Fire Origin And Cause Expert 128461 TX


Expertise Description

I have over 35 years specializing in Fire Cause and Origin, Accident Reconstruction and Failure Analysis, with an emphasis in industrial and commercial accidents, vehicle accidents, tractor truck accidents and ECM download analysis, product equipment failure analysis. I am a Mechanical Engineer with experience in roof-mounted and package HVAC units in commercial and school buildings. My expertise includes: failure analysis of vehicle, appliances, tools, machinery, equipment, HVAC, industrial, commercial, oil field, marine, residential, piping/piping components/pressure vessel design/failure analysis; ANSI B31.1 & B31.3; ASME Sections I & VIII; slip, trip and fall/building code compliance/ADA compliance/premises liability. 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: slip, trip, and fall investigation; analysis and reports for vehicle accident and industrial accident reconstruction; perform fire cause and origin investigations on structures, vehicles, boats, machinery; provide analysis of mechanical failures and mechanical design of products including machinery, piping, tanks, vessels, boilers, exchangers, furnaces, reactors, etc.; provide interpretation of compliance with OSHA and environmental regulations; perform reviews and analysis on capital projects in areas of schedules, budgets, safety, installations, maintainability, and operability; interpretation of pertinent codes, photography and videography, demonstrative exhibits, written and oral reporting.


Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: design and maintenance engineering; construction, maintenance, projects, and technical management; automotive maintenance and performance modifications; vehicle / industrial accident investigation / reconstruction; building codes compliance / interpretation; nautical steam plant and propulsion systems.


Professional Experiences

I have worked numerous product/manufacturing defect cases over the last 22 years, representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Some of those cases have included manufacturing equipment and machinery.


Relevant Experiences

I have extensive experience in forensic equipment defects and warnings cases over the last 21 years. I have extensive experience with piping and piping components from my 16 years experience with a major chemical plant.

I currently have three active airbag cases with Plaintiff attorneys where the airbag did not deploy, even though the speeds and angles of impact were well within the thresholds for deployment. I am a hands-on Mechanical Engineer, a mechanic and a licensed P.E.

I am a hands-on mechanical engineer and mechanic with all necessary tools and instruments. I inspected a vehicle in Georgia last Wednesday regarding non-deployed airbags. I testify next Tuesday in deposition regarding non-deployed PT Cruiser airbags. I have practiced as a forensic engineer over 23 years. I am a licensed P.E. in Texas.

I have extensive experience in Product Defect type cases and Premise Liability type cases over the last 23 plus years. I am a registered P.E. in Texas. My drilling rig experience includes a mobile track driven auger leg amputation case in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a mobile track driven fatality near Houston, Texas. I also worked in stationary auger arm amputation case.

I have 16 years experience in Chemical Plant Operations and Maintenance in an Occidental Chemical Co. ethylene plant and a Dow Chemical Co. high pressure polyethylene unit. As a supervising employee, I possess the owner's perspective regarding how hot work was conducted under specific Safety Guidelines and Requirements. Said hot work included welding, cutting, and hot taps on live hydrocarbon containing pipelines. I am extremely familiar with the industry standards from the owner's viewpoint and from the Contractor' Responsibilities. Additionally, I have worked as a Forensic Engineer for over 23 years, including cases where I have defended Petroleum Terminal Owners and Chemical Plant Owners, and have worked for Plaintiff attorneys against Refineries. I am a licensed P.E. in Texas and I have testified in Michigan.

I have extensive experience in Product Defect type cases and Premise Liability type cases over the last 23 plus years. I am a registered P.E. in Texas. The Dietrich D50 is a mobile drilling rig for soil and rock exploration using augers, rotary or core drilling tools. My drilling rig experience includes a mobile track driven arger leg amputation case in San Juan, Puerta Rico, and a mobile track driven fatality near Houston, Texas. I also worked a stationary auger arm amputation case near Corpus Christi, Texas.

I have practiced Forensic engineering for over the last 23 years. I have extensive product liability experience in design and warnings. I have worked at least three "pinch point" product liability case in Hidalgo County in the last eight years.
 
I have extensive experience in welding of hydrocarbon containing piping and vessels, including new installations, modifications, and repairs. I worked a combined 16 years at a Dow Chemical polyethylene unit and at an Oxidental Chemical ethylene/propylene plant functioning as a maintenance engineer, project engineer and project manager on projects ranging from a few thousand dollars to $20,000,000. I am well versed in the ASME Pressure Vessel Code (Section VIII, Division 1) and ASME/ANSI Piping Codes (B31.1 and B31.3). I have worked numerous cases in Louisiana during my 23 plus years as a forensic engineer, and testified in Trial in Marksville, LA, in April 2017.

I have extensive experience in product defect cases with mobile and stationary equipment/machinery, including several industrial conveyors where body parts were severed. I have practiced Forensic Engineering for over 23 years.

I have extensive experience in construction accidents over the past 25 plus years. I am a licensed Texas Professional Engineer.

I have extensive experience in OSHA matters in Industrial, Commercial, and Construction Industries. I have over 25 years forensic engineering experience. I am a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. I have worked many cases in Dallas and Testified in Trial in Dallas.


Education

DegreeSubjectInstitution
Bachelor of ScienceMechanical EngineeringTexas A & I University
A.A.A.Del Mar College

Licenses Certifications

Professional Engineering Registration – Texas
Open-water Diver – Certified P.A.D.I

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


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