Dr. Ed Garbin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE is a veteran Geostructural Engineer with 20 years of post-licensure engineering experience and 30 years of construction experience. A former General Contractor, Adjunct Professor at USF Tampa, Chief Engineer at Hayward Baker (now Keller), and Vice President of Engineering at Earth Tech, he specializes in the design and construction oversight of ground improvement and specialty geostructural systems on complex sites. Dr. Garbin is the founder, President, and Principal Engineer of Garbin GeoStructural Group and is a licensed Professional Engineer in 39 states. He is also a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering from ASCE's Academy of Geo-Professionals.
Dr. Garbin is well-known for being a highly effective communicator able to convey complex topics in a simple, understandable manner. He is available for design assistance, continuing education training, and litigation support.
Areas of Technical Expertise:
Heavy Civil Engineering Design and Construction
Ground Improvement for Weak Soils and Karst
Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems
Ground Improvement / Modification Systems
Geo-structural Instrumentation and Data Acquisition
GEO Associates provides litigation support services and expert witness testimony for civil and criminal investigations and insurance industry cases (both plaintiff and defendant) that involve Groundwater Pollution and Data Analysis, Forensic Geology and Geophysics, Hydrology Modeling, and Forensic Meteorology including Weather Event Re-Construction and Force Majeure cases. GEO Associates can assist attorneys and insurance claim professionals in obtaining, analyzing, modeling, and interpreting the correct geophysical/geological and meteorological data for their case.
GEO Associates uses the latest approved Regulatory EPA and USGS numerical modeling software to map the concentration levels and transport of air and groundwater pollutants. GEO Associates numerical modeling expertise, combined with their advanced knowledge of meteorological, geophysical and geological data gathering and processing, provides strong support to the attorney and client for cases involving Air Pollution, Reduced Visibility, Severe Storms, Groundwater Contamination, Flooding, Wind Damage and Hazardous Material Spills and Releases to Air and/or Water, which result in accidents, contamination of aquifers, toxic air, property damage, personal injury and death.
Industrial Groundwater Pollution
Toxic Tort Strategy
Environmental Surface and Groundwater Pollution
Mapping of Surface and Groundwater Contamination
Groundwater Computer Modeling
Aquifer Systems Analysis
Hazardous Spill Releases
Geological and Geophysical Data Acquisition, Processing and Analysis
Geological and Geophysical Mapping of Reservoirs
Observational Field Programs
Reflection and Refraction Seismology
Oil and Gas Operations and Operator Performance
Marine and Land Seismic Operations
Value Analysis of Proprietary Geophysical and Geological Data
2D and 3D Reflection Seismology Modeling and Analysis
Fluid Dynamics and Reservoir Analysis
Toxic Fluid Migration
Class Action and Force Majeure Cases
Plumbing Forensic Engineering Expert Witness David Shreve
David G. Shreve, PE, is a licensed Professional Engineer in 18 states. He holds a certification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), is a LEED® accredited professional for Building and Construction and holds a Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) credential.
Mr. Shreve has over 30 years of experience in design, construction administration and forensic analysis of Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, and Energy Management Systems for commercial, institutional and residential projects. He is also a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and International Code Council (ICC).
Mr. Shreve joined Ivey Engineering in 2014. His primary responsibilities include forensic analysis of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and energy management systems. He also performs site inspections, testing, research, product analysis and cost estimating, and is responsible for writing reports and testifying in depositions, hearings and trials.
EXPERIENCE (partial listing) ∗ Approximately 300 HVAC, fire protection and plumbing design projects ∗ Approximately 10 LEED® design projects ∗ Approximately 20 feasibility studies ∗ Approximately 125 expert witness engagements
Rudolph P. Frizzi, PE, GE, D.GE is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years of extensive practical Foundation and Geotechnical Engineering experience. Mr. Frizzi has extensive project management experience throughout the United States and internationally, with particular emphasis on:
Foundation Design and Construction in Urban Areas
Large Scale Land and Waterfront Public and Private Development Projects
Mr. Frizzi has obtained extensive field, office supervision, and project management experience including soil and rock sampling and in-situ testing; monitoring pre , during, and post-construction with state-of-the-art geotechnical instrumentation; nondestructive testing; aqueous and sub-aqueous inspections and investigations; and heavy construction which has contributed to his practical approach to geotechnical problem solving. In addition to his "engineer of record" experience, Mr. Frizzi has provided expert geotechnical consultation and trial testimony on over 50 excavation and foundation litigation cases throughout the United States and internationally. His services are available to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense.
Areas of Forensic Expertise:
Foundations for Stadiums, Arenas, High-Rise Structures in Urban Areas
Embankment and Dam Stability
Large-scale Land and Waterfront / Marine Structures and Development
Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems
Soft and Hard Rock Treatment
Ground Improvement of Waste Fills
Temporary and Permanent Lateral Support Systems for Deep Excavations
Geotechnical Instrumentation and Vibration Monitoring
Mayotte Design & Engineering, PC (MD&E) is a Civil and Environmental Engineering Design Firm based in East Lansing, Michigan. Since 2003, MD&E has proved itself a highly responsive design, advocate and risk management partner for clients in the energy, automotive, commercial printing, textile, pharmaceutical, chemical, real estate, and legal industries. MD&E offers a variety of services, specializing in the design and engineering of treatment solutions for wastewater, groundwater, stormwater and contaminated soil, sediment, and air.
MD&E personnel assist clientele across the US and have completed projects in: Alabama; Arizona; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas, Massachusetts; Michigan; Missouri, Mississippi; Nevada; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Oregon; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Washington, Wisconsin; Wyoming; British Columbia; Ontario; Quebec; Brazil; China; Czech Republic; Italy; and Mexico.
Timothy J. Mayotte, PhD, CPG, PE, President at MD&E, is an Environmental Engineer with over 35 years of experience in his field. He has provided litigation support and served as an expert witness on over a dozen cases dating back to the mid-1980s. Dr. Mayotte's experience includes providing testimony during numerous depositions and in open court. He has offered expertise in the following areas:
Hydrodynamics of natural and engineered systems.
Contaminant fate and transport in the environment.
Biological and physicochemical process design for the treatment/remediation of water, wastewater, soil, and sludge.
Industrial wastewater treatment.
Management and inspection of commercial and residential construction and demolition projects, including due diligence services for property transactions.
Dr. James J. Connors is a Professional Hydrologist, certified by the American Institute of Hydrology, and a licensed Professional Geoscientist in several states. He has more than 38 years' experience working on projects and legal cases involving groundwater, surface water, stormwater runoff, and environmental contamination. His career includes extensive bodies of work as an award-winning academic, a private-sector consultant, and a testifying and consulting expert witness. Dr. Connors has performed hundreds of environmental and hydrological consulting projects across the U.S.; taught university-level hydrology and hydrogeology; and has been designated as an expert witness in more than 50 legal cases in 12 states and New Zealand (in both state and federal courts).
Areas of Expertise
Stormwater runoff & related flooding, erosion, & sedimentation
Hydrological & environmental impacts related to construction, development, & land-use changes
Environmental contamination of groundwater, soil, sediment, & surface water
General issues associated with hydrology & hydrogeology
Coastal, pond, lake, watershed, & wetlands hydrology
Coastal erosion & related sediment transport / deposition
I bring diverse, combined education, licensing, and credentialing in geology, biology, and hazardous materials management. Indoor air quality as related to asbestos, mold, lead, building hazards, vapor intrusion, OSHA worker and occupant complaints.
I manage a firm of environmental and industrial hygiene professionals while serving as an expert in my diverse field; I have over 60 retained cases complete. I can cost effectively support engagements that may require extensive data gathering across an expanded time frame. I apply my capabilities and credentials across commercial, industrial, and oil & gas settings, with a technical focus on highly regulated industry and real estate.
I have been steadily retained for expert witness services since 1995.
I specialize in structural fire forensic investigation and testing, routinely leverage post-flood emergency response expertise in buildings, specific to microbial disinfection, mold mitigation, and source mold under forensic methods of investigation that may exist under alleged building construction defects. I possess expertise in building systems and mitigating hazards from structures in advance of demolition for asbestos, lead, and other regulated materials. I prepare, implement (and/or critically review) asbestos specifications, mold remediation protocols, OSHA-driven lead specifications, and remediation soil management plans.
I have evaluated diverse workplaces following loss reports due to alleged safety and public health concerns and offered mitigation strategies for worker safety under OSHA complaints, especially regarding respiratory protection. I have served as an expert for multiple worker injury and wrongful death allegations within the context of environmental exposure.