Fires and Explosions Expert 506559 NC

Expertise Description

I have more than 20 years experience in the fields of Mechanical and Forensic Engineering with expertise in Fires and Explosions consulting. I have conducted more than 2,000 investigations ranging from small pipe ruptures to multi-million dollar industrial plant explosions. I have additional experience with mechanical and electrical systems, analysis of mechanical and electrical failures, and root cause investigations of boiler, turbine (steam and gas), pressure vessel and piping ruptures and explosions. I also have extensive experience in evaluations of damage to process facilities and power plants; estimating repair/replacement costs; analysis and technical investigations of residential, commercial and industrial accidents; analysis of design, fractures, corrosion and material properties; fire and explosion origin and cause investigations; evaluation of construction and heavy equipment, and; monitoring and analysis of radiation and/or contamination hazards. I have over 20 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Relevant Experiences

I have extensive experience in evaluating crane mats (design, installation, etc.) in my work as an expert in crane operations. Most of that experience is in post-incident evaluations, such as a crane tip or collapse due to a poorly designed/installed mat. I also have access to a testing laboratory that specializes in grading wood members.

I have extensive experience in crane operations, maintenance, repairs and failure investigations. My expertise included draglines, crawler cranes, truck-mounted cranes, stationary units, etc. I have testified on crane and dragline setup and operations, including pad design and erection.


Degree Subject Institution
B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of North Carolina at Charlotte