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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
USA
phone: 845-677-3091
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, specializes in Wood Science Technology. His focus is on the evaluation, assessment and testing in virtually every aspect of wood science and wood construction technology across the United States and Internationally.

Dr. DeBonis served as the manger of the Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Litigation Support - Dr. DeBonis provides forensic investigations, failure analyses, research and development, and provide expert witness testimony in a wide variety of legal cases. He has provided technical support on projects ranging from construction problems in single family dwellings to national class action product liability suits. Dr. DeBonis has investigated products failures such:
  • Hardboard / Composite Wood Sidings
  • Fire Retardant Lumber and Plywood
  • Structural Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Scaffold Systems
  • Ladders
  • In Situ Lumber Grading
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Partial and Complete Building Collapses
  • Moisture Intrusion Problems
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Wood Decay
  • Insect Attack
  • Chemical Degradation of Wood
  • NDT Resistance Drilling
  • Wood Testing
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    Maximo M. Fuentes
    4005 Manzanita Ave. Suite-6 PMB 507
    Carmichael CA 95608
    USA
    phone: 916-505-7298
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    Maximo M. Fuentes has over 34 years in the Transmission and Distribution Power Industry. He has constructed, maintained, and led line crews as a foreman and line supervisor. Experience - Mr. Fuentes has been at the forefront of delivering training to utilities from power to telecom. Leading a team for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, he developed and was in charge of creating the largest service provider for training in 2000 for SBC (Southwest Bell) for their field staff to install the largest rollout of DSL. An ability to move quickly and successfully enabled Mr. Fuentes to open a Northern and Southern California training facility along with a facility in Texas for SBC. Mr. Fuentes also assisted in the training and development of the Distribution Outage Application rollout for the Transmission and Distribution department, worked on the early stages of the OMS (Outage Management System) implementation, and developed the business case for acquiring a Work Planning and Electronic Timekeeping solution. He led and directed workgroups installing and providing maintenance on the distribution automation equipment (Smart Grid). Litigation Support - Max Fuentes provides professional expertise in the construction, operation, and maintenance of transmission and distribution electric industry's accepted work practices and preferred work methods. His services, available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant, include field investigations, written expert witness opinions, depositions, arbitrations, and testimony involving all types of electrical accidents involving lineworkers and other related electrical crafts trades. Areas of Expertise:

    • Electrocution and Contact with Energized Lines and Equipment
    • Accidents involving Electrical Utility Systems
    • Personal Protective Grounding
    • Electric Utility Work Methods Development and Training
    • Hot stick and Rubber Glove Work Methods

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    Transmission and Distribution high voltage line work is risky business, with hazards associated with a majority of the tasks being performed on routine and emergency jobs. In the Transmission and Distribution industry there are volumes of regulations, policies, procedures and work practices that electrical workers must adhere to, ingrain in their memories and utilize daily to not only work in a safe and productive manner but to also remain in legal compliance with those 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
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    R. John Miner, P.E.
    President
    12807 Aqua Valley
    Helotes TX 78023
    USA
    phone: 512-506-9007
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    R John Miner Utility Industry Expert PhotoR. John Miner, PE, is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 40 years of experience in the Utility Industry. He is Owner and President of Collaborative Learning, Inc. established in 1995, also doing business as Collaboration Unlimited and located in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, Mr. Miner provides a wide range of management and technical consulting, litigation support, and educational services. His clients include both public and private sector electric utilities, utility and technical associations, educational institutions, and law firms.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Miner provides expert litigation support on matters involving contractual disputes, electrical accidents, and compliance with both the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC - ANSI Standard C-2) and OSHA regulations applicable to electric utility distribution systems. He routinely presents seminars and short courses throughout the U.S on electrical distribution system design, construction, operation, and maintenance as well as electrical safety and the NESC.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electricity and Safety
    • Electric Utility
    • Utility Management
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
    • OSHA Issues
    • Electrical Accident Investigation
    • Electric Utility Contracts
  • Power Plants
  • Power Lines
  • Electrical Distribution
  • Substations
  • Electrical Safety
  • High Voltage Accidents
  • Lineman Accidents
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