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Jeffery H. Warren, PhD, PE , CSP
Chief Engineer & CEO
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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Jeffery H. Warren, PhD, PE, CSP is Chief Engineer and CEO of The Warren Group. A licensed professional engineer in 14 states, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina as well as a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — all with machine design emphasis. 

Background Experience - A former research engineer for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory, Dr. Warren designed, patented, and built an incinerator to burn radioactive waste. He also taught mathematics and engineering at the University of South Carolina in Aiken. Later, Dr. Warren was chief machine designer and owner of Warren Engineering Company, Inc., which designed and built special machinery for manufacturing automation. He combined his passion for keeping people safe with his knowledge of mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment, and safety to pursue a career in forensic engineering. 

Dr. Warren is a Certified Safety Professional in engineering aspects and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He has investigated more than 2,000 claims involving property damage and injuries related to machinery, equipment, and products since 1987. Dr. Warren is a court-qualified expert in mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment, and safety. He’s also testified in several hundred depositions and more than 75 trials in state and federal court. He has successfully passed Daubert challenges. Dr. Warren was on the committee that authored the ANSI Technical Report, ANSI B11.TR3-2000 entitled, “Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction – A Guide to Estimate, Evaluate and Reduce Risks Associated with Machine Tools.” He regularly investigates personal injury and wrongful death product liability claims as well as property damage claims involving machinery and equipment in both manufacturing and construction workplaces for both the plaintiff and the defense. He has a reputation for thoroughly analyzing each case to provide precise, understandable, fact-based opinions. 

Dr. Warren has a way of making complicated mechanical engineering, machine design, risk assessment and safety concepts understandable to the ordinary person. He also presents classes and seminars on topics ranging from investigation of machinery and equipment, unintentional injury claims, subrogation and SAFETYTHROUGHDESIGN®. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Machine Design and Safeguarding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety
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.

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.

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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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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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John Holecek, MSME, PE, CSE, CFEI
Senior Consulting Engineer
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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John Holecek, MSME, PE, CSE, CFEI, Senior Consulting Engineer, is a licensed professional engineer in 8 states and has both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Holecek has passed the professional engineering exam in both Mechanical and Controls Engineering. A NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, he has more than 22 years of experience in the design of industrial, commercial and consumer products. These products include industrial ovens, paint spray systems, HVAC systems, conveyors, and gas appliances including commercial cooking equipment and gas grills. Mr. Holecek's design experience includes the control systems for these products as well as the normal safeguarding provisions applied to these products. Additionally, he has supervised manufacturing operations and managed outside contractors in site safety requirements and the installation of industrial process equipment. By virtue of his experience, he is well versed in federal and state worker safety regulations. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Electrical and Mechanical Control Systems
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Gas Fired Equipment and Appliances
  • ICC, NFPA, OSHA Codes and Standards
  • Industrial Processes and Operations
  • Safety Regulations
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44648 Mound Rd.
Suite 174
Sterling Heights MI 48314
USA
phone: 248-408-7981
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Douglas J. Van Sweden, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 45 years of experience in the automobile industry, including 20 years with the General Motors Corporation.

Litigation Support - Since 1997, Mr. Van Sweden has been providing insurance companies, legal firms, and manufacturers with the objective, scientific research to clearly define what really happened, for the cost-effective answer. The facilities, equipment, training, and commitment to continuing education allow him to find and assemble the critical missing pieces in Accident Reconstruction cases. He painstakingly reconstructs events so the end picture will be the accurate and defensible answer to what really happened.

Mr. Van Sweden's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, record review, thorough reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

Vehicle Expertise:
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Bicycles
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Non-Transportation - Elevators, Hoists:
    • Vehicle Systems and Structures
    • Vehicle Design
    • Seat Belt and Airbag Restraint Systems
    • Interior Components
    • Fuel Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Cooling Systems
    • Exhaust Systems
  • Drive Trains
  • Brakes
  • Suspensions
  • Steering
  • Body
  • Corrosion
  • Crash Testing
  • Fires and Explosion Cause / Origin
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    Bransford Pickett, PE
    PE Mechanical Engineering
    1356 Santa Olivia Road
    Chula Vista CA 91913
    USA
    phone: 619-977-7693
    fax: 619-781-8752
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    Bransford Pickett, PE, BSc, MScBA, has over 25 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. A California Registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Pickett holds a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a MScBA in Finance from San Diego State University. His Materials Handling and Engineering Consulting Services are offered to insurance and end user companies nationally and internationally.

    The combination of field expertise, engineering, and regulatory compliance experience provide Mr. Pickett's clients with a complete package of services. The depth and breadth of his expertise covers many successful design projects including commercial and military ships, many complex material handling activities, testing requirements of shipboard system, and development and implementation of compliance programs.

    Many of the major projects include first of a kind challenges such as the Exxon Valdez post - accident docking and structural repairs, commission testing of navy auxiliary ships’ equipment including fueling systems, the US Navy Shughart Class Container Ship Conversion program, as well as shaft and appurtenance handling on the US Navy Watson Class ships. Included in these projects were planned engineered multi - crane lifts that reached in excess of 400 tons. These projects focused on safe, economic, simple designs compliant with applicable state and federal regulations, and national standards.

    Engineered Material Handling Design and Review:
    • Services include single and multi-crane lift plans, material transport, and equipment testing. Design, review and analysis of supporting calculation of stresses imposed on lifting, supporting structure, and material handling equipment, and rigging gear. Equipment specification scope and review
    Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering:
    • Perform intact, damage and probabilistic damage stability, and structural analysis on marine structures including barges, ships, and complimentary structures in accordance with regulatory bodies; ABS, Federal or State government
    Training and Compliance:
    • Operator training compliance to National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, NCCCO, requirements for tower crane, mobile crane, overhead crane, articulating crane operator training and certification, signal person, and rigger certification
    • Compliance covers applicable national and international standards that include the ABS, ASTM, ASM, ASME, ANSI, WSTDA, ALI, etc. and DIN, EN, FEM to list a few. National regulations include state and federal OSHA requirements as well as DOE, military specifications and standards
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    Harvey H. Stone, PE
    Executive Vice President
    PO Box 306
    324 Pennsylvania Ave. West
    Warren PA 16365
    USA
    phone: 814-726-9870 or 814-688-0751 (Cell)
    fax: 814-726-9855
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    Stone Consulting, Inc is a nationally known firm offering a full range of Railroad Industry services throughout North America. They have completed projects in 43 states, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. Their diverse staff has expertise with track inspection, drainage, financial analysis, structural engineering, and environmental issues. Their staff also has hands-on experience in Operations, Mechanical, and Maintenance-of-Way.

    Services:
    • Railroad Appraisals / Railroad Finance
    • Railroad Bridge Inspection
    • Railroad Construction Management
    • Railroad Environmental Issues
    • Grant Procurement / Grant Writing
  • Railroad Facilities Design
  • Railroad Mechanical Inspections
  • Railroad Project Management
  • Track Design / Track Issues
  • Expert Witness / Insurance Investigation
  • Harvey H. Stone, PE, President, has over 25 years of Railroad experience with Short Line Railroads and Streetcar Systems.

    Background - Mr. Stone began working for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 and then A. W. Cross, Inc. a contractor in 1966. Mr. Stone was then employed by Northwest Engineering, Inc. in 1968 and became president in 1980 until 1996. In 1996, he organized Stone Consulting & Design, Inc. to provide consulting services to the railroad industry, sold the firm to TranSystems in 2007 and re-purchased the firm in 2010.

    Mr. Stone has provided track design, bridge design, and all types of inspection services to railroads and associated clients. He has no affiliations with Class 1 Railroads. Mr. Stone has been an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association. His membership in the ACEC has enabled him to obtain invaluable exposure to the many changes in engineering technology over the years as well as continued awareness of the constantly changing rules, regulations and grant programs on all governmental levels.

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    Steven Kushnick
    Principal Engineer
    P.O. Box 670084
    Marietta GA 30066
    USA
    phone: 770-591-1720
    fax: 770-591-7996
    Mechanical Engineer - Turbomachinery Expert. Gas turbine engines, steam turbines, jet engines, compressors, pumps, expanders, generators, cogeneration, combustion equipment, diesel engines, and reciprocating compressors. Failure analysis, stress analysis, mechanical design, design analysis, troubleshooting, performance analysis, durability assessment. Access to metallurgical laboratory. Experienced Expert witness.

    Please see our Service List at www.sbkushnick.com/servicelist.pdf for a concise description.
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    Matthew I. Stein, PE
    Principal
    10591 Belford Place
    Truckee CA 96161
    USA
    phone: 530-587-7618
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    Stein Design is a Mechanical Engineering firm with an emphasis on Product Design and Development. Stein Design provides clients with technical expertise, creativity and styling to successfully develop new products and machines, improve existing products, and solve difficult engineering problems.

    Consulting Services:
    • Product Design and Development
    • 3-D CAD and Rapid Prototyping
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Finite Element Analysis
  • Industrial Design and Aesthetics
  • Machine Design and Automation
  • Patent Search and Assistance
  • Solar Engineering and Design
  • Matthew I. Stein, PE, principal of Stein Design, has 12 patents to his name and almost 40 years of Mechanical Engineering experience specializing in Product Design and Development. He has designed highly successful products for industry leaders such as Hewlett Packard, Seagate, IGT, Duraflame, Plantronics, and Haws.

    Mr. Stein is also a licensed contractor specializing in Green Building. Mr. Stein builds energy efficient, beautiful comfortable homes that minimize negative impacts on the environment. Mr. Stein is the best selling author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability & Surviving the Long Emergency. This is a very valuable guide to sustainable living & sustainable technologies; self reliant skills; and how to plan for, and deal with, future instabilities in the workings of our world as we come to grips with declines in oil production, collapsing ecosystems and climate change.

    Mr. Stein is a National Merit Scholar, MIT graduate, recipient of the "Straight T" award (MIT's highest athletic honor), and has extensive media experience on television, radio, and in public speaking engagements.

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    Matthew Stein, PE
    Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. This book provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.
    Matthew Stein, PE
    This book, comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.
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    Gerald Roy Spencer, P.E.
    President
    4635 Southwest Freeway - Suite 900
    Houston TX 77027
    USA
    phone: 1-800-383-9685
    MEP Engineer of Record for the design and construction of more that 1300 MEP projects located in the USA, Europe, Canada, Asia, South America, and Carribbean since 1965.

    REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEER and Engineer of Record for the design and the construction of HVAC, & Plumbing Systems

    REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEER and Engineer of Record for the design and the construction of Interior and Exterior Lighting Design, Interior Electrical Power Distribution Systems, Exterior Power Distribution to Class 35kV, Large Un-interruptible Power Systems, Large Emergency Power Generation Systems to 750kVA, Electrical Power Quality Analysis Documentation & Harmonic Current Attenuation Design

    EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES for Facility HVAC, Electrical Power. Lighting and Plumbing Systems; Construction Contract Administration Services; Project Construction Cost Estimating Services; Life Cycle Cost Analysis Report Services; Energy Consumption Analysis Report Services; Diesel power engine-generators and fuel systems; UPS systems; Data Processing power and Grounding systems;
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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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    Daniel Rapperport
    8 Wallis Court
    Lexington MA 02421
    USA
    phone: 781-862-9001 or 339-222-2822
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    Rapperport Associates, Inc., provides exceptional capability in Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science.

    We have provided superior technical support for litigation since 1974, and possess an extraordinarily talented technical team with impeccable academic and industrial credentials and proven analysis capability. Our team of distinguished scientists and engineers is drawn principally from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Failure Analysis
  • Structural Design Analysis
  • Metallurgical Failures
  • Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automobiles / Trucks
  • Biomechanics / Injury Mechanism
  • Off-Road Vehicles
  • Occupant Motion
  • Aircraft
  • Animation

  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Cause and Origin
  • Electrical
  • Gases, Liquids and Dust
  • Industrial Processes
  • ........Safety
  • Machine and Industrial Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Construction Failures
  • Slips, Trips, Falls


  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Structural / Civil
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical
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    R. Kevin Smith. P.E.
    President
    1539 Chalone Ct.
    Crown Point IN 46307
    USA
    phone: 219-226-9510 (Office)708-790-1938 (Cell)
    fax: 708-755-1580 (Lab Office)
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    R. Kevin Smith PE, BSME, MMAE, has been a specialist in Engineering Forensic Safety and Design for 35 years. He has consulted on over a 1,000 matters nationwide.

    Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer and holds a BSME and MMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He specializes in Material Handling Equipment Safety, including lift trucks, dock safety, truck loading, conveyors, and aerial work platform safety.

    Mr. has been actively involved as a member of the committee that writes the Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks (ASME/ANSI B56.1) for over 30 years. He also serves on the B56.6 committee (rough terrain lift trucks) and the ANSI A92.5 and A92.6 subcommittees (self-propelled elevating work platforms).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Smith formerly worked for Triodyne, Inc. for over 15 years as a forensic engineer/principal engineer. As President of R. K. Smith Engineering Inc., he currently has a laboratory for examination and testing, and owns or has access to varied testing equipment and tools.

    Kevin Smith has testified at depositions and trials on several hundred matters. He has performed hundreds of investigations into product failures involving injury and property damage, and has reconstructed numerous accidents. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Mr. Smith also is on the Adjunct Math faculty at Prairie State College.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forklift Trucks
    • Aerial Work Platform Lifts
    • Product Testing
    • Material Handling / Lifting / Rigging Equipment
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine Guarding
    • Safeguarding
    • Warnings
  • Agricultural and Construction Equipment
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Stability Testing
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Consumer Products / Testing
  • OSHA Citations
  • Codes & Standards
  • Standard of Care in Design
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    Eric Woodroof, PhD, CEM, PCF
    ALL STATES
    phone: 606-219-4465
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    For more than 20 years, Eric A. Woodroof, PhD, Principal at Profitable Green Solutions, LLC is a leading keynote speaker on energy management, energy efficiency and sustainability. He has worked onstage with Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Condoleezza Rice, and many others.

    Energy & Sustainability Trends - Dr. Woodroof's experience on 5 continents can excite your audience and help your organization remain competitive while preparing for upcoming energy trends.

    Best Practices - Dr. Eric Woodroof knows the best practices for energy management and performance contracting. He is famous for simplifying complex concepts into clear, actionable practices that attendees can apply immediately. Dr. Woodroof is an unbiased expert who can be reached at 888-563-7221 x101.

    Profitable Green Solutions Interview - Dr. Eric Woodroof
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    When selecting projects under a limited budget, a firm should implement the project that will return the most value. Ultimately, firm value is measured by stock price, which can be impacted when the firm makes a major announcement. This paper shows that announcements of energy management projects correlate with a 21.33% increase in stock price within 150 days of the announcement. This increase is in addition to the risk-adjusted return the firm would normally experience . For example, during a "bull market" a firm's expected return was 10%. After the announcement, the return would increase by 21.33%, for a net return of 31.33%. These results suggest that investors react positively to energy management projects. This outcome demonstrates one more strategic incentive for firms to implement energy management projects.

    As a new US government administration comes into control, many people have asked me if I am optimistic about energy efficiency projects... the answer is YES. No matter how you analyze it, energy efficiency is a great investment... dare I say "Huge". Energy efficiency projects have high returns on investment and extremely low risk. The only thing they don't have is a "compelling event" forcing them to get done. In contrast, a repairing a roof leak has a sense of urgency because of potential damage from inaction.

    About five years ago, I wrote about project developer who specializes in energy tax deductions and rebates. We call him "Dr. EPAct" because he knows how to navigate and attain substantial tax deductions and rebates, which pay for most (if not all) of a project's cost. His highly tangible skills in accounting are typically "outside" of an energy manager's core strengths, but definitely worth knowing. This month, Dr. EPAct (Bill Bissmeyer) is contributing again in this article! He will help explain the Federal Tax Extenders Act, which was signed on December 18, 2015 into law. More importantly, Bill presents a case study showing the economics and tax advantages that you have available to you. Frankly- you cannot afford to skip this article because it may be the key you need to get your project funded.

    3/14/2017 · Environment
    Previous research indicates there are additional (often unreported) benefits from saving energy.1,2 This paper identifies these "additional benefits" and describes how to calculate their value.3,4 In addition, we found a high percentage of facility managers experienced some of these benefits. For example, in a recent survey, 92% of facility managers experienced reduced maintenance material costs as a result of energy conservation (primarily because lights, filters and other equipment lasted longer when operated less hours per year).

    You think you're about to be a hero by entering into an Energy Savings Agreement, (which is supposed to fund improvement projects based on savings). Your long-time law firm reviewed the contracts, and your engineers have signed off. Everything seems positive. So what can go wrong? Actually, quite a bit... and your knowledge can be the difference between having a glowing success or abject failure that could cost you a job, reputation or worse.

    Eric A. Woodroof
    The landscape for implementing energy efficient projects is rapidly changing and the need for energy project financing has never been greater. This book provides the key success factors for structuring a finance energy project and getting it approved by top management. Part I covers the need for financing as well as the basic concepts. Part II covers some practical applications of financing such as performance contracts, power purchase agreements, and other items like PACE financing. Part III contains articles that have helped many engineers get more projects implemented as they include information that can be used to present projects and get them approved.
    Eric A. Woodroof
    Meeting a need in the marketplace for information on how to operate a sustainable facility and reduce carbon emissions, the Green Facilities Handbook clearly explains why green business is good business and delineates practical strategies to green your operations in energy and management. The book explores issues in the greening of a facility, including janitorial considerations, fuel choices for fleets, and recycling. Additional information is provided on carbon reduction terminology, monitoring and reporting, and carbon trading as well as offset strategies. Special bonus chapters include valuable information on financing and procedures for “green” marketing.
    Eric A. Woodroof
    Eric A. Woodroof, Ph.D., is completely committed to helping businesses and organizations "go green", while improving profits. For more than 20 years, he has helped over 400 organizations and governments improve profits with energy-environmental solutions, generating over $100 million in savings.
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    T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE
    Principal
    1150 Kelsey Dr.
    Sunnyvale CA 94087
    USA
    phone: 408-203-9443
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    Medical Device, Biotech, Failure Analysis, Mechanical Eng, Materials, Design, Reliability, Consultant

    Kim Parnell Mechanical Engineer Expert PhotoParnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC) is a high-tech Mechanical Engineering Consultancy located in the heart of Silicon Valley. PEC focuses on providing technical support for early stage medical device and technology companies nationally and internationally.

    T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE, Principal and Founder of PEC, is a Mechanical Engineering consultant with strong experience in a number of technology areas. Dr. Parnell holds PhD and MSME degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and a BES from Georgia Tech. He specializes in the mechanical engineering design and behavior of Biomedical Devices, Superelastic and Shape Memory Metals (Nitinol), Bioabsorbable Polymers, Composites, Fiber-Reinforced Materials, Electronics, and Consumer Products.. Dr. Parnell consults actively in these areas using finite element analysis and other advanced technologies to improve designs, to perform failure analysis, and to improve reliability.

    Dr. Parnell served on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Santa Clara University from 2010-2012 and was previously a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. He lectured in the Stanford Composites Design Program, and is a coach and mentor for the innovative Stanford Biodesign Program. He has worked for companies including MSC Software, Rubicor Medical, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, SST Systems, ATT Bell Laboratories, Stanford University, and General Motors.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Device / Biotechnology - Cardiovascular, Orthopedic, Orthodontic
    • Patents & Intellectual Property
    • Plastics, Molding, & Manufacturing
    • Composite Materials Design & Damage
    • Materials & Metallurgy
    • Failure Analysis & Reliability
    • Fracture & Fatigue
    • System Specifications & Test Procedures
    • Telephone Set Design; Keypads
    • User Experience & System Interaction
    • User Interface Design
    • Software Design, Development, QA
    • Green Energy: Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles, Battery technology, Solar
    • Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, & Thermodynamics
    • Finite Element Analysis of Structures and Fluid / Heat Transfer (FEA/CFD)
    • Piezoelectric components
    • Transducers, Accelerometers, MEMs
    • Vehicle & Heavy Truck Crash Worthiness
    • Shock & Vibration Sensitivity
    Selected Professional Memberships:
    • Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical), California
    • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Fellow
    • SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), Member
    • IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers), Senior Member
    • ASM International, Member
    • SMST (Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies), Member
    View Dr. Parnell's Expert Witness Profile.
    Rail residual stress distributions can be complex and variable in nature, as different manufacturing techniques produce varying stress magnitudes and distributions. To evaluate the effect of residual stresses on rail integrity, an analysis technique was sought that could quantify the effect of these stresses on web crack propagation.

    The computer program LS-DYNA3D was used to simulate the behavior of a specific, though representative, heavy truck cab-over tractor-trailer vehicle during a full 180° rollover event. These simulations provide a key component in the development of a physical testing procedure for evaluating structural integrity and occupant crash protection system designs in heavy trucks.

    2/18/2014 · Medical
    The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for Class III implantable medical devices requires a 10 year life, or approximately 400 million cycles of service.

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    Bill O'Donnell
    2940 South Park Road
    Bethel Park PA 15102
    USA
    phone: 412-835-5007
    fax: 412-835-5017
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    O'Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc. (OCE) provides engineering, failure analysis, metallurgy, and expert witness services. Providing analytical, design, testing, and technical problem solving services for more than 30 years, our extensive experience gives us credibility in expert witness testimony. Our results are based on quantified engineering principles and analysis- not just opinions. We have testified in International, Federal, and State Courts, presenting comprehensive technical reports, models, and simulations that are easily understood by Judges and Juries.

    Services Offered:
  • Mechanical Engineering: Design and analysis services including finite element analysis. Troubleshooting and providing design repair solutions.
  • Failure Analysis: Metallurgy, analysis, and testing of components to determine root cause of structural failures and fires/explosions.
  • Product Liability & Patent Infringement


    Sample Cases:
  • Power plants
  • Petrochemical facilities
  • Dams
  • Heat exchangers
  • Piping
  • Pumps
  • Valves
  • Machine tools
  • Welded structures
  • Appliances
  • Sport equipment

    "We are often asked to solve simple to complex engineering problems - the key to our effectiveness has been our ability to integrate interdisciplinary talent in materials science and engineering" - Bill O'Donnell, President
  • The largest storage rack/ retrieval system, larger than two football fields and eighty feet wide was constructed to store 108 million pounds of paper products. On July, 2002, after two months of use, the facility collapsed and sparked a fire that destroyed the entire structure and 45 million pounds of paper. Nearly 50 fire departments responded to the inferno, which burned for three weeks. The owner of the facility sued a number of companies that included the contractor that designed and built the structure, a subcontractor, and the company that supplied the 110 foot steel columns.

    4/5/2013 · Engineering
    A comprehensive engineering analysis was performed on a coke oven battery roof and heating walls. Coke oven batteries are constructed with refractory bricks.

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