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March 18, 2014

Trident Presenting at SEI March General Meeting

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Trident’s Joseph c. Davis, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is scheduled to give a presentation on “Bridge Instrumentation and Live Load Testing” on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Engineer’s Society of Baltimore. Dr. Davis’s presentation will cover equipment and methods of testing bridges and supplemental load ratings. More information on Dr. Davis’ presentation, as well as the opportunity to enroll, is available at the link below.

Direct Link to March Meeting
http://ascemd.org/sei/2014/03/05/march-general-meeting-bridge-instrumentation-and-live-load-testing/

More info on SEI
http://ascemd.org/sei/

February 7, 2014

Jon Fregger is Selected as the New Director of Operations at Trident Engineering

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Trident Engineering Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jon Fregger has been selected to be the new Director of Operations at Trident Engineering effective February 7, 2014.

Mr. Fregger has been with Trident since 2010 as a Civil Engineering Associate and the company’s Evidence Custodian, positions that he retains in addition to being Director of Operations. Mr. Fregger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology/Construction/Architecture from the California State University, Fresno, possesses a Master’s Degree and has done doctoral work in Organizational Development. He also brings experience in Construction Management, General Contracting, Disaster Recovery Coordination and Organizational Leadership and Development to the table at Trident Engineering Associates, Inc.

July 17, 2013

Trident Presenting at Half Moon Seminar

 

COLUMBIA, MD – Trident’s Dr. Joseph Davis, P.E. is scheduled to teach a segment of an upcoming seminar on Forensic Engineering for Half Moon Education on July 17, 2013 in Columbia, MD. Dr. Davis’s segment will cover forensic examination of concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures. Field instrumentation and testing will also be covered. More information on Dr. Davis’ segment, as well as the opportunity to enroll, is available here.

Direct Link to July 17th Seminar
https://www.halfmoonseminars.com/continuing_education_seminar.php?seminar_location_id=2620

More info on Half Moon Seminars
www.halfmoonseminars.com

June 28, 2013

Trident Sponsors Hole at Harrisburg Claims Association Golf Outing

 

DILLSBURG, PA – Trident sponsored a hole at the recent Harrisburg Claims Association (HCA) 2013 Annual Golf Outing, attended by claims representatives, restoration services and lawyers, as well as a part of Trident’s own Fire Investigations Team. Charles “Chuck” Mast, CFI, CFEI, the Director of Fire Investigations and Michael “Mike” Smith, CFEI, CVFI attended, with George Burgee of John’s Eastern and Sonny Walker of USS Laffey Association rounding out their foursome. Trident set up a table at the 18th hole, and even sponsored a raffle with prizes handed out after dinner. A portion of the proceeds collected support Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania (http://www.kidschanceofpa.org/), which provides “hope, opportunity, and scholarships for kids of injured workers”.

Trident HCA Golf Foursome

L to R: Mike Smith, George Burgee, Chuck Mast, Sonny Walker

May 28, 2013

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Grants Trident a Copyright

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In 2012, Trident applied for a copyright on a protocol developed for a quantitative determination of visibility impairment due to various types of damage in aircraft windshields. On May 28, 2013, this protocol was granted the requested copyright by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, effective December 2012.

Trident has established a reputation for the analysis of failed windshields from general aviation aircraft. These investigations are usually conducted for insurance companies to determine the cause of failure.

For 30 years, first under the direction of Captain Robert F. Hunt, a former Navy pilot and maintenance officer, and now conducted by Mr. Stanley J. Dapkunas, P. E. and Mr. Timothy R. Geis, M.E.E.E., Trident has analyzed over 1,500 windshields to determine causes of failures. Mr. Dapkunas and Mr. Geis bring both materials and electrical engineering skills to Trident’s investigations.

Cracked Windshield

An example of a severely cracked windshield is shown above. Determination of the cause of failure is often necessary to assess responsibility for replacement.

May 2013

University of Maryland Students Begin 2013 Summer Internships

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Brian Hackett of MD and Matthew Leyden of NJ began their summer internships at Trident Engineering on May 20 and May 28, 2013, respectively. They were selected from a pool of over 40 applicants that included civil, mechanical and materials engineering majors. Both are Civil Engineering majors at the University of Maryland and will enter their junior and senior years at the end of the summer. Brian participated in the finals of the National Steel Bridge Competition (see also news of April 2013 – Trident Sponsors University of Maryland Steel Bridge Competition).

May 15, 2013

Dr. Joseph Davis is appointed as Vice President of Trident Engineering

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Donald W. Vannoy, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, President of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc. announced, “It is with great pleasure to inform you that Dr. Joe Davis, P.E. has been appointed Vice President of Trident Engineering effective May 15, 2013. Please join me in congratulating him upon his appointment.”

Dr. Davis has been with Trident since 2008 and was appointed to the position of Director of Civil Engineering in 2011, a position that he retains in addition to being Vice President. Dr. Davis spearheads Trident’s hurricane investigation unit as they apply ASCE 7-05 and the more recent ASCE-10 standards.

April 2013

Trident Sponsors UMD Team in the ASCE Steel Bridge Competition

 

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Trident Engineering has again become a Platinum Sponsor of the University of Maryland Steel Bridge Team for the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Steel Bridge Competition. The ASCE Competition gives students an opportunity to challenge themselves by displaying principles learned in their classes. This year, the UMD Steel Bridge Team placed third, which qualified them for the National Competition, held May 31 – June 1 in Seattle. More information as well as Trident’s sponsorship can be viewed at: http://www.ascemaryland.org/steel-bridge.html

November 1, 2012

New Director of Fire Investigations

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Charles “Chuck” Mast, IAAI CFI, is now Trident Engineering Associate’s Director of Fire Investigations. Chuck joined Trident, part time in May of 2011, then full time in July of 2012 before accepting the Director position on November 1, 2012. Chuck has been performing cause and origin investigations for over 14 years, beginning with the Baltimore County Fire Department. He has extensive experience in both the criminal and insurance aspects of fire investigations. In addition to being a Certified Fire Investigator, Chuck is certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician. Chuck is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

May 2012

University of Maryland Students Begin 2012 Summer Internships

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Kevin Fries and Maurice Silva began their summer internships at Trident Engineering in the third week of May 2012. Kevin is a Civil Engineering major, and Maurice is a Mechanical Engineering major. Both University of Maryland students will be entering their senior years at the end of the summer

April 2012

Trident Sponsors UMD Team in the ASCE Steel Bridge Competition

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – “Trident Engineering become a Platinum Sponsor of the University of Maryland Steel Bridge Team for the 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Steel Bridge Competition. The ASCE Competition gives students an opportunity to challenge themselves by displaying principles learned in their classes. More information as well as Trident’s sponsorship can be viewed at: http://www.ascemaryland.org/steel-bridge.html

February 1, 2012

Trident Engineering Opens Branch Office in Carlisle, PA

 

CARLISLE, PA – Donald W. Vannoy, Ph.D., P.E., President of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc., announced that Trident is opening a branch office in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on February 1, 2012. Dr. Vannoy states, “This office will allow Trident Engineering to better serve our insurance and legal clients in Pennsylvania. Our business in Pennsylvania has shown considerable growth thanks to the efforts of Scott Ulsh, Trident’s Director of Client Relations and Business Development. Dennis Hurley will serve as Branch Manager.” Trident Engineering’s office in Annapolis, MD will continue to serve clients and be Trident’s headquarters as it has been for the past fifty-two years.

December 4, 2011

Donald W. Vannoy, Ph.D., P.E. is named as an Honor Member by UMD Chapter of Chi Epsilon

COLLEGE PARK, MD – The National Office of Chi Epsilon the Civil Engineering Honor Society has approved the nomination of Donald W. Vannoy, Ph.D., P.E., President of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc., as a Chapter Honor Member. According to the bylaws of Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Membership is bestowed “in recognition of outstanding professional accomplishment in the field of civil engineering.” Dr. Vannoy was initiated as a Chapter Honor Member at a meeting of the University of Maryland Chapter of Chi Epsilon that took place at UMD’s Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building on December 4, 2011.

August 25, 2011

Trident’s Dr. Joseph Davis Assesses Earthquake Damage in Annapolis, MD

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – “The Capital”, the hometown newspaper of Annapolis, MD reports that Joseph Davis, PhD., P.E. director of civil engineering for Trident Engineering, said engineers with the firm were out after the quake inspecting city-owned buildings and parking garages. They were making sure the structures were stable in the aftermath of the Northern Virginia Earthquake that occurred on Tuesday August 23, 2011. Many of the buildings in the city, Dr. Davis said, were built at least 50 to 100 years ago. “They were not designed for any seismic activity,” Davis said. The area likely got through the rare earthquake with minimal damage because the epicenter was so many miles away. “We haven’t found any major structural issues,” Davis said. Dr. Davis further states, “I may be out at these buildings again next week if the weather forecast holds true with Hurricane Irene. What are the odds of a 100-year earthquake and a 100-year hurricane in the same week?”

Click to read the entire article at “The Capital” website

May 24, 2011

Trident Engineers make Presentation to New Jersey NASP Group

 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Larry Morgan, Electrical Engineer and Dennis Hurley, Mechanical Engineer of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc. presented “Subrogation Opportunities Resulting from Failures of Home Appliances” to NASP’s (The National Association of Subrogation Professionals) New Jersey Chapter meeting that was held at a PSE&G facility on May 24, 2011 in South Plainfield, NJ. The Trident presentation was part of a program that included fire investigation concerns and the legal issues involved with Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing used for residential gas lines. Trident’s presentation discussed subrogation opportunities, which arise due to the malfunction of consumer appliances, such as clothes dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, and the like. Mr. Morgan and Mr. Hurley provided an overview of inspection procedures they utilize to maximize the potential for recoveries, and discussed the electrical and mechanical aspects of product failures and defects.
Click for more information about NASP

May 23, 2011

University of Maryland Students Begin Summer Internships

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Cathleen Needham and David Kirk began their summer internships at Trident Engineering on May 23, 2011. Both are Mechanical Engineering majors at the University of Maryland and will enter their junior years at the end of the summer.

Dr. Joseph Davis, P.E. imparts wisdom to summer interns David Kirk and Cathleen Needham.

May 6, 2011

Sandy Dapkunas, P.E. makes Presentation to PAIIA Group

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Sandy Dapkunas, P.E., Director of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering at Trident Engineering made a presentation to the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters (PAIIA) in Annapolis, MD on April 6, 2011. The PAIIA invited Sandy to address the technical aspects of recent regulations that require sprinkler systems for new residences in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
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May 4, 2011

Hart Kerlin Appears on WBALTV Laptop Computer Fire Newscast

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Hart Kerlin, CFEI, CVFI, Director of the Fire Origin & Cause Department at Trident Engineering, provided technical commentary for WBALTV’s newscast about the dangers of laptop computer fires. Hart discusses technical issues relating to laptop computer fires and steps that consumers should take to avoid this problem.
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Click to link to WBALTV.com

April 28, 2011

Trident Engineering Begins Limited Assessment of Electronic Devices

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Trident Engineering Associates, Inc. has announced that it will provide a new service to its clients in the insurance industry. The purpose of this special package from Trident Engineering is to assess the condition and cause of damage of consumer electronic devices at a reduced cost. Trident’s clients in the insurance industry receive many claims for consumer electronics that are allegedly damaged by lightning, water and other causes. This program allows a cost effective means to assess those claims.

Trident will perform a limited, non-destructive evaluation of electronic devices. The assessment will attempt to determine the condition and cause of the damage to the device. Trident will report its findings in the form of a brief written report or an oral report according to our client’s preference. Please click on the link below to see additional details.

Click for the promotional flyer

April 8, 2011

Larry Morgan and Dennis Hurley to make Presentation to NASP Group

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Larry Morgan, Electrical Engineer and Dennis Hurley, Mechanical Engineer of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc. will present “Subrogation Opportunities Resulting from Failures of Home Appliances” to NASP’s (The National Association of Subrogation Professionals) Maryland/Washington DC Chapter meeting on April 8, 2011 in Annapolis, MD.

The presentation will involve subrogation opportunities, which arise due to the malfunction of consumer appliances, such as clothes dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, and the like. Mr. Morgan and Mr. Hurley will provide an overview of inspection procedures they utilize to maximize the potential for recoveries, and will discuss the electrical and mechanical aspects of product failures and defects.

Click for more information about NASP
http://www.subrogation.org

Click for the meeting flyer
http://www.subrogation.org/downloads/events/4-08-11MarylandDCChapterMeetingFlyer4458.pdf

January 4, 2011

Dennis Hurley, a Mechanical Engineer at Trident Engineering, has been appointed to the Planning Commission of North Middleton Township, PA. Dennis has served on the North Middleton Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Review Committee for the past year.

October 23, 2010

Joseph C. Davis, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Civil Engineering at Trident Engineering, gave a technical presentation entitled “Forensic Engineering – Lessons Learned from Recent Failures” to The Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT), the largest and most active Association of registered structural engineers and allied professionals in the State of Texas. The presentation took place at SEAoT’s Annual Convention on October 23, 2010 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

March 11, 2010

Delaware Jury Finds Non-infringement and Non-willfulness in LG Electronics Refrigerator Patents Case

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 11, 2010, a jury in the U.S. District Court in Delaware found that FrenchDoor refrigerators produced by LG Electronics do not infringe a Whirlpool patent, but found that some patent claims covered certain earlier-generation LG side-by-side refrigerators, which LG is no longer making. The jury determined that LG was not willfully infringing these claims. Another Whirlpool patent asserted against LG was found invalid. Whirlpool was awarded $1.78 million for infringement of the earlier-generation side-by-side refrigerators, an amount well below Whirlpool’s quest for total damages of more than $22 million. The management of LG Electronics considers the outcome to be a major victory in their quest to become a top refrigerator seller in the U.S. market.

LG was represented by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. With more than 375 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. The firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. For additional information on the firm, please visit www.finnegan.com.

A team of Trident Engineers that was led by Dr. Donald Vannoy and Sandy Dapkunas, who both testified in the trial as Expert Witnesses, supported Finneagan’s case for LG Electronics. Dr. Joseph Davis, Timothy Geis, Dennis Hurley and Scott Smith conducted a series of tests and measurements to bolster the testimony of Dr. Vannoy and Mr. Dapkunas.

November 25, 2009

On November 25, 2009 United States District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga denied plaintiff’s Motion for Class Certification in the case of ERICK KELECSENY, et al., Plaintiffs, vs. CHEVRON, U.S.A., INC., et al., Defendants. The defendants were assisted in their legal defense by a multi-disciplined engineering team that included mechanical engineers, an organic chemist, a marine surveyor and a metallurgist, among others. The case relates to the use of gasoline with ethanol (E10) in marine engines in the State of Florida. Additional information can be found at e10 case history.

June 24, 2009

Dr. Donald W. Vannoy, P.E., president of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc., has concluded his service to the State of Maryland as a member of a seven-member panel of independent, nationally recognized experts on bridge and tunnel design. This esteemed committee has issued their report that includes recommendations for improvements to the bridge and tunnel inspection procedures by used by Maryland’s Transportation Authority. Dr. Vannoy was appointed to the panel by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in the wake of an August, 2008 crash on the Bay Bridge.

For more information please visit: http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/News/NewsReleases2009

For a copy of the report: Peer Review Report for MTA.pdf

May 20, 2009

Trident Engineering Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary in 2009

Annapolis, MD
Trident Engineering Associates, Inc. was organized in 1959 by a group of senior faculty members of the United States Naval Academy. The firm was created in order to offer industry and government the variety of professional disciplines and experience possessed by the technical community of a first-class technical institution.

Trident’s main thrust was originally in the areas of research and development, especially with agencies of the federal government. As the country became more conscious of occupational safety, product liability, and consumer protection in general, Trident’s talents and capabilities were drawn into the field of technical liability investigations, now a major part of Trident’s business. This work includes acting as legal expert witnesses and determining the causes of accidents, explosions, fires, mechanical/electrical/structural failures, as well as identifying potential liabilities. The technology required in these investigations includes skills relating to metallurgy, stress analyses, toxicology, heat transfer, electrical equipment failures, flammability of materials, equipment failures, laboratory analysis, and many other disciplines. Trident’s experts also assist U.S. Federal courts in the hearing of patent disputes.

Trident provides experienced engineering and technical investigators on short notice for domestic and international cases. Our ability to respond to the specific needs of the legal and insurance industries enables Trident to offer a thorough, unbiased analysis.

September 8, 2008

Governor Martin O’Malley announced the appointment of Dr. Donald W. Vannoy, P.E., president of Trident Engineering Associates, Inc., to a peer review group, composed of nationally recognized experts, to examine MDTA’s bridge and tunnel inspection program and identify and evaluate best practices used throughout the United States. The peer review group is expected to submit a report containing findings and recommendations in the first half of 2009. For more information please visit: http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/News/NewsReleases2008