Geologist Expert in Environmental Disasters

Case Description:

A geologist was needed for an insurance dispute over insurance policy terms. A leading national transportation company incurred significant losses after an geological evironmental disaster occurring in the northwestern U.S. severely damaged and subsequently blocked use of a major commercial thoroughfare.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to locate a geologist or geomorphologist to review and opine on geologically related environmental disasters and associated insurance claims coverage, including technical terms pertaining to the classification of events and definition of terms for insurance policy claims handling and loss analysis.

Experts Presented:

  • Geotechnical Engineering Expert

    This expert has more than 25 years of experience as a geotechnical engineer specializing in landslides and mudslides. He is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at a civil engineering company, and concurrently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at a major northwestern university where he teaches the geotechnical differences between mudflows and landslides. This expert has held various geologist positions within the geotechnical engineering field, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM); International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE); and Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC). A registered Engineer in three states, this expert holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and has obtained a Certificate of Postdoctoral Studies in geotechnical engineering. IMS Reference #5088374

  • Geology Expert

    This expert has almost 50 years of experience providing consulting services in the Pacific Northwest. He is a Senior Principal and co-founder of an integrated earth science and technology consulting practice. A Licensed Geologist and Engineering Geologist in three states in the Pacific Northwest, this expert’s career has focused on evaluation and understanding of geologic processes and geologic hazards. Specific areas of specialization include landslides, potential seismic risks, hazards associated with abandoned mines and marine and river shorelines and geologic/engineering characterization of linear corridors. His projects typically include development of detailed recommendations for prioritization and mitigation of identified issues. This expert holds a B.S. in geology and has completed graduate courses in engineering, geology, geotechnical engineering, and other related courses. IMS Reference #5087847

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