Chad R. Fischer, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Principal & Director of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering
Phone: (630) 851-4566
The senior engineers of the ESI Civil/Structural Practice Group average over 25 years experience, and are well-versed in all aspects of the practice area. These engineers have extensive investigative experience in structural, geotechnical, wastewater distribution, storm water management, materials, construction site safety, and code compliance related issues.
Specialties include large loss investigations involving commercial multi-story buildings, transmission towers, silos, storage tanks, and both rail and roadway bridges. Additionally, engineers with OSHA Trainer Certification in construction are on staff to provide expertise in workplace safety investigations. With this experience at hand, ESI is effectively able to provide data and analysis for cases involving commercial property loss, construction defects for both residential and commercial properties, as well as workplace safety.
The Civil/Structural Practice Group of ESI has been involved in high-profile and large monetary loss cases. A few examples include the Miller Park crane collapse (Milwaukee 1999), WilTel office building façade collapse (Tulsa 2005), the Super Dome, and the New Orleans Saints training facility hurricane damage (Hurricane Katrina 2005). These losses ranged from $18M to over $100M.
The Environmental Practice Group, within the Civil/Structural Practice Group, evaluates situations including chemical issues, fires, explosions, and floods. Exposure mechanisms, environmental impacts, concentration and dispersion characteristics associated with physical, chemical, and biological hazards are evaluated and assessed to provide answers and formulate solutions for an array of issues. Our staff is trained in understanding such areas as the Exposure Sources (e.g., chemical, biological, mineral), Exposure Media (e.g., air, water, soil), and Exposure Routes (e.g., inhalation, ingestion, dermal contact), as a starting point for all environmental issues. The group is also well versed in all the direct and indirect industry standards and governing organizations, such as ASTM, OSHA, CFR, API, NFPA, NADCA, ACGIH, etc., and is at the forefront of all emerging issues (such as the Chinese Drywall issue).
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