Architecture and Construction Expert Testimony- Typical forensic services include determining the cause and origin of design and/or construction defects and/or construction phase disputes and assist clients in their resolution. Duties involve the investigation and analysis of commercial, industrial, and residential properties for the purpose of resolving claims and legal disputes. Typical services include preparation of oral and written reports that document cause and origin of various types of disputes, failures including recommended repairs and/or remediation.
Other common services include gathering photographic evidence, conducting interviews and providing expert testimony at depositions, mediations, arbitrations and judicial courts. On some cases he assesses the standard of care on building design services provided, construction issues (and how they were responded to), building envelope design specific services, completed code reviews to address issues such as, egress standards, ADA requirements, and slip/fall hazards.
His investigations help clients make the best presentation of their cases by developing relevant evidence, opinions, testimony, visual aids, and other presentation elements.
Facility Condition Assessment services include assisting organizations in knowing what is in their portfolio and the condition of that facility (specializing in life cycle cost analysis, accessibility consulting, ADA compliance, and Fair Housing Act compliance) to gain visibility into the appropriate level of capital funding and to prioritize the funding to align with the organization’s mission and goals.
Mr. Johnson’s Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) experience includes assembling and leading a team to collecting data on the attributes of building spaces, components, and systems and inputting them into a FCA information system. A typical team usually consists of Neal (project manager), an architect, a civil and/or a structural engineer, a mechanical engineer, and an electrical engineer. The evaluation involves deciding upon the total life-span of each component and assembly and determining how far the item in question has progressed through its life cycle. Specific problems or “deficiencies” are also evaluated. Deficiencies are those systems or components which are unsafe, broken, obsolete, or which do not comply with current codes. Deficiencies also describe those systems which are approaching or which have exceeded their useful life. Each deficiency is given a classification of priority for correction and an estimate of the cost for correction.
Constructability Review services includes determining if the construction documents are ready for permitting, bidding and construction. With his experience he is uniquely qualified to analyze projects in relation to Contracting, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, As-Built Drawings and Change Orders; to detect errors and omissions.
Roofing / Envelope Consultant services includes facility survey/assessment, leak detection, detail development, technical specifications, document quality control, code compliance, construction administration, project closeout, and warranty claim resolution.
He is experienced in nondestructive testing methods such as moisture metering using Tramex equipment, drainage evaluation using digital measuring equipment, Rilem tube testing, and destructive testing using numerous ASTM standards.
He assembles documents that use a combination of strong and knowledgeable technical writing with detailed and concise graphics to clearly illustrate the point of a report. The intent is to thoroughly and accurately document conditions so that the problem(s) can be identified and properly addressed based on criteria identified during the assessment. A thorough understanding of the problem(s) must be evident so that a strong conclusion and recommendation will answer the client's questions.
Field services typically include a walk over the entire roof area looking for and photographing all observed deficiencies and documenting what is found (and not found) on a roof plan. His roofing experience allows him to find not only the obvious roof deficiencies, but also the ‘not-so-obvious’ which could eventually cause significant problems and even premature failure.