Kevin C. Breen, P.E.
Principal & Director of Marine & Automotive Research
Phone: (239) 482-0500

Gregory T. Davis, CMS, CFEI
Director of Marine Practice Group
Senior Managing Consultant
Phone: (630) 851-4566  

Marine Forensics
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Marine Research
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Highly Specialized Marine Experience

With ESI’s Marine Practice Group, you have access to focused technical expertise in naval architecture, marine engineering, marine fires, marine accident investigations, and marine products, executed at the highest level of industry, technical, and regulatory standards.  Whether your issue is recreational or commercial, inland or offshore, our consultants have the depth and breadth of industry knowledge and real world experience to deliver the technical answers you need to resolve pressing business issues.

Customer Focused Service

At ESI, we spend the time to build relationships and understand your business. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, private businesses, law firms, government organizations, and individuals with projects of all sizes and levels of complexity. We are deeply involved in the marine and transportation industry, and our marine technical staff has participated in research projects for the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Office of Boating Safety, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  ESI has a nationwide footprint, with offices and inspection facilities near many major cities, and staff that can be rapidly deployed almost anywhere in the world.  For large complex cases, you'll be able to leverage a network of qualified consultants, including biomechanical, electrical, and materials engineers, with the knowledge, tools, and technology to deliver needed results. 

Well-Equipped Test Facilities

Our Florida offices (Fort Myers and Miami) include test/inspection facilities specifically designed for accident reconstruction, human factors evaluations, and product performance/safety testing related to recreational boating, cruise ship, and/or port operations.  With a private lake for testing, and convenient access to open gulf, bay, and ocean water, we offer testing opportunities on a year-round basis. Our test facilities are supported by experienced technicians and marine mechanics working on state-of-the-art instrumentation, data acquisition, testing, and photo/video equipment. 

Accident and Investigation

  • Marine Accident Investigation/Reconstruction
  • Engine Failures and Machinery Damage
  • Marine Fire/Explosion Investigation
  • Marine Salvage Engineering
  • Electrocution
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Repair Standards-of-Care
  • Recreational Vessel Operator Responsibilities
  • Navigational Rules Analysis
  • Crash Testing and Reconstruction
  • Materials Failure Analysis

Architecture and Design

  • Naval Architecture
  • Materials Evaluation
  • Design Analysis
  • Hydrostatic Stability Analysis

Risk and Compliance

  • Risk Analysis
  • Compliance Testing
  • Safety Audits
  • Marine Contract Dispute

Human Factors Testing

  • Human Factors Testing and Analysis
  • Marine Rigging and Equipment Handling Evaluation

Offshore Rigs and Platforms

  • Offshore Rigs and Platforms
  • Platform and Rig Placement - Stability and Failure Analysis
  • Energy Exploration, Production, and Offshore Practices and Operations


Professionals in This Area








Athan, Timothy W., Ph.D., P.E.   Senior Consultant  


Bedsworth, Kevin D.   Senior Managing Consultant  


Breen, Casey   Senior Staff Consultant  


Breen, Kevin C., P.E.   Principal & Director of Marine & Automotive Research  


Craddock, J. Roger, P.E.   Principal  

Texas (Houston)

Davis, Gregory T.   Senior Managing Consultant & Director of Marine Practice Group  


Garber, Mitchell A., M.D., M.P.H., M.S.M.E.   Senior Managing Consultant  


Godoy, Francisco J., P.E.   Senior Managing Consultant  

Texas (Houston)

Hineman, Mark A., P.E., C.W.I.   Senior Consultant  


Krupa, Jennifer L.   Staff Consultant  


Lorenzo, Fernando, Ph.D., P.E.   Principal  

Texas (Houston)

Miller, Aaron D., MSC, P.E.   Senior Staff Consultant  


Scardino, Dennis J., P.E., CFI, CFEI, CFII, CVFI   Senior Managing Consultant and Manager of Houston Operations  

Texas (Houston)

Smith, Jr., Kenneth M., P.E.   Senior Managing Consultant  


Stevenson, Michael E., Ph.D., P.E.   President, Principal & Chief Executive Officer  


Stigge, Jason D.   Staff Consultant  


Turner, Daniel J.   Senior Staff Consultant  

Texas (Houston)

van Poppel, Jon, P.E.   Senior Consultant  

Texas (Houston)