In addition to the more common areas of forensic expertise, we can assist in specialty areas such as Fire Origin and Cause, Site Security, Firearm and Range Safety, and Use of Force.
At Consulting Engineers & Scientists, Inc. in addition to the more common areas of forensic engineering and sciences we have experts with knowledge in some very specific and uncommon disciplines. For various types of cable failures our experts have experience with fiber optic, structural, and mechanical cables. From Use of Force to Site Security and Surveillance we have a wide range of specialties that also includes Fire Origin & Cause and Firearm & Range Safety. If you are looking for a specialty that you don’t see listed, please contact us and we will determine if we can help or guide you in the appropriate direction.
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From the solitary confinement prisons of the 1700’s through modern facilities built in the past 30 years, all were required to conform to the expanded legal and civil rights of the confined. Correctional facilities, no matter when they were built, have to reform their operations to meet today’s standards established by the courts. CESI is able to evaluate if the correctional administrators are operating their facilities in an acceptable manner where rehabilitation and inmate safety of both pre-trail and convicted felons is being observed.
With many years experience in conducting fire and arson investigations including working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in determining the fire origin and cause as well as if the fire is incendiary and who is responsible we have the experience for your matter. Our experts have testified in both criminal and civil trials in several states.
With all the knowledge and reasonable care an individual believes they possess and exhibit, firearms accidents happen. Taking into consideration the numerous makes and models of firearms available today, training and handling can present unique challenges in the determination of safe firearms ownership and use. CESI has the ability to evaluate the many aspects of firearms safety, from the manufacturer recommendations and specifications to how the firearm was actually used by individuals in different circumstances.
Range safety can be a complex issue. Whether it’s a multi-million dollar indoor or outdoor facility, a piece of land privately owned, or the forests and fields where recreational hunting takes place, anywhere a firearm is discharged is considered a range. Accordingly, the basic safety rules associated with safe firearms discharge apply. CESI is able to evaluate cases of liability, neglect or negligence, and determine the cause of a range incident where injury or property damage has occurred.
Sensors and controls are required to detect and regulate the flow of product through a production system. Sensors include presence detectors, chemical detectors, and other devices that indicate some characteristic of the production process. Controls regulate the production system and include speed, weight, volume, and other such devices. Our engineers have been designers and end users of sensors and controls for measurement devices, traffic control, HVAC systems, and other systems and are familiar with the how and why these systems can go wrong.
Our experts in this area are well versed and qualified in the proper application and use of lethal weapons, primarily the ASP Baton. An expert must be able to articulate, in the court of law, why lethal weapons were needed to control the situation. In addition to incident circumstances, the courts will also take into consideration the amount of training and experience of the individual expert.
When you need to assess the quality of materials used for products and in the stream of commerce to determine if they are in compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications and requirements, our experts can help. We are able to perform metallurgical and material analysis to determine why and how products in industrial, commercial, and consumer use failed or malfunctioned, so as to consider and assess any legal liability. With extensive experience in aerospace, aircraft, and automotive applications, including the material quality, design, and manufacturing processes, we are able to evaluate metals and nonmetals consisting of polymers, plastics, elastomers (rubber), and composite materials using advanced laboratory analysis.
Mechanical, Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems include such machines as presses, press brakes, table saws, man lifts, fire sprinkler systems, conveying systems, heavy equipment, water systems, tools, and air curtains. Our experts have investigated numerous types of injuries with these systems including: amputation, crush injuries, burns, lacerations, falls, equipment failures, lack of guarding, lack of warnings, and overloading.
As retired police officers with over 50 years of combined experience, our experts have conducted various internal investigations involving police officers in these cases. One expert the department liaison to the County Prosecutor’s Office and was responsible for all departmental internal investigations.
Robbery and Theft can be committed at the same time. Retail and wholesale operations or warehouse and distribution centers are typically the theft victims. CESI can evaluate if all theft prevention measures were in place. We are able to examine areas such as locked door employee card readers; fencing, gates, and barriers; inventory control measures; and areas ranging from the latest technology video surveillance to visual armed guards for compliance with codes, laws, and up to date practices. We can also determine if the operation is at the security level required for the safety and protection of its property, employees, and the public.
Fence lines, lighting, alarm systems, cameras and are all necessary in order to have effective site security. With over 25 years of experience in this area in both healthcare and corporate industries CESI can offer unique insight.
With years of experience working in the wire and cable industry, including being involved in cable development; cable processing; product management; and marketing our experts have a unique insight into all aspects of this industry. With this experience, we are able to assist with cases involving telephone cables; fiber optic cables; power cables; and structural and mechanical cables.
Use of force protocols have come under fire as of late due to the fine line between using force vs excessive force to control a situation. What constitutes why someone used force can be viewed by the courts based on the situation, prior experience, and the amount of documented training the individual has taken. Our experts have a combined total of nearly 90 years of field experience with Use of Force Protocols allowing CESI to effectively assist in your matter.
The key to mitigating workplace violence is educating people and making them aware of what workplace violence really is and when to report. Our experts have not only practiced these protocols, but also have experience training employees all over PA and NJ in workplace violence and active shooter protocols and response.
Paul K. Goldberg, P.E. - President×
Michael G. Bird, Ph.D., DABT, FRSC×
Andrés J. Calderón, Ph.D.×
Ronald J. Cohen, P.E. - Vice President×
Richard E. Daniels, P.E.×
Albert L. de Richemond, P.E.×
Michael E. Goldberg, CIH, CSP×
David M. Kenney, A.I.A., NCARB×
Joseph M. McCarey, C.F.P.S.×
Karl E. Schreiter, Jr., P.E.×
Paul J. Boerner, CFI, CFEI×
Blake J. Pantuck, P.E., PMP×