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 Expert  723939

Expert in Structural Design, Structural Investigation, and Failure Analysis

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

South Dakota (SD)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has provide structural engineering services for numerous building designs. He has been a part of various design teams aiding in the design process. Expert has provided structural designs for structures to be constructed from steel, wood, masonry, wood, light gauge steel, concrete, and precast concrete. His building design experience includes small buildings of several hundred square feet to larger structures of tens of thousands square feet. The buildings have ranged in size from single story to multi-story of less than ten stories. In addition, Expert has served as the Chief Engineer for a structural steel fabricator for over five years providing steel design and project management.

building design


building frame


design process


facility design


industrial plant design


light gage steel framing


masonry design


steel structure design


structural design


structural engineering


structural steel


wood structure

Expert has provided structural analysis for building failures, vertical settlement, building frame listing and movement. His experience also includes construction inspections / observations, construction design deficiency reviews, design process reviews, structural component analysis, structural redesign and repair.

building failure


building inspection


construction design deficiency


structural analysis


structural component


structural redesign


structural repair


vertical settlement

Expert's experience includes working with structures constructed with steel, wood, and masonry.

structural investigation


wood failure


engineering investigation


masonry work

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Sioux Falls, South Dakota;  and Sioux City, Iowa.

Often requested
with this expert:

Structural Engineering; Construction, Failure Investigation...
Structural and Durability Evaluation of Concrete, Steel and...
Structural Design and Analysis
Construction Materials

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1992   Master of Science   Structural Engineering   South Dakota State University  
1991   Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering   Structural Engineering   South Dakota State University  
1985   Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Engineering   Structural Engineering, Soil Mechanics   South Dakota State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to 2015







Design and analysis of structures. Building materials include steel, masonry, wood, light gage steel, and precast concrete panels. Specification writing, construction documents, material and testing result submittal reviews, site observations. Structural forensic investigations and expert witness.

1999 to 2002


Spitznagel, Inc.


Structural Engineering


Structural Design Engineer


Design and analysis of structures. Building materials included steel, masonry, light gage steel, and precast concrete panels. Specification writing, construction documents, submittal reviews, and site observations.

1998 to 1999


Egger Steel Company




Chief Engineer


Chief Engineer for operations of a $25 million per year steel fabricator. Provided quotes on fabricated steel for buildings and bridges. Provided design for structures framed from structural steel.

1996 to 1998


BKBM Professional Engineers


Structural Engineering


Project Manager / Structural Engineer


Design and analysis of building structures. Materials included steel, masonry, precast concrete, and wood. Provided project management on assigned projects. Specification writing, construction documents, and site observations. Office manager for two satellite offices.

1993 to 1996


Egger Steel Company




Chief Engineer


See listing above.

1986 to 1989


CMI Load King




Design Engineer


Design of large equipment hauling trailers and bottom dump gravel trailers. Provided fabrication drawings, oversight of manufacturing of trailers, and develop new lines of trailers.

Career Accomplishments:

Council of American Structural Engineers; Structural Engineering Institute, Charter Member; National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Correspondent; National Society of Professional Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; South Dakota Engineering Society; South Dakota American Society of Civil Engineers; American Council of Engineering Companies South Dakota American Council of Engineering Companies; Association of General Contractors of America;


Professional Engineer: South Dakota; Minnesota; Nebraska; Iowa; North Dakota; Florida; Utah; Missouri; Kansas Member of Structural Engineering Certification Board, National

Professional Appointments

Board of Directors for Associate Board of AGC of South Dakota; South Dakota Engineering Society, former Chapter Director


Engineering Dean's List for Academic Excellence Master's Degree Program; Certificate of Merit, 1st Place, Civil Engineering Dept. Earned twice during Master's Degree; South Dakota Cement Plant Scholarship for Master's Degree

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • As a structural engineer, Expert provides on-site observations and situational assessments on a very frequent basis.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in aluminum & structural engineering for consulting on aluminum structure & structural peer review.
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:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Provided forensic structural services and expert witness for the construction of a children's daycare.

Provided forensic structural services with written report for construction of $5 million residence.

Provided expert witness service for steel fabricator in delay of project claim.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Steel Fabrication.
  • Expert for consulting on structural steel decking patent case.
  • Expert for consulting on Lighting fixture needed:
  • Expert witness in the steel industry for consulting on Steel Fabrication Plant where "red iron" is detailed and bolt holes, etc., drilled, so that red iron can go out to construction projects such as bridges, multi-story structures, etc.
  • Residential floor truss expert witnesses for consulting on Wood Floor Truss Failure.
  • TASA expert for consulting on civil or structural engineer for patent infringement lawsuit.
  • Expert in diligent construction practices for litigation involving house vibration due to heavy construction near by home.
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.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2004 to 2004   Cameroon, West Africa   Provided the design of wood scissor trusses to be constructed and erected for a Church in Douala, Cameroon.
2011 to 2011   Ghana, West Africa   Provided structural engineering consulting for masonry walls and wood framed roof for orphanage complex.

Additional Skills and Services:

1991-1992- Structural Materials laboratory South Dakota State University

1994- Metrification for State of Nebraska bridge Egger Steel Company

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