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Meherwan P. Boyce
Ph.D., P.E., CEng, Fellow ASME (US), IDGTE (UK)
2121 Kirby Drive, 28N
Houston TX 77019
USA
phone: 713-807-0888
fax: 713-807-0088
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Meherwan P. BoyceDr. Meherwan P. Boyce, Ph.D., P.E., CEng, Fellow ASME (US), IDGTE (UK), IMechE (UK), NAFE (US); has 50 years of experience in the field of TurboMachinery in both industry and academia. His industrial experience covers 20 years as Chairman and CEO of Boyce Engineering International, and five years as a designer of Compressors and Turbines for Gas Turbines for Various Gas Turbine Manufacturers. He is committed to providing leading edge technologies, in areas of infrastructure projects and specialized Engineering skills, in energy, Turbomachinery, corrosion, and environment related areas.
Areas of Expertise:
  • Aerodynamics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bio-Engineering
  • Cogeneration
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • TurboMachinery
  • Heavy Fuels Combustion
  • Performance Evaluation of Combined Cycle Power Plants
Forensic Engineering and Expert Witness Testimony:
  • Combustion Turbines
  • Steam Turbines
  • Compressors
Meherwan P. Boyce, PhD, PE
This comprehensive Handbook has been fully updated and expanded for the second edition. It covers all major aspects of power plant design, operation, and maintenance. It includes not only an updating of the technology, which has taken great leaps forward in the last decade, but also introduces new subjects such as Carbon Sequestration Technology, Chemical Treatment of Water used in Combined Cycle Power Plants, and extended treatments on Steam Turbines and Heat Recovery Steam Generators. This is an extensive treatise with 145 figures and photographs illustrating the many problems associated with Combined Cycle Power Plants and some of the solutions that have enabled plants to achieved higher efficiencies and reliability.
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JIJI THOMAS
Senior Officer-Environment
Kudilil House, Eravimangalam
Kottayam 686613
IND
phone: 987-067-0240
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TCE Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE) is one of India's leading Engineering Consulting Organizations. TCE offers a wide range of multi-disciplinary services in project engineering across several sectors. The firm has completed more than 4500 assignments, including the engineering of several power plants with total installed capacity of over 41,000MW, several large urban water supply and waste water projects, as well as those for smaller towns, facilities inside battery limits and offsite facilities for several chemical and industrial plants.

TCE has highly qualified and experienced professionals on its rolls. Design offices are located in several cities in India - Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Jamshedpur, and a branch office in the USA and South Africa.

TCE has successfully carried out several assignments overseas — in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and the Americas.

TCE has done projects funded by:
  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • World Health Organization
  • United States Agency for International Development
Services Include:
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Survey & Consultations
  • Environmental Data Analysis & GIS mapping
  • Environmental Sampling, Monitoring & Pollution Analysis (Air, Water & Soil)
  • Environmental Clearance & Liaison with Statutory Authorities
  • Industrial Site Visits and Identification of Suitable Waste Disposal Sites & Methodologies
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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
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Eric Woodroof, PhD, CEM, PCF
ALL STATES
phone: 606-219-4465
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Eric Woodroof Energy Management Expert PhotoGet a professional and unbiased review by Dr. Eric Woodroof, PhD,, who has served as an expert witness, and has a track record of helping his clients succeed and/or avoid unnecessary expenses related to Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). He has experience working on both sides of contracts between energy users and Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). Dr. Woodroof is an unbiased ESPC expert who can be reached at 888-563-7221 x101.

Relevant Experience in Performance Contracting:
  • Energy Managers Hall of Fame
  • Chairman- Energy Management Professional Council
  • Chairman- Performance Contracting & Financing Certification Board
  • Past President- Association of Energy Engineers (19,000 Members)
  • Editorial Board for 2 Industry Publications
  • Published Author on this topic
  • Trained over 10,000 professionals
  • Experience with multi-million dollar EPSCs
  • Expert witness with 20+ years experience
Dr. Woodroof has written books as well as industry standards on energy contracts. He has been chosen several times to represent the industry and has worked with leaders such as Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others (in front of thousands of his peers).

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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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Gary Hutter, PhD, PE, CSP
Dr.
4228 Commercial Way
Glenview IL 60025
USA
phone: 847-297-6538
fax: 847-297-6615
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Gary Hutter, PhD, PE, CSP, is affiliated with Meridian Engineering & Technology, Inc., providing safety /engineering services in safety-forensic matters. Dr. Hutter has over 45 years of education, experience, and training in: Mechanical, Environmental, and Safety Engineering, and Human Factors/Biomechanics.

He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) teaching courses in: “Industrial Health & Safety”, “OSHA & EPA Compliance”, and “Safety Risk Assessment”. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and safety committee member for the: National Safety Council, ASTM, Fabricators & Manufacturers Ass’n., and ANSI. Dr. Hutter is chairman of the NSC's committee for machinery safety. He is an author/reviewer/contributor to OSHA, ANSI, and NSC publications on: safety, interlocks, used equipment safety, confined space, consumer products, and Lockout & Tagout. He is a contributing author in the text book “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning”.

Prior safety-related professional employment has included: the E.P.A., Ford Motor Company, UOP, and Clark Equipment Co.

Litigation Support - Dr. Hutter has provided services for over 30 years as a consultant and as a corporate representative. His provides the technical basis for evaluating liability issues on: equipment failures, patents, consumer products, construction safety, code compliance, and property losses. He often documents equipment performance, performs safety tests/calculations, and researches problems and failures. His is available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant; and on non-litigation matters in accident documentation/evaluation, due diligence in safety, OSHA surveys, and safety risk assessments.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Safety Engineering / Accident Reconstruction / Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering Issues / Coefficients of Friction (slips)
  • Industrial Hygiene / Environmental Engineering
  • OSHA & Code Compliance (ANSI, ASTM, UL...)
  • Confined Space Entry / Carbon Monoxide Exposures
  • Machinery Safety / Safeguarding / Lockout-Tagout / Interlocks
  • Hot Water / Chemical Burns
  • Chemical Safety / MSDS / Warnings / Exposures / CPS
  • Machine Design for Safety / Steel Mill Safety
  • Human Factors / Biomechanics, Epidemiology of Accidents
  • Written Safety Materials/ Manuals / Warnings
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Philip T. Tringale, PhD, PE
Environmental Engineering Consultant
555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco CA USA
phone: 510-874-7011
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Philip T. Tringale, PhD, PE is a registered Professional Civil Engineer with over 25 years of Environmental Consulting experience. His site and redevelopment projects include commercial and industrial facilities, landfills, and cases requiring technical support for litigation.

Dr. Tringale has directed numerous site assessments and remediation programs involving soil and groundwater contaminated primarily by organic solvents, metals, and petroleum products. He has particular expertise in site characterization and in the use of in-situ testing to evaluate soil properties. Dr. Tringale has provided final design for remedial actions that involve excavation, containment, bioremediation, vacuum extraction, monitoring, and groundwater treatment.

Dr. Tringale has been providing litigation support services to the legal industry for over 20 years. He is available to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Tringale has been retained approximately 15 times and has provided expert testimony in support of counsel for cases involving:
  • National Contingency Plan Compliance
  • Identification of Contaminant Sources
  • Magnitude and Extent of Contamination
  • Remedial Cost Estimates
  • Allocation of Cost and Responsibility
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James M. Miller, PE, PhD
Founder
2392 Fuller Court
Ann Arbor MI 48105
USA
phone: 734-662-6822
fax: 734-747-9712
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The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

Vehicles
  • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
  • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
  • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
  • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
  • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
  • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
Mechanical & Electrical Safety
  • Product Safety & Analysis
  • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
  • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
  • Hazard and Risk Analysis
  • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
  • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
Warnings & Instructions
  • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
  • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
  • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
  • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
  • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
  • Product Recall Information & Strategies
Chemicals Safety & Labeling
  • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
  • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
  • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
  • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
  • Contamination - Water & Environmental
  • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
  • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
Fires & Explosions
  • Cause & Origin Investigations
  • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
Agriculture
  • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
  • Chemical Applications & Exposures
  • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
  • Pesticides
Construction
  • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
  • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
  • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
Consumers/Household Safety
  • Appliances & Tools
  • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
  • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
  • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
  • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
  • Accident Investigations
  • Electrical & Fire Causation
  • Chemical Leakage Damage
  • Defective Equipment Injuries
  • Premise and Process Damages
James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
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Chuck Dutill, PE, DFE
Expert Witness | Principal Consultant
1240 West Chester Pike, Suite 213
West Chester PA 19382
USA
phone: 610-701-5650
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For over 35 years, Chuck Dutill, P.E., D.F.E., has been performing Hydrology and Environmental Engineering nationwide. He has focused on wastewater, stormwater, flooding, sewers, septic systems, groundwater, drainage, runoff, hydrology, hydraulics, backups, drinking water, and air quality. Litigation Support - Mr. Dutill has spent approximately 25% of his professional time providing expert witness services for over 35 years. Approximately 50% of his expert witness services have been for defendants and about 50% for plaintiffs. He has issued 120 to 125 expert reports, been deposed approximately 35 to 40 times, and testified in federal and state court (including jury and non-jury trials) approximately 25 to 30 times. Forensic cases have occurred in more than 30 states. As indicated in feedback from attorneys on expert witness cases, some of his strengths include understandable guidance, responsiveness, timeliness, communication, effective report writing, strong testimony (including on cross), efficiency, organization, and assistance with framing case issues. Expertise:

  • Hydrology
  • Flooding
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Septic Systems
  • Sewer Systems
  • Sanitary Sewage
  • Groundwater
  • Stormwater Management
  • Drainage
  • Runoff
  • Water Mains
  • Backups
  • Mold
  • Wells
  • Hydrogeology
  • Storm Sewers
  • Hydraulics
  • Erosion
  • Drinking Water
  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Detention
  • Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Operations
  • Design
  • Inspections
  • Floodplains
  • Contamination
  • Toxicity
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Spills
  • Grading
  • Remediation
  • Pollution
  • Sinkholes
  • Health and Safety
  • Pumping
  • Modeling
  • Odors
  • Soils
  • Dams
  • Regulations
  • Combined Sewers
  • Overflows
  • Aquifers
  • Water Distribution
  • Water Treatment
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Standard of Care
  • Sedimentation
  • Hydroplaning
  • Wetlands
  • Landfills
  • Monitoring
  • Infiltration/Inflow
  • Metering

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Ray G. Helmer, P.E.
Principal
9314 Bankside Drive
Houston TX 77031-1713
USA
phone: 713-777-7611
fax: 713-774-6881
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Ray Helmer is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio and Kansas. He is available to perform Expert Witness Services in all 50 states.

Ray Helmer has acted as an Expert Witness and as a consultant to both plaintiffs and defendants and their representing counsel in the resolution of numerous cases. He has been called as a consultant in cases involving insurance companies, utility companies, state highway departments, railroad companies, private companies, and land and commercial developers.

As an Expert Witness/Consultant, Mr. Helmer enjoys a reputation for his rigorous attention to detail and professional expertise. He spends a considerable amount of time inspecting the sites where the alleged instances occurred, taking photographs, preparing detailed surveys, and reports, reviewing witnesses' statements and depositions, and using his professional knowledge and expertise to provide accurate and impartial assessments.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Civil, Structural and Forensic engineering
  • Highway engineering, roadways, sight distance
  • Concrete and Asphalt Pavements
  • Highway / Street lighting
  • Traffic engineering, signals, signs, striping
  • Traffic noise studies
  • Accidents – automobile, train, motorcycle, pedestrian
  • Traffic accident testimony involving city / County / State DOTS
  • Hydraulics, hydrology, drainage, flooding
  • Sanitary engineering, sewers, overflows
  • Water treatment, distribution, pumping
  • Water disinfection byproducts (DBPs)
  • Wastewater treatment plants, lift stations
  • Soil expansion, contraction, settlement
  • Foundation failure, structural damage
  • Plumbing, leaks, water intrusion
  • Airports, FAA standards, runways, taxi ways, ramps
  • Bridges, buildings, corrosion, concrete cracking
  • Construction defects, fraud, accidents, delays, estimates
  • Hydroplaning is frequently alleged to be a cause of vehicular traffic accidents. This is because many persons, even law enforcement personnel, may not know the technical definition and criteria for hydroplaning.

    Many vehicular accidents happen because drivers are in too much of a hurry or they are distracted by any number of things. They just are not paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Traffic accidents at signalized intersections are common where both drivers claim the other driver is at fault.

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    David Gossman
    Chief Investigating Officer
    103 South Main Street
    Maquoketa IA 52060
    USA
    phone: 563-652-2822
    fax: 563-652-2824
    Technical assistance to counsel in litigation involving Fires and Explosions, Chemical and Environmental Forensics, Hazardous Waste and Materials, Regulatory Compliance, Dioxins, and injury or chemical exposure claims including those due to hazardous materials or operations.

    We provide the technical expertise and develop the evidentiary basis for legal arguments relying on or involving:
    • Industrial and environmental chemical forensic analysis
    • Causation proved by fate and transport of chemicals and their degradation products in the environment
    • Appropriate standard of care for and regulations of hazardous waste and hazardous materials
    • Safety and prevention of catastrophic events such as fires and explosions
    • Prevention of injury or chemical exposure resulting from hazardous materials or hazardous materials operations
    • Prevention of chemical spills and/or proper management of historical environmental contamination
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD
    Forensic Chemist
    27 Willow Pkwy
    New Windsor NY 12553
    USA
    phone: 845-742-6967
    fax: 845-561-9291
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    GerardGerard A. Macri, PhD is a Forensic Chemist with 40+ years’ experience and a comprehensive understanding of the physical and/or chemical properties and behavior of various substances to assist in the support and vindication of the client’s claim.

    Gerard Macri & Associates provides expert technical assistance in forensic chemical investigations, technical and scientific analyses of physical and documentary evidence and serve as an expert witness in the areas of sampling, testing, and identification of unknown chemical residues and substances; analysis of chemical reactants, products, and reactivity; causes and origins of violent chemical reactions, fires and explosions, hazardous chemical reactions and incompatible mixture; limits of chemical overexposure risks, sources of chemical contamination in air, soil, water and environment and other chemical investigations.

    Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Examination/Analysis/Identification of Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Causation of Chemical Fires, Explosions, and Exothermic Reactions
    • Chemical Overexposure and Injury from Consumer Products
    • Chemical Analyses of Substances Causing a Slip and Fall
    • Hazardous Chemical Reactions of Oxidizers and Flammables/Combustibles Mixtures
    • Estimation of Contaminant Chemical Airborne Concentrations
    • Chemical Overexposure Risk Assessments
    • Cause of Injury from Chemical Consumer Products
    • Warning labels and safety data sheets (SDS) for consumer products
    • Chemical Product Defects and Manufacturer Liability
    • Chemical safety, handling, and storage of flammable, toxic and corrosive chemicals
    • Investigation of Soil, Groundwater, and Storm Water Contamination
    • Compliance with/Violations of Federal EPA and State Environmental Regulations
    7/27/2018 · Chemical Industry
    Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. The universe of hazardous wastes is large and diverse. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases. They can be discrete chemical compounds, mixtures of compounds, or simply have some property that makes them hazardous. In regulatory terms, a hazardous waste is a waste that appears on one of the four RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) hazardous wastes lists (the F-list, K-list, P-list, or U-list) or that exhibits one of the four characteristics of a hazardous waste - ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.

    In 2002, a violent explosion from inside the basement of a ten-story building in New York City hospitalized 31 people (four critically) and caused extensive damages to the masonry structure. The blast dislodged portions of the basement ceiling and inside walls, collapsed the concrete stairwells and portions of the elevator shaft, and shattered glass windows five stories above ground

    6/15/2018 · Injury
    A New York City pathologist who lived in a Manhattan apartment claimed personal injury from the inhalation of vapors released from a commercially available construction adhesive used in her apartment while she was present. The plaintiff claimed permanent pulmonary distress, asthmatic symptoms, and sensitization to the smell of virtually all other chemicals – including common household chemicals.

    5/21/2018 · Chemical Industry
    Commercial household drain cleaners sold in retail stores around the country contain a combination of fairly aggressive chemicals designed to unclog drains by dissolving grease, hair, food proteins, and other organic waste products.

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    Pierre Handl
    Senior Consultant/Principal
    1106 N. Outrigger Way
    Anaheim CA 92801
    USA
    phone: 714-345-1552
    fax: 714-793-9354
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    Pierre Handl, PE is a professional engineer and expert witness in Civil and Structural Engineering, with a focus on Construction Defect Cases. With over 35 years of professional experience, Mr. Handl has provided expert testimony for numerous multi-million dollar legal claims. Mr. Handl is based in Anaheim, California and provides attorneys and law firms in the western United States and throughout the nation with expert witness and forensic engineering services. He is professionally licensed in California, New York, and New Jersey, and has been involved in the design, construction, and management of many projects, including:
    • Municipal and Public Transportation
    • Sewerage and Water Systems
    • Crude Oil Pipelines
    • Commercial and Residential Land Development
    • High Technology Facilities
    Mr. Handl is experienced in testifying on behalf of both the plaintiff and defense, including in depositions, and performs civil and structural engineering investigations for clients, involving multi-million dollar claims. He is available to review damage calculations and technical documentation, and provide timely identification of corrective measures for structural failures, errors and omissions, accidents, and disputes.

    Mr. Handl also provides clients with services such as constructability reviews and cost estimates for the purposes of mitigating damages. His clients include attorneys, law firms, insurance companies, cities, large corporations, and other engineers and consultants. Mr. Handl has testified regarding a wide range of structural and legal issues, including:
    • Parking Structure Defects
    • Public Right-of-Ways
    • Single Family Dwellings
    • Commercial Buildings
  • Sewer Systems
  • Roof Collapse
  • Misapplied Water-proofing
  • Subrogations
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    Thomas Dydek, PhD, DABT, PE
    Principal Toxicologist
    5208 Avenue H
    Austin TX 78751
    USA
    phone: 512-280-5477 / Cell: 512-663-7836
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    Thomas Dydek, PhD, DABT, PE, specializes in the evaluation of the potential for chemical exposures to affect human health and welfare. He is a Board-Certified Toxicologist (Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, D.A.B.T.) with a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. He also did a post-doctoral fellowship in Toxicology and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, specializing in the area of environmental engineering.

    Dr. Dydek is a toxicology expert in evaluating the potential human health effects associated with exposure to toxic chemicals such as asbestos, benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, metals, oil and gas fracking chemicals, pesticides, petroleum products, silica, solvents, toxic gases, and many other chemicals in the environment and in occupational settings. He also evaluates exposures to microbial agents such as mold and bacteria.

    Dr. Dydek has training and experience in preparing evaluating the health effects of industrial and environmental chemical exposures and tobacco smoking, conducting state of the art toxicological reviews for alternative fuels registrations and other projects, preparing product safety evaluations, and doing chemical exposure assessments.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Dydek has provided expert witness services in more than 250 toxic tort cases and regulatory agency Public Hearings. He has given 50 depositions, and testified at trial 10 times over the past 20 years. His work in these cases has included the evaluation of the health risks of chemical exposures and exposures to microbial agents. These exposures have occurred in the community, in occupational settings, and in other indoor environments.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Organic Chemicals and Solvents
    • Toxic Gases
    • Pesticides
    • Metals / Inorganic Chemicals
  • Petroleum Products
  • Oil & Gas Fracking Emissions
  • Health Effects of Implanted Medical Devices
  • Product Safety Evaluation
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    Environmental Advisors
    30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 260
    Farmington Hills MI 48334
    USA
    phone: 248-932-0228
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    Dragun Corporation is an industry leader in Environmental Regulatory Issues and Consulting for clients across North America and internationally. From manufacturing and real estate to chemical companies and livestock agriculture and municipalities.At Dragun, science, engineering, and decades of expertise converge through in-depth critical analysis, conceptualized approaches, and technical application. The result is an environmental site assessment, remediation, compliance assessment, or expert services support that helps clients in diverse industries.

    Litigation Support - Dragun Corporation has built its litigation services on a foundation of critical analysis and forensic science that thoughtfully considers each aspect of the environmental issue. They review the existing data, collect new data when necessary, challenge interpretations, and ask the questions no one else has.

    With more than 100 litigation support projects completed, Dragun is ready to assist you. They are experts in site characterization, assessment, remediation, regulatory compliance, and risk-based closures.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Remediation
    • Chemical Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Isotopes
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Michael Sklash Hydrogeology Expert PhotoMichael Sklash, PhD, PEng, Senior Hydrogeologist at Dragun Corporation, has over 40 years of experience in solving complex Groundwater Problems. Dr. Sklash uses a wide range of tools including environmental isotope tracing, high resolution site characterization, and groundwater modeling to develop robust conceptual site models for site remediation, and litigation purposes.

    Dr. Sklash's research from the 1970s through the 1990s led him to become world renown in his field of Isotope Hydrogeology. It is now a keystone in the understanding of how groundwater interacts with streams, and his publications are frequently termed “bench mark.” During his academic days, Dr. Sklash was a visiting scientist in many places around the world, including: New Zealand, Australia, England, China, India, and Africa. He was a consultant to the USEPA and Atomic Energy Canada Limited, among others.

    Dr. Sklash uses his skills to untangle complex, and often confusing, groundwater problems and put them in “order” so a remedial plan becomes obvious or a Court can see the way. He has led the technical team on many of Dragun’s most challenging projects, including: the groundwater nexus issue in a wetlands dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court (Rapanos); avoiding expensive remediation at a complex TCE-impacted site in Michigan acquired by the Norwegian global aluminum manufacturing company Norsk Hydro; and recently successfully challenging the remediation plan of the US Army Corps of Engineers at a Cold War legacy site in Kansas. Mike has also helped many attorneys, local entrepreneurs, and municipalities with their environmental problems.

    Expertise: Groundwater modeling, environmental isotope tracing, and other techniques required to characterize a site so that the best remedial option can be implemented.

    Matthew Schroeder Environmental Engineering Expert PhotoMatthew C. Schroeder, MS, PE, Senior Environmental Engineer at Dragun is a registered Professional Engineer in six states. Mr. Schroeder has over 20 years of experience in environmental remediation at industrial sites, municipal and industrial landfills, and former military operations, and environmental compliance for industrial, municipal, and commercial clients. He has managed projects in over thirty states and provinces in the United States and Canada.

    Mr. Schroeder's training at one of the finest engineering universities in the United States formed the basis for his uncompromising, thorough, and thoughtful approach to projects. His “no stone unturned” philosophy to each and every project is expected of environmental engineers, but not always delivered. Mr. Schroeder's experience includes time spent performing field investigations, inspecting landfills, and observing both simple and complex tank removals and site remediation efforts. Over the last two decades, he has developed a unique ability to integrate complex soil and groundwater data to perform feasibility studies and design and implement remediation. Matt has extensive experience in assessment and remediation of chemicals associated with vapor intrusion (TCE, PERC, etc...). He also has designed groundwater remediation to address PFAS. Matt has published in international, scientific, and legal journals.

    With a keen eye toward detail and a customer-centric focus, Mr. Schroeder has won the admiration and appreciation of several long-term clients. He has assisted them with site closures, solved their environmental permitting and planning issues, counseled them on delisting petitions, represented them in regulatory negotiations and in court, and provided soil and groundwater remediation solutions.

    Expertise: Soil and groundwater remediation, closure of above ground and underground storage tanks, groundwater modeling, environmental compliance, vapor intrusion evaluation, preparation of feasibility studies.

    Jeffrey Bolin Hazardous Waste Expert PhotoJeffrey A. Bolin, MS, CHMM, Sr. Vice President of Technical Operations at Dragun, has a Masters of Science in Hazardous Waste Management and is a Certified Hazardous Waste Manager. His clients have sought his expertise and advice on sites across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe.

    Mr. Bolin's hands-on experience and education, specific to the environmental sciences provide him with a solid perspective on environmental issues. His equanimity complements his Masters of Science degree in hazardous waste management. As a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), he is knowledgeable in Environmental Regulations and has successfully assisted clients during negotiation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and state regulatory agencies.

    Mr. Bolin's experience traverses the modern environmental compliance field. As the laws and regulations were being developed and implemented, he spent time collecting hazardous waste samples for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, water samples for the Clean Water Act, and PCB samples for the Toxic Substance Control Act. His assessment of commercial industrial properties across North America pre-date the environmental due diligence framework. It was Mr. Bolin's insightful approach to environmental due diligence that earned him recognition as an “Elite” provider of services by a real estate publication.

    Mr. Bolin is routinely asked to share his knowledge by teaching other professionals at seminars, and he was previously a an adjunct professor. He has also published articles in a number of trade journals on environmental due diligence, vapor intrusion, conceptual site models, and more.

    Expertise: Management of site investigations, environmental due diligence, environmental compliance, remedial investigation, and remediation, merger & acquisitions, divestitures, and assessment of current and future environmental liability.

    View Dragun Corporation's Consulting Profile.
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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG
    229 Tewksbury Ave.
    Point Richmond California 94801
    USA
    phone: 510-590-1098
    fax: 510-232-2823
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    James A. Jacobs, PG, CHG, CPG, has over 30 years of experience as a Geologist / Hydrogeologist and licensed contractor focused on answering geologic, environmental impairment, and forensic questions. He is a certified hydrogeologist in California and Washington and a Professional Geologist in California and several other states.

    A Fulbright Senior Scholar with 4 awards in environmental engineering and science, his projects relate to collecting, describing, and analyzing Soil, Rock, Groundwater, Vapor, and Stormwater samples, summarizing the data and creating useful technical information and cost recovery statements for decision makers or settlements. His other projects relate to peer review and contractor evaluation projects.

    Mr. Jacobs has provided litigation services in the investigation and analysis of cases involving contamination by hydrocarbon and solvent spills and leaks, erosion, flooding, and related issues. He has provided testimony assisting with many settlement conferences. Mr. Jacobs is qualified to testify in municipal, state, and Federal courts.

    Litigation Support and Expert Witness:
    • Perform litigation and technical support for various environmental and engineering cases from evaluating remediation history to well damage to erosion control
    • Estimate reasonable and necessary remedial costs for settlement conferences
    • Serve as an objective peer reviewer
    • Expert witness testimony on environmental cases
    Since 2002, Mr. Jacobs has been an elected director of two public agencies, a local sewer district, and a community services district. As such he is interested in I&I issues and sewer gas and volatile contaminant vapor intrusion into indoor air spaces via ineffective vapor seals on fixtures or dry P-traps in buildings. He performs cost allocations for environmental litigation, and also provides oil and gas production verification.

    View James Jacobs' Consulting Profile.
    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Put together by a team of scientists, engineers, regulators, and lawyers, the Chromium(VI) Handbook consolidates the latest literature on this topic. The broad scope of this book fills the need for a comprehensive resource on chromium(VI), improving the knowledge of this contaminant at a time when the extent and degree of the problem is still being assessed. It addresses naturally occurring and anthropogenic sources, geology and geochemistry, toxicity, treatment, regulatory issues and legal cases, and recommendations.
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    Provides the tools needed to analyze and solve acid drainage problem. Featuring contributions from leading experts in science and engineering, this book explores the complex biogeochemistry of acid mine drainage, rock drainage, and acid sulfate soils. It describes how to predict, prevent, and remediate the environmental impact of acid drainage and the oxidation of sulfides, offering the latest sampling and analytical methods. Moreover, readers will discover new approaches for recovering valuable resources from acid mine drainage, including bioleaching.
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    The definitive guide to petroleum hydrocarbon fuel spill and leak causes, prevention, response, and cost recovery.It highlights the complex nature of petroleum hydrocarbon fuel extraction methods, the unintended consequences when disasters occur, spill behavior, and environmental impact mitigation. This practical resource discusses engineering techniques; long-term biological and environmental effects; dealing with insurance claims, litigation, and legislation in overlapping jurisdictions; and much more.
    James A. Jacobs, et. al (eds.)
    Written by an expert team of scientists, engineers, and toxicologists, MTBE: Effects on Soil and Ground-Water Resources provides complete in-depth coverage of the assessment and potential remediation strategies of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).
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