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 Expert  728885

Expert in Plumbing and Mechanical Codes, Standards, and Installation practices.


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
USA
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert serves on IAPMO's Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committees and NFPA 54 Accredited Standards Committee Z223, National Fuel Gas Code. In the past, she severed on California's Building Standards Commission Advisory Board as Vice Chair. Expert worked for the City of Oakland in California for 22 years and 13 years as Chief Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector. She has been an instructor for IAPMO for over 15 years teaching the UPC, UMC, IPC, IMC, and Special Seminars covering DWV systems and Water and Gas sizing. She taught Plumbing and Mechanical Code classes for 14 years at Chabot Junior College in Hayward. Expert was also a certified welder and pipe fitter and worked with Copper Development Association and investigated copper tubing failures.
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California regulation

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International Conference of Building Officials model code

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piping code

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piping standard

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piping system

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piping system design review

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plumbing

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plumbing code

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plumbing standard

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regulatory organization


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  Chula Vista, California;  and Garden Grove, California.

Education:
Year   Subject   Institution  
1987   Construction Technology   Chabot College at Hayward  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 

Consulting

 

Owner

 

Expert serves on IAPMO's Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committees and NFPA 54 Accredited Standards Committee Z223, National Fuel Gas Code. She provides technical services for Engineers, Manufacturers, Contractors, Code Officials, and Consumers for plumbing and mechanical systems associated with codes, standards, design, installation, and product use.

2006 to 2008

 

Copper Development Association

 

Pipe and Tubing

 

Western Regional Manager

 

She provided engineering assistance to Designers, Specifiers, Installers and Consumers of copper and copper alloy tube and fittings. She taught soldering and brazing classes to the United Associations Locals, PHCC associations, and other Plumbing and Mechanical contractors in the proper methods and techniques of soldering and brazing copper and brass tube and fittings.

2005 to 2006

 

Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute

 

Field Division

 

Regional Representative

 

She developed technical information for Engineers, Architects, Design Professionals, and Building Departments, including the proper design and installation methods of cast iron piping systems. She prepared and Presented Power Point Presentation on the proper method and design of cast iron soil pipe systems to ASPE chapters, Engineering firms, and Building Departments.

1987 to 2005

 

City of Oakland

 

Community and Economic Development Agency

 

Chief Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector

 

She developed and proposed code modifications prior to adoption of Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, Swimming Pool Code, and local codes and ordinances and collaborated with other municipalities in the development of the Bay Area wide Fat Oil and Grease (FOG) ordinance. She represented the City of Oakland in Small Claims Court cases concerning code compliance, permit issuances and fees, and enforcement penalties. She chaired meetings with Engineers, Architects, and Design Professionals to discuss and review proper design, installation methods, product selection, and resolutions. She managed, mentored, trained, and provided technical direction to Senior Inspectors, Field Inspectors, Plan Checkers, Permit Technicians, and Office Staff regarding proper techniques and principles of inspections, reading and interpreting plans, specifications, and blueprints accurately; with specific knowledge of sanitary sewer, potable water supply, gas piping, and HVAC systems. She reviewed construction drawings and plans for plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) to ensure compliance with codes, standards, and local regulations.



Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

IAPMO, NFPA, and ICC

Licenses/Certifications

IAPMO Certified Plumbing Inspector # 024462 IAPMO Certified Mechanical Inspector # 090042

Professional Appointments

Served on State of California Building Standards Committee Advisory Board - Vice Chair


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1983 to 2005   City of Oakland   Chief Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector   She developed and proposed code modifications prior to adoption of Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, Swimming Pool Code, and local codes and ordinances and collaborated with other municipalities in the development of the Bay Area wide Fat Oil and Grease (FOG) ordinance. She represented the City of Oakland in Small Claims Court cases concerning code compliance, permit issuances and fees, and enforcement penalties. She chaired meetings with Engineers, Architects, and Design Professionals to discuss and review proper design, installation methods, product selection, and resolutions. She managed, mentored, trained, and provided technical direction to Senior Inspectors, Field Inspectors, Plan Checkers, Permit Technicians, and Office Staff regarding proper techniques and principles of inspections, reading and interpreting plans, specifications, and blueprints accurately; with specific knowledge of sanitary sewer, potable water supply, gas piping, and HVAC systems. She reviewed construction drawings and plans for plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) to ensure compliance with codes, standards, and local regulations.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Currently she provides engineering assistance, technical development (codes and standards) and installation training to the designers, Specifiers, installers and consumers of copper and copper alloy tube and fittings.
  • She has over 25 years of professional experience in the plumbing and mechanical field. She has been an active member of IAPMO for many years, serving on the UPC and UMC Technical Committee, and the UPC and UMC Code Changes Committee, Chaired the Standards, Education, and the Answers and Analysis of the UMC Committees.
  • Her dedication, knowledge, and long experience in the plumbing and mechanical industry serve her well as an educator.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in for material selection in water equipments.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
She has represented the City of Oakland in Small Claims Court cases concerning code compliance, permit issuances and fees, and enforcement penalties. She has investigated, examined, and evaluated copper tubing installations to determine the cause of failures.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Flooring expert for consulting on Construction Defect in Commercial Proprety case.
  • Expert in PEX systems.
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Market Research:
She is a voting member on the NFPA's ASC Z223 National Fuel Gas Code and IAPMO's Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committees. She has also served on California's Building Standards Committee Advisory Board as Vice Chair and IAPMO's Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committee, Plumbing and Mechanical Code Change Committee, Plumbing Standards Committee, Mechanical Code Answers & Analysis, Education Committee and Training and Education Committee.



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Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Currently she is an instructor for IAPMO developing and instructing tailored and customized class curriculums. She prepares Power Point Presentations covering the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes, International Residential and Mechanical Codes, and Special Seminars covering specific systems such as DWV, gas, water, exhaust, etc. She has taught soldering and brazing classes for the United Associations Locals, PHCC associations, and other Plumbing and Mechanical contractors in the proper methods and techniques of soldering and brazing copper and brass tube and fittings. She has taught UPC and UMC courses for Chabot College.


 

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