Stone Consulting, Inc is a nationally known firm offering a full range of Railroad Industry services throughout North America. They have completed projects in 43 states, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. Their diverse staff has expertise with track inspection, drainage, financial analysis, structural engineering, and environmental issues. Their staff also has hands-on experience in Operations, Mechanical, and Maintenance-of-Way.
Railroad Appraisals / Railroad Finance
Railroad Bridge Inspection
Railroad Construction Management
Railroad Environmental Issues
Grant Procurement / Grant Writing
Railroad Facilities Design
Railroad Mechanical Inspections
Railroad Project Management
Track Design / Track Issues
Expert Witness / Insurance Investigation
Harvey H. Stone, PE, President, has over 25 years of Railroad experience with Short Line Railroads and Streetcar Systems.
Background - Mr. Stone began working for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 and then A. W. Cross, Inc. a contractor in 1966. Mr. Stone was then employed by Northwest Engineering, Inc. in 1968 and became president in 1980 until 1996. In 1996, he organized Stone Consulting & Design, Inc. to provide consulting services to the railroad industry, sold the firm to TranSystems in 2007 and re-purchased the firm in 2010.
Mr. Stone has provided track design, bridge design, and all types of inspection services to railroads and associated clients. He has no affiliations with Class 1 Railroads. Mr. Stone has been an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association. His membership in the ACEC has enabled him to obtain invaluable exposure to the many changes in engineering technology over the years as well as continued awareness of the constantly changing rules, regulations and grant programs on all governmental levels.
Scott L. Turner is a highly qualified Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Transportation Expert and HazMat Expert with over 25 years experience in the highly specialized field of CMV crashes and incidents, and 16 years as the CEO of a nationwide CMV crash & HazMat disaster response corporation.
Mr. Turner's career includes personal response and/or investigation of over 1,000 CMV crashes, 200 cargo-tank truck crashes/incidents and a multitude of industrial setting incidents including fixed facilities, loading docks and loading rack disasters. His FMCSR and PHMSA knowledge, detailed reporting and powerfully delivered testimony can be a focal point of any civil litigation, where commercial motor vehicle crashes and/or transit incidents are at issue, with or without hazmat involvement.
Areas of Expertise:
Level 1 FMCSA inspections
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) post crash inspection
Shrawan Kumar, is one of the top worldwide recognized experts in Biomechanics and Ergonomics. Dr. Kumar has been the Keynote or Plenary speaker on Biomechanics and Ergonomics at over 59 regional, national, and international scientific conferences in Canada, the US, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, India, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of over 528 scientific peer-reviewed publications on Biomechanics and Ergonomics including 16 books and 27 book chapters.
Dr. Kumar was recognized for his lifetime achievements and contributions to Biomechanics and Ergonomics research by an award of ‘Officer of the Order of Canada’ from the Governor General in 2009. He has a Ph.D. in Human Biology and a Doctor of Science degree (D.Sc.) in Biological Sciences.
Dr. Kumar was most recently the Director the Physical Medicine and tenured Full Professor at the University of North Texas. Prior to this he served as a tenured Full Professor of Physical Therapy, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta.
Consulting - Dr. provides injury prevention through ergonomic and product design improving productivity and work efficiency. He has worked with such companies as Western Airlines, Alberta Food Processing Company, Misericordia Hospital, and Price Waterhouse.
Areas of Expertise:
Biomechanics - Injuries due to slip and fall and auto accidents (collision, impact, seat belt, ejection, side-swipes, fractures, rollovers, whiplash)
Occupational Injury - Injuries due to work-related factors (biomechanical / physiological loads, hazardous conditions, stress, organization, design,schedule, product liability
Christina Comisarek has over 40 years of experience in and around the Transportation industry, 25 of which have been spent driving over 2 million miles accident free. She is a Certified Director of Safety, Certified Driver Trainer, and has managed a small trucking business for over 10 years. Ms. Comisarek serves as a Transportation Consultant, Driver Safety Trainer, and Expert Witness.
Background: Ms. Comisarek gained first-hand experience, good business sense, and a strong, solid work ethic working for her family's two businesses. Over the years, she's had a variety of roles in the transportation industry, such as loading and unloading, local deliveries, linehaul, school bus driving, driver / safety training, and managing a small trucking company. Ms. Comisarek continues to drive part-time to stay current in the industry. She takes every opportunity to enhance her skills and background, either through first-hand experience or by attending courses such as Accident Investigation.
As a Consultant, Ms. Comisarek assists trucking companies in areas such as streamlining their operations, risk management situations, driver recruitment and retention, and Employee handbooks. Her Safety Training is done either in the classroom or on-site currently, and soon will be offered online.
As an Expert Witness, Ms. Comisarek has worked with top expert witness firms and is pleased to currently be working with NECSC, LLC, providing sound consultation to attorneys through report writing, depositions, and successful trial appearance.
Areas of Expertise:
Truck Accident Investigation
Loading / Unloading
Physical Distribution Management
Shipping and Dock Operations
Dump Truck Operations
Independent Contractor and Broker Operations
Motor Carrier Standards of Care
Driver Standards of Care
Warehousing and Distribution Management
Hazardous Materials Transportation
Freight Loss / Damage Prevention
Awards / Honors:
Over 2.0 million miles Accident-Free Driving – all consecutive years at Consolidated Freightways and FedEx
Colleague nominated candidate for American Trucking Association’s 2002 – 2004 America’s Road Team
Clean CDL Class A with Doubles/Triples, Hazmat (past), Tanker, Passenger & School Bus Endorsements
Triples Certification [expired] in Ohio and Indiana Tandem (long doubles) Certification [expired] in NY
Curtis Engineering Consulting Services, Inc. is a Railroad Engineering firm with significant contributions in the Freight and Passenger Vehicle Transportation industry. With projects around the nation, consulting services include:
Railroad Engineering Oversight
Railroad Project Management
Railroad Project Planning
Railroad Proposal Evaluation
Structural Assessment & Wreck Repair
Railroad Specification Preparation & Evaluation
Railroad Maintenance Practices
Railroad Supplier Evaluation
Railroad Testing Support
Railroad Inspection Services
Railroad Equipment Appraisal
Principal, Richard D. Curtis, PE, is a Professional Engineer, Consultant, and Technical Expert with over 40 years of significant contributions in the Freight and Passenger Vehicle Transportation industry. His experience includes design, development, procurement, leasing, operation and maintenance of locomotives, freight cars, and rail passenger cars (intercity, commuter, transit & light rail). As a technical consultant to MBTA, CTA, NYCT, WMATA, Phoenix Valley Metro, NICTD, UTA, BART, CALTRANS, IDOT, and many more, Mr. Curtis has provided technical expertise in an oversight role to:
Ensure that the design, manufacture, and testing during new car contracts met all necessary requirements
Ensure that the design, overhaul, and testing on overhaul contracts met all necessary requirements
Solve difficult maintenance and operational problems
Design Cars on transit, commuter, and intercity passenger car contracts
Mr. Curtis has also been responsible for industry leading innovative design and development on Double Stack Intermodal Cars, Auto Rack Technology, RoadRailer®, Unit Train Coal Cars, Covered Hoppers, and Heavy Duty Special Purpose Cars.
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.
Automotive, Truck, Motorcycle, ATV, Heavy Industrial Equipment, and Marine Industries Consultant Mechanical, Electronic, Brake, Steering, and Systems Performance Testing & Analysis
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Physics) from Texas State University, 1984
World Class Certified ASE Technician, ASE Certified Master Technician in Heavy Duty Truck, Passenger Car/Light Truck, Collision Repair, and Machinist, (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)
36 years of technical, academic, operational, and managerial experience in the private and commercial transportation, heavy equipment, marine, and recreational vehicle industries
Extensive experience performing vehicle inspections and downloads of event data recorders and electronically stored information (ESI), including analysis, validation, testing, and preservation on almost all makes and models of vehicles and equipment
Primary areas of consultation: mechanical, automotive, CMV/truck, heavy industrial equipment, motorcycle/bicycle, marine, recreational vehicle, collision repair, tire failure analysis, testing and analysis include to include fluids, materials, and component parts, railroad/Hy-Rail, FMCSA/DOT compliance, commercial motor vehicle driver/operator qualification and compliance, job site and transportation safety claims and litigation.
LITIGATION AND CLAIMS INSPECTIONS
CRASH/ELECTRONIC DATA RECORDER/ECM DOWNLOADS AND ANALYSIS FROM ALL ON-BOARD MODULES, CONTROLLERS, AND GPS/VEHICLE TRACKING UNITS
FORENSIC TESTING AND SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS
MOBILE MECHANICAL AND VEHICLE/EQUIPMENT DISASSEMBLY AND INSPECTION
EXEMPLAR, FLUID, AND METALLURGICAL TESTING
PRODUCT TESTING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCT DEFECT ANALYSIS
WORLD CLASS, HIGHLY DETAILED REVIEW OF VEHICLE MAINTAINCE RECORDS AND DQ FILES
COMMERCIAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY POLICIES & COMPLIANCE ANALYSIS
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER/OPERATOR QUALIFICATION & COMPLIANCE ANALYSIS