Expertise DescriptionI have more than 35 years experience in the field of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering. My expertise includes fire protection system design, installation, maintenance, operation, and failures, including: fire detection; smoke detection; fire alarm; central station; sprinkler systems – wet pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action, and mist; fire suppression systems, and smoke control; and sprinkler leakage and water damage. I have additional experience in fire and smoke barriers; building code, life safety code, and fire code compliance; fire hazard, building materials, and fire resistance ratings; fire cause and origin; vehicle fire investigation; arson; human behavior in fire conditions; means of egress, egress signage, and emergency lighting; and fire modeling. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Fire Causes and Origin; Failure of fire protection systems including fire sprinkler, fire suppression, fire detection and fire alarm; Building and Fire Code Compliance; Fire resistance construction and fire ratings; Means of egress.
My degree is in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering, which includes education in design and installation of fire alarm systems including proper cost estimating. In addition, I have extensive experience in construction issues, including costs and schedules for both building management and fire alarm systems, stemming from previous work as a Building Inspector as well as design, consulting, and forensic work. My litigation support assignments have included expert work on cost disputes.
|B.S.||Fire Protection and Safety Engineering||Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Professional Engineer (P.E.) in CA|
Awards & Affiliation
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases