Douglas Miller, PE, has joined our Southern California team. Doug has experience in forensic engineering investigations, structural engineering, project management, and the analysis of alleged construction defects and damages.
Please join all of us in in welcoming Doug!
> Meet Doug…
Cecelia Larson, PE is a Senior Civil Engineer based out of our Portland Office with a focus on transportation, civil and structural engineering infrastructure projects. She provides engineering support to the insurance and legal industries for construction defect litigation.
Please join CASE and the JENSEN HUGHES team in welcoming Celia to the Portland office.
> Meet Cecelia…
Karen Rayment and the team of experts at CASE and JENSEN HUGHES attended Toy Fair 2017. CASE specializes in testing, evaluation and analysis for children’s products, toys, and consumer electronics. Our experts provide consulting services for product design, development, safety testing, product reliability, validation and verification, recalls and safety issues, CPSC support and safety analysis for potential recalls.
Learn more about our toy and children’s product services in this educational video
> Learn morea bout Toy Testing, Evaluation & Analysis at CASE.
> Learn more about Toy Safety…
Wendy Sanders, Ph.D, P.E., CFEI, CVFI is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with forensic engineering expertise in automotive and marine accident reconstruction, fire and explosion investigation, thermal-fluid sciences, human factors, warnings, and general mechanical engineering fields.
Please join CASE and the JENSEN HUGHES team with a warm welcome to the team and our new Detroit office.
Patrick Riedlinger is a senior mechanical engineer who specializes in accident reconstruction, including commercial truck, auto and pedestrian accidents. He has extensive experience in consumer product design, design verification, manufacturing processes, and material science. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer in the states of Oregon, Washington and California, and holds accreditation as an ACTAR traffic accident reconstructionist.
His reconstruction experience includes accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Mr. Riedlinger is trained and experienced in the collection and application of Event Data Recorder (“black box”) information from passenger vehicles as it relates to accident reconstruction. Additional experience includes advanced…
Scott Perkins is a Certified Fire Investigator with more than 25 years of experience based out of our Northern California office. He has completed over 1000 hours of training specific to fire cause investigation. He is also certified by the California State Board of Fire Services as a level I Fire Investigator and has completed Fire Investigator level II training. He has completed the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Wildland Fire Investigation (FI-210) and Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290) training. He has also completed the Peace Officers Training class, PC832.
Throughout the course of Mr. Perkins’ career, he has…
Daren Slee is an electrical engineer who specializes in the failure analysis and reliability of lithium ion batteries, and low, medium, and high voltage electrical power circuits and components. He has 16 years of experience in design evaluation and testing of battery management and switching power supply circuits. He performs failure analyses of lithium ion batteries including vehicle lithium ion, as well as failure analyses of batteries of other chemistries, such as nickel metal hydride, aqueous based and lead acid batteries.
Mr. Slee’s casework includes; printed circuit board failure analysis; electrocution & electric shock investigations; marine related electrical failure…
Ed Clark is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI) and Certified Fire Investigator (CCAI) with over 25 years of experience in public fire service, specializing in all aspects of residential, commercial, wildland, and vehicle fire origin and cause determination. As the lead investigator at more than 1,300 fire scenes, Mr. Clark has provided expert witness testimony on matters of origin and cause.
Mr. Clark is a California licensed paramedic who is OSHA trained in asbestos awareness. He has experience in clandestine drug laboratories mitigation, breakdown, and clean up. His expertise in fire science includes fire behavior, dynamics, chemistry, and flammability…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JENSEN HUGHES Acquires CASE Forensics Corporation
Combines leading players in forensic and consulting engineering services
BALTIMORE, MD – July 29, 2016 – JENSEN HUGHES (the “Company”), the global market leader in fire protection engineering, fire code consulting and related life safety services, announced that it has completed the acquisition of CASE Forensics Corporation (“CASE”). CASE, headquartered in Seattle with nine offices throughout the Western U.S., is an industry leader in providing forensic science and engineering consulting services to risk managers, property owners, manufacturers, attorneys, insurance companies and various government entities. CASE’s multidisciplinary team of consultants, architects, scientists…
Please join us in welcoming new experts to the team at CASE. Sean Hallet, Senior Forensic Engineer joins our Northern California Office and Jeff Marksthaler, Metallurgical/Materials Engineer is our newest addition to team CASE Portland.
Sean Hallet, PE
Senior Forensic Engineer
Northern California Office
Sean Hallet is a Senior Civil Engineering professional with more than 30 years of experience in structural design, analysis, project management, forensic investigations and litigation support throughout the United States and portions of Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Mr. Hallet’s experience covers a very diverse and broad range of investigative background in…
Three hour long sessions covering Wildfires, Electrical Utility Fires, Water Damage to Electrical and Mechanical Systems are offered for our spring session. Lunch will be provided. CE & CLE credits are available.
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Recent fatalities associated with failed structural building elements have generated discussion about actual causation and whether building code changes are required. These failures have also increased the demand for architectural and structural inspections on similar existing elements. This article will primarily discuss balconies, decks, and stairways, but the issues are similar for other structural and non-structural appendages as well.
>Click to read this recent article in Structure Magazine
by P. Travis Sanders, P.E., S.E., Geoffrey A. Laurin and Achim A. Groess
Fires destroy physical evidence. Product manufacturer’s therefore argue, based on the “negative corpus” language in NFPA 921, § 19.6.5, that forensic consultants cannot, using the scientific method, prove a fire’s cause. Even if a product has been destroyed or a fire leaves only limited evidence, subrogating insurers can often still pursue a product liability claim. This session will review how having little or no physical evidence impacts an expert’s NFPA 921 analysis and how, despite having little or no physical evidence, lawyers, engineers, and investigators can prove that a product was defective.
Kevin Lewis and Chris…
Shawn Ray will be moderating a panel session at the 2016 Claims Litigation Management Annual Conference. This session will explore failure modes and root causes of equipment, machinery, vehicles and mechanical systems. The failure of a system or component can manifest in many different ways but ultimately a human somewhere was involved. A theory will be proposed that every failure happens because someone somewhere has done something wrong or failed to do what was necessary. The validity of the theory shall be debated.
SESSION 1 – Product Liability – Machinery & Equipment Failures & Analysis
Trevor Arnold, McLarens Global Claims Services…
Hoverboard fires have recently been reported in the news, and some states are issuing regulations to ban the use of two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters in public areas. Learn more about how the team at CASE can help evaluate alleged failures of hoverboards and two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters in this informational article…
Karen Rayment, Senior Consulting Engineer, CASE Forensics, is interviewed by Yahoo! Finance in this article on Toy Safety
CASE Forensics is proud to exhibit and sponsor at the NASP 2015 Annual Conference, November 8-11.
Steve Pignotti will be attending. Kevin Lewis will be speaking on October 9, 2015 on vent fan fire claims…
Join us for a day of free continuing education for adjusters and attorneys at the North Bend Fire Academy and Training Center. This session offers classroom instruction and live crash and burn demonstrations including accident reconstruction, vehicle fires, property and appliance fires as well as a 3D laser scanning demonstration.
Half and full day sessions are available. Lunch will be provided. MCLE credits available.
Wednesday October 14, 2015
7:30AM to 3:30PM
North Bend Fire Academy
50810 Grouse Ridge Road
North Bend, WA 98045
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Wildfires hit Washington state recently as the state struggles with a severe drought. Mountain snowpack is at extremely low levels, and about one-fifth of the state’s rivers and streams are at record low levels. Alaska is facing more and harsher wildfires this year. The wildland fire investigative team at CASE has years of experience investigating wildland and urban interface fires.
>Meet the team and learn more about our investigative services…
Join us at the PLRB Western Regional Conference in Frisco Texas, June 16-17 for a presentation about various aspects of cosmetic and functional damages. Stop by and visit Anna Klostermann at booth 513.
Wade Sticht, P.E. from CASE Forensics and J.P. Harrington Bisceglia from Tyson & Mendes will lead the discussion on the coverage provisions, types of claims, and strategies involved in handling issues related to cosmetic concerns with elements of the building envelope. Two sessions available…
Historic buildings adorned with stone and wood detailing are visually stunning, but maintenance and repairs can be daunting. Mark Liebman and Alec Liebman will be speaking on Maintaining Historic Buildings at the at the RevitalizeWA conference in Bellingham, WA, on May 7, 2015. Instead of feeling overwhelmed or succumbing to the desire to ignore problems, come learn about best practices in addressing issues, assessing damage, and making repairs…
Michael A. Bramhall, PE, SE, LEED® AP, CASE Forensics Corporation and Jens Johanson , J2 Building Consultants, Inc. will present a panel discussion titled: The 2nd and 3rd Claims: HOA v. Repair Contractor and First Party Insurer at the all day CLE seminar, New Era of Condominium Development and Legal Trends, presented by the Seminar Group.
WA MCLE: 6.0 General Credits
OR CLE: 6.5 General Credits
IRMI: 7.0 Recertification Credits
AIA: 6.25 LU’s
WA Real Estate Brokers: 7.5 Clock Hours…
Karen Rayment will be presenting on Failure Analysis techniques, the Scientific Method, and Product Lifecycle, including ageing issues and potential failures due to ageing that may not be seen in early lifecycle phase.
The Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA
A full schedule of events may be found here
CASE is pleased to present two continuing education seminars at the April 17th PSAA monthly luncheon. Join us for lunch as we cover property and liability subjects and learn about Domestic Water Systems – What can go wrong? with Dan Joyce and Electrical Failures & Fires with Drew Paris.
Please visit the PSAA website for details and pre-registration…
This conference will be held in Palm Desert, California from March 25-27. Held each spring, the CLM Annual Conference features more than 80 collaborative educational sessions and keynote presentations designed by industry professionals to help attendees gain the knowledge they need to be on the forefront of the industry. Cynthia Raecker and Steve Pignotti will be attending.
About the CLM
The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management and brings together the thought leaders in both industries. CLM’s Members and Fellows include risk and litigation managers, insurance and…
See Mark and Alec Liebman at work as they conduct a forensic investigation to assess the condition of the components from the Ord-Weitzel and Sheridan Gates at Arlington National Cemetery.
Please join us in welcoming new experts to our Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles Offices to the team at CASE.
Alec Liebman of Case Forensics rappels over the side of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s clock tower and takes pictures of the building’s stone and mortar.
Wendy Sanders and Daren Slee will be attending the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo & Conference. JENSEN HUGHES is proud to exhibit…