Vincent A. Ettari, P.E., P.C. serves New York City & the counties of Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Suffolk (Long Island), Nassau, Bronx (N.Y.), Queens, Brooklyn / Kings County, Manhattan / NY and Staten Island / Richmond. As a NY Authorized Firm (NYS Department of Education) which offers services in all of the boroughs of N.Y.C. (including the Borough of Manhattan), our engineers can provide all the individual attention and professional expertise your project requires. This firm specializes in many fields of Civil, Structural, Coastal, Safety, Environmental, Site, and Forensic Engineering, including the following:
-Design of structures, small buildings, houses, residences, and residential dwellings
-Design / engineer of foundations and slab footings (including underpins & underpinning)
- Design of decks, balconies, porches; certification of deck, balcony & porch construction
-Design of piles, piling, sheetpiling, sheetpiles and other pile driving items
-Design of steel and wood assemblies and plain & reinforced concrete slabs
-Design of mortar, brick, cement and block assemblies & elements
-Design of joists, studs, beams, girders, trusses, columns and rafters
-Joist, stud, beam, girder, truss, column, or rafter analysis
-Specification of insulation, windows, doors, facades and facade improvements
-Designs for underground and subsurface chamber / chambers
-Specifications and plans for elevators and elevator design and rehabilitation
-Installation of communication tower foundations - rock pins and pinning
-Design of small and medium subdivisions
-Subdivision of existing property or properties
-Residential, industrial, and commercial site plans, plat and plats
-Design of roads, roadways, streets, walks, sidewalks, walkways, paths, pathways & ramps
-Road, roadway, street, walk, sidewalk, walkway, path, pathway & ramp issues
-Design of treads, risers, stringers, stairs, steps, stairways and staircases
-Tread, riser, stringer, stair, step, stairway, staircase, handrail & guardrail issues
-Certification of handrails, guardrails, guard rails and hand rail installation
-Design of lamps, lights, lighting, light poles, light level / levels, & site luminaries / illumination
-Measurement of light level / levels and the illumination of Means of Egress
-Supervision, inspection, and certifications for / of construction sites
-Supervision and certification of erection of scaffold, scaffolds and scaffolding
-Design of erosion control devices and sediment barriers (haybales, hay bales, silt fence / fences, sedimentation basins, gravel / graveled controlled construction entrances, swale / swales, and berm / berms) for developments
-Geotechnical engineering: topography, excavation, grading, filling, setting of slopes & grades
-Groundwater and surface water issues
-Design of retaining walls and small dams
-Design of rock cuts and rock blasting projects / rock mechanics
-Design of rock pins (pinning) and bolts (bolting), tieback/ tie--back bolt mechanisms, and roof tunnel tiebacks/ tie-backs
-Design and analysis of soil slopes and grades / soils samples / soil mechanics
-Design of small and intermediate sanitary facilities
-Design of septics & septic systems (Board of Health Septic System Approvals)
-Conducting of Percolation Tests (perc test) and Deep Hole Testing
-Design of wells and well systems (BOHA / DEP)
-Design of plan, drawing, or drawings for storm water pollution treatment (DEP Approval)
-Design of Dry Wells and Trough Drains
-Specifications for RCP, CMP, and PVC pipe, pipes, and piping
-Design of water, drainage, sewage, and drain lines
-Design of sewer mains and drains (or, a single line or main)
-Design of Retention and Detention Ponds / Pond
-Design of storm sewers and watermains
-Designs and specifications for culverts, manholes (man holes), catch basins (catchbasin / catchbasins), and manhole (man hole) covers
-Streams and stream crossings (culvert design, small bridges, bridge design)
-Design of system pumps and pump systems (sewage ejector systems)
-Design of small ports and marinas (including dredge, dredging and filling projects)
-Design of a single marina
-Design of dams, fills, levees, jetties, dolphins, sea walls, flood walls, piers, floats, floating docks, wharves, breakwaters, bulkheads, weirs, revetments, groins, dikes and other waterfront structures
-Drainage basin analysis (Hydrology, Hydrograph and Hydrographs)
-Analysis of rainfall and storm events (10 Year, 25 Year, 50 Year and 100 Year Design Storms) and their effect on flood plains and flooding events
-Analysis of floods (10 Year, 25 Year, 50 Year, and 100 Year Design Flood)
-Analysis of storm water runoff (including the effect of icy, slippery, or snowy conditions on run off), rain fall, and stormwater flood damage
-Analysis of flooding events, rainfall and storm water runoff, and flood damage (Rational Equation, SCS / Tr-55 Method)
-Analysis of flood plains (or, an individual flood plain)
-Design and analysis of flood controls and flood control devices
-Analyses of wind, water, snow, ice, waves, and wave pressures and loads on structures
-Analysis of dead weight, moving weights, live load and static pressure
-Engineering application (including the making of a presentation / presentations to a municipal board or boards) concerning state, county, city, town and village code / codes with regard to a zoning, planning, environmental, wetland, wetlands, erosion, steep slope & grade, and fire protection ordinance or ordinances
-House inspection or inspections (Inspector / Inspectors) including radon & septic dye tests
-Failure of fire containment structure / structures and fire walls in a building
-Soil slope, rock cut, fill, dam, levee, jetty, dolphin, pier, float, dock, wharf, breakwater, bulkhead, weir, revetment, groin, dike, retaining wall, culvert, chamber, footing, foundation, water front structure, residence, pump system, culvert, drainage line, water main, manhole cover, man holes, house and building failures
-Analysis of instable and unstable slopes
-Designs to correct water ponding problem / problems on sites and premises
-Investigation of damage caused by sewer line backup, storm line back ups or over flow, and drainage system back up or backups
-Investigation of damages caused by watermain breaks, leaks, or over flows in watermains
-Investigation of damages caused by waste system overflow or overflows
-Investigation of damages caused by a break or leak in a plumbing system
-Inspection of the collapse of floors / floor, ceilings / ceiling, & roofs / roof
-Means of Egress and personal injury issues
-Road, roadway, walk, sidewalk, walkway, path, pathway, ramp, and premise liability issues
-Application of the NYS edition of the International Property Maintenance Code to existing premises (e.g., Village of Brewster).
-Code applicability history for an existing structure, building, or residence
-Code applicability history for one, two, or multiple family and multifamily dwelling
-Fire codes applicability history for existing buildings or facilities
-Evaluation and analysis of the spread of fires in a building or a facility
-Testing for Coefficient of Friction (Slip and Fall)
-Evaluation of vertical discontinuity and discontinuities (Trip and Falls)
-Premise and Premises Liability issues
-Property damage / damages and personal injury / injuries
-Investigation of work place accident / accidents (OSHA & Industrial Code Compliance)
-Forensic and forensics investigation / investigations
-Evaluations concerning structural collapse or collapses
-Forensic investigations concerning collapsed structures and buildings
-Trial testimony as an expert engineer / engineering witness
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Reconstruction
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Brick & Stone
- Building Codes
- Civil Engineering
- Construction Damages
- Construction Safety
- Design Engineering
- Disabled Access
- Environmental Engineering
- Failure Analysis
- Forensic Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Home Inspections
- Hydraulic Engineering
- Hydrology & Groundwater
- Interior Design
- Ladders & Scaffolds
- Lath & Plaster
- Lighting & Illumination
- Marine Engineering
- Occupational Medicine
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Private Investigators
- Professional Engineering
- Real Estate Valuation
- Residential Real Estate
- Safety Engineering
- Sanitary Engineering/Waste Management
- Scheduling Delay & Analysis
- Slip, Trip & Fall
- Structural Engineering
- Traffic/Highway Safety
- Transportation Construction
- Walking & Working Surfaces
- Water/Sewage Treatment Engineering
- Weather & Meteorology
- Wood Products & Lumber
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: I hold the following degrees, licenses, and certificates:
....Bachelor of Engineering: Manhattan College
....Licensed Professional Engineer: New York State Dept. of Education
....Water Distribution Operator-Class D License: N. Y. State Dept. of Health
....Fallout Shelter Survey Technician: FEMA
....Member: Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering National Honor Society
....Expeditor (Professional Status): New York City Department of Buildings
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: I am a member of the following organizations:
....The American Concrete Institute (ACI).
....The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
....The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
....The American Wood Council (AWC).
....The American Water Works Association (AWWA).
....The International Code Council (ICC).
....The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
....The Westchester County Municipal Planning Federation.
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: The following Continuing Education Classes were approved by the New York State Department of Education. They were designed by Mr. Ettari and are being offered through Professional Engineering Continuing Education (www.pece.biz), which is a New York State Education Department approved sponsor of continuing education courses for Licensed Professional Engineers and Registered Architects. These courses were approved by the New York State Education Department as Approved Continuing Education Courses for both Licensed Professional Engineers and Registered Architects.
....I have designed and taught the following class:
1. Design and Installation Criteria for Water Supply Mains (over five sessions of this course have been taught)
2. Computation of Storm Water Runoff and the Design and Installation Criteria for Storm Water Mains, Drainage Culverts, and
....Storm Water Retention Facilities (over five sessions of this course have been taught)
3. Design of Site Plans, Part 1 (five sessions of this course have been taught)
4. Design of Site Plans, Part 2 (four sessions of this course have been taught)
....Copies of my Teaching Certificates and Certifications are available upon request.
....I have designed and obtained approval for the following classes:
1. Design of Site Plans, Part 3 (this course is schedule for late 2009)
2. Design and Installation Criteria for Septic Systems and Sanitary Sewer Mains (this course is scheduled for late 2009
....or early 2010)
- 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: If you consider my design and municipal work to constitute the rendering of engineering expertise, than every client who hires me (both for design work, inspection work, and trial investigation work) has hired me because I am an expert in civil, structural, environmental, coastal, and/or site engineering.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Civil, Structural, Environmental, Coastal, and Site Engineering.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: I do not keep such records.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: I do not keep such records.
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: About seven times as a consultant since 1987. During the four years that I worked for the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection, I testified at hundreds of EBTs.
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: Autum of 2008.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: About 36 times as a consultant. Many times as an employee of the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: About 36 times as a consultant. Many times as an employee of the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: About 28 years. My first employment was with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. During my four years with that Agency, I testified at hundreds of EBT's. Since I became a Licensed Professional Engineer, I have continued, on a year by year basis, to perform investigative work for attorneys and insurance carriers. The total time would be, about, 28 years.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: I offer the following services.
1. Site Inspections: Includes geometrical measurements (slopes, riser heights, tread widths, handrail heights, beam sizes, column sizes, footing sizes, et. al. ; Illumination Measurements (if necessary); Friction Tests (if necessary); etc.
2. Municipal Research: Secure Assessment and Building Records from the local municipality for the item in question.
3. Code Identification:
a) Identify when the subject item was constructed and to which codes it was subject at the time that it was built, and
b) Identify the maintenance codes which were in effect from the date of construction to the date of the incident.
4. Analyze the requirements of the codes for the item in question.
5. Produce a detailed report which outlines the history of the subject item, identifies the applicable codes and sections thereof relevant to the item, discusses the standards and requirements of those codes to the subject item, and then renders an opinion as to whether or not the item conformed to those standards and requirements.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: Varies. For most work (design, inspection, and claims related investigations) my hourly rate is $100.00 to $150.00 per hour, except for those days during which I am required to be at trial or at a deposition.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: Varies. For most work (design, inspection, and claims related investigations) my hourly rate is $100.00 to $150.00 per hour (including travel time), except for those days during which I am required to be at trial or at a deposition. Rarely is an attorney able to supply to me the municipal documents since, in most municipalities, only a Licensed Expeditor, Engineer, or Architect is allowed access to the municipal files for a premises. I charge $100 - $130 per hour to travel to the municipality and file the required FOIL's. I then charge $100 - $130 per hour to travel back to the municipality (usually 7 or so days later) and to review the documents and identify what has to be copied. Then, I charge $100.00 - $130 per hour to travel back to the municipality to secure the copies which were made for me. Where possible, I try to get the municipality to certify the copies so that they can be admitted to court during trial.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: I do not charge an hourly rate for this work. Rather, I charge a daily rate. That rate depends on which County or Borough I have to testify in. In most instances the opposing side has to pay my daily rate for a deposition. I set the rate at the time I am retained.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: I do not charge an hourly rate for this work. Rather, I charge a daily rate. That rate depends on which County or Borough I have to testify in. I set the rate at the time I am retained.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel Expenses, Copy Expenses, Purchase of Weather Reports, Purchase of Copies of Municipal Records, Photographic Expenses, etc.
- 1st Article Obtain the necessary permits and do your homework before closing on a property you hope to develop!
- 2nd Article Does your site have excessive slopes? What to consider when developing land with steep slopes
- 3rd Article Does your site have excessive slopes? What to consider when developing land with steep slopes
- 4th Article Does your site have excessive slopes? What to consider when developing land with steep slopes
- 5th Article - Page 1 Are you contemplating subdividing a land parcel?
- 5th Article - Page 2 Are you contemplating subdividing a land parcel?
I view myself more as an engineer / designer than as a "trial expert". I
have rendered design work for Loral Electronics Systems & Lockheed Martin
(both of these firms are publicly traded). I have also rendered services
to other very well known firms and development groups.
When I was in the employment of New York City, I worked in both New York
County (Manhattan) & Bronx County. As a result, I dealt with many of the
attorneys of Corporation Council in both of those counties whenever I was
called upon to testify concerning water main breaks and the water damages
which they caused to surrounding buildings and premises.
Since then, I have rendered services to attorneys and insurance carriers
with regard to claims and filings. I can supply client names and contact
information upon request (and, with the permission of my clients).
However, since an "expert" is supposed to be a person who has specialized
experience or training concerning the item about which he is testifying,
would it not better serve an attorney's purposes for me to send copies of
the building permits, zoning resolutions, planning resolutions, NYS - DEC
Permits, Army Corps of Engineers Permits, or the County Health Department
Permits on which I am listed as the Engineer of Record for items which I
designed and which are similar to the item which is the subject of their
claim and litigation?
I am the Engineer of Record for about 30 Commercial/Industrial Site Plans
(including a site plan for Signal Tower Company, Incorp., which owned the
Tower Site on Senior Hill, in Carmel / Lake Mahopac, New York); about 30
Subdivisions (most recent was a 25 lot subdivision in Pawling, New York,
which was being developed by Castagna Americana); two marinas (I designed
King's Marina from scratch & I designed a dredging project, with various
improvements to the in - water structures, for the Cortlandt Yacht Club),
both of which were approved by the NYS-DEC & the Army Corps of Engineers;
and hundreds of residential site plans. I am also the Engineer of Record
for numerous structures, including decks, homes, multi-family structures,
small commercial buildings, and places of public assembly (including a
restaurant / pizzeria).