Expert in excavation damage to underground utilities including fiber optic telecommunications, electric, sewer and water, gas distribution and transmission pipelines caused by backhoes, horizontal directional drilling, and errors in locating. Experience as director of state office of pipeline safety enforcing damage prevention laws, and consultant to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to develop national damage prevention program. Has called in 12,000 excavation notices in 16 states, developed and oversaw safe excavation practices that resulted in 2/3 reduction in damages over 4,000 miles of fiber optic installation. Has written or assisted in passing one-call legislation in over 12 states.
Presently active on national policy making organizations such as the Common Ground Alliance Best Practices Committee, writing for several trade publications on safety, and developing damage prevention tracks for national trade conferences. Over 25 years of expert witness work for plaintiff and defense.