Fire Protection Design Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Fire Protection Design, Fixed Fire Protection Planning, Fixed Fire Protection Systems Consulting, Hydraulic Analysis, Fire Protection Specialties, Fire Suppression Systems Installation, microbiologically influenced corrosion, MIC

Specialized Professional Competence

Fire Protection Design, Fire protection systems design for high rise, commercial, industrial and residential projects; fire pump systems, water tanks, and underground fire mains.

Fixed Fire Protection Planning, Planning for specific buildings, structures and site work to satisfy codes and Owner’s Insurance requirements

Hydraulic Analysis, Hydraulic design and specifications to meet needed densities for tenant improvements, new construction and retrofit applications.

Fire Protection Systems Consulting, Consultant to fire sprinkler companies and architects on fixed fire protection systems, assist with hydraulic design, sizing and arrangement of services.

Suppression Systems Installation, Design, project management and construction of fixed fire protection systems, fire pump systems, water tanks and underground fire mains for international projects.

Construction Claims Management, Consultant to subcontractors with regard to matters involving claims
and disputes; develop documents, forms and correspondence for project tracking and record purposes.

Forensic Consultant, Conduct investigations, research codes, prepare exhibits and provide expert testimony for matters related to fire sprinkler systems

Professional Employment

1995-Present President For A Design and Consulting Company in California
Principal fire suppression system designer, specifier adn consultant.  Services include preparation of construction documents, quality assurance and contract administration for architectural contracts, construction management and dispute mediation for system installations and forensic consulting.

1995-2000 President, Sapimex Srl De C.V. – Tijuana, B.C.  Mexico
Chief Executive, Construction and Design Manager for design / build fire protection contractor in Mexico. Develop design criteria and negotiate with client insurance representatives.  Interpret and apply American fire code requirements for industrial projects in Mexico.  Furnish and install fire pump and tank assemblies, fire sprinkler and fire hose systems, hydrants and underground fire mains.

1993-1995 Director Business Development, Tomes, Van Rickley & Associates – San Diego, CA
Developed marketing strategies for fire and life safety consulting and engineering firm.  Supervised account representatives and coordinated delivery of services to new retail chain store clients.  Established prospective client contacts and opportunities for new business with existing clients. Perfected marketing plan for new business in Mexico.  Provided fire protection consulting and assisted senior forensic experts as Associate Consultant on matters related to automatic fire sprinkler systems case preparation.

1987-1993 Vice President, Fire Sprinkler Specialties, Inc. – Santee, CA
Estimated and managed construction of new projects. Administrated contracts, subcontracts and job-cost tracking systems.  Developed residential projects department; trained and assisted residential projects manager.  Solicited new clients, streamlined design and production methodology, refined project management and estimating techniques.  Devised and implemented numerous forms, documents, etc. used by company personnel.

1985-1986 Staff Designer, Sentinel Fire Protection Co. Inc. – San Diego, California
Performed design and project management duties for high-rise projects, including tri-water combined HVAC systems.  Responsible for scheduling, contract revisions, design, stock-listing, etc.

1983-1985 Staff Designer, Bradshaw Engineering, Inc. – Santee, California
Performed design and project management on a variety of projects.  Workload included military projects, special hazards, high-rise and industrial wet systems applications.

1981-1983 Designer Trainee, Action Fire Systems Co. Inc. – San Diego, California
Introduction to design, stock-listing, long hand hydraulic calculations, etc.  Workload consisted primarily of tenant improvements, military and retrofit wet systems applications.

Professional Organizations

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
International Code Council (ICC)
American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA)
California Fire Chiefs Association - Fire Prevention Officers Section
San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association, Fire Prevention Officers Section
San Diego Fire Protection Association

Published Works

Available upon Request.

Project Experience

Available upon Request.

Professional References

Available upon Request.


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