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Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
President & CEO
1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
Lubbock TX 79401
phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
fax: 214-614-4955

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: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
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Dr. A.B. Thakker
2839 Paces Ferry Road
Overlook II, Suite 1160
Atlanta GA 30339
phone: 800-215-4468 or 404-771-2600
fax: 770-234-4148
Firm Profile: Established in 1996, Global Technology Experts, Inc. (GTE) specializes in providing multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting, product testing, safety and forensic engineering services to manufacturers, defense and plaintiff attorneys, and to the insurance claims industry. Our professional staff includes engineers, scientists, and technical specialists who have years of experience and excel as experts in wide range of disciplines. GTE has investigated more then 350+ failure cases that include: Machinery/Equipment, Slip and Fall, Accident Reconstruction, Vehicle Rollover, Lift trucks, Bicycle, Generator/Battery, Tree stand, Construction Defects, Pump/Boiler/Chiller, Engine/Transmission, Weld joints, Corrosion, Fatigue, Polymers, Ceramics and Composite materials. GTE also specializes in Life assessment and durability analysis of prototype components etc.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrical Failures
  • Motor/Generator Failures
  • Battery Failures
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Tire Defects
  • Machinery & Equipment Failures
  • Construction Equipment Failure
  • Aircraft Engine/Structural Failure
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Metallurgy/Materials Failure
  • Fatigue & Corrosion
  • Product Failure Analysis
  • Bicycle, Ladder, Slip/trip & fall
  • Building Construction & Defect Analysis

  • Education: We have highly experienced and qualified staff:
  • PhD, Engineering Science & Materials, Virginia Tech
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • BS, Civil and Construction Engineering, Kansas State University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, NY
  • MBA, Technology Management, Florida Institute of Technology

  • PE – Registered Professional Engineers
  • CMfgE – Certified Manufacture Engineer

    Professional Affiliations:
  • Southern Law Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Materials
  • American Society of Nondestructive testing
  • American Welding Society
  • American Society of Testing Materials
  • Society of Aerospace, Materials and Process Engineers

  • Dr. Ash Thakker, PhD, PE, FASM,FSME, CMfgE (Structures, Materials, Fatigue, Fracture, Composites, Damage Tolerance)
  • Mr. George Kremer, BSME, AAS (Metallurgy, Corrosion, Coatings and Mechanical Failures)
  • Dr. Nicholas Propes, PhD (Electrical Machinery Failures, Maintenance Systems, Testing and Analysis)
  • Dr. Freeman Rufus, PhD (Battery/Motor/Generator Failure)
  • Dr. Jyoti Ajitsaria, PhD (Mechanical Failures)
  • Mr. Mike Healy, BS (Civil, Construction Engineering, Buildings)
  • Mr. Ralph Cunningham, BS (Physical Testing, Accident Reconstruction)
  • 11/20/2010 · Slip, Trip & Fall
    A "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" is the generic term for an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground

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    Julian Forbes-Laird
    Principal Consultant
    Dendron House
    Barford Road
    Blunham Bedford MK44 3ND
    phone: 44-1767-641648
    fax: 44-1767-641648
    Julian Forbes-Laird is a Chartered Arboriculturist, Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant, experienced Expert Witness and Principal Consultant of Forbes-Laird Arboricultural Consultancy Ltd. Mr. Forbes-Laird has a professional practice working throughout the UK and overseas. He covers all aspects of arboriculture, specializing in planning, tree safety and litigation related matters.

    Mr. Forbes-Laird is supported by a team of regionally based consultants, giving him national and international reach. He sets the standard for client service, works throughout the UK and abroad, provides commercially realistic strategic advice, prepares sensitive yet practical management plans, works within project design teams to evolve arboriculturally defensible layouts, wins planning appeals, and handles an enormous amount of work under pressing deadlines helping clients' achieve the best outcome.

    Mr. Forbes-Laird is widely recognised as an authority on legal issues pertaining to trees and is an experienced Expert Witness. His expert services include Pre-Action Case Evaluation, TPO Prosecutions, Forensic Accident Investigation and Tree Root Damage to Buildings.

    Other Services Include:
  • Planning for Developers and Local Authorities
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's)
  • Safety Inspections
  • Subsidence
  • Expert Witness
  • Landscape Design
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    Donald H. Godi, FASLA, PLA, RCA #444, TRAQ
    Consulting Arborist, Licensed Landscape Architect
    7805 West Hampden Avenue
    Lakewood CO 80227
    phone: 303-989-2853
    fax: 303-989-2854
    Landscape Architects and Arborists Since 1970, Donald H. Godi & Associates, Inc. has been providing expedient service with excellent technology. Their services include landscape evaluations and plant appraisals, standards of the industry determinations, and litigation support for public and private clients throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.

    Donald H. Godi, FASLA, PLA, RCA #444, Consulting Arborist, Licensed Landscape Architect, and firm Principal, has chosen to apply the unique talents acquired through training and experience to a concentration on landscape evaluations, tree and landscape appraisals and litigation support services. Skills developed over decades of design and construction implementation, horticulture applications, and the training acquired through the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) consulting academy have combined to create unparalleled abilities in evaluation support as a consulting arborist. As a licensed landscape architect in Colorado (#6) and multiple states, and a Registered Consulting Arborist (#444), Don Godi is the only such consultant in Colorado and 16 surrounding states.

    Mr. Godi provides Expert Witness and Litigation Services to attorneys for both Plaintiffs and Defendants. He is available for:
    • Dispute resolution
    • Cost Estimates
    • Work Standards
    • Plant Evaluations / Appraisals
    • Plan / Specification Review
    • Forensic Data Analysis
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    Donald H. Godi, FASLA, RCA, et al
    A new reference manual useful to students and professionals in the Green Industries. It is full of useful bits of reference material in 11 sections - a handy-sized 300 page manual with data useful in design, construction and training within the Green Industries.
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    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
    2066 Girls Ranch Road
    Camp Hill AL, MT 36850
    phone: 406-531-3541
    Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Lanford is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Auburn and Clemson Universities.

    Dr. Lanford provides litigation support services on court cases involving Forestry Accidents, Product Liability, and Contractual Disputes. He has been retained for his expert witness services approximately 25 times. Dr. Lanford offers his expertise to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Selected Cases Include:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Forest Harvesting and Thinning Practices
    • Wood Handling Facilities Safety Standards and Procedures
    • Chainsaw Felling Personal Injury
    • Truck Off Loading Standards and Procedures
    • Timber Inventory and Mensuration
    • Logging Machines' Productivity and Performance
    • Potential Production and Profits of Logging Operations and Wood Products Facilities
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    2/11/2015 · Plants & Trees
    Anyone who has a home with trees around it will someday need to remove dead or dying limbs and trees. The best managed landscaping requires trees to be pruned or removed as they grow. In addition, storms often create dangerous situations as limbs and trees are broken or bent over. I remember living on Lake Martin in Alabama during Hurricane Opel. The storm hit at night and we sat in the basement listening to all the commotion and guessing what was happening to our home. Occasionally, I would go up to the main floor with a flash light (power was toast) and peer out the windows trying to assess the damage. One time I reported to my family that the porch roof was gone. The porch faced the lake and the direction of the wind. It had rained all day before the hurricane winds hit causing the soil around the trees that separated our home from the water to soften up. At day light we found all the lakeside trees pushed over onto our roof.