Robin D. Franks, PG, CHMM, RSO has over 25 years of relevant industry experience as a professional Geoscientist / Geologist and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. President and TGE Resources, Inc., she offers environmental due diligence, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance auditing, and remediation management of affected real property services.
Ms. Franks provides litigation support and client representation with regard to environmental matters. She has been actively involved in more than 35 "merger/acquisition" projects encompassing over 750 sites nationwide. As senior Technical Advisor, she has been involved in thousands of real property investigations, many of which have involved remediation/closure projects within Texas and throughout the United States.
Areas of Expertise:
Real Estate Assessments - Environmental Due Diligence
Environmental Compliance Audits
Remediation Management, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Consulting of Contaminated Real Estate
Hazardous, Solid Waste Materials Management, Clean-up Consulting of Affected Property
Michelle Macauley is a Geotechnical Engineer and Trenchless Expert that specializes in aspects of new installation and rehabilitation projects for infrastructure replacement, improvement, and capacity enhancement using trenchless technologies. She has spent over 21 years in the Pacific Northwest, with a particular emphasis on geotechnical engineering, trenchless design, and involvement in the water / wastewater industry.
Background Experience: Prior to starting Macauley Trenchless, Ms. Macauley was the National Trenchless Practice Lead for Jacobs Engineering and oversaw multiple trenchless projects across the company. Prior to working at Jacobs, she was a senior geotechnical engineer specializing in trenchless design and construction with GeoEngineers and Staheli Trenchless Consultants.
In addition to her extensive project experience, she has been active in trenchless technologies at a national level. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) and is a regular presenter at NASTT's national trenchless conference (No-Dig). She is an active member of ASCE and serves on the Trenchless Installation of Pipes (TIPs) subcommittee, is helping re-write the Manual of Practice (MoP) on Pipe Ramming, is helping write the new MoP on Direct Pipe, and has consulted on other MoPs.
Litigation Supoprt: Ms. Macauley provides expert witness services to attorneys representing plainitff and defendant. Her services include deposition, mediation, and trial. She is a professional Civil Engineer in Washington, Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, amd a Licensed Engineering Geologist in Washington.
Areas of Expertise:
Horizontal Directional Drilling
Guided Auger Boring
Pilot Tube Microtunneling
M.S., Geological Engineering, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1996
B.S., Geological Sciences, University of Washington, 1994
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
David G. Koger is a Remote Sensing Image Analysis expert with over 40 years of experience in the field. He configured and operates a state-of-the-art remote sensing image analysis and geographic information system and consults on various remote sensing applications.
BackgroundExperience - Mr. Koger was an early researcher and developer of Satellite Data Applications. He 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.
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. Using Digital Airborne Platforms, he has studied huge areas around the globe.
In his unique line of work, Mr. Koger has performed forensics film analysis, searched for Noah's Ark, and analyzed images of the Shroud of Turin and the underwater video that found the Titanic.
Litigation Support - Mr. Koger offers Forensic Digital Image Analysis of remotely sensed, aerial photo (digital or film), and underwater video. His services include forensics, time-series studies, and documentation of surface damages, wildfires, material movements. Expert witness strategies and research methodologies are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.
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.
Scott Friesen, PE, is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, Mississippi and two Canadian provinces (Alberta and Manitoba), and is LEED Accredited (CaGBC) and certified as an Energy Manager. Scott has more than 14 years of experience in Design and Construction of HVAC, Plumbing and Building Energy Conservation, System Design, Construction and Forensic Analysis. He has also performed commissioning, energy audits and was involved in marketing and business development.
Scott's responsibilities at Ivey include design and forensic analysis of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and energy management systems. He performs site inspections, testing, research, product analysis, cost estimating and is responsible for writing reports and testifying in depositions, hearings and trials.
Scott is a member of Association of Professional Engineers, Geologist, Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).
Experience (partial listing):
Approximately 75 HVAC, fire protection and plumbing design projects
Approximately six design error and omission expert engagements
Approximately 20 residential construction defect expert engagements
Approximately 16 commercial construction defect expert engagements
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
Geostructural Engineering Expert Witness Ed Garbin
Dr. Ed Garbin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE is a veteran geostructural engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience and 30 years of construction experience. A former General Contractor, Adjunct Professor at USF, Chief Engineer at Hayward Baker, 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 19 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
David Wilshaw, MS, PG has over 35 years of experience in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics, Engineering Geophysics, Hydrogeology and Geoenvironmental Assessments. Since 2012, his company Britannia Solutions LLC has continuously provided expert geological opinions to insurance carriers, private individuals, corporations and their respective legal advisers. Mr. Wilshaw offers services as a Professional Geologist and expert witness with respect to disputed sinkhole insurance claims and many other specialized areas of engineering geology, including Ground Collapse, Slope Failures, Underground Mining Subsidence and the Adequacy of Ground Investigations in relation to claims under construction contracts. David Wilshaw has been a certified Neutral Evaluator under §627.7074 F.S. since 2011. He is licensed as a Professional Geologist in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and is registered as a Chartered Geologist (Geological Society of London) in the United Kingdom. He is also owner and President of Integrity Drilling & Geophysical Services, LLC (www.idgsfl.com), a company he established in 2013 providing geotechnical drilling, soil testing and geophysical services throughout Florida and the SE USA. In 2019 he was instrumental in relocating Ground Stiffness Surveys Ltd from the UK to Florida and is President of its successor company Ground Stiffness Surveys LLC (www.groundstiffnesssurveys.com). He is a frequent contributor to local, national and international media (TV, radio, print). Download full resume here:David Wilshaw - CV.pdf
Litigation Services Include:
Testifying Expert at Deposition over 150 times.
Testifying Expert at Trial over 40 times.
Neutral Evaluation of over 150 Disputed Sinkhole Insurance Claims in accordance with Section 627.7074 Florida Statutes
Peer review and expert opinion to defense and plaintiff attorneys on over 3,000 disputed claims for sinkhole loss