Theme Parks Expert 58987 CA(S)

Expertise Description

I have over 40 years experience in design and engineering, specializing in the theme park, recreation, and resort industries. My expertise includes: engineering design, accident investigation, ride design, safety inspection, water park safety, water slides, wave pools, swimming pools, ride stress analysis, high speed coasters, monorails, thrill rides, tramways, simulators, water flume rides, ride maintenance, mechanical systems, mechanical drive systems, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (H.V.A.C.), piping / plumbing systems, and pumping systems. I have prior expert witness experience.

Areas of Expertise

Relevant Experiences

I had a case involving a softball pitching machine and was able to prove it wildly variable and badly maintained.

I can’t claim any specific experience with bowling alley design. However, I have a great deal of experience in all sorts of walkways and access routes for amusement rides, etc.  The safety concerns would be the same, but only the design parameters of the alley would be specific, i.e., width, gutter dimensions, length, etc.

I have worked as an expert for the DOJ in a case defending the Marine Corp. in an inflatable neck injury case.

As a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience, I provide expert services to inflatable owners, operators, and manufacturers, as well as theme parks, water parks, resorts, and FEC’s, for engineering design, design certification, ASTM compliance review, project management, safety inspections and maintenance programs.

I have provided engineering design and analysis services for inflatable manufacturers and have been a long time member of the ASTM sub-committee which developed and administers standard F2374 Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, Operation, and Maintenance of Inflatable Amusement Devices. I am perhaps the only engineer/expert doing design work, inspections and consulting to inflatable manufacturers and owner. I provide engineering certification of inflatable devices to various state inspection agencies to allow the sale and use of inflatables in their states.

I have worked on several other Tornado cases of the same nature. I have worked many waterslide cases in Wisconsin Dells.

I have extensive experience with zip lines including case involving a potable unit.

I have been involved as an expert in a drowning case relative to pool design, (visibility), and many waterslide pool injury cases. I was also an expert on a drowning case at a man-made lake equipped with various interactive devices.


B.S.Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Pittsburgh

Licenses Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer Mechanical Engineering California

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases