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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

Featured Experts:

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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James Nelson
4601 E. Mountain View Road
Phoenix AZ 85028
USA
phone: (916) 801-3962 or (602) 639-0743
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James Nelson Storm Water Expert PhotoJames H. Nelson, PE is a Hydrologist and Civil Engineer with over 35 years of emphasized experience in the water resources field. Since beginning his professional practice in 1975, Mr. Nelson has completed or supervised the completion of over 2,500 relevant projects in the field of Water Resources.

Prior to founding Storm Water Consulting, Inc., Mr. Nelson was a member of a large multi-disciplinary consulting firm for 27 years, functioning in a variety of roles, including Chief Hydrologist, Water Resources Manager, Principal, Branch Manager and Vice President. He is a Registered Civil Engineer in the States of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Mr. Nelson has provided expert witness services in over 20 lawsuits involving Storm Drainage and Flooding, representing plaintiffs and defendants about equally.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Storm Drainage Master Plans
  • Floodplain Mapping
  • Regulatory Requirements for Flood Hazard Areas
  • Drainage Designs for Streets and Highways
  • Joint-use Flood Control / Recreation and Environmental Enhancement Projects
  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic Studies
  • Environmental Impact Reports
  • Floodplain Assessments
  • Storm Drainage Impact Fee Analyses
  • Flood Control Studies / Designs
  • Selected Litigation Support Cases
    • Heidrick/Schultz v. City of Davis - Increased and recurring flooding of agricultural properties downstream of a recently-constructed, large residential development project and accompanying storm drainage facilities, Yolo County, California. Hydrology consultation and expert witness
    • P&S Metals v. Whitton Corporation, et. Al. - Flooding caused by a downstream landowner’s construction of a CMU wall across the floodway for the North Branch Tropicana Wash, Las Vegas, Nevada. Hydrology consultation and expert witness
    • Moniz v. State of Hawaii - Intensified flooding and destruction of a residence in Waianae, Hawaii caused by upslope grading in State lands. Hydrology consultation and preparation of initial evaluation report
    • Maricopa County v. Allied Concrete. Sand and gravel operation along Agua Fria River near Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Hydrology consultation and expert witness
    View James Nelson's Consulting Profile.
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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 40 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 40 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

    CV Available Upon Request View Mr. Dutill's Consulting Profile.

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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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    Frederick Heath
    Principal
    700 Pole Creasman Road
    Asheville NC 28806
    USA
    phone: 502-425-2385
    fax: 502-339-0729
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    Frederick Heath has over 40 years personal experience in management, consulting and expert services in the fields of design, manufacturing, testing of hydraulic, pneumatic and electro-mechanical lifting and load bearing machines, equipment and devices: industry experience including automotive, construction, industrial, material handling, warehousing and transportation: forensic engineering including product liability, accident investigation, reconstruction and expert testimony: incidents involving industrial trucks, aerial work platforms, forklifts, telehandlers, tuggers, pallet jacks, automatic storage and retrieval systems, dock boards, dock levelers, trailer restraints, trailer jacks, racks, conveyors, overhead bridge cranes, trucks, shop cranes, scissors lifts, shop cranes, automatic doors and lift gates: heavy equipment involving telehandlers, powered industrial trucks, automatic storage and retrieval systems, gantry cranes, truck cranes, tower cranes, cranes with hydraulic booms, cranes with lattice booms, grapple and magnet equipped excavators, and side boom cranes: conformity issues involving environmental, health and safety, warnings, instructions, training conformity with recognized standards, codes, industry practices and government regulations.

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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
  • View Pierre Handl's Consulting Profile.
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    40 Brambledown Road
    Wallington SM6 0TF
    GBR
    phone: +442084012873
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    Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell is a Chartered Engineer who practices as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Expert for Determination. Geoffrey is the former Senior Partner of Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineers BHA Cromwell House.

    A one time Chairman of the Expert Witness Society, Geoffrey Hartwell has experience giving evidence in court (in both civil and criminal matters) and in International Arbitration. He sometimes is retained as a Single Joint Expert or as a Tribunal Expert. His services are offered to both Plaintiff and Defense. Even when retained on behalf of a Client he, like all Experts, has an overriding responsibility to the Court or Tribunal.

    After his early career in aerospace and nuclear energy, Geoffrey entered private practice in association with the late Leslie Heap and Gerald Lewis of Heap and Digby, Consulting Engineers, in 1969. While with them he designed water and sewage equipment and also the bascule moving machinery for the Lowestoft Bridge, in Suffolk. He practiced also as Beresford Hartwell and Associates and, in 1971 established a separate office in Wallington, South London.

    In parallel with his design career, Geoffrey was first appointed as arbitrator in 1972 and his first foreign arbitration, an ICC appointment in Switzerland, took place later that year. He studied Law to Intermediate level and then transferred to the examinations of the Institute of Arbitrators (now Chartered) of which he became Chairman in 1996-1997 and for whom he taught in various countries on several courses, including the prestigious Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.

    Technical Expertise:
    • Electrical Engineering and Design
    • Mechanical Engineering and Design
    • Instrumentation
    • Automation and Computer Control Systems
    • Maritime and Infrastructure Engineering
    • Process Engineering
    • Solid Waste Handling
  • Communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Cartography
  • Moving Bridges and Lock Gates
  • Construction Project Management
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Water and Waste Water Treatment
  • Arbitration: Geoffrey Hartwell also acts as an arbitrator and adjudicator, as an expert mediator and conciliator, as an expert investigator and assessor for arbitral tribunals, and also as a Special Referee in the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man. His services have been required in the UK and internationally.

    Dispute Boards: Geoffrey Hartwell has experience both as Member and as Chairman of Dispute Boards?. He has been a member of Dispute Boards, retained from the beginning of a project or, alternatively, appointed on an ad hoc basis when a problem arises, Dispute Adjudication Boards to determine a binding decision, and on Dispute Review Boards to make decisions that are advisory but not binding.

    Adjudication: Similar to arbitration, Mr. Hartwell adjudicates domestic and international disputes which are only temporarily binding unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties.

    View Geoffrey Beresford Hartwell's Consulting Profile.
    12/4/2013 · Mediation
    International Commercial Arbitration, the chosen basis of the annual Willem Vis Moot, is arguably not au fond a process at law. It is quite simply the performance of an agreement between two parties to have a chosen third party hear and determine some difference between them.

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    Steven R. Thomas, P.E.
    Multiple Addresses (See Below)
    NJ, NH, ME, MA, VT ,RI, CT, NY, PA ,DE, USA
    phone: 877-267-7855
    fax: 973-401-0056 or 603-293-4142
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    New Jersey Office:
    PMB 4066
    55 Madison Avenue - Ste 400
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    T: (973) 401-0010
    F: (973) 401-0056
    New Hampshire Office:
    Analytic Engineering
    105 Juniper Ridge Road
    Gilford, NH 03249
    T: (603) 293-4477
    F: (603) 293-4142


    Analytic Engineering combines Professional Engineering with Effective Communication. We offer Technical Analysis and Services in the Engineering field and provide experienced Expert Testimony to communicate the conclusions reached.

    Engineering Services:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Vehicular Accident Reconstruction
  • Failure Analysis
  • Computer Animation
  • Premises Liability
  • Patent Claim Analysis
  • Product Design & Liabilty
  • Product & Equipment
  • Design Engineering Services
  • Steven R. Thomas, PE, the Principal Engineer at Analytic Engineering, earned his Bachelor of Science - Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) at Widener University, Chester, PA in 1979 and a Master of Science in Engineering Science (Safety Engineering and Human Factors) at The New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1997.

    Professional Experience: Steven R. Thomas, P.E. has worked for such organizations as General Motors, Thomas & Betts, General Cable and Breed Automotive Corporation. He has worked in the engineering fields of Research and Development, Product Design, Machine Design, Manufacturing, Industrial, Tooling, Safety, Facility Design, Failure Analysis and Accident Reconstruction. Since 1991 Mr. Thomas has worked as an Engineering Consultant in the Forensic field and has testified in numerous jurisdictions.
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    Fred P. Smith
    President
    111 W. Canyon Crest Road
    Alpine UT 84004
    USA
    phone: 801-763-8484
    fax: 801-763-5755
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    Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. is a company that specializes in Rapid Product Development. Their engineers have had over 20 years developing the skills of new product design. Their innovative approach to product design can be seen in over 100 patents held by their engineers. When we create a product, we must sell it to our customer. We use resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and written descriptions to communicate our ideas to our customers. We effectively teach them about the product and its merits.

    We apply the same skills we use in developing new products to our work as expert witnesses. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges and jurors make good decisions.

    Alpine Engineering's Design Experience reaches a number of industries including Refuse Equipment, Hydraulically Operated Equipment, Trucks and Related Equipment, Aerial Lifts, Manlifts, Industrial Equipment, Mobile Equipment, Material Handling, Forklifts, Pallet Trucks, Boom Trucks, Suspension Systems, Garbage Trucks, Front Loaders, Side Loaders, Automated Loaders, Rear Loaders, Rolloffs, Liftgates, Exercise and Sports Equipment, Trucking Equipment, Turf Care Equipment, Farming Equipment.

    Alpine Engineering's Comprehensive Services include:

    Product Development
  • Innovative Concept
  • Multi-Industry Experience
  • Powerful Design Tools
  • Full Service Fabricating Materials
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Vast Technical Knowledge
  • Intellectual Property
  • Creative Display Presentations
  • Great Reputation
  • Patent & Patent Related Issues
  • Patent Searches
  • Provisional Patent Complete with Illustrations
  • Patent Infringement Review
  • Design Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Electrical
  • Structural Integrity Tests
  • Value Analysis