Listed in Civil Engineering, Construction Defects
Company Name: Building Forensics International Inc.
Blog Address: http://www.buildingforensicsintl.com/#!blog/c1lqu
Education and Credentials:
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1979. Various ongoing specialized training in engineering and materials with emphasis on portland cement, portland cement concrete, concrete-making materials, cement-containing products, water proofing materials and systems, repair and coating products and testing and inspection of structural materials used in construction.
Fellow - American Concrete Institute (ACI, Local & National) Committees: RCC-Responsibilities in Concrete; 201-Durability; 225-Selection and Use of Hydraulic Cement; 332-Residential Concrete; 552-Geotechnical Grouting; 310-Sustainability (pending)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) LA Section, Orange County Group, Member - Forensic Engineering Technical Group
International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI, National and Local Member, Geotechnical Grouting Sub-Committee)
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM, including Committees C-1 Cement, C-9 Concrete, C-27 Precast Concrete and Various Sub-Committees)
Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Member, Concrete Sub-Committee Since 1988
PCI West (formerly known as Pre-Cast Concrete Manufacturers Association of California, PCMAC) Professional Member
Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Professional Member
Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Professional Member
American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Member
Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) elected Chapter Director 2005-11, VP 2006-2007, President 2007-08, National Director 2006-12, National Vice President 2007-8, National President 2008-10, 2012
Registered Civil Engineer (CA C-45208 granted 1/1990, next expires 9/30/14)
Former Registered Disaster Worker - Residential Construction
General Civil Design with specialties featuring:
Forensic Investigations of Concrete Work and Concrete Products
Concrete, Cement and Related Materials Expertise
Construction Practices & Materials Evaluation
Repair Recommendations, Construction Observation
Public Works / Residential / Commercial / Industrial
Batch Plant Inspection, Aggregate Suitability Studies
Specially Designed Tests of Distressed Materials
With more than thirty years of construction materials testing and problem solving, Mr. Hichborn has performed a wide variety of laboratory and field evaluations for structural, architectural and coating materials, specializing in those containing hydraulic cements. He is experienced in all aspects of an investigation, from planning the field investigations to determining sampling and testing protocols as well as tabulating and analyzing the results. His investigations have included appropriate sampling and sample conditioning for effective and reliable laboratory testing of chemical, physical and optical (microscopic) properties of concrete and its separate ingredients addressing their effect on fresh and hardened concrete properties, with particular interest in durability. Additionally, he has devised and directed specialized tests and evaluations for research and development of new products and for solving complex field problems. Concrete analysis includes residential infrastructure and public works, and pre-cast, pre-stressed, cast-in-place and post-tensioned structural work. Field investigations encompass exterior portland cement (wall) plaster and swimming pool plaster, concrete pipe, gunite, concrete masonry units (‘cmu’s or 'block',) mortar and grout. Other investigations involve concrete flatwork, plain and architectural concrete, debonding of coatings, concrete pumping problems and recommendations for appropriate repair procedures. Mr. Hichborn is experienced in structural inspection and testing for commercial and industrial construction and for quality assurance of civil works, both public and private.
Years in Practice: 30 years
Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 13
A forensic concrete investigative firm providing concrete litigation support and concrete expert witness services for concrete projects and legal cases. Building Forensics International specializes in concrete and cement defect, damage, delamination analysis and testing to provide information to legal professionals, concrete and cement suppliers, builders and construction industry professionals. Our resources include over 150 years of professional consultant experience.
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