Kevin J. LaMalva, PE, has over 13 years of experience as a Fire and Structural Engineering consultant with dual US registration in both Fire Protection Engineering and Civil Engineering.
Complementing his consulting work, Mr. LaMalva is a member of numerous industry committees, including ASCE/SEI, SFPE, ICC, NIST, NFPA, and others, which conduct research and develop standards for structural fire safety. He has also become a leader for the development and proliferation of structural fire engineering in the US, notably as editor of the ASCE Manual of Practice No. 138, and as principal investigator and industry champion of the ASCE/CPF Structural Fire Design Guide.
For his work in structural fire safety, Mr.LaMalva was awarded the distinction of ENR Newsmaker for serving the "best interests of the construction industry and the public." As a fire protection and structural engineer, he has the tools and dedication to deliver more efficient and economical designs while also providing more intrinsically-safe structures to fire.
Litigation Support: Mr. LaMalva has served as an expert witness on several cases involving fire cause and origin, fire sprinkler system failures, fire/life safety, building codes, and occupant access pertaining to serious trip / fall accidents. Mr. LaMalva's services include investigation, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
This book provides best practices for the field of performance-based structural fire engineering design. When structural systems are heated by fire, they experience thermal effects that are not contemplated by conventional structural engineering design.
Dale Wheeler is licensed in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering, and is certified in Basic Code Enforcement / Building Inspection by the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA). He is published on fire safety in Atrium Buildings and in Exhibition Halls. Mr. Wheeler's Areas of Expertise include:
Fire Protection System Design, installation and operation: - Fire detection - Smoke detection - Fire alarm - Central Station - Sprinkler systems - Fire suppression systems - Smoke control
Fire and Smoke Barriers
Building Code, Life Safety Code, and Fire Code Compliance
Fire Hazard, Building Materials, Fire Resistance Ratings
Fire Cause and Origin
Means of egress, egress signage, emergency lighting
Radhakrishnaiah Parachuru is a Textile Engineer with BS, MS and PhD degrees in Textile Engineering & MS degree in Applied Statistics. A multidisciplinary scientist, Dr. Parachuru possesses more than 35 years of teaching, research, and industrial experience in Polymer, Fiber, Textile, Apparel, Carpet, and other related disciplines.
Serving as the coordinator of industry and public support activities at Georgia Tech, Dr. Parachuru has completed more than 180 applied research projects for the benefit of all segments of the Textile and Allied industries. Projects completed fall in the following categories:
Product / Process Optimization
Testing and Evaluation of all Types of Fiber Products Including Woven & Knitted Fabrics, Nonwovens, Carpets, and Technical Textilles
Flammability Testing of Fabrics, Garments, Carpets and Nonwovens
Application of Advances in the Materials Field, Especially Advances in Nano and Bio Materials for the Advancement of Fiber Product Industry
Application of Performance Finishes to Fiber Products Through Wet Treatments
Technical Trouble Shooting in Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Dyeing, Printing and Textile Finishing Processes
Design and Evaluation of New Fiber Products for Application in Medical, Construction, Transportation, etc. Sectors
Assistance for Product Diversification
Establishment of Quality Control Facilities and QC Routines
Dr. Parachuru has also conducted basic research in the area of Textile Manufacturing and served as the main advisor of several graduate students at Georgia Tech. He has been an active member of Fiber Society, AATCC, ASTM and TQCA. Dr. Parachuru currently serves as an active member of several AATCC technical committees and also as chairman of the AATCC committee on statistics. His current research interests are in the area of medical and industrial textiles.
Consultation Services - Dr. Parachuru offers technical consultation to manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers. His services cover the entire spectrum of the fiber product industry.
Litigation Support - Dr. Parachuru has been qualified as a Fiber / Textile Expert after appearing as an expert in more than Forty court cases. His experience covers federal, state, and county courts in multiple states within the United States.
Dr. C.J. Abraham, P.E. is a Licensed Professional Safety Engineer with over thirty five years of international experience consulting to insurance companies, municipalities, government agencies, and the legal profession. He provides consultation to International corporations in the areas of New Product Development, Manufacturing, Packaging, Warnings and Instructions.
Dr Abraham's services include Expert Witness Testimony for both Plaintiff and Defense in matters involving Personal Injury and Product Liability.
In the United States, the most litigious country in the world, a products liability action may be brought, under state law, for express or implied breach of warranty, misrepresentation and negligence. Under the theory of strict liability, a lawsuit may be initiated on the grounds of manufacturing and design defects as well as poor and inadequate warning instructions. The best defensive strategy for a company to avoid becoming involved in any of the above is to manufacture the safest product possible within parameters of economic feasibility. If said manufacturer can vouch for safety factors in the design, production, testing, inspection and evaluation of its product as well as attentiveness to consumer complaints, it will be more likely to avoid litigation or at least be able to prevail in the courtroom.