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Expert in pipe and fitting installation failures, installation training

Expert ID: 731178 California, USA

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Expert has the experience and knowledge of over 40 years available as an consultant for pipe and fittings.He offers his experience with the manufacturer, design, field installation and forensic analysis of PVC piping system failures, which includes evidence collection, depositions, record keeping and report writing. He continues to maintain affiliations with the associations and organizations of the industry.

As a manufacturer, consumer, or installer you can be confident his knowledge gained in the manufacturing, installation or use of PVC pipe fittings can respond to your questions. Use a recognized expert in the areas of threaded joint failures, water hammer or cyclic fatigue, solvent cementing and manufacturing defects. This expertise is supplemented by an extensive mechanical engineering and product design background.

Expert has been involved with multiple aspects of plastic pipe and fitting failures over the past four decades. This includes product failure analysis for manufactures, contractors, users, and litigation's. He has been involved
with various trade organizations, including the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) committees and was instrumental in developing and revising standards and practices.

He has been recognized within the industry for his expertise on the effects of water hammer and pressure surge failures of PVC pipe and fittings.

He has advised and trained installation crews on the necessary procedures for solvent welding PVC of all sizes up to 24-inch diameter process piping.

Expert has edited and presented multiple articles with regards to threading and thread failures of PVC piping systems and fittings.

Expert has authored numerous articles on the subject of water hammer, and pressure surges, in piping systems. He can discuss the causes and effects of these surges on the piping components.

PVC Pipe and Fitting expert in a construction litigation. The project was to build a state of the art elephant exhibit for the Denver Zoo.Review and report on multiple piping failures in large scale water treatment plant. Follow up included providing training and oversight of repairs. Trained and observed crew in solvent welding PVC piping up to 20-inch diameter.PVC product liability expert. Acted as a defendant expert in a litigation based on the failure of a PVC valve and resultant damage to complainants property.Evaluate the cause of continued failures of a sport field irrigation system. Worked with Contractor and system designer to resolve the problem and make system changes.Trained installation crew to properly solvent weld large diameter Schedule 80 (16-inch) PVC system. Prior to my tutelage they had multiple failure or leakage problems. Afterwards they have been able to assemble, test and have their systems accepted.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1964 Degree: Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: CalState Long Beach
Year: 1961 Degree: AA Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Santa Monica College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Handle all operations, inquiries and projects submitted.
Years: 1979 to 2008 Employer: Title: Product Manager Department: Sales/Marketing Responsibilities: Associated with the PVC fittings industry in Technical Services, product liability and new product management roles. This added the realm of going over product field failures and product liability management with insurance companies and litigation along with sales and marketing experience.
Years: 1964 to 1972 Employer: Title: Manufacturing Engineering /Spec Projects Department: R & D Responsibilities: Designed and had product responsibility for multiple concurrent projects in the Research & Development department. Promoted to Manufacturing Engineer with responsibility to review new products before introduction and to forestall field or customer problems.
Years: 1961 to 1964 Employer: Title: Sr. Draftsman Department: Aerospace-Ground Support Equiptment Responsibilities: Developed drawings, schematics and piping layouts of ground support equipment used at the test and launch sites for the Saturn V rocket systems.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASIC, ASTM F-17, IA
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 15 publications, 5 patents, and 8 Android apps

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He handled all product liability claims, and litigation for a major PVC fitting manufacturer. Involving document search, interrogatories, depositions, mediation, and witness.
Training / Seminars
He has had over fifteen published articles and been invited to present topics relative to PVC pipe and fitting failures to various groups and associations internationally.
Vendor Selection
With a history within the irrigation industry he has many the ability to source and locate most vendors and suppliers associated with the PVC piping, irrigation, design and contracting industry.
Marketing Experience
With four decades of involvement in the plastic irrigation field he has many contractors, distributors, manufacturers, and associations that can be drawn as resources.
Other Relevant Experience
He is capable to visit an installation job site, and educate personnel on the correct solvent welding procedure and installation of PVC pipe and fittings. He has worked with the American Society of Irrigation Consultants, in presenting educational information and assisting in problem failure analysis of installations.

Fields of Expertise

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