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Our investigative engineers have extensive structural design and forensic engineering experience in all parts of the country, including: high-wind regions, high-seismic zones, flood/storm surge areas, as well as various other weather-prone regions. BSC Forensic experts have in-depth knowledge of how structures, foundations and exterior cladding systems perform in high winds, floods, hail storms, snow, and earthquakes. Our investigative engineering experts understand how each performs over long periods of weathering and/or deterioration.
BSC accepts assignments in a variety of ways, 24 hours a day at the contact methods below or by e-mail at assign@bscforensics.com
JARROD C. BURNS, M.S., P.E.
OWNER • STRUCTURAL FORENSIC CONSULTANT
M: 713.828.5829
Email: jburns@bscforensics.com
Licensed In
Arkansas License No. 15220
Oklahoma License No. 28176
Texas License No. 100508
Experience

DESIGN EXPERIENCE
Our founding principal began his career at a national, full-service civil engineering firm in both Houston & Dallas, Texas. Mr. Burns worked in the infrastructure, transit, and facilities groups on various designs including: concrete and steel bridges; large diameter water mains; concrete, steel, and masonry buildings; train stations; ornate canopy structures; among others. In addition, he performed forensic work pertaining to water pipe failures and Hurricane Rita property damages. Toward the end of his tenure, he also served as a project manager for various government clients on projects ranging in scope from structural designs to fire supression systems.

Mr. Burns expanded his structural experience when he joined a firm that focused solely on structural aspects of commercial building designs. The project designs included all structural elements related to multi-story hotels, multi-family apartment complexes, student housing developments, and mixed-use developments.

Each project generally included wood-framing design, conventional and post-tensioned foundations, steel framing design, and design and attachment of miscellaneous components and cladding elements. These project sites are located throughout the United States, including high seismic regions such as Nevada and California and other weather-critical regions such as Colorado and Florida.

FORENSIC EXPERIENCE
Mr. Burns began performing full-time forensic engineering services for a nationally recognized forensic services company based in Atlanta, Georgia. He quickly became a supervisor, responsible for training and quality control of six forensic engineers serving clients primarily in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He personally performed 100's of forensic investigations for scopes such as wind damage, foundation movement, fire damage, water damage, construction deficiencies, flooring damage, among many others. Mr. Burns was responsible for quality control, and he served as a technical resource for 100's more inspections performed by his team.

Education
B.S. Civil Engineering
Univ. of Arkansas - Summa Cum Laude
M.S. Civil Engineering
Univ. of Texas at Arlington - Eisenhower Fellow
Adjunct Instructor (2009 - 2010)
Univ. of Houston - Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
HalfMoon Education, Inc.
Featured Speaker – Professional Continuing Education
Professional Experience
CRG National, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer
Burns Structural Consulting
Sole Proprietor
CBG Services
Founder • President
TRAVIS E. TISDALE, P.E.
PRINCIPAL • SENIOR FORENSIC CONSULTANT
M: 985.789.8537
Email: ttisdale@bscforensics.com
Licensed In
LA: 29094, TX: 105742, MS: 15743, AL: 30712
Experience

Mr. Tisdale has over fifteen years of experience in engineering and construction including forensic experience in evaluating the cause and origin of damage in residential and commercial buildings. Mr. Tisdale has evaluated hundreds of structures for damages related to roofing, cladding, framing, moisture intrusion and foundations from various causes including wind, hail, storm surge, flooding, fire, impact, design and construction deficiencies.

Mr. Tisdale has participated in fire cause and origin investigations and determined the extent of structural damage to critical components of buildings after fires. Mr. Tisdale has also had forensic experience as an engineer for pipe manufacturers where duties included determining the cause of failures of installed drainage pipes.

Other professional experience has included project management of various types of projects; drainage and environmental design and construction; various aspects of design and construction of pre-fabricated concrete bridge and natural gas pipeline relocation projects.

Education
Louisiana State University
B.S. Civil Engineering
Professional Experience
Southern Engineering Company, LLC
Founder
Project Time & Cost Forensic Consulting Services, PA
Senior Forensic Consultant
Veco Consulting, LLC
Forensic Engineer
Gulf South Pipeline Company
Project Engineer
JEFF GISH, P.E.
PRINCIPAL - SENIOR FORENSIC CONSULTANT
M: 210.273.4965
Email: jgish@bscforensics.com
Experience

Mr. Gish has over 16 years experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, building enclosure consulting and testing, facilities diagnostics and forensic engineering.

His primary areas of practice are building enclosure consulting and testing, and forensic engineering investigations/facility diagnostics of existing facilities. Typical projects include commercial buildings, single- and multi-family properties, industrial facilities, government and educational facilities and pavements. Enclosure consulting typically includes enclosure commissioning and testing in the pre-design, design, peer review, construction, and operation phases of a facility. Forensic/facility diagnostic project scope typically includes but is not limited to investigation of: architecture; building enclosure (roofs, walls, fenestrations, subgrade waterproofing systems); structures; pavements and flatwork; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems; and life safety systems.

He performs a host of additional related services such as Property Condition Assessments, ADA and FFHAA surveys, destructive and nondestructive materials testing, quality control/quality assurance construction monitoring and troubleshooting, structural load testing of existing facilities, litigation support/expert witness testimony, causation determination, and source and origin investigations. He also has experience in preliminary and supplemental geotechnical investigations, seismic monitoring, thermal imaging, electromagnetic field (EMF) surveys, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.

He has performed enclosure, material and structural related distress studies for over 1,000 commercial and residential structures in Texas. These services have been provided to corporations, property management firms, insurers, attorneys, homeowners, government and education entities, program managers and general contractors.

Education
B.S. Agricultural Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Professional Experience
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Senior Consultant, Regional Manager - Facilities Engineering, Department Manager
Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.
Project Engineer
SI Group, LLC
Graduate Engineer
Buchanan/Soil Mechanics, Inc.
Graduate Engineer
MATT G. SPIEKERMAN, P.E.
BUILDING FORENSIC CONSULTANT
M: 956.457.1693
Email: matt@bscforensics.com
Licensed In
Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant
Licensed Asbestos Inspector
Experience

Mr. Spiekerman has over 20 years of experience in building forensic/investigative engineering, civil engineering and environmental consulting.

As a consultant and staff engineer, Mr. Spiekerman has provided engineering services to municipalities. He performed design and oversaw multiples
aspects of municipal construction including: roadways, wastewater and water systems, a Subtitle D landfill, groundwater monitoring system, and a methane gas monitoring/remediation system.

Mr. Spiekerman has performed residential and commercial building damage analysis related to property losses; including storm events (wind and hail), foundation movement, structural failures, water intrusion, construction defects, post-fire damage assessments, vibration events, and vehicle impacts to buildings. He has provided environmental consulting services including mold assessments and remediation protocols for schools, commercial facilities and residential structures. He has also performed investigations of lead and asbestos contamination in buildings.

Education
Texas A&M University
B.S. Civil Engineering
Professional Experience
Spiekerman, Inc.
Principal Consultant
Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
Branch Manager; Senior Consultant
City of Alice, Texas
Engineer in Training
Southern Ecology Management
Consultant; Engineer in Training
ANTHONY WM. FLYNN, C.F.E.I., C.F.I., C.I.H., P.E.
SENIOR FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR | MECHANICAL • CIVIL • ELECTRICAL
M: 281.825.2948
Email: tflynn@bscforensics.com
Licensed In
CERTIFIED INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST (CIH)
Certificate No. CP 8626

CERTIFIED FIRE AND EXPLOSION INVESTIGATOR (CFEI)
Certificate No.12811-6501

LICENSED MOLD ASSESSMENT CONSULTANT (MAC)
License No. MAC0362

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER
Alabama License No. 28789-E
Alaska License No. 14750, 14810
Arizona License No. 52734
Arkansas License No. 13002
California License No. 34162
Colorado License No. 41006
Florida License No. 0066023
Georgia License No. PE032336
Hawaii License No. PE-16404
Idaho License No. P-15062
Iowa License No. 20612
Kansas License No. 20745
Louisiana License No. 33312
Minnesota License No. 52952
Mississippi License No. 18084
Missouri License No. 2011026221
Montana License No. 38940
Nebraska License No. E-13691
New Mexico License No. 118023
North Carolina License No. 038294
Oklahoma License No. 22721
South Carolina License No. 25700
Tennessee License No. 111485
Texas License No. 58661
Washington License No. 48543
Wyoming License No. 12790
Experience

Anthony Wm. Flynn is a Forensic Investigator with over 35 years of domestic and overseas engineering experience. He is currently a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in 26 states. He is currently qualified by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) in the Mechanical, Electrical and Civil PE disciplines. He is an Instructor for EduMind’s School of Professional Engineering, which prepares engineers to pass the Professional Engineering Licensing Exams, and School of MD, which prepares Pre-Med. students to perform well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Mr. Flynn is currently a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) by the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), and a Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant (MAC) by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Formerly, Mr. Flynn was a Licensed General Contractor (GC) by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), a Licensed Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Contractor by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), a Licensed Mold Remediation Contractor and a Licensed Asbestos Abatement Supervisor by the Texas DSHS. Prior to conducting forensic investigations, Mr. Flynn worked in the fields of Computer Manufacturing, Oilfield (Well Logging) Equipment Manufacturing, and Aerospace. Overseas experience included a two year expatriate assignment in Brazil, and a one year temporary assignment in Japan.

Education
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY St. Louis, Missouri
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engeering
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Houston, Texas
Master of Business Administration, Finance & Accounting
SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING Dublin, Ohio
Instructor
SCHOOL OF MD Dublin, Ohio
Instructor
Professional Experience
BSC FORENSIC SERVICES, LLC Houston, Texas
Senior Forensic Consultant
PT&C FORENSIC CONSULTING SERVICES, P.A. Houston, Texas
Technical Lead Supervisor
CBT DEVELOPERS GROUP, LP/ CBT GROUP, INC. Spring, Texas
Partner/President
F.J. ENGINEERING, INC. Spring, Texas
President
COMPAQ COMPUTER CORPORATION Houston, Texas
Engineering Manager
DRESSER ATLAS l Houston, Texas
Engineering Supervisor
FORD AEROSPACE - NASA - JOHNSON SPACE CENTER Houston, Texas
Systems Engineer l Mission Controller
BRADLEY F. COFFMAN, M.S., P.E.
STRUCTURAL FORENSIC CONSULTANT
M: 832.471.7320
Email: bcoffman@bscforensics.com
Experience

Mr. Coffman is a Project Engineer with over 10 years of engineering experience including forensic investigations. His design experience includes both residential and mixed-use structures (apartments/retail complexes) in high seismic and high wind regions. Forensic experience includes assessment of damage to residential and commercial structures subjected to storm-induced forces, vehicle impacts, tree impacts, fires, moisture intrusion, and construction deficiencies, as well as providing repair recommendations.

In addition to engineering, Mr. Coffman has several years of experience in schedule management, change order management, and material procurement. He has assisted with the management of personnel, including allocation of work, scheduling, checking work output, training, counseling, and maintaining group morale and productivity. He has provided presentations of cost breakdowns, evaluations of competing companies, risk and mitigation analysis, project schedule/manpower analysis, and subcontractor requirements. Mr. Coffman has performed estimate “take-offs” of all Civil/Site and Mechanical portions of potential projects including preparing bid schedules, manpower loading charts, basis of estimate documentation, order of execution documents, cover letters, conditions and exclusions, and other paperwork comprising a proposal. Key strengths include the analysis of wind damage, storm surge, moisture intrusion, foundation performance, construction defects, wood structures, site drainage, and pre-manufactured metal buildings, as well as auditing construction estimates, change-order impacts, scheduling delays, and construction budgets.

Education
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
M.S. Civil Engineering
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S. Civil Engineering
Professional Experience
ENVISTA FORENSICS, formerly PT&C|LWG | HOUSTON, TEXAS
PROJECT ENGINEER
URS, formerly FLINT ENERGY | HOUSTON, TEXAS
PROJECT CONTROLS / SENIOR ESTIMATOR
BLUEWATER CONSTRUCTORS | HOUSTON, TEXAS
PROJECT COORDINATOR / ESTIMATOR
CLAY DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION | HOUSTON, TEXAS
CIVIL ENGINEER
STRUCTURAL CONSULTING COMPANY | HOUSTON, TEXAS
LEAD STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
BAY AREA ENGINEERING | HOUSTON, TEXAS
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
SCA CONSULTING ENGINEERS | HOUSTON, TEXAS
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
UNITED STATES ARMY, 1/505 PIR, 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION
PARACHUTE INFANTRY
FRANK D. POAG, C.F.E.I., PE
SENIOR FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR
M: 832.278.7627
Email: fpoag@bscforensics.com
Licensed In
LICENSURE
CERTIFIED FIRE AND EXPLOSION
INVESTIGATOR (CFEI)
Certificate No.16163-8641

Alabama License No. 29699
Arizona License No. 52660
Arkansas License No. 13479
California License No. E 19819
Colorado License No. 42310
Connecticut License No. 26972
Florida License No. 68575
Georgia License No. PE036808
Kansas License No. 20176
Louisiana License No. 34051
Mississippi License No. 18737
New Mexico License No. 18754
New York License No. 86998
Oklahoma License No. 23408
Texas License No. 80273
West Virginia License No. 18022
Wyoming License No. 12795
Experience

Frank D. Poag is a Professional Engineer and Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator specializing in loss investigation and failure analysis. Extensive knowledge and expertise applying practical electrical engineering and mechanical knowledge and experience in the field of engineering investigations and failure analysis.

Experience in Origin and Cause investigations includes: fire & explosions, electrocution / fatality, appliances & electronic failures, HVAC systems, electrical systems and wiring, water-damaged electrical equipment, lightning strike damage assessment, vehicle failures, electrical power surge analysis, code compliance assessment, corrosion evaluation, control systems, medical equipment, and equipment loss consulting.

Education
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
MASTER OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
JENNIFER L. SHEPPARD, P.E.
STRUCTURAL FORENSIC CONSULTANT
M: 602.708.3189
Email: jsheppard@bscforensics.com
Licensed In
Texas Registered Professional Engineer - License No. 121824
Experience

Mrs. Jennifer Sheppard began her career in the engineering field at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2006. At the university, she chose a primary focus within her degree program in structural engineering and a secondary focus in construction management. At the time, the Undergraduate Civil Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was awarded the top ranking (#1) by America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report.

Mrs. Sheppard has over 4 years of experience as a Structural Design Engineer in Phoenix, Arizona where she designed a wide array of structures in the Arizona and California regions, including structures with high seismic engineering requirements. Designs included: concrete, steel, masonry, and wood-framed buildings; a variety of elevated and on-grade floor slab designs; intensive retaining wall and cantilevered structures; design and attachment of miscellaneous components and cladding elements; among others. Her project designs included all structural elements related to a variety of building types from residential homes and neighborhoods; warehouses and other commercial buildings; to large retail and medical centers. Toward the end of her tenure, she identified potential structural safety hazards and tenant-improvement opportunities on existing structures, and communicated design repairs and other solution options with her clients.

Mrs. Sheppard joined the BSC Forensics team in 2014, during which time she became qualified by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) in the Civil PE discipline. Mrs. Sheppard also received certification as a Level 1 “Authorized Person” by the Association for Certified Rope Access Building Assessment Technicians (ACRABAT). In addition to her engineering work, Mrs. Sheppard also has a range of experience as a Data Analyst, Technical Writer, Training Program Designer, Quality Control Manager, and as the Executive Director for a local nonprofit group.

TESTIMONY EXPERIENCE
COMMERCE EQUITIES
WIND DAMAGE | BSC File 16302
Deposition | July 2017 | Harris County, TX

COMMERCE EQUITIES
WIND DAMAGE | BSC File 16302
Mediation | August 2017 | Harris County, TX

TANGER OUTLET MALL
FOUNDATION DAMAGE | BSC File 15186
Mediation | August 2017 | Harris County, TX

Education
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering
Professional Experience
Structural Engineering Institute
Member
American Society of Civil Engineers
Member
BSC FORENSIC SERVICES, LLC | HOUSTON TEXAS
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER
SYSTRAN | HOUSTON TEXAS
LEAD OF QUALITY ASSURANCE DEPARTMENT
TDS | HOUSTON, TEXAS
DATA ANALYSIS CONSULTANT
CARUSO TURLEY SCOTT | HOUSTON, TEXAS
STRUCTURAL DESIGNER
GREGORY E. THORNTON, C.F.E.I.
SENIOR FIRE INVESTIGATOR
M: 713.851.2634
Email: gthornton@bscfire.com
Licensed In
CERTIFIED FIRE AND EXPLOSION INVETIGATOR (CFEI).
Certificate No. 4471-0874
Licenses (Private Investigator)
Texas
Experience

Gregory E. Thornton is a qualified forensic fire and explosion investigator. He is certified by the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI). He has over 30 years’ experience, training and education in this field of expertise. This training is the basis of conducting thorough and systematic fire and explosion investigations for determination of the origin, cause and responsibility.

Throughout his career he has participated in thousands of fire scene examinations. Those examinations included residential structures, commercial structures, heavy equipment, vehicles and marine vessels. His responsibilities have included the supervision of employees both on-scene and office type duties. Those duties included interacting with clients and attorneys as well as preparation of in-depth technical reports.

His experience during those years also included the proper recognition, collection and preservation of valuable items of physical evidence.

The gathering and preservation of other types of valuable evidence include: interviews, fire scene reconstruction, fire pattern analysis and arc mapping.

Gregory works as a team member with other personnel members of various expertise, leading to proper analysis, conclusions and opinions.

Professional Experience
Envista Forensics Houston, TX
Senior Consultant
Magnifacts, Inc. Houston Texas
Fire & Explosion Consultant
LINDSEY BEAM
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS
M: 972.922.2154
Email: assign@bscforensics.com