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Thomas Burtness
Contact Thomas Burtness
Organization Burtness Engineering Services
2195 Wagon Trail Rd , White Heath, IL 61884
AAA All States, IL 61884
Phone 2176872000
Fax None
Also Serving Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Years in the Trade 46
Fees Contact me
Background I have over 45 years of real world electrical and lighting contracting and engineering experience with the design, selection and specification, code and standard conformance and compliance, installation, system integration, equipment startup, troubleshooting, and failure analysis of electrical power, illumination, control & instrumentation systems (SCADA) and industrial equipment and machinery. As a licensed electrician and electrical contractor, and then as a consulting engineer, I have specified and/or installed thousands of electrical and illumination equipment installations in residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility occupancies. This depth of real world experience has served as a practical foundation for the numerous forensic investigations I have conducted, and for site analysis of equipment installations, accidents, injuries, failures, and fires. In addition, I am a seasoned technical and contract writer, having written hundreds of construction contracts and specifications, as well as numerous investigative reports, master plans, Operation and Maintenance Manuals, as well as forensic and expert witness reports. One of my significant strengths is in the investigative process. I am detailed and thorough, enabling me to unearth both technical and documentation facts of the case, thus assisting me in drilling down the chain of causation to identify root causes. As a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society's Street and Area Lighting Committee, I have completed dozens of illumination engineering projects, particularly in the area of outdoor municipal street and parking area lighting. I have experience in working with a wide variety of clientele including numerous architectural and engineering firms; governmental authorities, municipalities; consulting firms; attorneys; insurance companies; individuals; homeowners; small business owners; light, medium, and heavy industrial firms; utilities; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Army; the U.S. Air Force; the US Farmer's Home Administration; the State of Illinois Capital Development Board; and the Army Corps of Engineers. I have worked cooperatively with numerous utility companies as well as local, county, state and federal authorities.
Licenses / Certificates Mr. Burtness is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in 23 states as follows: Illinois (Home State), Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, he can serve in Arizona, California, and Iowa under those states Laws. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign; a Plumbing Design Certificate, University of Wisconsin - Madison; a Fire Investigation Certificate from the Investigative Engineers Association and also an Advanced Fire Investigation Certificate from the Investigative Engineers Association; an OSHA 511 Certificate from the OSHA Training Institute; and an NFPA 70E Certificate from the National Fire Protection Association.
Topics of Expertise Lighting and Electrical Accidents and Injury - Industrial and Roadway
Illumination Engineering - Roadway, Street, Parking Lot, and Area Lighting
Photometric Site Assessments and Illumination Requirements
Electrical Power, Controls, and Instrumentation (SCADA)
Electrical Equipment and Machinery Installations and Failure
Fire and Explosion Origin & Cause
Electrical Construction Defects and Contract Disputes
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Contact Douglas Strang, Jr., P.E.
Organization S & S ENGINEERING, P.C.
PO BOX 345
Phone (585) 235-3530
Fax (585) 486-1411
Serving New York
Background Worked many years as a mechanic and electrician for industrial electrical contracting business

Graduated with Bachelor's degree in EE to complement field experience with theoretical knowledge

Obtained Master's degree to further technical and business knowledge

Licensed Professional Engineer in NY, NJ, and PA


Performed numerous electrical power system studies, including field testing and analysis

Given numerous lectures on coordination studies and arc flash hazard analysis
Topics of Expertise Power system analysis
Fault & coordination studies
Arc flash hazard analysis
Industrial power system grounding
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Center Moriches

Jerry Flaherty
Contact Jerry Flaherty
Organization Jerry Flaherty
522 Highland Ct
Center Moriches, NY 11955
Phone (631) 255-4326
Serving New York
Years in the Trade 50
Background Bachelor of Science, SUNY @ Saratoga Springs, NY
Science, Mathematics and Technology
Electric and Electronic Technology

Chief Electrical Inspector - 9 years overseeing 7 electrical inspectors in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Interpret and resolve complex code issues. Interface with 56 municipalities.

Electrical Inspector -16 years experience in inspecting residential, commercial, industrial and institutional building electrical systems to conform to National Electrical code and NYS building codes.

Instructor - 14 years experience in teaching the requirements of the National Electrical Code, the New York City Electrical Code and the electrical requirements in the NYS Building Code and Energy Code to electricians..
6 years experience in the electrical apprentice program teaching 3rd and 4th year electrical apprentices.

Seminar Leader - 14 years conducting seminars on the National Electrical Code and Photovoltaic (Solar electric) systems at state university. codes and directed

OSHA Trainer - 6 years leading seminars on OSHA standards, health and safety issues, lockout-tagout, and electrical safety in the workplace (NFPA 70E).

Engineer - 12 years experience as a control system engineer. Designed electrical, electronic, pneumatic and programmable control systems (PLC) for industrial machinery. Provided in-house safety and product training, wrote programs for PLC?s.

Master Electrician - 24 years experience in the electrical industry working as apprentice electrician to journeyman to master electrician. 11 years as a Licensed Master Electrical Contractor. Work experience includes residential, commercial and industrial construction wiring; trouble shooting and maintenance of electrical systems.
Licenses / Certificates International Association of Electrical Inspectors - Richardson, TX
Certified Electrical Inspector – One & Two Family Dwellings
Certified Electrical Inspector - General
Certified Electrical Inspector - Plan Review

New York State Education Department - Albany, NY
Licensed Proprietary School Instructor

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
Certified Photovoltaic Installer - Clifton Park, NY

SunPower Corporation - San Jose, CA
Associate Photovoltaic Installer
Associate Photovoltaic Designer
Advanced Photovoltaic Designer

OSHA Training Institute - Lakewood, CO
OSHA Trainer - Construction Industry

Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs - Hauppauge, NY
Licensed Master Electrician (Retired)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA)
Suffolk County Electrical Contractors Association (SCECA)
Topics of Expertise National Electrical Code
Electrical Requirements in the
New York State Building Code
New York State Residential Code
New York State Energy Code
New York City Electrical Code (Amendments)
Electrical Safety in the Workplace Grounding and Bonding
Hazardous Locations
Electric motor and industrial controls
Transformers and generators
Selective Coordination
Lighting, power and heating

Photovoltaic (Solar Electric)
Design & Engineering
Code Compliance
Assessment of System Performance
Fire and Shock Hazard Avoidance

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Electrical Safety in the Work Place (NFPA 70E)
Machine Guarding
Construction Safety Standards

Control Systems
Operator Safety
Code and OSHA Compliance
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
Electrical and Pneumatic functionality
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Kings Park
Contact Eddie Rodriguez
Organization NYS Electrical Inspections
278 Indian Head Rd
Kings Park, NY 11754
Phone (631) 476-9409
Fax (631) 476-9409
Serving New York
Years in the Trade 36
Background 25 years as helper and a mechanic includeds runing my own electrical company,Now Iam a Chief Electrical Inspector Also teaching Electrical Courses,have done Expert witness case
for all types of electrical related cases { NYS Court Recognized}
Licenses / Certificates Iaei Certified,Master Elcectrcian
Topics of Expertise all aspects of electrical
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Contact Ernest Bello
Organization Electrical Underwriters of NY
50 Hy-Vue Dr.
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone (845)-569-1759
Fax 845-562-7371
Serving New York
Background Seventeen years experience as an electrical inspector. Ten tears trade electric and eighteen years as a a burglar and fire alarm installer. Licensed alarm tech Neww York and New Jersey, master electricians license C/Newburgh
Topics of Expertise NFPA 70 and 72
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Contact michael harris feinsod
Organization Michael Harris Feinsod. P.C. Inc.
8382 langdon st.
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone (215) 742-6774
Fax 215-742-2151
Also Serving Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Years in the Trade 40
Background Electrical and Fire Alarm Construction / Engineering since 1976, Graduate Electrical Engineer, Drexel University, Past President, Independent Electrical Contractors Association of Philadelphia and Vinicity, Member IAEI, NFPA. International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
Board Certified Fire Protection Specialist. (CFPS). ICC Certifed Electrical Inspector (RE,CE,PE)
Board Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP)
Licenses / Certificates PA, NJ, MD & AK - OSHA-30 Construction Safety,
NFPA Board Certifed Fire Protection Specialists,
NFPA Board Certifed Electrical Safety Compliance Professional
Topics of Expertise Electrical and Fire Codes, Forensic Investigation, Available Nationwide
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Kevin McConnell
Contact Kevin McConnell
Organization CSD Engineers
1000 Omega Drive , Suite 1590
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone (412) 489-9052
Also Serving Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Years in the Trade 32
Background Power Utility T&D equipment, operation, and construction; Industrial power and controls design, installation, and operation; Telecommunications facilities design and installation; Pipeline, education, office, lab, commercial design and installation; Residential design and installation.
Licenses / Certificates BSEE
PE licensed in 27 states
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Topics of Expertise Perform forensic investigations and provide expert opinions involving:
- Fire and explosion investigations
- Shocks and electrocutions
- Electrical construction
- Electrical codes and standards
- Electrical power equipment failures
- Appliance and power tool failures
- Safety of electrical and mechanical systems
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Port Jefferson Station

Michael Sokoly
Contact Michael Sokoly
Organization MES Security Systems
15 Champlain Street
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Phone (631) 745-0447
Fax (631) 331-9082
Serving New York
Years in the Trade 45
Fees Hourly
Background Electrical Apprentice: 1969-73
Lead Electrician Mechanic:1980-83
Electrician Foreman: 1983-90
Security and Fire Dealer Partner: 1990-92
Security and Fire Alarm Business Owner:1992-2015
New York Dept. State Security and Fire Instructor: 1993-2015
Instructor for Security & Fire At Electrical Training Center, Inc.: 1996- 2015
Fire Systems, Business Administration and Electrical Safety Forums Moderator for FireNET Online BBS.
Licensed Ny State Proprietary Trade School Teacher
Fire and Security Consultant for 10 Metro NY Area Contractors
CEU Trainer for Brookhaven Fire Marshal's Office
Licenses / Certificates New York Dept. of State 6D Business of Installing,Maintaining and Servicing Security and Fire Alarm Systems
New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Services Licensed Instructor
System Sensor Fire Technology and System Design Certification
System Sensor Fire Products and System Design Certification
System Sensor i3 Series Conventional Smoke Detection Certification
System Sensor SpectrAlert Advanced Notification Device Certification
System Sensor Beam Series Beam Detector Certification
System Sensor CO 1224T Carbon Monoxide Detector Certification
Sentrol/ESL/GE Product Certification
GE Caddx Installation and Programming Certification
GE Advanced Advent System Certification
GE Advanced Learn Mode Concord System Certification
GE Advanced Concord Express and Simon System Certification
GE Smart Connection Center Certification
Honeywell GSM Radio Certification
Honeywell Fire Sales Certification
Town of Brookhaven Fire Division and EMS Response to Carbon Monoxide Emergency Certification
Silent Knight IntelliKnight Series 5000 Installation Certification

Napco Commercial Systems Design Specialist
Napco GEM-C Factory Trained and Certified
OSHA 10 Construction Safety and Health Certifed
NFPA 70E PPE/Lockout-Tagout Training
Topics of Expertise Installing, Servicing, Designing, and Maintaining Security and Fire Alarm Systems.
NFPA 70, 72 and 101
Ny State Fire, Residential and Commercial Building Codes
Long Island AHJ's and Local Codes
Business Administration
Fire Safety

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Rockville Centre
Contact Bob Kopelman
Organization Electric By Bob
250 N. Village Ave apt C23
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone (516) 509-4000
Fax (516) 705-8674
Serving New York
Background Degree in Construction Architecture from the State University of New York.
Went thru a five year apprentice program and became an "A" journeyman in "Local Union # 3 NYC. Became a Master Electrical Contractor in NYC. Invented temperature sensing electric devices to prevent electrical fires. .I have been an expert wittness for 5 years. I have numerous patents for fire prevention electrical devices. Temperature sensing outlets have been listed with U.L. and will be on the market shortly.
Topics of Expertise Expert in "Glowing Connections" and electrical fire causation as well as electrical shocks and electrocutions. I have been an expert wittness for 5 years on numerous cases. I have been Involved with the Consumer Products safety commission, U.L. OSHA and many safety organizations including having the N.E.C. changed to accept temperature sensing devices. I am an expert in patents pertaining to electrical safety
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Contact David Little
Organization Electrical Works
5683 Mail Route RD
Savona, NY 14879
Phone (607) 583-2594
Fax (801) 905-2212
Serving New York
Background 31 years Line work High voltage Utiity currently Supervisor of Electric Department Municipal utility
25 year owner of Electrical Contract Business ( Electrical Works)
2 years Electrical Inspector NY for Atlantic Inland OF NY
Topics of Expertise HIgh Voltage Power Distrubution, Supervisory skills, Utility distribution design, Transformer, Metering, Substation, Regulators NESC
Resdential and commercial Electric installlation and repair.
NEC Code
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seneca falls

James Buck
Contact James Buck
Organization Instructor
35 seneca road
seneca falls, NY 13148
Phone (315) 729-8263
Serving New York
Years in the Trade 40
Background 5 years owning electrical business,
15 years as nationally certified in all three categories for chief electrical inspector,
26 years teaching adults and high school students electrical trades.
Licenses / Certificates nationally certified in all three categories for chief electrical inspector,
Topics of Expertise residential new or old installation, swimming pools, hot tubs, Commerical wiring, solar & wind
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White Plains

Steven Shapiro
Contact Steven Shapiro
Organization Morrison Hershfield Mission Critical
100 Fisher Ave #254
White Plains, NY 10602
Phone (914) 420-3213
Fax (914) 206-7500
Also Serving Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia
Years in the Trade 29
Fees Varies
Background Steven Shapiro has been in the mission critical industry for over 26 years and has a diverse background in the study, reporting, design, commissioning, development and management of reliable electrical distribution, emergency power, lighting, and fire protection systems for high tech environments. His experience also includes providing analysis of critical application support
facilities. Mr. Shapiro has extensive experience in the design and management of corporate and mission critical facilities projects with over 4 million square feet of raised floor experience, over 175 MW of UPS experience and over 350 MW of generator experience. Mr. Shapiro is the author of numerous technical articles & seminars. Recently, he was the electrical project manager and lead electrical engineer for the concurrent design of two greenfield data centers for HP in the US and Canada, as well as the concurrent design of two
greenfield data centers and NOC facility for Itau in
Brazil. Some of his clients include, NYSE/Euronext, UBS, Morgan Stanley, HP, Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney, Bank One, AT&T, Avon, Philip Morris, Aetna, DRT, Savvis and IBM.
Licenses / Certificates PE, NCEES International Registry
Topics of Expertise Data Center, Medium Voltage, Low Voltage, Grounding, Fire detection/Protection, Short Circuit Issues, Overcurent Protection Coordination, Arc Flash Analysis, Operations, Maintenance, Commissioning
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