Forensic Engineering Experts in Structural Systems and Hurricane Damage

Case Description:

Forensic engineering experts in structural engineering with extensive knowledge of storm damage caused by hurricane conditions were needed; specifically, experts in failure analysis and prevention under catastrophic conditions. The field of structural engineering is focused on the design of structural systems to withstand various pressure systems and to support or resist various load factors.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to provide a bench of structural engineering experts with whom the client could consult on an as-needed basis.

Experts Presented:

  • Structural Engineering

    This structural engineering expert has over 20 years of experience. Since 1995, he has been involved in research related to the strength of anchors in high-strength concrete, the study of break-away connections of highway signs under the action of wind and traffic, tornado damage to low-rise buildings and the effect of wind on structures. His research interests have focused on structural dynamics, specifically the effect of tornadic and hurricane winds upon structures. He is a member of the American Association for Wind Engineering and the American Society of Civil Engineers. IMS Reference #5006722

  • Structural Dynamics

    This structural dynamics expert leads a research program focusing on coupling nonlinear dynamics and structural reliability during extreme loading events such as earthquake and wind. He is currently on a grant project to collect perishable data on wood frame structures damaged by hurricane Katrina in order to learn how to improve the performance of wood frame structures during very high winds. He has over 12 years of experience as a structural engineer and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering. IMS Reference #5007216

  • Forensic Engineering

    This forensic engineering expert is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in 20 states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has over 20 years of experience in structural engineering, architectural engineering and forensic engineering. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in architectural engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering. He has given testimony at deposition 100 times and at trial 12 times. IMS Reference #4536721

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