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Session No. 8B

Can Lessons be Learned from Litigation?

Session Description: What could go wrong? We’ve been doing that for years and never had a problem. You worry too much! If these statements make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up, then you should join us for this session. If you frequently make these statements, then you need to join us for this session. Everyone should learn from their mistakes, but it is significantly better if you can learn from the mistakes of others. Hugh Davidson and Richard Bragg will share some of their experiences with you as forensic engineers and technical experts. By doing so we hope you can develop a mindset that will help you better manage the risk in all your projects and avoid that which strikes fear into the heart of every engineer, a subpoena.

Moderator Name: Michael A. Babusci, P.E., P.T.O.E., Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Speaker Bios   

Hugh Davidson is one of the founding members of Romualdi, Davidson and Associates, Inc.—one of the nation’s leading forensic engineering firms. He has conducted failure analysis, forensic engineering, and product design consultation for more than 45 years. His areas of specialization range from soil mechanics to structural engineering and include traffic accident reconstruction and highway design. He has often served as an expert witness and technical consultant for the Pennsylvania State Attorney General in cases brought against PennDOT. Davidson holds doctorate degree from Lehigh University and is licensed in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Richard Bragg has been working with Romualdi, Davidson and Associates, Inc. since the mid 1980s and currently serves as the company’s president. He has performed over 700 traffic accident reconstructions involving vehicle speed, single and multi-vehicle collisions, heavy truck accidents, and mechanical failures.  He has also conducted more than 200 investigations pertaining to highway and traffic engineering issues such as roadway geometry, sight distance, highway and street signing, traffic signal operation, and the design of guiderails, traffic barriers, and related structures. Bragg holds a doctorate degree, from Michigan State University and is licensed in Pennsylvania.


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Friday, December 13, 2019

10:30 a.m. to noon

Room 106

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The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891