying for the CPA exam, he decided to attend Law School. Running Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing through college and Law School, Mr. Knight graduated from the Santa Barbara Colleges of Law with a Juris Doctorate and dual certificates of concentration in Business Law and Family Law. While waiting on Bar Exam results, he also studied for and passed the California Real Estate Brokers’ Exam.

    Mr. Knight is currently practicing construction law and serving as an expert witness in the construction industry. Most recently, he was hired to lecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Polytechnic University in the Construction Management Department teaching: Construction Law, Construction Accounting, Introduction to Construction Management, and Building Engineering Systems, MEP. In addition, he is a Part-time Lecturer at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, teaching Construction Business Management and Managerial and Financial Accounting.

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    William J. Pyznar, Andrew A. Amorosi & Anthony Volpe
    682 Highway 202/206
    Bridgewater NJ 08807
    phone: 908-595-0050
    fax: 908-595-0012
    The Falcon Group, a team of highly-skilled professionals, was established to offer consulting in the fields of Professional Engineering and Architecture. Our project management and financial control processes allow us to consistently deliver projects on schedule and within budget. Our reputation is built on our attention to detail and relentless commitment to client satisfaction and our principals maintain a visible role in our assignments to ensure that relevant issues will be anticipated and resolved satisfactorily, in a timely fashion.

    Our breadth of capabilities allows us to effectively manage people, processes and organizations to meet and exceed expectations for superior and comprehensive service delivery. But The Falcon Group's clients value more than the depth and scope of our technical expertise. Our clients include:
    • Community Associations
    • Boards of Education
    • Municipalities
    • Banks
  • Commercial Property Managers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Attorneys
  • Private Property Owners
  • Professional Services Provided Include:
    • Design Plans and Specifications
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Litigation Support
    • Construction
    • Administration and Inspection
    • Specialty Services for Community Associations
  • Land Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Construction and Material Testing
  • Architectural Services
  • Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Reports
  • Litigation Support - Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
    • Developer Transition
    • Construction Defect Reports and Claims
    • Material Defect Claims
    • Expert Witness/Professional Testimony
    • Construction Litigation Support and Documentation
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    11/4/2015 · Construction
    As discussed in my first window article titled "The View Of Your Windows Is Not Always The Same", there is great variation in the suitability of a window for a particular application. In all cases, there is a very specific need for proper detailing and attention to detail with respect to integration of the window with the building envelope and proper detailing during installation. This sequel to my first window article focuses on quality control measures for installation once your window has been selected and specified.

    10/14/2015 · Construction
    In March 2013 a catastrophic sinkhole collapse swallowed a central Florida bedroom killing the occupant without notice. The home was a total loss and the event made national news making many property managers keenly aware of the costs and dangers of sinkholes. Residents of the Northeast are not immune from these occurrences. Understanding possible causes and remedies should help with decision making at all levels of property management and ownership.

    9/1/2015 · Construction
    Community associations, building owners, engineers, contractors and property managers deal with the constant battle of keeping water out of the building envelope, but sometimes the water that causes stains, mold and decay actually originates from within the building envelope. The cold temperatures of the winter months combined with specific interior conditions will result in excessive condensation. The condensation may be in the attic, basement and crawl spaces or inside wall cavities. Deficiencies in the original construction or recent reconstruction of exterior wall cavities, basements, crawl spaces and/or roofs /attics can exacerbate the conditions resulting in excessive condensation conditions and potential for damage and mold development. Sometimes, the conditions may be seen but many times the condition and subsequent damages may be hidden from view and worsen with each passing winter season, escalating repair costs.

    7/22/2015 · Construction
    "Where were YOU when the lights went out?" was a famous slogan from the 1965 Northeast Blackout, but a better slogan in light of the more recent Superstorm Sandy Blackout of 2012 might be "How did YOUR building perform when the lights went out?"

    6/16/2015 · Construction
    We have been responding to homeowner's complaints of sagging ceilings in the living space of townhomes which were built in the 1980's. Beginning in 2010 and continuing through today, Falcon Engineering has observed the condition of ceilings in over 30 homes in a Lincoln Park, NJ townhome community of close to 400 homes. Our findings are that upwards of 80% of the homes investigated have deflection which exceeds design criteria and are in need of repair. Repairs are relatively simple, but costly to the Homeowners Association having responsibility for the structural components of these buildings. Because of the need for financial planning, Associations want to understand the factors which influence the failures of these aging structures. For the purposes of this discussion, we are talking about failures which occur due to mysterious origin, rather than catastrophic failures of excessive wind or snow loads, or abuse from excessive loads that the trusses were not designed to accommodate (such as water beds or heavy stone finishing materials).

    5/15/2015 · Waterproofing
    It's that time of year again. That snow that is pretty for some is scary for others. You have experienced, read or heard about ice damming. You are familiar with the damage the phenomena can cause. Perhaps your Association has even spent several hundred thousand or even over a million dollars on roofing improvements and/or replacements within the last few years. Why do we have leaks from ice damming? Was the roof replacement performed correctly or designed correctly? The answer is simple, with a properly designed and installed roof system, the possibility of damage resulting from ice damming should be significantly reduced.

    4/16/2015 · Construction
    Manufactured stone is a very popular product for both the interior and exterior of homes and buildings. There are many manufacturers of this type of cladding system, Cultured Stone® and Coronado Stone® among the most recognized names. A man-made stone manufactured primarily for decorative purposes, these systems are typically comprised of cement, natural aggregates and iron pigments. In order to give manufactured stone a realistic appearance and shape it is often created by using molds of actual real natural stones. Like many building materials, the use of manufactured stone has both advantages and disadvantages, and installation is vital to its long term success.

    6/25/2014 · Construction
    A condominium development located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration and severe cracking in the concrete foundation walls and floors in the garages. In support of the Association's overall litigation approach, Falcon performed concrete crack mapping, concrete petrographic analysis, and overall concrete evaluation.

    5/28/2014 · Construction
    A New York City building underwent litigation pertaining to the construction of an addition to the existing structure and resultant structural support system depriving tenants of proper light and air through their existing windows. Falcon performed a light and air study on the effect of both the addition and the structural support system on lighting and air flow in defense of the claim.

    4/16/2014 · Construction
    A condominium building located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration into various locations around roofs, curtain wall systems, and balcony access points. The Condominium Association engaged Falcon to investigate these issues in support of their dispute resolution with the Developer

    4/20/2011 · Construction
    As your community or building ages, it will require an increasing amount of maintenance and large scale replacement or improvement projects will become necessary.

    4/25/2007 · Construction
    Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) include a group of exterior cladding systems that was introduced from Europe to the United States approximately 30 years ago. EIFS was first used in Europe after World War II to reclad many bombed and damaged buildings

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    Dr. Irving Ojalvo
    Managing Partner
    137 E. 36th Street, Suite 7K
    New York NY 10016
    phone: 800-358-9909
    fax: 888-358-9901
    Additional Locations
    New England Offices:
    1011 High Ridge Road
    Stamford, CT 06905

    Forensic Engineering: We have a highly qualified team of Mechanical, Biomechanical, Electrical and Civil engineers, most of whom hold doctorates or other advanced engineering degrees from top universities. Our engineers have hundreds of publications, and are active in safety and accident research. Over the past decades, our engineers have helped thousands of attorneys and others pursue their cases.

    Selected Areas of Expertise:Degrees/Licenses: BS, MS, MA, PhD, ScD, PE
    Animations are a powerful tool to illustrate how an accident occurred, and to make an engineer's accident reconstruction more accessible to individuals without engineering expertise.

    Airbags are credited with reducing numerous injuries and saving many lives during vehicle accidents. However, there have been incidents where they do not function as intended, and have even caused injuries such as explosive powder burns, detached eye retinas, child suffocation and impact deaths.

    Animations are useful visual tools that can help jurors understand how an incident could, or could not, have occurred. Simply describing an event in court, or showing still pictures, may be insufficient to explain a complex sequence of events.

    Biomechanics is the application of mechanics to the interaction of biological systems with their external environment. When investigating an accident, biomechanical analysis can be used to reconstruct a victim’s motion and relate it to his injuries.

    When an understanding of complex motions associated with various accidents is required, computer simulation is an invaluable tool, which allows the modeling and visualization of rollovers and collisions. In addition to vehicle accidents, computer simulation can also be used to create many other systems of masses and contacting surfaces, such as a toppling light pole after it has been struck.

    Construction sites and equipment present many hazards if proper care is not taken. The space in and around a construction site is often filled with potentially dangerous, high-powered equipment capable of delivering high forces.

    Doors and gates, whether automated or manual, can pose a serious hazard to users if not designed, manufactured, installed and maintained properly. The different types include automatic doors, overhead garage doors, elevator doors, sliding doors, swinging doors, and automatic gates.

    Electric fires are becoming more common as appliances and electric feeds are used more and more in our daily lives. Like other fires, the root cause of an electric fire is the introduction of heat, oxygen, and fuel.

    Electric power and electronic appliances are so integrated with modern life that there is a high degree of likelihood that everyone will receive one or more electric shocks in a lifetime. In many cases, only trivial power levels are involved.

    Second only to automobile accidents, falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths. Of these, accidents due to slipping or tripping form a large proportion. Slips and trips occur on floors, streets, walkways, stairs, etc.

    Forklifts, industrial trucks, skid steer loaders, bobcats and other similar material-handling machines are often difficult to maneuver and susceptible to a wide range of accidents. Their nature exposes operators and nearby co-workers to falling loads, crushing hazards and lading dock falls.

    There are roughly 9,000 golf cart related accidents requiring emergency room treatment in the United States each year. The majority of these accidents are related to either braking, cart rollover or passenger ejection. These problems are common to golf carts due to their open design, lack of seatbelts, poor braking capabilities and the uneven terrains they are driven on.

    The primary function of all guarding is to prevent an operator or bystander from being injured by a potentially dangerous portion of a machine. Often the hazard involves moving parts with the potential to cut, crush or draw-in body parts, although barrier guards may also be necessary when electrical, thermal or chemical dangers are present.

    Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) is a branch of science, which is concerned with man’s interaction with his universe. Thus, it is not simply the study of pure science (e.g. sound or light), but rather man’s understanding and reactions (e.g. to hear and see).

    There are over 100,000 ladder accidents annually in the U.S. requiring hospital emergency room treatment. Although many of these result from user misuse, such as an improper extension ladder lean angle against a wall causing it to slip outward, use of a damaged ladder, or failing to lock a step ladder’s spreaders, many ladders fail due to design or manufacturing defects.

    Motorcycles, like passenger cars, are capable of high speeds and must share the road with other vehicles. However, unlike passenger cars, motorcycles are capable of rapid accelerations, offer little protection to the operator during a collision and require special skills to maneuver effectively.

    In many vehicle accident investigations, it is necessary to know not only the speeds and motions of the vehicles involved, but the causes of injuries suffered by their occupants as well. Such investigations seek to answer questions regarding occupant ejection, effects of seatbelt use, airbag deployment and body-interior impacts.

    Parking lots are the scene of many pedestrian accidents because of the close proximity of people and cars and the confusing traffic patterns that sometimes exist. In addition to pedestrian-vehicle collisions, many trip and fall accidents occur in parking lots as well.

    Though swimming pool accidents are sometimes the result of reckless participant behavior, they can also be caused by inadequate supervision, warnings, structures, or defective pool design. Structures commonly found in or near swimming pools include slides, ladders, diving surfaces and fencing.

    Approximately 125,000 serious injuries occur in the US each year related to the use of portable and fixed power saws. Lacerations and similar injuries, such as abrasions and avulsions, account for over 90% of these, which generally occur to males and result in losses in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

    An end user of a product expects that a given product will not only function as intended, but will be safe from non-obvious hazards. Based upon decades of experience with mishaps during use of common and specialized equipment, thousands of standards have been developed for many consumer products and industrial equipment. Numerous organizations exist, e.g., ANSI, ASTM, SAE, and ASME, that regularly review and update these standards.

    Places of business, residences, parking and recreational areas contain potential accident sources such as slippery floors and stairs, product displays, automatic doors, ledges, railings, elevators, escalators and other hazardous items. To prevent such items from causing injury to the public, premises owners and their agents have a responsibility to recognize unsafe conditions and exercise reasonable care to maintain or make conditions safe, or warn the public of the risks involved.

    Supermarkets, pharmacies, home improvement, and department stores expose their customers to many potential accident sources such as floors and aisles, which can become unsafe, and display merchandize that can topple or cause tripping. To prevent such accidents from occurring, these establishments should maintain routine scheduled inspections to insure that unsafe conditions are detected and corrected before accidents occur.

    In many vehicle rollover investigations, it is necessary to know not only the speeds and motions of the vehicles involved, but the causes of injuries suffered by their occupants as well. Such investigations seek to answer questions regarding occupant ejection, effects of seatbelt use, roof crush and body-interior impacts.

    Motor vehicle seatbelt use provides highly effective protection in frontal collisions for impact angles up to 30 degrees off-center (i.e. between 11 and 1 o’clock). All states have laws requiring their use for front seat passengers, as they have been shown to reduce moderate to severe injuries by 50%. They are less effective when your car is hit in the rear or side and sometimes their locking devices malfunction or the anchorage gives way.

    Recreation, sports, and gym equipment are subjected to large dynamic forces and must be designed to support these loads and protect users from unintentional hazards. Adequate instructions and warnings may be required if their assembly and proper use are not obvious.

    Codes and standards specify criteria necessary to ensure that a product, material or process will consistently and safely perform its intended function. Although standards provide minimum design requirements, conforming to a standard is not always sufficient in preventing an accident.

    Structural failure can often produce catastrophic results. In many cases, the damage seen after the accident is not indicative of the cause of the initial failure. Fortunately, based on physical evidence, an investigator can frequently determine how and why a structure failed.

    Heavy trucks, whether tractor-trailers, construction vehicles or garbage haulers, are involved in many serious traffic accidents due to their large weight, high centers of gravity, decreased visibility, poor handling and reduced braking efficiency. In addition, articulated tractor-trailers are subject to additional problems such as jack-knife and trailer sway instabilities.

    Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of incidents producing injury in the US. The main issues in litigating automotive accidents involve vehicle speeds, seatbelt usage, airbag deployment, vehicle component failure (e.g. steering, braking), roadway design, occupant biomechanics, rollover, visibility, etc.

    A person’s interaction with his environment comes largely from visual cues. Without this information, a pedestrian can trip over an unseen object or a driver might not detect a dangerous situation. In order to avoid these hazards, a person requires adequate lighting and should be provided with appropriate illumination for a given task.

    A warning must inform individuals of a danger, which would not be obvious to them. It must tell them how to avoid the danger, and be easily understood. It should also provide them with the consequences of not heading the warning.

    A car is stopped for a light when it is unexpectedly rear-ended causing little or no damage to either vehicle. Nevertheless, the passengers of the struck vehicle complain of neck, shoulder and back pain. Insurance claim representatives, attorneys, medical, engineering and biomedical experts are then brought in and various conflicting allegations, testimony and opinions are expressed.

    Pedestrian and bicycle accidents in the United States result in approximately 80,000 and 50,000 injuries each year, respectively. Though pedestrians and bicycles move differently, they share important characteristics as both have little protection during a roadway collision with a motor vehicle.

    7/14/2009 · Human Factors
    A standard can be defined as a document issued by a recognized agency, and dealing with design and/or safety requirements relating to a specific product or type of activity. Such agencies include the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (051-IA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). OSHA standards are generally legally binding for an employer, while ANSI standards are generally of an advisory nature. The term "industry standard," however, is ordinarily taken to have a broader meaning, including formal standards as just defined, and also including designs and procedures not required in formal standards, though prevailing in a specific industry, and which represent generally accepted custom and practice.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    Persons with no training in engineering are generally unaware of the nature of engineering analysis, and so tend to assume that testing, as a means of determining the causation of accidents, is a dominant tool of the engineer. In the following examples, we shall undertake to explain the nature of engineering analysis, and to show that it is more basic than testing because testing without analysis is meaningless. Further, while analysis is always necessary in accident reconstruction, testing is only sometimes necessary.

    There are approximately 180,000 lawnmower accidents per year. In this introductory presentation, we undertake to describe the various ways in which these accidents occur.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    Second to automobile accidents, accidents due to falls are the leading cause of injury and death. Of these, accidents due to slipping (not tripping) form a large proportion. Slipping may occur on floors, walkways, and stairs or steps. For Introductory purposes, however, the present discussion will be limited to slipping on flat surfaces such as a floor or sidewalk.

    7/14/2009 · Human Factors
    When a person becomes aware of a dangerous situation, a time-interval must elapse before he can take defensive action against it. This time interval, commonly called the reaction time, has been found to be about 0.7 second for all normal persons, regardless of their background and training. This suggests that the reaction time depends on some basic aspect of the human physiology-involving the brain, nervous system, and muscles-which does not vary much from person to person.

    A car is stopped for a light when it is unexpectedly rear-ended by a vehicle from behind. It is not a hard impact and there is little or no damage to either vehicle, because the energy absorbing bumpers have protected them. Nevertheless, the passengers of the struck vehicle complain of neck, shoulder and back pain. The next day they allegedly experience even greater pain and visit a medical person who claims that they have been injured. Insurance claim representatives, attorneys, medical, engineering and biomedical experts are then brought in and various conflicting allegations, testimony and opinions are expressed. Do we have a legitimate injury claim on our hands or a situation of fraud?

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    Accident reconstructionists are often called on to determine the distance that a car, covers while being braked to a stop. Conversely, the reconstructionist may be given information as to the length of the skidmarks left by a car on the roadway, and may be asked to determine how fast the car must have been going at the beginning of the skid. An expert can accomplish this with considerable accuracy, based on a knowledge of the physical principles that are involved, plus available information relating to the friction of tires on various types of road surfaces.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 10,000 golf car related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the US each year. One significant mode of injury in golf car accidents is passenger ejection, which can lead to serious injuries, especially of the head. Based on CPSC statistics, roughly 35% of golf car accidents involve a person falling out of the car. In addition to ejection accidents, at least 10% of golf car accidents involve a rollover and statistics indicate that such accidents are roughly twice as likely to lead to injuries requiring a hospital stay as non-rollover accidents.

    7/14/2009 · Forensic Analysis
    According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accident estimates, tens of thousands of stepladder accidents requiring emergency room treatment occurred annually in the United States. Approximately 85-90% of these accidents involve the user falling from the ladder and 8-9% of these injuries are serious enough to require that the victim be admitted to a hospital. In addition to posing a severe health concern, these accidents have significant loss-of-wages and high medical expense implications.

    11/30/2005 · Expert Witnessing
    Participation of the proper automotive expert in a personal injury lawsuit can govern its success. This article develops four basic principles to optimize their use, while minimizing their cost, and describes some important techniques used by the accident reconstructionist

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