Mark R Svinkin

Dr. Mark R Svinkin

VIBRACONSULT
579 Bartow Lane
Cleveland , OH 44143
Office: 216-531-2547

Introduction

* Email: msvinkin@roadrunner.com *

VIBRACONSULT has over thirty years of professional experience in prediction, measurement and analysis of soil and structure vibrations from construction and industrial sources. The Company provides the following consulting and forensic services:

• Forensic engineering of intolerable structural vibrations and damage from construction and industrial dynamic sources
• Pre- and post-construction condition survey of structures in connection with dynamic effects of various construction and industrial sources (blasting, pile driving, operating heavy equipment, machine foundations, etc.)
• Prediction of soil, structure and equipment vibrations before the beginning of construction activities
• Preparation of specifications for monitoring and the control of construction and industrial vibrations
• Monitoring of vibrations and noise
• Scientific approach to choosing correct and flexible vibration damage criteria
• Wave equation analysis of pile driving
• Pile integrity testing
• Claim investigations, reports, forensic and expert witness

There are numerous complaints from residents of houses located nearby construction sites. Some of these claims may appear legitimate. We will perform investigations of structural damage alleged from nearby construction and industrial activities.

There are certain problems in understanding and application of safe vibration limits to various structures. The existing blast vibration regulations were prepared for low-rise houses surrounding surface coal mining. These criteria should be correctly applied to various super and underground structures. It is necessary to use engineering judgment for proper evaluation of vibration effects on structures, sensitive equipment and people.

* Email: msvinkin@roadrunner.com *


Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction
  • Construction Damages
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Failure Analysis
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Vibration Analysis

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical, Structural), Scientific-Research Institute of Bases and Underground Structures named N.M. Gersevanov, Moscow, USSR.
M.S. in Mathematics, Kharkov State University, Kharkov, USSR.
M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural, Geotechnical), Kharkov State University, Kharkov, USSR.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE), International Society of Explosive Engineers (ISEE), Deep Foundation Institute (DFI), Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA).
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: More than 130 papers have been published in Proceedings and Journals, more than 80 professional reports. About a half of the papers have been presented at International Conferences.
Two ASCE Awards for the papers regarding construction vibrations.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: On more than 30 occations I have been retained as an expert.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Forensic engineering of intolerable soil and structure vibrations and damage from construction and industrial dynamic sources. Prediction, measuremeent and analysis of soil and structure vibrations from various dynamic sources. Pre/post construction activities condition survey of structures. Scientific approach to choosing correct and flexible vibration damage criteria. Claim investigations, reports, forensic expert and expert witness.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 60%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 40%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 2
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2006
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 2
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 2
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 4 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Site inspection with pre and post construction survey of the condition of structures; prediction, measurement, and analysis of soil and structure vibrations, forensic engineering investigation of intolerable soil and structure vibrations; consulting; report preopration.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $100 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $80 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Attorney usually suggests this rate.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Attorney usually suggests this rate.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $60 per hour for travel time, copy and shipment fees.


References

1. Daniel P. Duffy, Attorney at Law
Duffy & Mundo, P.C., 208 West Washington, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60606 duffy@duffyandmundo.com

2. Fred C. Prillaman, Attorney at Law
Mohan, Alewelt, Prillaman & Adami, 1 North Old Capitol Plaza, Suite 325, Springfield, Illinois 62701, 217-528-2517, prillaman@mohanlaw.com

3. David E. Bevins, Attorney at Law
Rhoades McKee PC, 161 Ottawa NW, Suite 600, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616-233-5130, debevins@rhoadesmckee.com