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Expert in Engineering, Failure Analysis, Fire/Explosion Investigation, Construction Defects, and Product Defects

Expert ID: 732490 Ohio, USA

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Expert is a practicing Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and consultant, with 35 years of experience in the responsible charge of planning, designing and constructing facilities for manufacturing, commercial, chemical and heavy industrial use. His experience as a design principal and project executive includes project development, facility siting and design, building/process design and construction, machine design, code compliance, high pressure piping and vessels, energy and
utility systems, ventilation, air pollution control, HVAC, structural engineering, and bulk material handling. These activities have involved all phases of conceptual planning, design engineering and procurement, construction and erection, safety and OSHA compliance.

In addition to his direct engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) background, Expert also maintains expertise in complex systems and equipment failure analysis, accident reconstruction, process hazard and risk assessment, thermal and stress analysis, fire and explosion investigation and construction claims consulting. His investigations include boiler, piping and pressure vessel failures and explosions, machinery defects, HVAC defects, construction defects, structural failures and collapses, and equipment fires and explosions.

 International Building Code (IBC)
 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
 International Fire Code (IFC)
 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
 ASHRAE 90.1 – Energy Standard for Buildings
 ASHRAE 62.1 – Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
 ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 160 – Criteria for Moisture Control Design Analysis in Buildings
 ANSI/ISO 12100-1,2 – Safety of Machinery
 ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 – Control of Hazardous Energy, Lock-out/Tag-out
 ANSI B11 – General Safety Requirements Common to ANSI B11 Machines
 ANSI B11.19 – Performance Criteria for Safeguarding
 NFPA 10 – Portable Fire Extinguishers
 NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
 NFPA 17/17A – Dry/Wet Chemical Fire Protection Systems
 NFPA 30 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
 NFPA 30A – Standard for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities
 NFPA 30B – Standard for the Storage of Aerosol Products
 NFPA 53 – Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in OxygenEnriched
 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code
 NFPA 55 – Compressed Gases/Cryogenic Fluids Code
 NFPA 68 – Guide for Deflagration Venting
 NFPA 70 – National Electric Code
 NFPA 79 – Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery
 NFPA 85 – Boilers and Combustion Systems Hazards Code
 NFPA 86 – Standard for Ovens and Furnaces
 NFPA 86C – Standard for Ovens and Furnaces/Special Processing Atmospheres
 NFPA 86D – Standard for Ovens and Furnaces/Vacuum Processing
 NFPA 91 – Standard for Exhaust Systems/Vapors, Gases, Mists, Particulates
 NFPA 654 – Standard for Fire/Dust Explosion Prevention From Particulate Solids
 NFPA 921 – Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
 UL 1278 – Standard for Moveable and Wall-or-Ceiling-Hung Electric Room Heaters
 OSHA 1910/1926 – Industrial/Construction Safety Rules
 ASME Section I – Rules for the Construction of Power Boilers
 ASME Section VIII – Rules for the Construction of Pressure Vessels
 ASME B30.5 – Mobile and Locomotive Cranes
 ASME B31.1 – Pressure Piping Code
 ASME B31.3 – Process Piping Code
 ISO 4414 – Pneumatic Fluid Power
 API 570, API RP 574 – Refinery Piping Inspection
 API 941 – Steels for Hydrogen Service
 API 936 – Refractories
 ASSE A10 – Construction and Demolition Safety Standards
 Ohio School Design Manual

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Indianapolis, Indiana - Muncie, Indiana - Anderson, Indiana - Columbus, Ohio - Cincinnati, Ohio - Dayton, Ohio - Springfield, Ohio - Hamilton, Ohio - Middletown, Ohio

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Dayton
Year: 1976 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Dayton

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal & Managing Partner Department: Responsibilities: Industrial/Commercial/Institutional & Forensic Engineering Services
Years: 1996 to 2006 Employer: FERGUSON – QEI, LTD. Title: Vice President Department: Responsibilities: Design/Build Construction Services
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: HOK/K INDUSTRIAL (LLC Venture –Kajima, Inc. /HOK Architects) Title: President and Chief Operating Officer Department: Responsibilities: Design/Build Construction Services
Years: 1984 to 1994 Employer: QSOURCE ENGINEERING, INC. Title: President and Chief Executive Officer Department: Responsibilities: Industrial Systems & Facilities Engineering/Environmental Services
Years: 1979 to 1984 Employer: BRUCE MENKEL AND ASSOCIATES, INC. Title: Chief Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Industrial Systems & Facilities Engineering/Environmental Services
Years: 1976 to 1979 Employer: UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTITUTE Title: Research Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Ballistic Impact Analysis – Materials and Ordinance
Years: 1975 to 1976 Employer: UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTITUTE Title: Aero-thermal Researcher Department: Responsibilities: Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant Emphasis – Thermodynamics, Combustion, Gas Dynamics

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
 Ohio
 Pennsylvania
 Indiana
 New Jersey
 Maryland
 Kentucky
 Illinois
 West Virginia
National Association of Fire Investigators - Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
US Green Building Council - LEED Accredited Professional
Professional Appointments
Member (Life), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
 Member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
 Member, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
 Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
 Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
 Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
 Member, National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)
 National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
 Member, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
 Member, American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI)
 Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), E58 Committee on Forensic
Engineering Standards
 Board Member – Unified Board of Building Appeals, Dayton/Montgomery County, OH
Publications and Patents Summary
Available upon request.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Available upon request.
Other Relevant Experience
Continuing Professional Education:
International Building Code
 International Mechanical Code
 Ohio Building Code
 Ohio Fire Code
 Chemical Plant Safety
 Construction Contracts and Claims
 Soils Engineering
 Forensic Structural Engineering
 LEED/Sustainable Design
 Geothermal Heating and Cooling
 Alternative Power Systems (Wind/Solar)
 Industrial Ventilation
Indoor Air Quality/Moisture Control in Buildings
 Air Pollution Control
 OSHA Industry and Construction Standards
 NFPA Standards
 ASHRAE Standards
 ASME/API Standards

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