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Michael P. Schuller, PE
David B. Woodham, PE
2619 Spruce Street
Boulder CO 80302
USA
phone: 303-444-3620
fax: 303-444-3239
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Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Inc. (ANA) has provided structural engineering services for federal, state, and private organizations since its founding in 1975. The unique organization of the firm strives to balance a commitment to innovative research and development goals with direct application to problems in the field. The experience and education of their professional and support staff provides a strong capability for handling difficult and challenging material and structural engineering problems. Through ongoing research and practice, the firm has established itself as one of the foremost international authorities on both historic and modern masonry structural systems.

Atkinson-Noland & Associates provides forensic engineering services for the evaluation and condition assessment of existing and new structures. Their expertise in support of forensic studies, includes evaluation of structural distress and failure, establishment of causes, recommendations for remedial action, and litigation support. Several ANA engineers have extensive experience in providing expert services in a variety of construction litigation areas.

Litigation Support Experience:
  • Masonry Expertise
  • Waterproofing / Moisture Intrusion
  • Brick and Concrete Masonry
  • Cast Stone and Reinforced Concrete
  • Adhered Veneer
  • Slip-Fall Claims
  • Cracking and Spalling
  • Structural Failure Analysis
  • Metal Corrosion
  • Material Durability and Defects
  • Differential Foundation Movement
  • Design Standard of Care
  • ANA prepares high-quality expert reports, and we have experience in deposition and courtroom testimony.

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    10/14/2014 · Construction
    Atkinson-Noland & Associates worked with Bridge Diagnostic, Inc. to evaluate the performance of the historic Ames Street Bridge in Dedham, Massachusetts during the strengthening phase of the structure. Live load tests were conducted on the bridge before and after strengthening to evaluate the efficiency of the selected rehabilitation method. Displacement and strain were monitored at several critical locations along the arch barrels using Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT) displacement sensors and surface - mount strain transducers. A finite element study was performed to understand the complex behavior of the multi-span masonry arch bridge. A long-term monitoring system was installed to evaluate the bridge behavior over time

    8/27/2014 · Construction
    The church was built in 1917 of concrete masonry blocks that were reportedly cast on site by members of the church. The main problem with the church exterior is the delamination of the exterior skin of the concrete block.

    7/22/2014 · Construction
    Constructed in 1934, the "Old Senior Hall" building was built with a structural steel frame, concrete and gypsteel floors and roof, and a reinforced concrete foundation. The exterior walls were built using a brick masonry façade over a clay tile backup with limestone sills, coping, and accents. Active corrosion of main structural members was discovered in the late 1990's, and a plan was developed to renovate the building to address structural concerns. Atkinson - Noland conducted a full exterior condition survey, including use of nondestructive tests to identify the extent of steel corrosion, evaluate masonry performance, and identify potential repair items. Results of this study were used to plan repairs and any necessary strengthening.

    6/10/2014 · Engineering
    The Health Center building on the Milton Hershey School campus was designed in 1932 as load-bearing masonry construction with steel framing used to support floor and roof loads and loose steel lintels spanning over window and door openings. Atkinson-Noland & Associates was retained to conduct an investigation of the exterior load-bearing masonry walls and structural steel framing for the purpose of identifying typical as-built conditions as well as the locations and severity of any deterioration.

    The 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, Colorado is a pedestrian and transit mall that extends for more than a mile along 16th Street connecting people to major businesses, hotels, restaurants, and retail. Recently, the street mall pavers have experienced a substantial number of loose and cracked granite pavers. Atkinson-Noland & Associates conducted an extensive investigation at the 16th Street Mall granite tile pavers to determine the causes of distress in the paving system. We also helped develop appropriate solutions to paver debonding, slip-resistance, aesthetics, and maintenance.

    4/4/2014 · Construction
    Atkinson-Noland & Associates was a principal investigator on a three-year project evaluating different techniques for repair and retrofit of unreinforced masonry structures. Old masonry construction was simulated in the laboratory, and the test specimens were strengthened by installation of internal reinforcement or repaired by grout injection.

    2/26/2014 · Construction
    A six-story condominium building was constructed using load-bearing, concrete masonry with a clay brick masonry veneer. Specifications required that the collar joint be filled during construction; however, the contractor built the masonry without grouting the collar joint. Subsequent negotiation determined that the masonry must be reconstructed with a filled collar joint.

    1/23/2014 · Materials
    Right: Construction began on the Piedras Blancas Light Station in 1874. The site now includes two of the original historic structures-a lighthouse building completed in 1875 and a fog signal building completed in 1906. The lighthouse building was originally 115 feet tall, including a first-order Fresnel lens manufactured in Paris, France.

    12/17/2013 · Materials
    A two-story masonry building in the historical district of Cripple Creek, Colorado was assessed to determine its present condition. The building was to be retrofitted as a casino but was suffering from over 100 years of weathering in a severe climate and recent neglect.

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

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

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

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

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Design: Machine safety and guarding, Strength of materials, wood, metals, plastics
    • Materials Issues and Failure Analysis: Mechanisms, components and machinery; Pressure testing, fatigue analysis
    • Accident Investigations: Heavy equipment accidents, bulldozers, backhoes, excavators; Cranes, lifts, manipulators
    • Air conditioning and Refrigeration: Thermography services and analysis
    • Civil Engineering: Design of Buildings; Residential, industrial, commercial site plans; Land development, site preparation and paving, drilling and boring; Public and private roadways, sidewalks, ramps, parking lots, lighting; Septic systems, sewers, public sewer blockage and stoppage; Scaffolds & scaffolding erection and accidents; Retaining walls and retaining wall failure; Foundation failure / structural damage; Plumbing leaks, water intrusion, explosions; Earthquake Damage Assessment and Remediation; Construction Disputes / Insurance claims; Stucco defects and failures; Job site fire prevention industry standards
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    Michael Plunkett, P.E.
    President
    58 Briarwood Dr
    Wakefield, RI 02879
    RI, NH, CT, MA, VT, ME, FL, NY, GA 02879
    USA
    phone: (cell) 401-935-6557
    fax: 801-729-0611
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  • Over 35 years of experience in Mechanical / Structural Engineering & Design, Failure Analysis, Product Liability, Industural Asbestos,Pressure Vessel & Boiler analysis and evaluation of mechanical and structural components.
  • Extensive trial experience. Has been involved in multi-million dollar cases. Areas involved included:

    - Piping & pipe supports
    - Structural failure of products
    - Failure analysis
    - Industrial asbestos
    - Seismic analysis
    - Fire protection
    - Pressure vessels
    - Tanks
    - Construction
    - Heat transfer analysis
    - Environmental qualification of equipment
    - Welding
    - Product design
    - Patent information
  • Expertise in developing litigation rate-case exhibits and detailed supporting testimony, and in organizing case documentation into easy-to-use computer databases for trial use.
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    Brandon W. Erickson, PE, SE
    Founding Principal
    10000 NE 7th Avenue
    Suite 130
    Vancouver WA 98685
    USA
    phone: 360-571-5577
    fax: 360-571-5578
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    Brandon Erickson Structural Engineering Expert PhotoBrandon W. Erickson, PE, SE, principal of Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, PC, has over 19 years of experience in Structural Engineering. Mr. Erickson received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Erickson is licensed in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, California, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. Mr. Erickson's main office is located in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Mr. Erickson also maintains a satellite office in Kihei, Hawaii.

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

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

    Forensic Investigation Services:
    • Perform Proximate Cause Investigations
    • Assess Construction Defects
    • Assess Design Errors
    • Assess Materials Defects
    • Develop Testing and Monitoring Systems
    • Review Design and Construction Documents
    • Determine Extent of Damage
    • Prepare Schematic Remediation Designs Suitable for Scoping and Pricing
    • Prepare Final Remediation Designs Suitable for Permitting, Bidding, and Construction
    • Provide Assistance During the Remediation Phase
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    Dr. Fari Barzegar
    Ph.D., P.E., CPEng
    446-17th Street, Suite 300
    Oakland, CA 94612
    All States USA, CAN, AUS
    phone: 510-891-0300
    fax: 510-891-0333
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    Expert Consultant/Witness in over 70-cases; Licensed Engineer with 30 years of experience in Civil/Structural Engineering & Construction Forensics Consulting, Construction Project Management and teaching/research. Has been retained by insurance companies, law firms, construction, energy, mining, technology & manufacturing industries, governmental and educational institutions, engineering and architectural firms, and individuals. Consultant in both plaintiff/defendant cases; testimony & trial experience.

    Expert Consulting & Witness; Insurance Claim, Peer Reviews, Legal Support

    Buildings, Structures & Materials: Residential, Commercial, Institutional & Historic; Bridges, Towers, Stacks/Chimneys, Containment Vessels, Tanks, Grain Silos, Conduits & Pipelines, Retaining Walls, Foundations, Slabs & Pavements; Concrete, Steel, Composite, Wood, CMU, Brick Masonry & Adobe

    • Design, Construction, Integrity, Repair & Retrofit Issues

    Construction Defects & Accidents; Defective Concrete; OSHA Standards

    • Code Compliance; Seismic Resistant Design; Errors & Omissions; Standards of Care

    Damage & Failure Investigation; Due Diligence; Non-Destructive Testing; Analysis/Report

    • Vibration, Explosion, Impact, Earthquake, Wind, Fire, Hurricane & Flood Damage Investigations

    • Pile Driving & Demolition Damage to Adjacent Facilities; Cracking & Settlement

    • Dynamic, Stress & Thermal Analysis; Finite Element Method; Product Design; Failure Simulation/Reconstruction <
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    Carl H. Josephson, SE
    Principal Structural Engineer
    See Multiple Addresses Below
    CA, NV, AZ USA
    phone: 858-558-2181
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    Carl H. Josephson, S.E., has over 35 years of Structural Engineering experience. He is active in numerous professional organizations and has served as the Structural Engineer member of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.

    Principal Structural Engineer at JW&A, Mr. Josephson and his team provide special studies, investigations, code review and analysis, and have conducted structural investigations on 1,000s of buildings throughout the Western United States for a diverse group of clients.

    Litigation Support - JW&A have been retained as structural engineering experts by plaintiff and defense clients on over 1,500 cases, and have testified at deposition, trial and arbitration on over 300 matters across Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon. Designated as experts for homeowner associations, developers, and subcontractor cross-defendants, they strive to provide balanced, well reasoned and practical solutions to construction litigation problems. They have also been retained as court-appointed neutral experts on several cases.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Wood Structures
    • Masonry Structures
    • Steel Structures
    • Concrete Structures
    • Construction Defects
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Professional Liability Claims
  • Seismic / Wind Design
  • Code Review
  • Standard of Care Analysis
  • Foundations
  • Underpinning
  • Retaining Walls
  • Tie-backs
  • Josephson-Werdowatz & Associates, Inc. Office Locations:
    • San Diego Office
      6370 Lusk Blvd., Suite F200
      San Diego, CA 92121-2753
      Telephone: 858-558-2181
      Facsimile: 858-558-2188
  • Las Vegas Office
    3753 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 200
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89169-0952
    Telephone: 702-733-6500
    Facsimile: 702-733-6555
    • Scottsdale Office
      15849 North 71st Street, Suite 100
      Scottsdale, Arizona 85254-2179
      Telephone: 480-945-5337
      Facsimile: 480-945-5499
  • Sacramento Office
    770 L Street, Suite 950
    Sacramento, California 95814-3361
    Telephone: 916-242-833
    Facsimile: 916-242-8332
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    Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG
    664 W. Broadway
    Glendale CA 91204
    USA
    phone: (818) 539-8408
    fax: (818) 543-4565
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    Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG, has over 23 years of experience in performing Geologic and Geotechnical Forensic Engineering investigations. Mr. Wilson currently serves as a Senior Professional Geologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. He holds a professional engineering geologist license in California and a professional geologist license in Utah.

    Mr. Wilson has broad experience in numerous industries. He has completed or project managed over a 1,000 forensic evaluations of distressed properties in California, Utah and Oregon for insurance carriers. For the construction industry, Mr. Wilson's work in residential/commercial/public works development projects include trench and drilling exploration, down-hole logging, geotechnical laboratory testing, slope stability analysis, fault trench logging, foundation and keyway observations, fill control, mass grading monitoring. He has also provided planning and environmental impact reports for several cities and counties throughout California.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Wilson provides consultation services to attorneys, judges, arbitrators, insurance companies, and others in the evaluation and remediation of soil related distress to structures, earth movement, seismicity, and other matters related to adverse soil, geologic, or hydrologic conditions. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Investigations
    • Damage Causation Evaluations
    • Geologic and Geotechnical Investigations
    • Landslide Investigations and Mitigation
    • Geologic Hazard Assessments
    • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Preparation
    • Environmental Planning
    • Observation and Monitoring of Engineered Grading and Construction Projects