Construction and Infrastructure

Expert Witnesses and Consultants

Construction is the largest industry in the world, representing 13 percent of global GDP, with about $10 trillion spent annually on construction-related goods and services. Humans are builders, and the structures we construct– skyscrapers, underwater tunnels, bridges, stadiums, airports, high-speed rail and all the other foundational parts of our infrastructure — are essential to our economy and every part of our daily lives. A dawning era of massive infrastructure investment presages a monumental opportunity for the building trades and construction industries.

While people often think of construction as primarily a “brick and mortar” operation, construction sites are now incubating sites for a range of technology innovations. For example, so-called “wearable technologies” are rapidly changing the construction work landscape and promoting safety, accuracy, and efficiency using mobile technology. The smart hard hat allows technicians to develop 3D augmented reality images such as construction drawings of bridge spans, to be projected in front of workers while the bridge is being constructed. Smart work boots are embedded with sensors that provide construction workers with their exact location relative to a site plan and allow construction supervisors to know who is on site. Bionic suits, smart glasses, and other “smart wearables” potentially enhance safety and promote resource efficiency. Still, they are not without controversy for potential infringement of privacy issues.

For all these innovations and large numbers, cost pressures, sustainability requirements, raw materials scarcity and other challenges are also transforming how the construction and infrastructure industries will look in the near and longer-term. Construction material manufacturers must understand market penetration and develop knowledge of sustainable building materials such as green (i.e. low carbon footprint) steel. Construction engineering companies must develop supply chain resilience and adaptability.

Our expert witnesses are world class, and have degrees in specialties such as Architecture, Materials Science Engineering, Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, Infrastructure Management, Information Technology and Cost Accounting. We have placed structural engineering expert witnesses to testify in a wide spectrum of products including marine facilities damaged by boats, and building codes expert witnesses to opine on fire and electrical codes in buildings on Federal lands.

Expertise for Every Eventuality

Our experts’ knowledge of the many varied aspects of the Construction and Infrastructure sector distinguishes us and gives our clients a valuable and tangible advantage. The following is but a very small sample of the critical issues on which our experts may consult or testify:

  • Building Codes
  • Construction Defects and Delays
  • OSHA Safety Standards for General Industry and Construction
  • Water Infiltration
  • Accident Reconstruction and Forensic Failure Analysis
  • Construction Lending
  • LEED Building Certification
  • Lead Paint Abatement
  • Asbestos Remediation
  • Construction Change Orders
  • Property Loss
  • Americans With Disability Act/Accessibility Requirements
  • ISO 9000 Contractor Certification
  • Tax Credits for Certain Construction Activities
  • Historical Building Ordinances

Our construction and infrastructure case studies and expert interviews showcases the breadth and depth of our experts’ proficiency.

ASK THE EXPERT

Smart Cities Need
Better Power Grid Management

“Smart City” rapidly expanding technological innovations are nothing short of astounding. At the heart of it all, however, is the power grid. We spoke with one of our experts about changes we need to ensure our power output keeps pace with modern demands.

CASE STUDY

Civil engineering expert for
marine property damages lawsuit

Attorneys representing the plaintiff, an international trading company, in its lawsuit against a marine transportation company needed an expert in civil engineering to strengthen their case.

CASE STUDY

Geology expert for
Clean Water Act case

Attorneys representing a highway construction company against a Clean Water Act case brought by an environmental coalition needed a geology expert with a strong understanding of sediment flows to bolster their defense.

oil industry expert

CASE STUDY

Oil industry engineering expert
for antitrust case

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs, a precision machining company, in their case against an industry competitor needed an expert in mechanical engineering from the oil industry to bolster their case.

CASE STUDY

Electric power tool expert
for consumer class action

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in a consumer class action against a power tool retailer needed an expert in electric power tools to make their case. The suit alleged that tools sold by the defendant had faulty switches leaving it impossible to turn them off.

CASE STUDY

Plastics design expert
for consumer class action

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in their class action against a manufacturer of plumbing supplies needed an expert in plastic design to prove their case.

How We Find Your Experts

Unlike other companies who search for experts through stale databases, Rubin Anders works in lockstep with our clients to identify the precise expert you seek. Our researchers dig deep into the science or industry elite to identify the proverbial “needle in a haystack” authority you need. It’s a result of understanding your problem, knowing the right questions, and probing your expectations. And as your case and needs evolve, we proactively anticipate that, too.

We succeed at locating knowledgeable experts with deep experience in the Construction and Infrastructure arena because we have years of experience, a team of researchers who are themselves often Ph.D. scientists and our exacting search methodologies honed over 20-years in business. You will not find the technical expertise of our research department in any other expert placement firm. Our team and our process is unparalleled for successfully matching your perfect expert.

The primary criteria we use to select these individuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Your stated needs
  • Academic background and certifications
  • Industry experience and professional background
  • Location and travel limitations
  • Experience in legal proceedings
  • Qualifications of the opposition witnesses
  • Potential conflicts of interest
  • Fees

Our team of Ph.D. and J.D. researchers have years of experience in their disciplines and are consummately poised to identify experts who can fill the niche you need. Whether you’re seeking an expert forensic accountant to calculate losses from a parking lot collapse, or an architecture expert witness to consult on an ADA-compliant building design, we have the technical expertise and extensive network to find your perfect expert.