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Expert in Technical Textiles, Erosion

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

South Carolina (SC)
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FABRIC; TECHNICAL TEXTILES. Expert has 30 years of experience in the design, purchase, manufacture, testing, marketing, and sales of technical fabrics used in a range of industries, including airbags, coated and laminated products, and mechanical rubber goods (MRG). He has worked with geosynthetics (woven, knit, weft insertion, and needle punched) geotextiles, geogrids, geomembranes, and related products. His manufacturing experience includes fiber manufacture, spunlaid webs, weaving, knitting, and composite systems.

GEOTEXTILE; GEOSYNTHETIC MATERIAL. Expert is experienced in the design, production, and marketing of geotextiles and other geosynthetics. These are construction materials, in fabric or composite form, used in applications such as road and landfill construction. Geotextiles perform one or more functions, such as filtration, separation, containment, and other improvements to the performance of soil alone. Geotextiles take several forms--nonwoven, woven, knit, and composites, with each technology providing a unique package of features and benefits. Expert's specific expertise includes textile grid and needle punch patents, design of high-strength wovens, post consumer PET recycling, continuous filament, and staple fiber needled fabric.

NEEDLEPUNCH. Expert has expertise in the nonwoven manufacturing process used to bond staple or continuous filament fiber into a textile web. This material may then be used as a geotextile or converted (finished) for use as a filter, furnishings, carpets, and many other applications.

TECHNICAL TEXTILE DESIGN. Expert understands how many products, and the application of those products, are simply adaptations of existing designs to new uses. Adaptation, while admirable in economic terms for a manufacturer, is unlikely to optimize the textiles properties in terms of application needs. Expert has been awarded a US patent for knitted grid design, an International patent (US pending) for woven grid design, and a US patent for a needled filter fabric.

FILTRATION. His background with geotextiles has provide Expert with knowledge of how filtration is employed in a various industries using multiple materials in numerous configurations. He recognizes the principles as being the same--separation of different materials, capture of particulate, and cleansing or purifying a fluid stream. In geotechnical terms, filtration holds soil in place while allowing fluids, such as water or methane, to move freely.

EROSION CONTROL. Expert has significant experience with the prevention of soil loss, clean water, and environmental protection using a variety of techniques and products in both natural and synthetic materials. A popular group of products are known as turf reinforcement mats (TRMs) and erosion control reinforcement mats (ECRMs), which are manufactured to slow water flow, capture sediment, and prevent erosion while presenting a natural face. Expert believes the industry, the products, and the applications are highly unstructured with excellent opportunity for new and innovative entries.

He can answer in-depth questions on soil nailing (the reinforcement of soil in situ, without excavation), geogrids (strong mesh structures used as reinforcement in earthen structures, specifically in walls, steepened slopes, embankments), and mechanically stabilized earth (MSE), a process of excavation and subsequent placement of layers of reinforcement and fill.


erosion control


geosynthetic material




needle punching


technical textile design


textile material

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina;  Asheville, North Carolina;  Gastonia, North Carolina;  Augusta, Georgia;  Athens, Georgia;  Columbia, South Carolina;  Greenville, South Carolina;  and Johnson City, Tennessee.

Often requested
with this expert:

Textile Fibers
Fiber-Reinforced Concrete
Woven Fabric Analysis, Dobby Weaving Creation
Processing of Fibers, Yarns

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1976   MBA   Stern School of Business   New York University  
1962   BS   English Literature and Economics   Columbia University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

1998 to







1994 to 1998


The Tensar Corporation



Business and Product Development Manager


1989 to 1994




Independent Consultant


1988 to 1989


Acme STW





1986 to 1988


James River Paper



Business Unit Manager


1984 to 1986


Burlington Industries


Technical Textiles


Vice President, Sales


1980 to 1984


Burlington Industries



Product Development Manager


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is Secretary of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), a member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (past Board Member and past Chairman of the Education Committee for the Geotextile Division) and the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (past Chairman of the Geotextile Committee).

Professional Appointments

He is a Task Group Leader of the American Society for Testing and Materials Committee D35, which is dedicated to geosynthetics. He had been active on the Task Force 25 Subcommittee for new highway materials as part of the joint AASHTO-AGC-ARTBA committee from 1982 to 1990. Task Force 25 was charged with drafting preliminary standards for geosynthetics for the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO).


Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Impact on the geomembrane coated fabrics - Environmental regulations in China to protect the ground / soil and drinkable water.
  • Expert in sandbags flood control or other hazardous material.
  • Geotextile expert for consulting on obtaining a supplier of polypropylene nonwoven geotextile with proper opening characteristics.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in customs classifications for consulting on woven/mesh fabric.
  • Garment manufacturing expert for consulting on failure of a joint venture to design and manufacture medical apparel.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert's consulting projects include work in technical writing, marketing brochures, and a published market survey of technical needle felts in the USA. He has provided a technical evaluation of nylon fiber as concrete reinforcement, geosynthetic company and product line strategies, multi-state plant site searches, and the introduction of a ballistic soil nailing technique to Federal and State authorities.


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