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Blasting Claims Mediation Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.2865



BS Construction Engineering (Civil) 1985, Purdue University

Associates in Applied Science Building Construction Technology, 1983, Purdue University


ATF License (18 U.S.C. Chapter 40)

KY Permit to Purchase or Receive Explosives

IN Regulated Explosive Use

KY Dept. of Mines & Minerals License

IN Dept. of Homeland Security License


Instructor Certification – KY Division of Explosives and Blasting

MSHA Parts 46 & 48 Certifications

KY Dept. of Surface Mining & Reclamation Certification

IN Dept. of Natural Resources Certification

U.S.A.C.E. Construction Quality Management for Contractors

Seismograph Operation Certification -Nomis Digital Seismographs

E.I.T. Certification, Indiana

Explosive Fields of Experience:                       

Multiple projects, including under-water blasting

Dam keyway and Spillway blasting;

Line drilling, pre-splitting and cushion blasting;

Mass blasting including non-metal/coal surface mining, highway construction, railway construction, commercial and private development site work;

“Close-in” urban blasting including foundations, shaft sinking, pits, tunnel and trench blasting

A list of completed projects can be provided upon request.

Specialized Skills

Rotary-percussion track drill operations; Electric / non-electric detonation systems and sequential blasting techniques;

Blasting plan preparation and implementation;

Blast design optimization and peak particle velocity prediction;

Post blast particle velocity and air-overpressure analysis;

Blasting claims mediation; Expert witness litigation and testimony

Related Experience

2006 to Present – Blasting Consultant, Expert Witness

Provided Litigation Support, Depositions Involving Commercial Blasting Disputes, Blasting Report Analysis during Discovery, Rendering of an Expert Opinion, Expert Witness Testimony
2003 to Present - Vice President, Operations/ Manager of Projects

Impact Drilling & Blasting, Inc. (P.O. Box 397 Charlestown, IN 47111), Currently responsible for all estimating, bidding and management of projects involving commercial blasting services. Projects types include highway, municipal, institutional and private development.

2000 to 2003 - Explosive Engineer, HTA Enterprises, Inc. (Louisville, KY)

Responsible for estimating, bidding and execution of projects involving “Precision Blasting”; specialized blasting projects perform in close proximity (less than 25’) to existing structures.  Resume submitted and accepted by the Corps of Engineer, as Blaster-in Charge, for the “Lock Replacement Project” at the McAlpine Lock & Dam in Louisville, KY.

1996 to 2000 - General Blasting Superintendent/ Estimator

Impact Drilling & Blasting, Inc. (Charlestown, IN) Responsible for the estimating, bidding and on-site field supervision of projects involving commercial blasting services. Projects included highway construction, non-metal surface mining and private development site utility trench blasting.

1982 - (Summer Co-op) Laborer, Affholder, Inc. (Bessemer, AL), Responsibilities included jack-leg drill operation, coating and installation of liner plates and other duties associated with the drilling and blasting of a 96” diameter tunnel. 

1981 - (Summer Co-op) Equipment Operator/ Driller/ Powderman, Flynn Contracting (Jasper, IN), Responsibilities included drilling and loading of explosives; excavating and spoiling of blasted overburden; mining, crushing and load out of the extracted coal seam.  

1979 to 1980 - Driller/ Powderman, Croker-Gleason, Inc. (Louisville, KY), Responsibilities included the drilling, loading and detonation of explosives to excavate the rock required to construct an earth core dam, and associated spillway, for the Bear Grass Creek Flood Mitigation Project.
1972 to 1978 - Driller/ Powderman, Blasting Supplies, Inc. (Georgetown, IN), Part-time employment in the family business with responsibilities including; assisting with explosive deliveries, explosive inventorying, drill operation and shot service on non-metal mining and commercial blasting operations. 

Other Experience

1995 to 1996 - Project Manager/ Estimator David Engineering and Construction, Inc.
(Louisville, KY),

Responsible for the estimating and bidding of commercial building projects.

1993 to 1995 - Project Manager/ Estimator, H&H Systems and Design, Inc. (New Albany, IN),

Responsible for estimating, bidding and management of projects involving the installation of medical diagnostic equipment (i.e. MRI, CT Scanners, X-Ray), and the renovation of associated support facilities, at multiple sites nationally.

1986 to 1993 - Cost Engineer/Project Controls/Construction Manager, Chemical & Industrial Engineering, Inc. (Louisville, KY),

Responsible for estimating and scheduling of engineering, procurement and construction management services for Petrochemical and Food Processing design/build projects.

1983 to 1986 - Teaching Assistant, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN),

Classroom monitoring of concrete formwork static and dynamic design instruction, grading of assignments, testing and tutoring services.

1984 - (Summer Co-op) Assistant Construction Inspector, Grissom AFB Peru, IN
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Louisville District),

Responsibilities included daily on-site inspections, of multiple construction projects, to assure adherence to approved submittals and contract specifications.  
1983 - (Summer Co-op) Project Engineer, Affholder, Inc. (Chesterfield, MO),

Responsibilities included the inspection of sewer systems, including manhole invert elevation verification, prior to relining (insitu-form).  

Past and Present Society Memberships

International Society of Explosive Engineers - Member

American Association of Cost Engineers

Professional  Activities

January 2009 – I provided instruction on explosive safety during the MSHA Part 48 retraining for Robertson Crushed Stone and Davis Crushed Stone in Frenchtown, IN

December 2008 – I was a guest speaker at the 35th annual Kentucky Blasting Conference.  The
topic was “Establishing a Safe Blast Site”.

January 2008 – I received my Instructor Certification from the Kentucky Division of
Explosives and Blasting. 

June 2002 – I successfully completed the Corps of Engineers training course “Construction
Quality Management for Contractors Certification”.

February 2001 – I successfully completed training in the use of Quest Estimating digitizing software.

March 2000 – I successfully completed operational training for Nomis digital seismographs.

September 1995 – I spoke to the incoming Building Construction Technology freshman class, at Purdue University, about my experience in the construction industry since graduation. 

July 1990 – I successfully completed the PMCI training program, in planning and controlling projects, using Primavera project management software.

May 1989 – I successfully completed the International School of Construction Estimating course in construction cost estimating.

References:   Available upon request

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