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 Expert  725948

Expert in Stone, Marble, Granite, Limestone, Ceramic Tile, Masonry, Terrazzo, Onyx, Quartz, Engineered Stone

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Florida (FL)
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Expert has over 30 years experience with stone, tile and masonry from installation to fabrication as well as restoration and maintenance. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Physical Science (Limnology) (University of Central Florida 1981) and a PhD in Technical Science (Bridgewater University 2002). He is a certified master stone craftsman and Architectural Conservator, a member of ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) C-18 committee. He is a Technical Editor for Stone World Magazine and instructor for Certified Marble and Stone Inspectors via IICRC and has appeared on several television shows including The Discovery Channel, HGTV and several local talk shows.

Expert frequently presents seminars and presentations for stone, tile and historical associations. He has published over 100 articles on stone installation, care & restoration in both the United States and foreign publications and journals.

He is the author of over 30 books on stone and tile and has produced ten instructional videos, and writes a syndicated newspaper column "Around the House” for several papers across the US. He has served as technical advisor, consultant & expert witness for numerous projects across the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.

Expert is currently the only individual who is recognized by the IICRC to train other stone inspectors.




ceramic floor tile


ceramic tile


construction defect


construction material


forensic construction


forensic investigation


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stone tile




tile flooring

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Orlando, Florida;  Port Saint Lucie, Florida;  West Palm Beach, Florida;  Palm Bay, Florida;  Lakeland, Florida;  Boca Raton, Florida;  Melbourne, Florida;  Deltona, Florida;  Daytona Beach, Florida;  and Boynton Beach, Florida.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2000   PhD   Stone Marble   Brightwater University  
1981   BS   Chemistry, Physics and Biology   University of Central Florida  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1981 to







Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Problem: Architectural firm needs specifications for the proper installation of limestone floors, walls, cladding, etc at major casino in Las VegasInvestigation: Expert's Firm conducted several meetings with design team to look at what was required to install stone material. Conclusions: A detailed installation specification was written including details of installation techniques and materials to be used.. Summary and Solution: Expert's Firm specifications and owners representations services assured that the installation was installed properly and within industry specifications. These service will reduce the event of future failures.
  • Problem: Terrazzo expansion joint in airport is chipping and coming out in pieces.Investigation: This expansion joint bridges two sections of the building. The terrazzo on one side appears higher than the other. A sounding test showed that the terrazzo has delaminted in several places Conclusions: it was determined that the expanion joint was not installed properly and was not leveled. Baggage and foot traffic hits the high side causing it to chip Summary and Solution: Expert's Firm recommend that the expansion joint be replaced and prepared a detailed specification for replacementTerrazzo, expansion joint, control joint
  • Problem: Bank Lobby floor with Tennessee marble scratched and in need of restoration Investigation: Marble floor tile was inspected to determine the best restoration method for returning the stone to its original like new condition.Conclusions: The stone has a heavy coating of floor finish that will need to be removed. Several cracked tiles will need to be repaired and the floor refinished and polished. Summary and Solution: Expert's Firm recommended a repair and restoration procedure
  • Problem: International airport looking to eliminate coating and traditional waxes and find a technique that is Green and Sustainable..Investigation: A detailed inspection of current maintenance practices were studied as well as an investigation of the chemicals used.Conclusions: It was discovered that the cleaners, waxes and floor strippers being used are hazardous to workers and occupants. VOC's carcinogens, as well as oxidizers and other harmful chemicals where discovered. Summary and Solution: Expert's Firm designed and recommend a Chemical Free Maintenance System. Expert's Firm provided the specifications for this work as well as over-saw the process. Many airports, elementary and high schools as well as colleges and universities are looking at implementing sustainable maintenance practices. Expert's Firm system is completley sustainable.
  • Stone Expert for Legal CaseProblem: A lawsuit was filed between a stone installer and a building owner. The owner claimed the installation was not performed properly and not within industry standards. Expert's Firm was hired to investigate.Investigation: A detailed investigation was made of the stone flooring including both destructive and non destructive testing to determine if the installation was performed within industry standards and practice. Conclusions: It was discovered that the installation was installed well within industry standards. Summary and Solution: One of our Stone Forensic experts was deposed and appeared in trial to present our findings. Expert's Firm is often called on by attorneys to serve as an expert in cases ranging from improper selection of stone and tile, to failures, specifications etc.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Limestone expert for consulting on Spalling of Jura limestone floor tiles.
  • Stone and marble expert expert management services for consulting on Stone package in Abu Dhabi lovre museum.
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:
Have served as an expert in 100's of cases involving stone and tile
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Terrazzo Floor Grinder.
  • Tile expert witness for consulting on ceramic tile issues.
  • Expert engineered stone for consulting on Composite stone analysis.
  • Expert for consulting on floor coating causing floor to be slippery, causing fall.
  • Granite expert for litigation/insurance claim involving cracked granite.
  • Gemology expert on jadetite.
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:
Country / Region   Summary
Grand Cayman Islands   hurricane damage to hotel
Nevis, saint Kitts   flood damage to stone floor


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