Building Construction Foundations Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Building Construction Foundations, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineer, Building Construction, International Construction, Structural Failure, Engineering Investigations, Forensic Engineer, Forensic, Accidents, Wrongful Death, Construction, Construction Codes, Construction Defects, Construction Failure, Construction Management, Curbs, Detour Signs, Drainage Blockage, Earth Works, Earthwork Compaction, Earthwork Materials, Environmental Engineer, FEMA, Flood Control, Flood, Flood Damage, Flood Routing, Flood Plain, Flooding, OSHA, Highway Design, Hydrographics, Hydroplaning, Hydrology, Industrial Plants, Irrigation Distribution Lines, Leaks, Parking Facility, Pavement Rehabilitation, Public Works, Retaining Walls, Road Construction, Roadway Design, Sewers, Sidewalks, Soil Engineer, Street Maintenance, Streets, Hydrologic, Inlets, Manholes, Roadway Ditches, Outfall Channels, Erosion Protection, Drainage Related Facilities, Asphalt Paving, Building Design, Building Inspection, Foundation Failure, Foundation, Geotechnical, Parking Facility, Pavement Rehabilitation, Public Works, Concrete Floor Slab, Concrete Reinforcing, Concrete Cracking, Concrete Joint, Concrete Strength, Plumbing Leaks

Engineering Experience

As a Registered Professional Engineer, Expert has acted as a Consultant, Chief Engineer, Senior Project Engineer and Lead Engineer in the planning, design and construction of multi-million dollar projects for half a century.  These include commercial and industrial sites and buildings, single and multi-family residential sites and buildings, highways, major drainage projects and aviation facilities.

Academic Qualifications

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) (1954)
Registered Professional Engineer since 1959
Registered Environmental Professional
Commissioned Officer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Engineering Employment

Civil Engineer, Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp., East Alton, Illinois

Engineer in Plant Engineering Department.  This plant manufactures aluminum, ammunition and explosives.  Performed surveys and prepared maps of existing utilities including sewer, water, storm drainage, gas, electric and compressed air.

1955-57  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Supervised construction of airfield at Beale Air Force Base, California
Military Engineering at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

1957-60, Civil Project Engineer, Dodson Lindblom Associates, Columbus, Ohio

US Route 127 Upgrade, Dayton/Cincinnati, Ohio
Rickenbacker and Wright Patterson Air Force Bases, Ohio

Civil Engineer, Greenland Contractors, Thule, Greenland

Estimator and negotiator for Greenland Contractors during construction of Ballistic Missile Early Warning System for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Made cost estimates, proposals, and negotiated contract changes with the Corps of Engineers.  The project included a number of very large radar antennas and support buildings.

1960-67, Chief Highway Engineer, Brill Engineering Corporation, Columbus, Ohio

Interstate 270, Columbus, Ohio
Conceptual, preliminary and final design of Interstate 270, a 55-mile circumferential highway around Columbus, Ohio, for Ohio Department of Transportation.  This was a six- to seven-year engagement.

1967-71, Senior Transportation Engineer, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus, Ohio; and Chief Transportation Engineer, Richland County Regional Planning Commission, Mansfield, Ohio

Responsible for comprehensive county-wide transportation studies under the auspices of the US Federal Highway Administration and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

1971-79, Regional Construction Engineer-Manager, Cardinal Industries, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Multi-Unit Apartment and Motel Projects, Ohio and Pennsylvania
Responsible for design and construction of sixty (60) apartment and motel projects in Ohio and Pennsylvania, totaling 3000 housing units.  Each of these projects included concrete or asphalt paving, concrete sidewalks, building foundations, carpentry, electric service and wiring, plumbing, air conditioning, water service lines, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and culverts, fencing, landscaping, painting and other construction tasks.  I was the regional Construction Manager who was responsible for all aspects of design and construction of these projects including advertising for bids, evaluating bids, awarding contracts, managing the construction, receiving invoices from contractors, verifying quality and quantity of completed construction, approving contractor invoices, and making final punchout inspections.

1980-81, Regional Engineer, National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association, Des Plaines, Illinois (now Dallas, Texas)

Drainage Standards, Multiple States
Regional engineer covering states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia for National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association; assisted public agencies and consulting engineering firms in development of drainage standards and specifications.

1981-88, Principal Civil Engineer, Bovay Engineers, Inc., Houston, Texas

US 290 Extension, Houston, Texas

I-10 Interchange, El Paso, Texas

Hardy Toll Road, Houston, Texas

City of Houston – Lead Engineer on design of West Tidwell Road from Ella to North Shepherd including street paving, 108-inch storm sewer, water, and sewer relocations.

City of Houston – Lead Engineer on design of improvement of Cavalcade from Lockwood to Homestead including street paving, drainage, water and sewer utilities.

Harris County – Lead Engineer on an extension and improvement of Greens Road from West Hardy Road across a branch of Greens Bayou and Missouri Pacific Railroad including paving and drainage improvements.

Water Distribution/Sewer and Irrigation, Tanajib, Saudi Arabia
Lead Engineer on design of water distribution, sanitary sewer and irrigation systems for an entire new city at Tanajib in Saudi Arabia.

Plant Site Grading, Paving and Utilities, Illinois
Project engineer on design of plastics manufacturing plants at Manteno and Grant Park, Illinois, including site grading, drainage, paving and utilities.

Haul Road and Civil Improvements, Jewett, Texas
Project engineer on design of haul road and civil improvements for tipple and conveyor from the tipple to the power plant for a lignite mine at Jewett, Texas, for Houston Lighting and Power Company.  This project included engineering design of concrete sidewalk, grading and drainage along the mile-long conveyor system.

1989-90, Coordinating Engineer, Binkley and Barfield, Inc., Houston, Texas

Urban Arterial System Upgrade, Texas
Coordinating Engineer on a $60 million project to improve 14 miles of major urban arterial to a seven (7) lane typical section.

1991-92, Senior Civil Engineer, John Brown Engineers and Constructors, Houston, Texas

Roads and Water Management, Saudi Arabia
Managed engineering design of 14-mile access highway, earthmoving and compaction, drainage, water and sewer systems, and airport to FAA standards for a grass roots oilfield (75 wells) in Saudi Arabia for Aramco.

1993-2002, Senior Project Manager, Ratnala & Bahl, Inc., Engineers, Architects and Surveyors, Houston, Texas

$10 Million Bridge Project for New George Bush Turnpike north of Dallas, Texas.  Design of five Interstate-type bridges for three new interchanges on new George Bush Turnpike north of Dallas, Texas.  The project included detailed bridge and retaining wall design, and engineering design of pavements, drainage, traffic signals, highway lighting, and traffic control during construction.

Sanitary Gravity Sewers, Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Project Engineer on design of 8- to 30-inch sanitary gravity sewers involving open cut and tunneling (in rock) in an extremely adverse environment on a hillside in a river valley in City of Fort Worth, Texas.

Water System Improvement, Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Project Engineer on design of water system improvements for City of Fort Worth, Texas.  This project constructed “loops” (connections) between the ends of a number of dead-end water lines.  The objective was to increase water pressure and eliminate stale water.

$10 Million Street and Storm Sewer Improvement, Houston, Texas
Design of a $10 million major street and storm sewer improvement project on Austin Street in the Houston, Texas, central business district including five-lane concrete street paving, dual 9-foot by 8-foot box storm sewer, water and sewer adjustments, traffic signals, street lighting.

Roadway and Bridge Improvement, Harris County, Texas
Senior Project Manager on design of a roadway and bridge improvement project linking two parks across an aqueduct for Harris County, Texas.  The project includes roadway paving, bridge, 2,000 lineal feet of retaining walls, grading, drainage.

Street Improvement, Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Project Manager on design of a street improvement project in a hilly area in City of Fort Worth, Texas.  The project includes design of street paving, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and 8- to 16-inch water distribution lines.

Houston Hobby Airport Pavement/Runway Rehabilitation
Senior Project Manager on $10 million Houston Hobby Airport Pavement Rehabilitation project on Runways 4/22 and 12L/30R and Taxiways “E”, “J”, “K”, “L” and “M”.  The pavement rehabilitation includes concrete panel replacement, joint sealing, asphalt patching, crack sealing, spalled concrete repair, sealing of concrete surfaces, installation of expansion joints, light can replacements, signs and pavement markings, all to FAA standards.  The project also includes pavement rehabilitation at several tenant transition pavement areas and the Southwest Airlines air cargo building, as well as a turnaround for large fire trucks at the ARFF facility.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (Vice President of the Houston Branch)
National Society of Professional Engineers
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Engineers Council of Houston (Past President)
American Water Works Association
Water Environment Federation


Professional Service Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


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