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Residential Construction Defects Expert Witness

Keywords

Residential Construction Defects, General Contractor, Construction general contractor, Residential Construction Defect Investigation, Construction Defects Public Works, Commercial, Industrial Construction, Site Inspection, Evaluation, General Engineering License Class A, General Building License Class B, Cracked Slabs, Leaking Roofs, Water Intrusion, Leaking Windows, Wall Separations, Tile Defects, Water Penetration, Window Leaks, Mold, Foundation, Cracks, French Drains, Moisture, Drainage, Concrete, Plumbing, Piping, Mechanical, Masonry, Construction Defects, CPM, Critical Path Management

California

Expert Witness No.817

California

History

1992 – Present, A Private Consulting Firm     Temecula, CA

President
Performed and managed all phases of construction, construction defect investigation and public works from site inspection, site evaluation, report writing, plan take-off, bid estimation, paper flow management, including:  Request For Information (RFI) in pre-bid phase, submittals, communication logs, change orders, primary contracts, subcontracts, subcontractor negotiations, supplier contracts, on- site project construction, supervision of project managers, progress timelines, critical path projections, project subcontractor coordination and problem solving.

Managed building construction defect repairs while working closely with attorneys and engineers to first settle owner complaints within legal arena as an expert witness and cost estimator and affecting repairs stemming from original constructor/developer/third-party construction defect cases as Project Manager.

Types of construction defect involvement:

Industrial remedial (construction defect) geothermal plant repairs and maintenance for the City of Long Beach.

Site inspections, photography and video filming, report writing.

Assembly of construction defect repair cost estimates for mediation.

Concrete construction including structures foundation, slab, footing, underpin, caisson, tie-back drilling & installation and cast in place structures. Concrete defect inspection and repair. Epoxy grouting of concrete structures and pressure grouting of concrete structures. Structure anchor installation, anchor grouting, anchor repair, rebar mat fabrication and wire mesh screen installation, water stop installation, reinforcement cage construction and installation.

French drain construction including excavation, rock breaking, trenching, shoring, waterproofing, protection board placement, filter fabric installation, drain line placement and design of line system, gravel bed placement and compaction, soil back filling and compaction, design of lift station apparatus i.e., pump sizing, placement and tie-in methods.

Supervision of specialty subcontractors performing wood frame structure construction, roofing, plumbing, tile, papering, vapor barrier placement, drywall repairs, stucco repairs, window replacement, waterproofing and insulation.

Excavation, trenching, cutting, back-filling and grading operations. Hillside restorations including, tie-back drilling and installation, grade beam construction, retainer wall construction, placement of geo-grid material, back drains, chimney drains and hydro-auger installation.

Managed the trust account of projects, preliminary liens, progress payment releases, conditional, unconditional and final payment lien releases.

Negotiated government contracts with the military.

Executive in charge of as many as 15 projects at one time.

Author of corporation management documents and control systems, i.e., SB 1198 Safety Program, DOT Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy, Primary Contracts, Subcontractor Contracts, Supplier Contracts, Performance and Payment Bonds, Legal, Quality Assurance, Training and Employee Policies.

Designed and implemented heavy industrial and refinery-based Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) Programs.

Negotiated and managed government and industrial annual maintenance contracts as well as new construction projects.

Assembly and review of Public Works new construction estimates, bid documents, contracts and subcontracts.

Responsible for up to 122 full time employees at one time.

Project Manager for underground utility i.e., water, sewer, gas, and process fluid pipeline installations.

1985–1992, Aserco, Inc. Long Beach, CA

Vice President

Second in command to corporate owner.

Managed industrial construction, facility modification, facility repair and cogeneration plant remedial (construction defect) project from bid estimating through start-up for the City of Long Beach.

Facilitated the execution of government contracts.

Performed bid estimations, package assembly and review of estimates compiled by in-house estimators.

Managed project in progress cost controls and performance schedules.

Developed computer based Preventative Maintenance Program.

Managed major refinery and power plant turn-around operations.

Developed marketing strategies for sales force. Increased gross sales by over 300% in first year. Opened new industries for sales effort.

Executive responsible for overall field and in-shop procedures, project managers and supervisors.

1980–1985, Vaughans Industrial Repair Co.  Paramount, CA

Field Operations Superintendent

Led service and construction contract with Chevron USA reducing maintenance cost of heavy industrial machinery operations in utilities division by 40%.

Developed vibration monitoring system for critical equipment.

Supervised and managed on site gas engine and turbine overhauls and installations.

1978–1980      Ingersoll-Rand Corp.   Gardena, CA

Field Operations Foreman

Installed heavy gas engine compressors and steam turbine generators in petroleum industry.

Education

1968 – 1974    Psychology: Eastern New Mexico University/Chapman University (USAF Extension)
1974 –1978     Engineering: Los Angeles Harbor College/ El Camino College
1978 –1984     Business: El Camino College/University of California at Long Beach

Certificates, Licenses

Holder of General Engineering (class A) License, General Building (class B) License, Hazardous Waste Certificate and Asbestos Certificates, Home Improvement Certified.

Training

40-Hour Hazardous Materials Certified, Project On-Site Communications, Pneudraulic Systems, Maintenance Scheduling, Fluid Systems Design, Advanced Rotating Machinery, Mechanical Sealing Techniques, Vibration Analysis and Monitoring, Optical Leveling, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Plant Certified for Construction and Operations, Gas Engine/Compressor Training, Steam Turbine Training, Site Safety Training, Advanced Training Equipment PMI, Concrete Repairs and Grouting Methods. Proficient in MS Programs & Internet functions.

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