Coordinate with the Best Accident Reconstruction and Human Factors Experts for Technical Accuracy
PAUL KAYFETZ, INC. frequently helps plan complete technical testing, visibility study, computer simulation and demonstrative evidence strategy - coordinating a group of technical witnesses who are independently retained by counsel. This is requested by many clients because of Mr. Kayfetz' track record, his previous career as an attorney, his extensive contact with top experts from his 40 years experience as an Engineering Photography consultant working with the best forensic witnesses on many of the major cases during those decades, and upon his membership and participation in major engineering societies.
Each year. Mr. Kayfetz helps attorneys win and save hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. This results primarily from his experience and expertise. It also stems from his ability to discover measurements from existing photos. PAUL KAYFETZ, INC are ahead of everyone in their field because they invest in HD cameras costing $250,000 each, six figure computer systems, custom engineering computer programs, and staff engineers - not artists.
A major part of their work is evaluating and keeping out of evidence opponents' forensic photography, computer simulations, or computer animations which do not comply with the rules of evidence. This has swung multi-million dollar results several times in recent years.
The explanation then given is a basic, but little understood, fundamental of the presentation of a visibility study in court. A visibility study depicts what is available to be seen by a person with normal, unimpaired vision under defined conditions similar enough to those at issue to provide relevant information about levels of visibility, lines-of-sight, timing of visibility, and to demonstrate expert witness(es)' opinions.
Jurors jumped as the wild boar in the motorcycle headlights suddenly filled the large screen in front of them.A week later they awarded the motorcyclist several million dollars against Caltrans for not mitigating a chronic wild pig problem on Highway One in Monterey County. The jury found that the motorcyclist had a 0.10 blood alcohol level and was negligent, but that our HD-video visibility study showed that even an unimpaired driver could not have seen the pig in time to avoid it.
The objective of this article is to report on the integration of improved video and related computer technology into existing, long-accepted visibility study preparation and presentation methodologies. The result has been an incremental extension of the types of visual environments which can be reproduced with substantial similarity for admission as visibility evidentiary exhibits in court
Koger Remote Sensing is a state-of-the-art remote sensing image analysis and geographic information system company. Owner, David G. Koger, is a Remote Sensing Image Analysis consultant with over 40 years of experience working in the industry and consulting on various remote sensing applications.
An early researcher and developer of Satellite Data Applications, Mr. Koger installed analog and digital image analysis workstations and trained users in defense, major oil, and academia in Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Africa and the U.S. His clients include the Department of Energy, National Cancer Institute, American Farm Bureau, broadcast journalism, law firms, and several hundred oil and gas explorationists.
Mr. Koger's experience includes design / build image analysis systems, advisor on the topics of satellite and airborne scanner design and markets, oil / gas and water exploration, coastline erosion, and water quality.
In 2007, Mr. Koger conducted a study to map regional geomorphic features for all of Nebraska. Since that time, ten earthquakes of 3.0 and above on the Richter scale have coincided with features mapped. In his unique line of work, he has studied huge areas around the globe.
Mr. Koger is past Chair of the Geosat Committee, Inc., a non-profit organization which performed pre-competitive, applied research and development to foment applications for new satellite sensors. He served on the Program Committee for the international conferences on Remote Sensing for Exploration Geology and for Precision Agriculture. Mr. Koger also contributed to the report for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce about the next generation of Landsat satellites.
Mr. Koger provides lectures on exploration and global change issues, writes for trade journals, conducts training seminars, and webinars.
Custom Imagery - To support exploration, provide up-to-date maps; land use analysis; high resolution topographic contour, airphoto and topographic map mosaics; to explore hunting leases anywhere on Earth!
Drones - Why you need them; how they work; what they do; how to use them.
Oil and Gas - For intel where there is no data; develop leads, extend old fields and discover new ones; avoid areas with no promise; plan seismic / geochem surveys; track wildlife habitat / changes; document surface damages; find helium, CO2, fresh water.
Year after year, their crops, livestock, equipment, barns, out buildings and fences went up in smoke. With nothing left to sell, they reinvested what money they did have (and borrowed) to replace it all. What they could not do—at any cost—was restore fragile habitats and native grasses, which had been groomed and guarded over for generations.
Ferrantello Group, PC is a multi-faceted, full service Long Island Land Surveying Company with engineering consulting services available as needed for all types of projects. Ferrantello Group, P.C. has provided quality service and technical excellence at price points designed to meet budgets in any economy. Awarded the Point of Beginning Top 100 Surveying Firms in United States, Ferrantello Group, PC has built solid relationships and an extensive community network throughout the years with many municipality and county governments throughout New York. Their service extends to land owners, lenders, title companies, real estate investment firms, commercial brokers, architects, engineers, contractors and developers. These relationships help provide our clients with the additional project resources that may be required for project submittal. Consulting Services:
Land Surveying and Mapping
3D Scanning and Modeling
Construction and High Rise Layout
Flood Mapping and FEMA Certification
Site Planning / Subdivision Mapping
Litigation Support / Expert Witness
Frank S. Ferrantello, PLS, is a New York State Licensed Land Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Land Use Planning. Both his field and office Work experience have dealt with a wide range of projects and sites including residential single, multifamily, high rise municipal, utility, private and public, commercial, and industrial. Prior to and post college, Mr. Ferrantello worked for the firm of John P. Ferrantello PC from 1998 to 2010 and MJM engineering from 2008 to 2016. His duties consisted of performing office and field surveying, drafting, research, computations, boundary analysis, solutions, investigations and determinations. Mr. Ferrantello also has extensive experience in Site Planning and Subdivision Consulting, examining title records, deeds and other recorded documents such as ingress and egress, pedestrian easements, right of ways, air and development rights, vista easements, bridle paths, beach, bathing and mooring rights, covenants and restrictions, real property, zoning, and other land use principles.
Property owners have rights and protecting those rights was a central part of the Founding Fathers' goals. Nevertheless, there are certain circumstances in which owners can have their property taken from them. The process through which private property is legally dispossessed by the government is known as condemnation. Property owners are entitled to fair compensation and have the opportunity to offer their own valuation information in condemnation proceedings. There are various factors to consider for accurate property valuation: size, zoning, structures, use, accessibility, adjacent properties, leases, etc. An essential part of due diligence is determining precisely what the property comprises.
Retention of a professional land surveyor prior to purchasing land, planning, developing or designing improvements is vital to protect the investment. In New York, only a survey made by a licensed land surveyor can define the size and location of property purchases, and most importantly, accurately convey what is really happening on the property, such as easements, situations with adverse possession, or indentifying structures in relation to existing certificates of occupancy.
Easements can benefit or burden a number of parties on or around certain tracts of land. Easements are common on most parcels of land. An easement can give one the right to use another person's land for a stated purpose. It can involve a general or specific portion of the property for various different uses. Many surveyors today do not thoroughly research properties and do not always show easements on their work that may be crucial to the rights associated with a parcel of land.
Now more than ever, it’s important for a land surveyor and lawyer to work as a team. The services of an experienced land surveyor can prevent future expenses or even the undertaking of defending a lawsuit.
James I. Ebert, PhD, is a Certified Photogrammetrist of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (No. 534R), a Photogrammetrist of the Medicolegal Investigation Unit for New York State Police, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Engineering Division. He serves as a forensic photogrammetric consultant for the US Army's Central Identification Laboratories and has more than 31 year's experience in Photointerpretation, Photogrammetry, and Mapping Techniques.
Introduction to Environmental Forensics, Second Edition, by Brian L. Murphy (Author, Editor), Robert D. Morrison (Author, Editor). helps readers unravel the complexities of environmental pollution cases. It outlines techniques for identifying the source of a contaminant release, when the release occurred, and the extent of human exposure. Written by leading experts in environmental investigations, the text provides detailed information on chemical "fingerprinting" techniques applicable to ground water, soils, sediments, and air, plus an in-depth look at petroleum hydrocarbons.
Archaeology is founded implicitly on the concept of the site, making a careful distinction between sealed sites—presumed to have complete temporal integrity—and the surface record, which is generally considered to be without chronological resolution. While most American archaeologists focus on reconstructing events and episodes at camps, pueblos, and villages, the authoer questions this distinction. Instead, he characterizes the archaeological record as an accumulation of many human events superimposed upon each other across time and distance.
Andrew W. Thomas is the founder of Collision Analytics, an ACTAR certified Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstructionist, and a licensed Illinois Private Investigator. He regularly instructs crash investigation and reconstruction courses throughout the United States and Canada for the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
Background Experience - Mr. Thomas has over 14 years of experience as an Illinois law enforcement officer and has attended nearly 1,000 hours of crash investigation and reconstruction training, ranging from pedestrian collisions to accessing and interpreting heavy vehicle event data recorders. Throughout his tenure, he has investigated over 200 major collisions involving all types of vehicles.
Litigation Support - Mr. Thomas has worked in the public and private sector investigating numerous personal injury and fatal crashes and has been recognized by courts as an expert witness in crash reconstruction.
He currently leads a team of 7 investigators and 6 reconstructionists responsible for investigating all major crash investigations within unincorporated McHenry County, outside Chicago-land.
Since 2017, Collision Analytics has served clients as a full-service crash investigation and reconstruction company providing expert consultation, analysis, and testimony. Mr. Thomas' services are available to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant.
Serving Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Michigan, Collision Analytics has the equipment to retrieve electronic data and the experience to assess its impact on a case. Their services also include survey and drone scene mapping, forensic vehicle examinations, courtroom exhibit preparation, and crash reconstructions including electronic, GPS, and cellular phone data.