EXPERT WITNESS -
Modes & Effects Analysis re: Nuclear & Civil Projects
San Francisco Area, CA
Photos and illustrations
applicable to this "Expert Witness" consulting business: (1)
photo of Dr. Ernest M. Miholits; (2) DOE-WIPP-Defense Nuclear Waste Repository, Carlsbad, NM; (3) DOE-Defense
Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site, Aiken SC; (4) DOE-Uranium Enrichment Plant,
Oak Ridge, TN; (5) representative nuclear projects; (6) Three
Mile Island Nuclear Facility, Harrisburg, PA; (7) illustration of an atom; and (8) external
upgrade to the retaining wall adjacent to the beam line at the Stanford Linear
Accelerator Center (SLAC).
DR. MIHOLITS' SPECIALTY IS TO
CONDUCT A FAILURE MODES AND EFFECTS ANALYSIS (FMEA)
AS PART OF THE PROCESS, HE
UNCOVERS THE REASON FOR THE DESIGN
AND/OR EQUIPMENT FAILURE
THAT OCCURRED AT A NUCLEAR INSTALLATION.
FOR THIS EVENT, DR. MIHOLITS ALSO OFFERS
A FULL-LINE OF EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES.
staffing firms who provide expert witness engineering consultants to legal firms and/or engineering expert
witness firms in the above named engineering areas.
REPRESENTATIVE FAILURE MODES & EFFECTS ANALYSIS PROJECTS
Miholits has listed three FMEA projects below where he had either
total or lead responsibility. These before and after construction
projects illustrate the importance of a "Failure Modes and Effects
Analysis" (FMEA) on high-profile nuclear and civil engineering
SPECIALTY: Dr. Miholits' forte
has been to direct his career towards performing failure analysis studies
to specific types of failure or accident incidents,
as they apply to nuclear and specific types of civil engineering
He uses his
education and over 30 years of
experience on high-profile projects (e.g., nuclear) that have a
significant potential for failures and
accidents. Nuclear incidents can be followed by consequences of
major proportions and a high potential for litigation actions.
He combines this
experience with studies directed to find the cause of engineering
incidents. He does this through a failure modes and effects
analysis (FMEA). This is also known as a fault-tree analysis,
event-tree analysis or decision-tree analysis. Please click on
He applies his
experience with forensic
and evaluations to generate the primary inputs to the litigation support
services he provides as an expert witness consultant. Please click on
He then uses this
information to provide expert
witness consulting services related to the aforementioned
incident to the legal profession. Please
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He also does additional
pro-active engineering consulting in the failure analysis area.
This is in the form of upgrade designs to ensure that failures
and accidents do not occur. This consulting also strengthens his
credentials to serve as an expert witness consultant because he
has the ability to analysis the failure process in both
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EXPERT WITNESS TARGET AUDIENCE: Dr. Miholits'
has designed his consulting service for a specific target audience.
That is, an audience that can and/or may encounter accident incidents and/or
design problems that will benefit from his expert witness consulting
services. He has identified this audience to include the
- Engineering expert
witness firms who are under contract to legal firms and who require
- Legal firms
who contract for the services of expert witness engineering firms:
- The legal
firms have Clients who are companies who own/operate a
where a failure and/or accident has already occurred. The facility then has instigated
legal action against the appropriate groups, such as the engineering
firms who have designed the facility, the
constructors, the equipment suppliers, et cetera.
- The legal
firms have Clients who are employees or individuals
are or were employees at a high-profile facility.
These employees then instigated legal action
against this company because a failure and/or accident has already
occurred and these people are alleging injury,
health problems, et cetera.
- The first project
was an existing 1960 retaining wall on that surrounded the beam line
structure at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). This wall
did not meet the current California earthquake standards and was
going to be subjected to an additional load of 90,000 pounds at the
top of the wall. A FMEA study determined that failure could occur
under the two added conditions. I designed and performed the FMEA
program and worked with structural engineers to upgrade the design.
A reinforced supporting structure was built.
- The Comanche Creek Nuclear Power
Plant in Texas in the 1980's went through an ever-changing design,
environmental and regulatory phase because of the long licensing
phase. I performed a design audit. I designed and performed the FMEA
analysis that incorporated the design audit to ensure that the
latest design would meet the codes, standards and not fail.
- The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
(WIPP) for defense nuclear waste in in Carlsbad, New Mexico was in
the completed design phase in the early 1980's. However, the DOE
required that a FMEA be done on the design to ensure that design
would prevent the occurrence of any accidents or failures during the
construction and operation phase of this nuclear waste repository
that would affect the workers.. This was for all above-ground
facilities, the 2,000 foot shaft and the complete under-ground area.
I designed the FMEA program and led a team to do the analysis.
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