Mr. Burns founded BSC Forensic Services, LLC in Houston, Texas during 2011. His unique background in education, business, engineering and teaching provides BSC with a solid platform for a sustainable forensic engineering practice. Since 2011, BSC has grown to a nationally recognized firm with experts licensed in over 25 states for practice in fields such as: structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, mold, industrial hygiene, as well as fire and explosion. Mr. Burns founded BSC Drone in 2017 and BSC Fire Services in 2018, continuing the growth and expansion of the BSC family of companies.
Mr. Burns’ forensic experience includes structural design, failure analysis, construction defect, personal injury included trips and slips, water losses, wind damage, hail assessments, flooring installation, foundation assessments including plumbing leaks, building envelopes, spray testing, and much more. BSC has completed more than 4,000 inspections on commercial, residential, multi-family, industrial, government, and other types of facilities since incorporation. Mr. Burns began performing full-time forensic engineering services for a nationally recognized forensic services company and quickly became a supervisor, responsible for training and quality control of six forensic engineers serving clients primarily in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Prior to full-time forensic investigations, 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.
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 suppression systems.
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.
Mr. Gish has over 20 years of experience in forensic engineering, facilities diagnostics, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, and building enclosure consulting and testing.
Mr. Gish’s primary areas of practice are forensic engineering investigations/facility diagnostics of existing facilities and building enclosure consulting and testing. 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 and foundations; pavements and flatwork; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems; and life safety systems.
Mr. Gish has provided expert witness and litigation support for over 18 years, on hundreds of cases, including single- and multi-family dwellings, financial call centers, industrial warehouses, and corporate headquarters. In this capacity, Mr. Gish has testified subject to cross-examination (depositions, arbitrations, preliminary/Daubert hearings, open court testimony) more than 50 times. The majority of Mr. Gish’s cases are settled favorably following publication of his expert report and/or deposition. Mr. Gish is a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Board-Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by NAFE.
Mr. Gish has also performed Property Condition Assessments, ADA and FFHAA surveys, construction materials engineering and testing (CMET) services, structural load testing of existing facilities, 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.
Mr. Gish has performed enclosure, material and structural related distress studies for thousands of industrial, 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.
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.
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.
WIND DAMAGE | BSC File 16302
Deposition | July 2017 | Harris County, TX
WIND DAMAGE | BSC File 16302
Mediation | August 2017 | Harris County, TX
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FOUNDATION DAMAGE | BSC File 15186
Mediation | August 2017 | Harris County, TX
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.
Ms. Lindsey Beam has spent 11 years in the Forensic Engineering Industry and came to BSC in 2014 to serve as Director of Client Relations. Her role during her early years at BSC can best be described as project management. Lindsey has been instrumental in the growth of BSC, including helping streamline assignment intake, scheduling, and client coordination. Today, Lindsey actively visits with BSC's clients, ensuring our performance exceeds expectations. Lindsey's down to earth personality, unparalleled work ethic, and commitment to excellence have made her an invaluable member of our team and a trusted resource to our clients.
Prior to coming to BSC Ms. Beam began her forensic engineering career in 2008 with PT&C Forensic Services as an account representative. She was promoted to Asst. VP of Business Development and in 2012 was runner up for the John Mandel Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes and celebrates an employee’s dedication to the following core values: integrity and professionalism; respect, consideration and trust; innovation and calculated risk; team work and open, direct communication.
Prior to her forensic engineering career Ms. Beam worked with Premier Nationwide Lending for 2 years as a Loan Resubmission Coordinator and prior to that spent 2 years as an aide to her alma mater's Assistant Athletic Director.
Ms. Beam is active in her community and her church. She has served as a mentor at Mercy Street in Dallas since 2008 - a mission to raise up a new generation of leaders throughout West Dallas, engaged in mutually-transforming relationships with the residents of West Dallas and beyond, working with them to bring hope and healing to our communities. She also volunteers with various homeless organizations throughout Dallas. She has been volunteering with The Senior Source since 2005, a program that improves the quality of life for older adults in the greater Dallas area through protection, eldercare, financial security, advocacy, volunteerism, and employment services.
Mr. Hughes has extensive fire causation investigation experience in both commercial and residential facilities, as well as watercraft, automobiles, and heavy equipment. In addition to evaluating fires originating from appliances and other electrical devices, he has performed thorough arson investigations; and has assessed the potential liability and subrogation issues surrounding each occurrence. He has personally conducted or supervised over 2,000 fire and explosion investigations.
Mr. Hughes has provided expert opinion and assistance for numerous fire litigation cases; his contributions include witness interviews, report reviews, photograph analysis, evidence examination, and file management.
Mr. Hughes has substantial teaching and lecturing experience throughout the United States, including courses at the United States Military Academy at West Point, University of Maryland, and the Miami-Dade Fire Department. Subjects Mr. Hughes has covered in a teaching capacity include forensic fire investigation, counter-terrorism, threat assessment, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) response.
Tim is our Director of Business Development for BSC Forensics - BSC Fire. His focus is on branding, brand recognition, and increasing the radar signature of the BSC Companies (Forensics and Fire) in key markets nationwide. Tim’s reputation in the industry comes from working within a large national and international property insurance network. He looks forward to staying engaged with his network as he assists his connections from his new lane in the road.
Tim additionally brings expertise in arbitration, appraisals, mediation, and property insurance consulting. In his role, he will continue to facilitate appraisals as both appraiser and umpire. He is currently engaged in consulting projects that include a new MGA/carrier offering. He will have the ability to assist carriers as an operations/regulatory consultant.
Mr. Molony has extensive experience in marketing, adjusting, appraisal/umpire work, management, client relations, and training. In 1986, he joined in the Louisiana National Guard, attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving as a utility helicopter Crew Chief until his honorable discharge in 1994. In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University. He earned the designation of Associate in Claims from the Insurance Institute of America in 1996. In 1999 and 2001, respectively, he earned the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters CPCU 510 and CPCU 520 designations.
From 1993 – 1998, Mr. Molony served as a Fire Claims, Automobile Property Damage, and Bodily Injury Claims Representative for State Farm Insurance in Houston, Texas. In addition to mentoring other adjusters, he handled wind, hail, tornado, hurricane, flood, ice storm, plumbing, business interruption, and fire claims on residential and commercial policies, including boat and manufactured home policies. He also used alternative dispute resolution to facilitate settlements, when needed, and suggested improvements to scene investigation efficiency which were eventually implanted nationwide.
From 1998 – 2001, Mr. Molony was an original member of State Farm’s Catastrophe Claims Central (CCC) Pilot Program in Jacksonville, Florida and Houston, Texas. In that capacity, he conceived and conducted training seminars, both individual and in a classroom setting, for beginning and advanced estimatics; completed file reviews and audits to evaluate and improve customer service and effectiveness; performed in-person reviews of service with policyholders and led feedback meetings with staff and management; helped establish standards for CCC in-office claims; assisted Claims Representatives on total loss estimates for both commercial and residential losses; ran the commercial unit for Hurricane Floyd with losses totaling in excess of $1M; and created the outline for the current boat unit now in place at State Farm. During this time, Mr. Molony also specialized in flood and large loss claims.
In 2001, Mr. Molony was selected by State Farm Executive to manage the League City office. In his capacity as Mold Unit Manager, from 2001 – 2003, Mr. Molony led the highest-producing State Farm Mold Unit in Texas; assisted in managing two other offices; trained new adjusters, agents, and claims departments; and implemented streamlined mold claim procedures which were adopted statewide.
From 2003 – 2005, as an Independent Insurance Adjuster, Underwriter, and Training Unit member, Mr. Molony handled claims for State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Texas Select, Fidelity, and Great American; completed underwriting reviews for Texas Select and American Strategic Insurance; taught NFIP Certification courses to adjusters; and trained and managed independent adjusters to handle of large loss commercial and residential claims.
From 2005 – 2006, Mr. Molony served as Catastrophe Operations Administration Manager for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida. In that capacity, he managed clean-up of the 2004 hurricane season claims and was heavily involved in all aspects of Catastrophe Operations for Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, totaling over 180,000 claims. Mr. Molony was responsible for orienting, employing, and managing over 2500 independent adjusters. He also assisted in modifying the existing CTS (Claims Tracking System) to eliminate glitches and improve performance and aided in the successful turn-around of Catastrophe Operations to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
In 2006, Mr. Molony founded Nomad Adjusting LLC in Frisco, Texas. In addition to serving as President of the company, Mr. Molony worked as an appraiser and umpire, specializing in commercial and residential appraisals. He procured contracts with clients and served as the primary vendor contact for elevated claims issues, working directly with carriers, agents, policyholders, public adjusters, and attorneys. He served as Umpire, Appraiser, Mediator, or Carrier Representative for several insurance companies. Mr. Molony consulted with carriers on the handling of certain policy provisions and endorsements, presented CE courses at industry events, marketed the firm to insurance companies and self-insured entities, recruited experienced adjusters, consulted insurance companies on Catastrophe Operations needs, and developed a thorough familiarity with insurance industry regulations and legislation.
In addition to his extensive field and on-the-job experience, Mr. Molony is also an accomplished instructor. He has presented and/or moderated courses and seminars on the following topics: Catastrophe Management and Preparedness, Noncompliance with Policy Conditions, The Nitty Gritty of Property Policy Conditions, Claims Management Best Practices, Improving Adjuster Accuracy in Estimatics and Adherence to DOI Guidelines, Life of a Fire Claim, and many more.
Mr. Rickey J. Burns, AAS-EST, has been on staff with BSC Forensic Services since its founding in 2011, initially performing part-time Technical Writer duties. Over time, his role in the company grew until, in 2014, he advanced to the position of Director of Operations. His unique background and expertise acquired during a 32-year career with the United States Air Force, both as an active duty Airman and as a Civil Servant, provide BSC with an experienced operations manager with a diverse set of skills and experiences, including personnel management, office management, client relations, electronics hardware and software maintenance, and instruction/training.
From 1982 to 2004, Mr. Burns served in the United States Air Force (USAF), attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. During his time in the USAF, he was recognized with a number of medals and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, and graduated Airman Leadership School, Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School, and Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. Additionally, in 1997, he received his Associate in Applied Science, Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.
From 1982 until 1994, Mr. Burns was an Electronic Cryptographic Maintenance Repairman, serving from 1982 to 1984 at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, from 1984 to 1987 at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas, from 1987 to 1993 at Yokota Air Base in Japan, and from 1993 to 1994 at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. In 1994, he cross-trained into Human Resources/Personnel Management and was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, where he remained until his retirement from active duty service in 2004. Mr. Burns was also deployed to the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Upon retirement from active duty service, Mr. Burns served as the Casualty Affairs / Survivor Benefits Representative for the United States Air Force in the State of Arkansas from 2004 until his retirement in 2014. In this capacity, he provided grief assistance and benefits for families of the fallen and briefed retiring service members on the benefits available to carry them into retirement. Additionally, he was responsible for training and managing more than a dozen employees and providing them with the tools necessary to assist service members and their families.
Prior to his military service, Mr. Burns worked as a farmer, construction worker, and factory worker and excelled in a leadership role in a number of scholastic sports.
Charles E. Shotwell, IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI joined BSC in April 2019 as Senior Fire Investigator. He previously served as Vice President of the Fire and Explosion Division of Envista Forensics. Mr. Shotwell has over 30 years of experience and has conducted over 1600 fire and explosion investigations globally. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and has testified as an expert in fire and explosion investigations in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Shotwell’s experience includes large/complex loss management and investigations that have involved long duration deployments and team responses. Examples of his large loss fire/explosion investigations include losses involving particle board manufacturing, warehousing, correctional facilities, chemical manufacturing facilities, energy plants, multi-residential complexes, large retail centers, sea port bulk tank facilities and multiple fatality incidents.
From 1989 until now John H. Lawrence worked as a Forensic Engineer in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has specialized in determining the cause of failure and/or extent of damage in engineering cases which involve structural or civil engineering principles. His areas of expertise include: structural failures, explosives, earthquake, steel structure analysis, residential construction, flood damage, material product failure, construction accidents, soils, concrete, heavy machinery. In his work he has obtained pertinent construction information per case; prepared site analysis; provided written documentation of structural cause or effect of damage; and testified in court as an expert witness.
Previously John served as a partner and COO of Lawrence Brothers, Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was responsible for the management and engineering of projects consisting of underwater concrete placement, pile installation, earth moving, asphalt placement, marine construction, railroad bridge rehabilitation, MUTCD traffic control and crane rigging. He also supervised support staff members involved in all phases of construction in his role as COO and maintained financial control and handled administrative management for corporate operations.
Prior to Lawrence Brothers John was a stockholder and Project Manager for Valco, Inc. of Little Rock, a highway/bridge construction company working in the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas area. John's responsibilities included preparation of estimates, project scheduling, equipment maintenance, and general administration on multiple construction projects. John designed and built cofferdams, water diversion systems, detour bridges and bridge deck forming systems.
His first role with Valco was as a Job Superintendent responsible for overseeing the building of various highway, bridge, dam, water and drainage projects in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He planned construction phases; maintained compliance with safety regulations; prepared project cost analysis; procured materials; supervised employees; and monitored field production stages.
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.
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.