Construction Expert 48086 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience as a professional engineer and licensed general contractor in consulting, design, construction project management, university teaching, and research. I specializes in structural analysis / design, damage and failure investigations, and construction defects / accidents. I have expertise in performance evaluation of constructed facilities including the effects of natural (wind, earthquake, flood, fire) and man-made (vibrations, blast and impact) hazards, damage assessment, and repair and retrofit design. Has served as an expert on small and multi-million-dollar claims. My experience includes buildings, bridges, concrete cooling towers, offshore platforms, silos, damage investigation of single and multi-family residential, commercial and historic buildings, storage tanks and underground water conduits, blast in underground coal mines, explosion in a chemical plant, effect demolition, pile driving and new construction on adjacent buildings, excessive floor vibrations, cracking, settlement, wind, fire and flooding damage, foundation distress, retaining walls, slabs and pavements, evaluation of defective concrete, terrazzo and other construction materials, water intrusion damage, contract disputes, product liability, accidents, personal injury, property damage, and failures during construction. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: insurance claims – analysis and preparation; peer reviews; personal injury matters; complaints against licensed engineers; investigation and analysis of cracking in reinforced concrete grain; product liability; damage to existing facilities due to new construction; water intrusion damage in apartment buildings; landslide damage; building code and construction issues in a boundary retaining wall.

Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: Condition / vulnerability / damage assessment & failure analysis; Construction / installation defects / accidents; Engineering mechanics; Building / Construction Product Evaluation; Building & support-structure analysis / design / construction.

Relevant Experiences

I have experience with personal injury matters, including Workers’ Compensation cases.

I am a board-certified professional engineer (Civil/Structural), general building contractor, and a forensic investigator with fall-protection competency certificate (Industrial/Commercial) with over twenty-eight years of experience. I have been retained in cases involving construction-site accidents as an expert consultant/witness and possess testimony experience.

I have significant experience investigating industrial facilities, including containment vessels, and have publications involving cooling towers.


Ph.D.Civil / Structural EngineeringUniversity of Illinois
M.S.Civil / Structural EngineeringUniversity of Illinois
B.S.Civil EngineeringUniversity of Illinois

Licenses Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer (Civil)
State of California
Chartered Professional Engineer
The Institute of Engineers
Licensed California General Building Contractor
Expert Reviewer for California Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

Awards & Affiliation

Interviewed by the Star Ledger on planned Bayonne bridge modifications in New Jersey
Interviewed by NPR (National Public Radio) on failure investigations

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases