Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Roger Davis

Roger Davis

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Roger Davis

P.E., CFEI Phone: 803.732.6600 vCard LinkedIn Download CV

Expertise

  • Engine Failures
  • Heavy Equipment Fires
  • Industrial Accident Reconstruction
  • Machine Safeguarding
  • Water and Sewer Utilities
Biography

Davis CVSenior Consulting Engineer Roger Davis is a Licensed Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He also has a certificate in Crane Safety from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Distance Learning and Professional Education Center and certificates in Fire and Explosion Investigation and Vehicle Fire Investigation.

Roger is experienced with municipal water, sanitary sewer, and storm water system design, construction, and operations. His expertise also includes property damage and personal injury investigations involving municipal utilities. He is an accomplished gas and diesel engine mechanic and has more than 30 years of experience with hydraulic plumbing and piping issues. He gained practical experience in hydraulics, fluid flow, tanks, and material handling with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc., the largest hazardous and industrial waste firm in North America. Roger also gained experience in industrial operations as a Manufacturing Engineer.

Roger has investigated claims and injuries ranging from pressure piping system failures and material and personnel handling equipment to large engine failures and fires involving machinery, generators and vehicles.

Qualifications
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified – Crane Safety
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), SC Air National Guard
Experience in Government Regulation of Public Utilities
Experience in Heavy Industry
Publications
Breaking Under Pressure Failures Associated with Pressurized CPVC Water Piping

Proper installation of CPVC piping generally results in a dependable project, but shortcuts can lead to costly repairs for the property owner.

Contractor Fails to Install Manhole in Accordance with Standard Specifications

High-rise buildings in a major city + Broken water main +Underground electrical equipment = $$$$$$$$$$

Flood Damaged Machinery Analysis and Repair Guideline 200

Flood damaged machinery is often repairable, here are a few items to consider.

Flood Damaged Machinery Analysis and Repair Part 2 – Guideline 300

Never try to start an internal combustion engine, subjected to floodwaters, without taking the steps described in this guideline.

Fire Damaged Machinery Appraisal and Repair 100

Fire damaged machinery is often repairable, here are a few items to consider.

Catastrophic Failure of Diesel Engines

Don’t dismiss simple routine measures. Proper maintenance is key to reducing expensive repairs and downtime.

Recent Posts
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Should I Trust My Nail Gun?

Can you imagine framing a house with the tools of our forefathers, using hand saws and hammers, rather than power saws and pneumatic nail guns? Power tools have made the job much easier and faster, that even the amateur is well equipped for this kind of work.

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Evolution of Narrow-Aisle Stock Picker Forklifts

As the cost of warehousing has increased over time, material handling equipment has evolved to allow higher density storage capacities. Narrow aisle and order picker forklifts are among the innovations that have evolved over the past 50 years to accommodate this trend.

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Are You Prepared for Emergencies? Your Generator Set Should Be!

Emergency generators are often called into service during catastrophic events like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or fires, but also during more mundane events like thunderstorms and other things that may temporarily interrupt the public power grid. Can you rely on your generator to perform at those critical times?

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Uninvited House Guests: Mold and Other Fungal Growths

The wet, relatively warm weather recently experienced in the southeast has caused a high incidence of mold and other fungal growth complaints in homes and other structures.  Engineers at Warren Group are often called upon to investigate the cause(s) of these problems.

Fractured Fitting

A pipe burst in a heated building: FREEZE Damage??

Have you ever wondered about the cause of a ruptured pipe inside a structure in the dead of winter, and been puzzled because the pipe burst occurred in a heated area? It may seem counter-intuitive, but the cause may have been due to frozen piping.

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Workers Compensation Subrogation Potential: Top 4 Data Needs for Experts

Oftentimes, an insurance adjuster may suspect that the potential exists for a workers compensation claim to be subrogated, but would like a second opinion from an expert before launching a full-blown investigation; alternately, the adjuster may hold the opinion that the subrogation potential is not great, but would like a second opinion for confirmation of […]

A power buggy fitted with an outrigger for tip-over testing.

Injury on Power Buggy

When an operator is thrown from a ride-on vehicle when it tips over, such as a mud buggy, serious injury or death can result. In one such case I investigated, the issue centered on the maintenance of the vehicle, specifically whether a maladjusted hydrostatic drive caused the braking mechanism to malfunction.

One of the fractured Grade 5 bolts used to secure a concrete truck mixer drum to a drive flange.

Bolted Connection Failures

One of the most common features of machinery, consumer products, and assemblies of any type is the bolted joint. Sometimes the joint fails, with results ranging from inconsequential to catastrophic. The design of a joint is in the purview of an engineer, who must consider the material to be joined, the geometry of the joint, […]

A view of the primary air inlet on one brand of firelog.

Firelog Maintenance: Tips to Keep Your Home Soot Free

If you have ever experienced it, you know that sooting from a fireplace can cause unsightly damage throughout a home. In some cases, sooting from gas firelogs is caused by improper placement of the logs, such that flame impinges on the artificial log. When heated, the “log” will give off soot, so placement of the […]

Davis CVSenior Consulting Engineer Roger Davis is a Licensed Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He also has a certificate in Crane Safety from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Distance Learning and Professional Education Center and certificates in Fire and Explosion Investigation and Vehicle Fire Investigation.

Roger is experienced with municipal water, sanitary sewer, and storm water system design, construction, and operations. His expertise also includes property damage and personal injury investigations involving municipal utilities. He is an accomplished gas and diesel engine mechanic and has more than 30 years of experience with hydraulic plumbing and piping issues. He gained practical experience in hydraulics, fluid flow, tanks, and material handling with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc., the largest hazardous and industrial waste firm in North America. Roger also gained experience in industrial operations as a Manufacturing Engineer.

Roger has investigated claims and injuries ranging from pressure piping system failures and material and personnel handling equipment to large engine failures and fires involving machinery, generators and vehicles.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified – Crane Safety
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), SC Air National Guard
Experience in Government Regulation of Public Utilities
Experience in Heavy Industry
Breaking Under Pressure Failures Associated with Pressurized CPVC Water Piping

Proper installation of CPVC piping generally results in a dependable project, but shortcuts can lead to costly repairs for the property owner.

Contractor Fails to Install Manhole in Accordance with Standard Specifications

High-rise buildings in a major city + Broken water main +Underground electrical equipment = $$$$$$$$$$

Flood Damaged Machinery Analysis and Repair Guideline 200

Flood damaged machinery is often repairable, here are a few items to consider.

Flood Damaged Machinery Analysis and Repair Part 2 – Guideline 300

Never try to start an internal combustion engine, subjected to floodwaters, without taking the steps described in this guideline.

Fire Damaged Machinery Appraisal and Repair 100

Fire damaged machinery is often repairable, here are a few items to consider.

Catastrophic Failure of Diesel Engines

Don’t dismiss simple routine measures. Proper maintenance is key to reducing expensive repairs and downtime.

nail gun

Should I Trust My Nail Gun?

Can you imagine framing a house with the tools of our forefathers, using hand saws and hammers, rather than power saws and pneumatic nail guns? Power tools have made the job much easier and faster, that even the amateur is well equipped for this kind of work.

stock-picker-forklift

Evolution of Narrow-Aisle Stock Picker Forklifts

As the cost of warehousing has increased over time, material handling equipment has evolved to allow higher density storage capacities. Narrow aisle and order picker forklifts are among the innovations that have evolved over the past 50 years to accommodate this trend.

shutterstock_161426183

Are You Prepared for Emergencies? Your Generator Set Should Be!

Emergency generators are often called into service during catastrophic events like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or fires, but also during more mundane events like thunderstorms and other things that may temporarily interrupt the public power grid. Can you rely on your generator to perform at those critical times?

IMG_6082

Uninvited House Guests: Mold and Other Fungal Growths

The wet, relatively warm weather recently experienced in the southeast has caused a high incidence of mold and other fungal growth complaints in homes and other structures.  Engineers at Warren Group are often called upon to investigate the cause(s) of these problems.

Fractured Fitting

A pipe burst in a heated building: FREEZE Damage??

Have you ever wondered about the cause of a ruptured pipe inside a structure in the dead of winter, and been puzzled because the pipe burst occurred in a heated area? It may seem counter-intuitive, but the cause may have been due to frozen piping.

wc-blog-banner

Workers Compensation Subrogation Potential: Top 4 Data Needs for Experts

Oftentimes, an insurance adjuster may suspect that the potential exists for a workers compensation claim to be subrogated, but would like a second opinion from an expert before launching a full-blown investigation; alternately, the adjuster may hold the opinion that the subrogation potential is not great, but would like a second opinion for confirmation of […]

A power buggy fitted with an outrigger for tip-over testing.

Injury on Power Buggy

When an operator is thrown from a ride-on vehicle when it tips over, such as a mud buggy, serious injury or death can result. In one such case I investigated, the issue centered on the maintenance of the vehicle, specifically whether a maladjusted hydrostatic drive caused the braking mechanism to malfunction.

One of the fractured Grade 5 bolts used to secure a concrete truck mixer drum to a drive flange.

Bolted Connection Failures

One of the most common features of machinery, consumer products, and assemblies of any type is the bolted joint. Sometimes the joint fails, with results ranging from inconsequential to catastrophic. The design of a joint is in the purview of an engineer, who must consider the material to be joined, the geometry of the joint, […]

A view of the primary air inlet on one brand of firelog.

Firelog Maintenance: Tips to Keep Your Home Soot Free

If you have ever experienced it, you know that sooting from a fireplace can cause unsightly damage throughout a home. In some cases, sooting from gas firelogs is caused by improper placement of the logs, such that flame impinges on the artificial log. When heated, the “log” will give off soot, so placement of the […]

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