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Civil Engineer and Construction Expert Witness for Structural Design of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Food Plants

Technical Consultant #1215


  • Structural design of pharmaceutical, chemical, food and other process plants
  • Bio-reactors and other process equipment structural supports
  • Evaluation of existing buildings for integrity and code compliance
  • Cost estimate for repair of building defects and upgrading to current codes
  • Structural failure investigation including water, wind/fire damage assessment
  • Analysis of construction schedule delays and assessment of cause
  • Insurance claims support, expert witness testimony and legal support
  • Site safety analysis including slip and fall prevention
  • Environmental Phase I studies and managing Phase II and III studies
  • OSHA rules and regulations
  • Geotech studies procurement and interpretation of results for foundation design
  • Cost engineering, conceptual, preliminary and detail phases and bid analysis
  • Professional Engineer


Senior Structural Engineer, Jacobs Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 1995 to 2005

  • Designed several fall protection systems over industrial ovens and for access to top of tanker trucks and rail cars.
  • Investigated a failed loading dock wall, determined the cause of failure, and proposed retrofit solutions.
  • Assessed the structural condition of a steel framed structure. The roof trusses were experiencing loss of section due to excessive rusting. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.
  • Investigated a roof collapse, determined cause of failure, and provided retrofit solutions.
  • Assessed the condition of existing masonry walls, determined the source of deterioration; provided solutions for upgrading the existing walls to current codes.
  • Retrofit of an existing pharmaceutical process structure.
  • Food facility: New Pudding manufacturing campus.
  • Investigated a rigging accident where the lifting chain had broken and injured one of the construction workers.
  • As a resident construction engineer, was responsible for construction quality control, identifying and correcting construction defects, and implementing programs to prevent slip & fall cases.
  • 175,000 sq. ft. Pharmaceutical Bulk Manufacturing Facility and Utility Expansion.
  • Retrofit of existing and new pharmaceutical facility.
  • Retrofit of a starch processing plant.

Project Structural Engineer , AMG, Inc, Dayton, Ohio, 1993 to 1995

  • Analyzed the load capacities of several structures for possible floor additions.
  • New Corn Processing manufacturing campus. New Ethanol processing plant.
  • Retrofit of an Automotive plant.

Construction Engineer / Estimator, Hillsmith Construction, (Cincinnati, Ohio) 1987 to 1993

  • Multiple Residential/ Commercial structures. Moisture Intrusion problems, cracks in foundation walls and slabs on grade, excessive roof deflections, and wind and water related damages and environmental site assessment.
  • Assessed the structural condition of wood and concrete framed structure. Identified & developed retrofit solutions for defective items.
  • Owner representative on a five story hotel. Duties included schedule review, cost estimating, conflict resolution between the various contractors and/ or between owner and contractors.


  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Ohio Northern University
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