One Market Plaza Transformer Fire

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A transformer which was located in a vault beneath the One Market Plaza Building in downtown San Francisco caught fire.  The fire department could not fight the fire without the electricity in the building being shut off.  During the time it took to cut off electricity to the building, the smoke and soot were distributed throughout lower sections of the building via the HVAC system.  Allegations linking Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's) to cancer caused the building to be sealed for an extended period of time until it could be cleaned sufficiently to meet local

SwissAir Flight 111

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On September 2, 1998, a fire occurred one hour into the New York to Zurich flight, leading to an attempt to land at Halifax, without success. All souls were lost when the MD-11 plunged into the ocean off the shore of Peggy’s Cove.

A team of RTI aviation safety and fire specialists were instructed by the supplier of the In-Flight Entertainment System and worked with the Canadian TSB team through its investigation to the final official report.

Value Jet Flight 592

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On May 11, 1996, ten minutes after takeoff, a fire was discovered in a cargo hold which rapidly disabled both aircraft and flight crew. All souls on board were lost in the Florida Everglades. An investigation ensued of the cargo contents, revealing improperly packed emergency oxygen generators.

RTI was instructed by the aircraft manufacturer to provide a team of experts to reconstruct the fire cause and loss of control of the aircraft.

Black Hills Aviation v United States

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The wreckage shown here was once a repurposed WWII-era aircraft operated by Black Hills Aviation. The aircraft crashed in 1987 while performing a fire suppression mission on an Army missile testing site in White Sands, New Mexico.  

A team of accident investigators, including explosive experts from RTI, found evidence that an external airborne force had affected the aircraft prior to impact.

However, the district court concluded there were no accidental missile firings and no other military activity at the time of the crash.

3D scans of the plane wreckage

011171 Senior Engineer – Complex Failures/Fires/Explosions

Senior Engineer – Complex Failures/Fires/Explosions

Summary

He is a practicing Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and consultant, with 35 years of experience in the responsible charge of planning, designing and constructing facilities for manufacturing, commercial, chemical and heavy industrial use. His experience as a design principal and project executive includes project development, facility siting and design, building/process design and construction, code compliance, high pressure piping and vessels, energy and utility systems, ventilation, air pollution control, HVAC, structural engineering, and bulk material handling. These activities have involved all phases of conceptual planning, design engineering and procurement, construction and erection, safety and OSHA compliance.

In addition to his direct engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) background, he also maintains expertise in complex systems and equipment failure analysis, accident reconstruction, process hazard and risk assessment, thermal and stress analysis, fire and explosion investigation and construction claims consulting. His investigations include boiler, piping and pressure vessel failures and explosions, structural failures and collapses, and equipment fires and explosions.

011143 Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

This expert specializes in fire and explosion investigation and accident reconstruction. He is a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). In addition to passenger vehicles, his expertise in Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction includes heavy trucks and recreation vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and off-highway vehicles. He is nationally certified through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).

This expert is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has significant knowledge of internal combustion engines and generators, residential and commercial mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and structural water/moisture origin determination. He also is an expert in maritime industries and marine engineering, and has worked on cases involving recreational marine vessels, including power and sail operation, and propulsion and power generator systems (diesel and gasoline)

He has provided expert testimony as to his findings in various courts of law, including both local and federal venues.