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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
Usa
phone: 845-677-3091
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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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Matthew Warren
Main Contact
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Warren Forensic Engineers and Consultants, founded in 1997, is extremely well versed in the disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Structural, and Fire and Explosion investigation. Their engineers are known for delivering the truth — origin, cause, responsibility, and cost of an event or claim — with unmistakable clarity. Warren Forensics provides technical investigations and analyses of personal injury and property claims as well as expert testimony for insurance adjusters and attorneys. Each member of their engineering team is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in multiple states. Beyond engineering expertise, their engineers and consultants also hold a variety of other certifications including Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, CMSE®-Certified Machine Safety Expert, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Building Inspector, and Certified Property and Evidence Specialist. 

Types of Loss:

  • Chemical: Ammonia - Confined Space - OSHA
  • Collision: Animal - ATV - Automotive - Bicycle - Farm Equipment - Motorcycle - Pedestrian - Truck
  • Commercial: Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Electrical and Control Systems - Liability Claims - Lightning Damage - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage - Workplace Injuries
  • Fires and Explosions: Boiler - Commercial - CSST - Dust Explosions - Electrical - Fire Protection Systems - Industrial - LP and Natural Gas - Machinery and Equipment - Marine - Residential - Spontaneous Combustion - Structural - Vehicle and Mobile Equipment - Welding and Hot Work
  • Industrial: Boilers and Pressure Vessels - Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Cranes, Hoists, Lifting and Rigging - Electrical and Control Systems - Industrial Process Equipment - Liability Claims - Lightning Damage - Machinery and Equipment - Material Handling - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage - Workplace Injuries
  • Inland and Ocean: Boilers and Pressure Vessels - Bulk Material Handling - Cargo Damage Assessment - Cargo Handling - Cranes, Hoists, Lifting and Rigging - Docks and Piers - Machinery and Equipment - Marinas - Marine Collisions - Marine Fire Protection Systems - Marine Liability Analysis - Mechanical and Electrical Systems - Slip, Trip and Fall - Workplace Injuries
  • Residential: Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Electrical Systems - Lightning Damage - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage
  • Subrogation: Consumer Products - Electrical - Fire and Explosions - Machinery and Equipment - Workers’ Compensation
  • Catastrophic: Earthquake - Flood - Freeze, Ice and Snow - Hail Storm - Hurricane - Tornado - Wildfire - Wind Storm and Wind Shear

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This is the first blog in a series on integrating new technologies into the process of forensic investigations. Documenting the scene of an incident accurately, efficiently, and safely is a key step in every investigation. Busy roadways and unstable structures present hazards to the investigator during the investigation process. The use of remote sensors can reduce these risks and provide data that otherwise could not safely be obtained.

Welcome to the third and final post in our multipart series of blog posts about a young boy's fall and serious injury at a public playground. In our first post we gave a brief overview of the incident and our investigation. In the second post we discussed some of the safety standards applicable to public playgrounds. In this post, we will examine some of the impact-absorbing playground surfaces available to protect children at playgrounds from injury. If you would like to read the first two posts, they are available here and here.

10/8/2018 · Chemical Industry
On December 3, 1984, at a pesticide ingredient manufacturing facility owned by Union Carbide, a leak occurred in the Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) plant. Due to the toxic nature of the gases released and the plant's proximity to local residences, the death toll was in the thousands; both plant workers and nearby residents. The first recorded public meeting in response to this incident was on December 9th, in Institute, WV, the site of Union Carbide's only US MIC production unit. Full disclosure: my father was a research & development chemist for Union Carbide and Institute is about 10 miles down the Kanawha River from my hometown of Charleston, WV.

Welcome to the second part in our multipart blog series examining a young boy's fall and injury at a public playground. If you missed the first part in this series, click www.warrenforensics.com/2017/10/11/children-will-fall-at-playgrounds-what-shall-we-do-to-protect-them-a-multipart-blog-series-part-i/ to read it. In this post, we will highlight some resources that designers of public playgrounds can use to help ensure their designs are reasonably safe.

Many people just take for granted that something is just going to work, and in many cases assume that it will work forever. One such device that does not get enough attention is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Simply put, a GFCI is a protective device that compares the current flowing on the hot and neutral wires of the circuit and will "trip" to disconnect power to the circuit if a small imbalance of current is detected. The imbalance of current is an indication of a dangerous alternate path for the current to flow from a damaged line cord or a fault inside an appliance and constitutes a shock hazard to a person.

In 2011, a 5-year old boy was severely injured at a public playground when he fell through a second floor opening around a fireman's pole in a playhouse. He fell more than seven feet and struck a bare concrete floor. We are thankful that he eventually recovered from his injuries. The person who designed and built the playground was accused of negligence. A lawsuit ensued, and eventually settled in favor of the boy.

Event Data Recorders (EDRs) were first introduced by General Motors (GM) in 1974. That data was only available to GM; however, since 1994 more and more vehicle EDR’s have recorded data that can be gathered. The data captured can be imaged and is being used by vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement officers, and collision reconstructionists to better understand what is happening in a collision. In accident investigation, EDRs have the potential to provide independent measurements of crash data that would elsewise be estimated by reconstruction methodology.

6/27/2018 · Corrosion
When thinking about the safe operation of boilers (and don't we all?), several systems can readily be named; flame control, fuel/air ratio; steam pressure control, levels in the vessel, etc. What about the water? It seems so passive, as long as there is enough for level control, what's the big deal? Well, it turns out, that as the steam produced by a boiler is used in the process, the condensate from that steam is returned to the boiler as feedwater. However, since 100% of the condensate is not returned, whatever solids had been in that water before it evaporated to form steam are left in the remaining water. Fresh feedwater is added to maintain levels, but even fresh water contains some dissolved solids. So over time, the water in the boiler system gets saturated with all sorts of dissolved minerals.

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William J. Pyznar, Andrew A. Amorosi & Anthony Volpe
Principals
682 Highway 202/206
Bridgewater NJ 08807
USA
phone: 908-595-0050
fax: 908-595-0012
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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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    David Tawfik
    Principal Engineer
    P.O. Box 9095
    Bundall Queensland 4217
    AUS
    phone: 61-0-41225 5112
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    Dr. David Tawfik is a chartered professional engineer and has been engaged by major project alliances, legal firms, contractors and asset owners to provide impartial advice and undertake expert investigations concerning the Procurement, Fabrication and Performance of Construction Materials used in transportation infrastructure, rail, water, mining, maritime and energy sectors.

    Dr. Tafik's technical competence includes welding and joining, metallurgy, forensic engineering, thermal-mechanical analysis, corrosion analysis, non-destructive testing and condition monitoring.

    Dr. Tawfik has presented and published technical papers at international conferences, congress, forums and peer reviewed journals respectively.

    Expert and Consulting Services Include:
  • Expert Technical Advisory
  • Supervision and Approval of Fabrication Programs
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Third Party Reviews, Audits and Certification
  • Troubleshooting
  • Project Management
  • Technical Due Diligence
  • Incident Response
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    PO Box 355
    Longville LA 70652
    USA
    phone: 337-725-3052
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    William C. Stein, Jr., PE, CCM, has more than 45 years of Roadway / Heavy Highway Construction and Materials Engineering experience. He has a rich and varied work history that includes construction materials engineering for highways and bridges, industrial plants, high rise offices, and power plants. He has worked for private owners and general contractors as well as the Department of Transportation.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Stein Offers consulting and expert services for attorneys on issues regarding road, street, highway, temporary traffic control, runway, and earthwork; asphalt, concrete, coatings and other construction materials; designs, plans, specifications, CPM scheduling (Primavera) and contract documents; right-of-way issues; and work zone safety. Licensed in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas, he performs contract performance forensic investigations and provides consulting, expert reports, rebuttals, and testimony if required.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Highway Construction
    • Roadway Construction
    • Bridge Construction
    • Highway Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Construction Site Work
  • Traffic Safety
  • Concrete / Cement
  • Building Contractor Liability
  • Construction Damages
  • Scheduling Delay and Analysis
  • Soil Analysis
  • Certifications:

    • Certified Construction Manager (CCM)
    • Certified Primavera Basic (CPM)
    • Certified Primavera Advanced (CPM)
    • Certified LADOTD Structural (bridge)
    • Inspector/Technician Certified Troxler
    • Humboldt Nuclear Moisture/ Density Operator
    • Lead Abatement
    • Certified Quality Compliance Surveillance in Fossil Power Plants, Organic & Inorganic Coatings Application and Inspection
    • Certified Traffic Control Supervisor
    • Certified Flagger Instructor

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    Brian Spiegel & David Spiegel
    CR, CIEC, CMRS, CEICC, CSDS, CMCC, IICRC
    PO Box 7577
    La Verne CA 91750
    USA
    phone: 800-266-8988
    fax: 909-596-8803


    AVAILABLE NATIONALLY
    CERTIFIED RESTORERS * CERTIFIED INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS *
    CERTIFIED MICROBIAL REMEDIATION SUPERVISORS * CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL INFECTION CONTROL CONSULTANT * CERTIFIED STRUCTURAL DRYING SUPERVISOR * CERTIFIED INFRARED THERMOGRAPHERS *
    IICRC CERTIFIED MASTERS * LIC. GENERAL CONTRACTORS #299472


    SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

    Brian Spiegel and David Spiegel offer expert testimony and consulting services regarding smoke, water, fire, mold contamination property damage restoration, reconstruction, and construction defect related problems.

    Both have been speakers nationally and internationally on property damage restoration, construction, and mold contamination related topics. In the past at the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) national mold symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Forensics Consultants Association on toxic mold litigation and mold remediation in Newport Beach, California.

    In the media Brian and David have written articles for industry trade magazines and given television and radio interviews, including one with Brian on ABC TV “Good Morning America” featuring a segment on mitigating water damage.

    CONSULTANTS AND EXPERT WITNESS
  • Mold & Bacterial Contamination
  • Construction Defects
  • Fire & Smoke Damage
  • Industry Standards of Care
  • Structural Damages
  • Water Damage
  • Sewage Backflow
  • Flooring Forensics
  • EXPERT SERVICES
  • Property Damage Contractor
  • Inspections & Formal Reports
  • Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Smoke Particulate Testing
  • Property Insurance Claims
  • Testing
  • Detailed Construction Estimates
  • Cost Damage Appraisals at Current Industry Pricing
  • Litigation Support
  • Infrared Structural Inspections
  • Concrete Moisture Testing
  • PROPERTY DAMAGE ASSESSORS
  • Residential and Commercial
  • Appraisal Process: Appraisers & Umpires
  • Contents and Structure
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    Dr. Shakir Shatnawi, Ph.D., P.E.
    Transportation Engineering Consultant
    El Dorado Hills CA 95762
    USA
    phone: 916-790-1158 or 916-990-6488 (Cell)
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    SHATEC Engineering Consultants is a consulting firm that specializes in Pavement and Transportation Engineering services. Based in Sacramento, California, the firm specializes in providing cost-effective solutions to public agencies and private entities. The services include the following:
    • Highway Design
    • Engineering Plans and Specifications
    • Pavement Design and Analysis
    • Pavement Management Plans
    • Pavement Maintenance and Preservation
    • Materials (Asphalt, Concrete, Soil)
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
    • Design-Build Projects
    • Recycling and Stabilization
  • Forensic/Failure Investigations
  • Condition Assessment and Inspection
  • Network Level Evaluation
  • Construction Management
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Project Cost Estimation
  • Construction Disputes and Claims
  • Training
  • President, Shakir Shatnawi, PhD, PE, is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the Transportation Engineering and Pavement Design industry. He has over 27 years of practical and extensive engineering and transportation expertise covering industry and public agencies including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).He taught highway and transportation engineering at California State University.

    Dr. Shatnawi served as a principal investigator on multi-million dollar pavement projects. He was the QC/QA program manager, the chief of the Pavement Design and Rehabilitation and the chief of Pavement Preservation, and served as the Caltrans State Pavement Engineer. He directed Caltrans’ Pavement Program as a Division Chief and oversaw over 50,000 lane miles with a budget of over $200 million in pavement preservation and over $500 million in pavement rehabilitation.

    Dr. Shatnawi's education demonstrates a wealth of engineering knowledge stretch in pavement and transportation engineering, analysis, design, rehabilitation, construction materials, concrete, asphalt, soils, earth structures, foundations, engineering plans and specifications. As a recipient of many acknowledgements from the government, Dr. Shatnawi has an impeccable reputation within the industry for his significant professional contributions. As an expert orator, he frequently shares his knowledge at major conferences around the world.

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    Mark C. Vanderslice
    22765 La Palma Avenue
    Yorba Linda CA 92887
    USA
    phone: 714-970-7400
    fax: 714-970-7474
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    Mark VandersliceMark C. Vanderslice has been actively involved in virtually all phases of the Roofing and Waterproofing industries since 1978. Mr. Vanderslice is an active member of RCI, Inc. (formerly The Roof Consultants Institute). In 1984 Mr. Vanderslice was the 16th (to receive certification) of currently 426 nationally recognized Registered Roof Consultants in the United States from a professional membership of over 2,800.

    Roofing & Waterproofing Forensics, Inc. has investigated over 5,000 roofing or waterproofing systems over the past 25 years. They specialize in finding leaks and making recommendations for permanent repair. Because of his reputation for accuracy, fairness, and truthfulness, Mr. Vanderslice is often called for the more “challenging” projects, investigating literally hundreds of wind and earthquake damage claims as it relates to roofing. He is also called on to solve long-term problems that have confounded others and have not been fixed. His clients are building owners, facility and property managers, major universities, architects, general contractors, insurance claims adjusters, and attorneys.

    Mr. Vanderslice's commitment is to provide thorough and factual information utilizing state-of-the art technology as well as years of experience, education and success. He uses state-of-the-art equipment for leak investigation and documentation, including moisture meters, boroscope, digital still cameras, etc. His Consulting Services Include:

    Existing Properties:
    • Leak investigation
    • Failure analysis
    • Wind, earthquake and water intrusion damage claims investigation
    • Roofing and waterproofing system evaluation
    • Budgetary estimates
    • Roofing and waterproofing system evaluation for commercial property acquisitions
    • Development of roofing and waterproofing maintenance programs
    New Construction and Re-roofing/Waterproofing Project Management:
    • Specification development
    • Review of existing construction documents
    • Project Management
    • Bid Administration – Bid review, contractor evaluation and reference check, submittal review
    • Pre-Bid Meeting with prospective Contractors
    • Pre-Job Meeting with Construction Team
    • In-field, full-time or periodic inspections of virtually all types of roofing and waterproofing systems material application
    • Final Inspection
    • Verification of Completion of Final Punch List
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    Dr. Robert N. Anderson, PhD, PE
    President
    27820 Saddle Court
    Los Altos Hills CA 94022
    USA
    phone: 650-949-1092
    fax: 650-949-5641
    Robert N. Anderson, PhD, PE, has more than 35 years of experience in Forensic Materials and Metallurgical Consulting specializing in Corrosion and Thermodynamics, Failure Analysis, Engineering Design, and Accident Analysis. He is certified by IBFES Board, specialty in Forensic Engineering Sciences.

    Dr. Anderson holds Patents in high temperature reprocessing of nuclear fuels, nuclear reactor, and extraction of reactive metals from their ores. His services are available to insurance companies, government agencies, and industries in need of forensic materials and metallurgical consulting. Dr. Anderson has authored many articles in his area of expertise and has been invited to speak in the area of materials science both nationally and internationally.

    Past Consulting Engagements (Selected):
    • California State Energy, Resources & Development Commission
    • Council on Environmental Quality; Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States
    • United States Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
    • Brookhaven National Lab, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Smithsonian Institute
    • Food Machinery Corp (FMC), IBM, Stanford Research Institute
    • Center for Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India - advised on procedures to counteract surface degradation of Taj Mahal
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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    2309 19th Street
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: (806) 368-9811
    fax: (806) 368-9812
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    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...


    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:

    CREDENTIALS. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support

    www.ExpertEngineering.com
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    Thomas Read, PhD
    Principal
    1435 Fulton Rd.
    Santa Rosa CA 95403
    USA
    phone: 707-544-2374
    fax: 707-544-2370
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    Expert Background: Dr. Thomas L. Read is the Principal and CEO at A. Read Consulting, LLC. He received his PhD. from Stanford University in 1972 and has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in electronics, metallurgy, factory safety, failure analysis, glass fracture, glass failure and bottle failure. As a member of the electronics industry, he has earned process patents and has an extensive background in manufacturing techniques.

    In parallel, Dr. Read has spent over twenty five years as a consultant to attorneys and engineers. He has given more than 100 depositions and has appeared in court numerous times.

    Company Profile: Read Consulting, LLC is a full service laboratory providing services in the following areas:
  • Failure Analysis; Factory Safety and Personal Injury (including machine guards and manufacturing safety)
  • Glass Failure Analysis - Glass Fracture, Glass Failures and Bottle Failure
  • Metal and Ceramic Failure
  • Grinding Wheel Failures
  • Intellectual Property and Patent Disputes
  • Product Liability and Product Quality
  • Manufacturing Disagreements (such as Intellectual Property, Failed equipment and Contract Disputes)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • As "water hammer" (i.e. liquid impact) has the potential to cause glass bottle failure, Read Consulting LLC created two such failures to study the resulting fracture surface details.

    4/23/2015 · Failure Analysis
    Read Consulting was asked to determine why a welded chair failed and caused injury to the person sitting in it.

    The root cause of the failure of customer returns of heated automobile rear view mirrors was investigated.

    During normal operation, the arm on an automatic wafer test station failed. Root cause failure analysis determined that the drive shaft on the right angle gear motor used to raise and lower the manipulator arm had failed first.

    5/21/2012 · Failure Analysis
    This grinding wheel was part of a product liability and personnel injury case. It was claimed that the subject wheel had unexpectedly failed (i.e. flown apart) and an escaping piece had hit the plaintiff in the face causing serious injuries. According to the user, the grinder with the wheel was purchased approximately one hour before the grinding wheel failure.

    3/29/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A failed plastic lawn chair was examined to determine the cause of failure. This chair failed on the premises of a restaurant In this study the subject chair is examined and compared to several exemplar purchased at the same time. The objective of this study is to determine the cause of failure.

    11/8/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Glass Failure Analysis Expert Witness performs a failure analysis of a several tempered glass doors that had "spontaneously" failed at a construction site. The objective of this glass failure analysis is to determine the cause of failure and make recommendations to the contractor.

    8/30/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Materials failure analysis expert performs a failure analysis to determine the source of a metal piece found in tomato product.

    5/17/2011 · Failure Analysis
    A plumbing failure analysis was performed to determine why a cold water supply line to a bathroom sink had failed after only one year of service.

    A glass failure expert witness performs a root cause failure analysis on an exploding beer bottle. The object of this root cause failure analysis is to determine the cause of the bottle failure.

    7/7/2009 · Design
    Before expending the effort necessary to reverse engineer a device or object, it must be definite that the object under study is not covered by one or more patents. This avoids a dispute over patent violations. Once it has been established that no patent coverage exists, one can use multiple techniques to reverse engineer a product. These are summarized below:

    The cracked tank was first inspected in the "as received" condition. In this condition it was cracked, but it was still whole. Next, the failed tank was separated by pulling it apart. This was done to expose the fracture surfaces of the main crack. This allowed for a complete failure analysis and for a determination of where the crack initiated.

    Glass fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin. Once the origin has been identified, it can be examined in detail with a microscope to determine the cause of the failure.

    1/28/2006 · Failure Analysis
    Note: Glass Fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin

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    Robert R. Odle, PhD
    100 Wedgemont Dr
    Elkton MD 21921
    USA
    phone: 443-616-4339
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    Robert R. Odle, PhD, is an experienced Metallurgical Engineer and Consultant with over 40 years of experience. With an international clientele, he provides consulting on the viability of new ventures in the extractive metallurgy field especially with magnesium and non-ferrous projects in either pyrometallurgy or hydrometallurgy. His experience enables him to quickly identify the critical steps of the process and the shortest path to proving that step. He usually has experience based opinions on the reasonableness of budgets and time tables for process development. He enjoys some hands on work on a project to get a sense for what is real and what is just wishful thinking.

    He also has extensive experience in corrosion and the selection of materials especially in chemical systems. When required, he works in conjunction with Corrosion Testing Laboratories to do both corrosion tests and failure analysis. He has experience with H2S corrosion in high pressure compressors (Dresser-rand).

    He has extensive project management experience and engineering experience as a process engineer. He is flexible in using his skills to help a project succeed. Long term rate structures are available on interesting projects.
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    C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE
    1146A LeRoy Stevens Rd.
    Mobile AL 36695
    USA
    phone: 251-639-3433
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    Metallurgical Consulting is a consulting engineering firm located in Mobile, Alabama. Started in 1977, the company has offered consulting services to a wide range of industrial and manufacture ring companies in need of Equipment Failure Prevention. Projects range from routine Failure Analyses of small components to large projects involving extensive analysis and testing.

    Metallurgical Consulting specializes in:
    • Fracture Mechanics
    • Failure Analysis
    • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Corrosion
  • Welding
  • Fitness for Service Evaluations
  • Laboratory Facilities - Facilities for examination and testing are housed in a 4000 square foot office and laboratory. Microscopes are available. Saws and other specimen preparation equipment handle a wide range of specimens in size and material. Full scale testing equipment includes a hydraulic rams, load cells, and multichannel high speed data acquisition instrumentation.

    C Kendall Clarke Expert PhotoPrincipal, C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE, has 40 over years of experience as a degreed and registered professional engineer in the field of Metallurgy and Material Science. He offers expertise specifically in the areas of metallurgy, fracture mechanics, corrosion, and welding.

    Dr. Clarke has expertise estimating failure stresses from fractures to produce an engineering root cause failure analysis. Examples include a cruise ship breakaway, exhaust stack cracking, aircraft fuselage fatigue, and pressure vessel explosions.

    Dr. Clarke has industrial experience in ship building, chemical plants, paper mills, and manufacturing. He is published in the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, among others. He is an active member in the Alabama and National Societies for Professional Engineers, the National Association Corrosion Engineers, and American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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    Ian C. Mellor, PE, SE
    4109 Conrad Dr.
    Spring Valley CA 91977
    USA
    phone: 619-252-1168
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    Mellor Engineering is a consulting Structural Engineering firm providing a full range of Structural and Seismic Engineering services. Mellor offers design and detailing construction for new and existing residential and commercial building projects. They specialize in projects constructed with wood, concrete, masonry, steel, aluminum, and fiber reinforced polymer.

    Ian Miller Structural Engineering Expert PhotoPrincipal, Ian C. Mellor, PE, SE, is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

    Mr. Mellor has extensive experience in the evaluation and design of wood, steel, masonry, concrete, light gage steel, and fiber reinforced polymer structures. His background includes the seismic and structural evaluations of earthquake-damaged school buildings, modernization, and upgrade project of San Diego Unified School District and Department of Defense facilities, the evaluation and seismic rehabilitation design of historic theatres, and the seismic retrofit of unreinforced masonry buildings. Mr. Mellor was a member of the Haiti post disaster relief effort team that performed damage assessments for more than 200,000 units in and around the Port-au-Prince area.

    Professional Licenses:
    • California Structural Engineer
    • California Professional Civil Engineer
    • Nevada Civil and Structural Engineer
    • Arizona Professional Civil Engineer
    • Hawaii Structural Engineer
    • Washington Civil and Structural Engineer
    • Oregon Civil and Structural Engineer
    • Virginia Professional Engineer
    • Louisiana Professional Engineer
    • New York Professional Engineer
    • Model Law Structural Engineer Designation - National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (NCEES) Licensed in Utah, Colorado, and Texas
    Insurance Industry Services: Cause and Origina Claims in both residential and commercial buildings
    • Natural Disasters (Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, floods)
    • Moisture Intrusion
    • Wind damage
    • Structural Fire damage / Wildland Fire damage
    • Vehicle impacts
    • Soils movement
    • Foundations
    • Swimming pools
    • Roof tiles / slate roofs / shingle roofs
    • Floor tiles
    • Tree Roots
    • Sloe Failures/retaining walls
    • Expansive soils
    • Structural collapse
    • Construction vibrations
    Structural engineering design and detailing of repairs for damaged buildings (construction drawings).

    As structural engineers, we prepare structural calculations and stamp and sign construction drawings.

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    Robert A. McNeese
    Conveyor Consultant
    ALL STATES USA
    phone: 228-623-5131
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    Robert A. (Bob) McNeese is a Professional Conveyor S.M.E. Subject Mater Expert with close to 40 years of conveyor system experience in most every aspect of conveying systems. Mr. McNeese offers his services to the conveying industry to enhance operations, maintenance, and overall safety performance as well as providing 3rd party factually based non- partial overviews and opinions to legal counsel as an expert witness for the purpose of fair litigation.

    Consulting - Bob McNeese has worked to improve efficiency and safety with companies such as Chevron, Southern Company, International paper, DuPont, and various shipping bulk terminals. He offers his unique services to alert customers to the ever changing OSHA, MSHA, ASME, regulations surrounding industrial conveying equipment. Several delivery methods are available to insure the new information and changes are introduced to the jobsite at the core of the workforce (site safety audits, safety topics, banners, labels, safety seminars)

    Litigation Support - Mr. McNeese is an expert in all industrial areas of Conveyors and Bulk Handling Systems. He provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. McNeese provides expertise on issues concerning industrial conveyor system accidents and safety concerns as a result of manufacturing, installation, operation, or maintenance.

    Specific Areas of Expertise:
    • Refineries
    • Port Facilities
    • Storage Transfer Facilities
    • Power Plants
    • Mines
    • Chemical Plants
    • Grain Elevators
    • Fertilizer Plants
    • Paper Mills
    • Food Processing
    • Coal Handling
    • Cement
    • Pet Coke
  • Wood Chips
  • Iron Ore
  • Lignite
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Salt
  • Plastics
  • Grain
  • Fertilizer
  • Aggregate
  • Tire Shredding
  • Waste
  • Various Dry Chemicals
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