The Falcon Group, a team of highly-skilled professionals, was established to offer consulting in the fields of Professional Engineering and Architecture. Our project management and financial control processes allow us to consistently deliver projects on schedule and within budget. Our reputation is built on our attention to detail and relentless commitment to client satisfaction and our principals maintain a visible role in our assignments to ensure that relevant issues will be anticipated and resolved satisfactorily, in a timely fashion. Our breadth of capabilities allows us to effectively manage people, processes and organizations to meet and exceed expectations for superior and comprehensive service delivery. But The Falcon Group's clients value more than the depth and scope of our technical expertise. Our clients include:
Professional Services Provided Include:
Litigation Support - Litigation sometimes becomes necessary to resolve construction, engineering, architectural or materials-related disputes. For virtually any type of property or project, we provide a variety of analytic and related services to assist clients in obtaining successful litigation outcomes, related to:
Dr. David Tawfik is a chartered professional engineer and has been engaged by major project alliances, legal firms, contractors and asset owners to provide impartial advice and undertake expert investigations concerning the Procurement, Fabrication and Performance of Construction Materials used in transportation infrastructure, rail, water, mining, maritime and energy sectors.
Dr. Tafik's technical competence includes welding and joining, metallurgy, forensic engineering, thermal-mechanical analysis, corrosion analysis, non-destructive testing and condition monitoring. Dr. Tawfik has presented and published technical papers at international conferences, congress, forums and peer reviewed journals respectively.
Expert and Consulting Services Include:
Sean Wilson, MS, PG, CEG, has over 25 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:
San Jose Office
2033 Gateway Pl
San Jose, CA 95110
San Francisco Office
425 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
Los Angeles Office
10100 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
777 Campus Commons Rd
Sacramento, CA 95825
|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...
|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
PSFEG's consultant Engineers & Scientists have been providing extensive Structural, Forensic Engineering, Expert Consulting, and Building Code / Third Party Review services since the 80's. They have offices in 5 Continents, 8 Countries and 22 Cities, including LA, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Irvine, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Seattle, Las Vegas, Reno, Denver, Houston, Washington DC, Washington, New York, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Chile, and Qatar.
Chief Expert, Casey K. Hemmatyar, SE, is a Forensic Structural Engineer with over 30 years of diversified experience in the field of Structural, civil, and forensic engineering in design, investigation, evaluation, research, building code and standards development and construction supervision. Mr. Hemmatyar has provided failure analysis, expert consultation, structural forensic investigation, damage assessment services for many litigation and insurance related matters. He has been principal structural engineer on projects for clients such as NASA and several other high profile agencies.
Assignments - Mr. Hemmatyar's assignments have included new buildings, special structures, as well as modifications, alterations, seismic / wind retrofits, and upgrades. Structures have included schools/higher education, telecommunication, hospitals/healthcare, government, recreational, laboratories, commercial, industrial and residential structures in concrete, steel, timber/wood, masonry, aluminum, glass, light-gage steel and other construction materials.
Media - Mr. Hemmatyar has been interviewed by public media including H2 History Channel (Collapse of Ancient Structures) and Reuters (Mexico City school collapse) on structural engineering issues. He has provided many technical lectures, presentations, webinars for structural engineering, architectural, and Building Official communities.
Joseph Quinn, MS, PE, is a Forensic Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering consultant. Mr. Quinn is a Registered Professional Engineer in 5 states and has provided over 1,000 Failure Analysis investigations on metallic and non-metallic (glass, plastic, rubber, and composite) materials or products. Mr. Quinn provides metallurgical and materials consultation, expert witness testimony, and forensic failure analysis for civil litigation with retentions by defendants and plaintiffs, insurance claims, and industrial failures. He has received awards in the International Metallographic Contest and has conducted several presentations on metallurgical engineering and failure analysis subjects at universities, ASM meetings, and industry events; and is active in technical societies and committees.
Product Area Failure Expertise:
Reza Mirshams, PhD, PE, is an independent Professional Engineering consultant with degrees in Industrial Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering with 40 years combined industrial, research, academic experience. Dr. Mirshams' research interests include mechanical behavior of materials-microstructure relations, manufacturing processes, mechanical properties of materials in nano and micro scales, and the study of advanced materials for structural applications in mechanical systems. His research has been sponsored by such entities as ONR, NSF, NASA, U.S. Army, DOE, Louisiana Board of Regents, Lockheed Martin, and Howmet Corporation.
A University Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Technology, Dr. Mirshams has taught various engineering and design courses in universities across the U.S. over the past 27 years. He has presented talks in national and international conferences, has been an expert witness in litigation trials, and published more than 100 archival articles and technical reports.
|Materials Failure Analysis||Industry Solutions|
|Engineering and Consulting Services||Education and Training|
Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP
8633 Willow Kane Court
Orlando, FL 32835
T: (407) 445-0825 F: (407) 445-0821
Long International provides expert engineering and construction claims analysis, expert testimony, project management consulting, and insurance claims analysis services. Our focus is on heavy industrial projects including oil and gas, petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, mining/mineral processing, power, cogeneration, and other industrial projects. We analyze claims, not limited to, disputed change orders, schedule delay, acceleration, time extensions, liquidated damages, loss of productivity, defective specifications, and deficient project management performance.
|Richard J. Long, PE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long International has over 40 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering/construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. He has presented and published numerous articles on the subjects of claims analysis, entitlement issues, CPM schedule and damages analyses, cumulative impact claims, and claims prevention. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for 30 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$2 billion.|
|Rod C. Carter, CCP, PSP is President of Long International and has over 20 years of experience in construction project controls, contract disputes and resolution, negotiations, mediation, arbitration support, and expert testimony on scheduling, loss of productivity, and quantum issues. He has experience in entitlement, schedule, and damages analyses on over 30 construction disputes ranging in value from US$100,000 to US$7 billion, related to oil and gas, oil refinery, LNG, heavy civil, nuclear, environmental, chemical, power, industrial, commercial, and residential construction projects. Mr. Carter is proficient in the use of Primavera P6 and P3 software, and he has extensive experience in assessing the impact to engineering and construction works of RFIs, change orders and other events. Mr. Carter specializes in loss of productivity, cumulative impact, and quantum calculations, and had a lead role in assessing damages on more than a dozen major disputes. In addition, Mr. Carter has developed cost and schedule risk analysis models using Monte Carlo simulations to address the uncertainty of estimates and claims.|
|Michael J. Vallez, P.E., MBA, LEAN SIX SIGMA is a Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of hands-on and leadership experience in project management, engineering and construction management, cost and schedule control, change management, claims, dispute resolution, and mine and process engineering. He has served in executive management roles in industry, including both the owner and contractor sides, with organizations and contractors working on world-class projects for oil and gas companies, power companies, international mining companies, and other institutions. Mr. Vallez has a proven ability to organize and integrate the work of multi-disciplined technical specialists and project construction teams to achieve corporate financial goals and objectives of return on investment (ROI), safety, operational performance, cost, and time. In all, he has provided leadership on several billion dollars’ worth of projects in the Mining, Power, Oil and Gas, Industrial, Heavy Civil and Commercial sectors. Mr. Vallez has written several books on the subjects of construction management, safety, and effective project leadership.|