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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.