KPE- Investigative Engineers

KPE- Investigative Engineers

Kevin Power

1016 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE 68102

About the Expert

With over 30 years in the construction industry, Kevin Power, PE, Owner and Principle Engineer at KPE -Investigative Engineers, provides Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Architectural Experts and forensic engineering services. Mr. Power is an expert Mechanical Engineer and an expert in facility construction failures.

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction Claims
  • Engineering Forensic Disciplines

Expert's Profile

Mr. Power has provided Investigative Engineering services for thousands of forensic assignments including, but not limited to property losses as well as personal injury losses. Mr. Power has provided expert witness statements and reviewed depositions for technical accuracy and testified through deposition. Both plaintiff and defendent assignments have been accepted by Mr. Power over his career as a direct result of his unbiased perspective taken on all assignments.

Mr. Power owns and operates KPE -Consulting Engineers, Inc. and KPE -Investigative Engineers, LLC. The KPE companies work together to provide unparalleled expert witnessing support for subrogation assignments as a result of the multi-disciplined (Structural, Electrical, Mechanical and Architectural) engineering staff which provides both design and forensic investigations. As design engineers, the staff must be current with codes and standards as well as technology which most forensic engineers are not. As forensic engineers, much knowledge is gained from observation of construction failures which translates into better designs by the Consulting Engineers. As a result, Mr. Power and his expert engineers perform brilliantly as both forensic and design engineers.

Mr. Power is considered an expert in property losses from storms, construction defects, design errors and product liability as a result of his vast construction, engineering/design and investigative engineering experience with roofing, siding and other building envelope components.

Mr. Power is also considered an expert Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Power is an expert in Indoor Air Quality, Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning systems and Geo-exchange heat pump systems. Mr. Power draws on his background as a Mechanical Engineer to design mechanical engineering projects for facilities and plant processes. Mr. Power has 25 years of experience designing and engineering complete Mechanical (HVAC and Plumbing) systems from the equipment selection and process design through construction management and project commissioning.
-In industry, Mr. Power has designed and engineered process changes for energy, food and chemical processing industries on numerous systems including complete compressed air systems; clean-in-place (CIP) systems; process drying and curing systems; process dust collection systems; and process piping systems. Industrial markets served include energy, railroad, food processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical and agricultural.
-Commercially, Mr. Power has analyzed, engineered and provided construction administration for numerous mechanical systems including, but not limited to: central chiller and boiler plants; geo-exchange (geothermal) heat pump systems; air-to-air and water-to-air heat pumps systems; variable flow refrigerant systems; geo-exchange heat pump systems; variable air volume, single and multi-zone air handling systems; glycol, refrigerant, hot water, steam and chilled water piping systems; cooling towers, air cooled condensers and evaporative condensers; heat exchangers and pumping systems; and direct digital controls and energy management computer control systems. Commercial markets served include healthcare, education, institutions, government, developers, contractors, architects and other consulting engineers.

Mr. Power’s hands-on construction experience coupled with his design experience and knowledge of the current, state-of-the art technology, relevant codes and standards provide a strong technical foundation when investigating construction failures due to fires, floods, storms, construction defects, design errors and product liability issues. And when Mr. Power does not have the exact credentials or expertise needed for a particular assignment pertaining to a facility, KPE's other expert engineers (Structural, Electrical and Architectural) most likely do have the necessary expertise.


Personal Achievements

Education

  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Graduate Studies in Industrial Engineering (1987-1990)
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, BS-Agricultural Engineering, 1987
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, Business studies, 1978/79
  • University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota, (8 hours transferred from Saint Marys High School),1977/78

Licenses

  • Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in: Nebraska (E-8574); Iowa(13919); South Dakota (9643); North Dakota (PE-6060); Colorado (37938); Wyoming (13072); Nevada (021720); Arizona (38173); Texas (112336); Louisiana (38071); Arkansas (10840); Washington (43955)

Special Training

  • Certified Energy Manager from Association of Energy Engineers
  • Certified Green Building Engineer from Association of Energy Engineers
  • Nationally registered professional engineering record with the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors
  • SPECIALIZED TRAINING Since 2000
  • Daikin University Engineer Day, Omaha, NE 6/12/13: Variable Flow Refrigerant Systems Workshop, 2 hours
  • Architectural Engineering Institute/American Society of Heating, Cooling and Air conditioning Engineers Workshop, LaVista, Nebraska, 03/06/13: New Building Commissioning ROI, 1 hour; Maximizing the Efficiency of Precision Cooling in the Data Center, 1 hour; 12 steps to improved Geo-exchange System Design and Performance, 1 hour; Cost Effective, Synergistics Integrated Design Practices for Sustainable Residential and Small Commercial Buildings, 1 hour; DeMystifying District Energy System Modeling, 1 hour; High Performance Daylighting Design for Net-Zero Energy and LEED Platinum Buildings, 1 hour
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 11/12-11/14/12: Biomechanics and Accident Reconstruction, 2 hours; Joint Examination of Evidence, 1.25 hours; Lightning Strike Investigations,1.25 hours; Corrosion Damage Failure Investigations, 1.00 hour; Ethics Session, 1.00 hour; Proper Site Documentation, 1.50 hours; Chimney Fire Investigations, 1.50 hours; Floor Moisture Emission Investigations,1.50 hours; Roofing Investigations and Issues, 2.00 hours; Scientific Method of Fire Investigations, 3.00 hours; Managing Your IE Business, 2.25 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE 03/07/12: Heat Recovery from Virtually any type of heating Plant, 1 hour;The impact of Outside Air Correction Factor on Dedicated Outside Air Systems and Outdoor Air Management, 2 hour;Airflow Control in High Performance Buildings, 1 hour; Variable Speed compressor Technology, 1 hour
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Las Vegas, 11/07-11/09/11: Product Faults and Failures Investigations, 1.75 hours; Earthquake Issues –The State of California and Beyond, 1.80 hours; IE Technology by Eagleview, 1.0 hour; NFPA 921 2011 –Fire Investigations & the Scientific Approach, 2 hours; Structural Investigations and Repairs, 1.5 hours; Pipe Loss Investigations, 1.25 hours; Sinkholes and Settlement Investigations, 1.0 hour; Geotechnical, Foundation & Slab Investigations, 1.0 hour; Blasting and Vibration Damage Investigations, 1.0 hour; Environmental Investigations, 2.0 hours; American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Las Vegas, NV 10/20-10/22/11; Ethics for Engineers, 1.25 hours; Design-Build Risks –Contracting & Succeeding with Contractor-Led Projects 1.25 hours; Green Design: New Liabilities, Risks, and Insurance Strategies, 1.25 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE 1/11/11: Glycol Systems, 1 hour
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Atlanta, GA, 11/07-11/10/10: The Scientific Method for Fire & Explosion Investigations, 1.5 hours; Structural Investigations, 0.75 hours; Electrical Wire Fires, 1 hour; Equipment Failure and Fire Investigations, 1.5 hours; New Investigative Technologies using Structural Monitoring, 1 hour; Storm Damage Assessments, 1 hour; Fire Investigations for Total Burnout and Total Burn-down, 0.75 hour
  • Airside Components/Krueger, Omaha, NE, 8/16/10 “Methods of Effective Room Air Distribution”, 1 hour
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Las Vegas, NV, 11/10-11/13/09: Metallurgical Investigations, 2.75 hours; Case Studies, 1.5 hours; Investigating and Reporting Hail Damage Claims, 2.0 hours; Fire Investigation, 3.0 hours; Lightning Damage to Municipal Water Wells, 1.0 hours; Slip & Fall and Traffic Accident Reconstruction, 2.25 hours; Building Science & Materials Defects, 2.25 hours; Engineering for Catastrophic Response, 1 hour
  • Iowa School Buildings & Grounds Association, Ames, IA, 7/16/09: Presented “X-raying Your Building to see what’s happening”, 1 hour; Presented “Renewable Energy”, 1 hour
  • Iowa-Nebraska Special Investigative Unit Seminar, Ashland, NE, 4/28-4/29/09, “Special Investigative Unit Training Seminar”, 9.5 hours
  • Mechanical Sales, Omaha, NE, 4/15/09, “Active Chilled Beam Technical Session”, 2 hours
  • American Council of Engineering Companies, Kansas City, MO, 3/19-3/20/09, “Applying Expertise as an Expert Witness”, 11 hours
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Dallas, TX, 11/12-11/14/08: Mold Origin & Cause Testing & Investigation, 1 hour; Vehicular Black Box and Air Bag Investigating, 1.25 hours; Human Factor Aspects of Investigation, 1 hour; Infrared Technology, 1.25 hours; Fire Alarm/Fire Protection Systems Investigations, 1.75 hours; Mechanical Equipment Investigations, 1.5 hours; Catastrophic Response, 0.5 hour
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Omaha, NE, 8/28/08, “Sustainability & Energy Conservation with Improved Ventilation Control”, 6 hours
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Energy Analyst Workshop, Ankeny, IA, 2/13/08: Building Code & Energy Code Updates, 0.5 hours; Energy Analysis Guidelines, 1 hour; Energy Star Program, 0.75 hour; Scotopic vs. Photopic Lighting, 1.25 hours
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Orlando, FL, 11/08-11/10/07: Lightning & Hail Damage Investigations, 1.5 hours; Bridge Inspection & Evaluation Programs, 1 hour; Advanced Fire Investigations, 3 hours; Testifying as an Expert Witness, 2.5 hours; Traffic Accident Reconstruction/Hydroplaning, 2 hours; Identifying Crack Damage (Natural vs. Manmade), 1 hour; Catastrophic Response Logistics, 2.5 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 10/09/07, “Indoor Air Quality: Methods of Measuring Airflow”, 1 hour
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Omaha, NE, 2/24/07, “LEED for new Construction Technical Review Workshop”, 1 hour
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Omaha, NE, 1/23/07, “High Performance Schools –Energy Saving without Added Cost”, 1.5 hours
  • Investigative Engineering Association Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 12/13-12/15/06, “Investigative Engineering Training Program in Subrogation Claims, Product Liability, Scope & Damage, Personal Injury Claims, Cause & Origin, Replacement Costs and Structural Losses”, 21 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 10/10/06, “Concepts of HVAC Acoustics and HVAC Unit Design”, 1 hour
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 9/12/06, “Risk Management & Insurance Issues”, 1 hour
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Energy Analyst Workshop, Ankeny, IA, 2/16/06: Building Code Update, 0.75 hours; Technical Energy Analysis Guideline Update, 0.75 hour; Combined Heat & Power, 2.5 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 11/08/05, “Holland Performing Arts Center –Mechanical Systems and Acoustics”, 1 hour
  • Iowa School Buildings & Grounds Association, Council Bluffs, IA, 10/28/05, Presented “Geo-exchange Heat Pump Systems”, 1 hour
  • TRANE, Omaha, NE, 9/21/05, “ASHRAE Std 62.1-2004 Ventilation”, 1.5 hours
  • TRANE, Omaha, NE, 8/31/05, “Custom AHU”, 1.5 hours
  • International Code Council, Omaha, NE, 4/20/05, “2003 International Energy Code Fundamentals”, 6 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Lincoln, NE, 4/13/05, “Mold in the Building Environment”, 2 hours
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources-Energy Analyst Workshop, Marshalltown, IA, 2/03/05: Technical Engineering Analysis Guideline Updates, 0.5 hour; Water Quality Bureau Update, 0.5 hours; Technical Engineering Analysis Web Application, 1.5 hours; Sustainable Campus LEEDers, 1.5 hours; High Temperature Superconductivity, 0.25 hours; Well Drilling for Geothermal Heat Pumps, 1.25 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 1/18/05, “Principles of Steam”, 4 hours
  • Iowa Heat Pump Association, Altoona, IA, 3/31/04, “Geo-Exchange Heat Pump Workshop” 2 hours
  • MidAmerican Energy, Des Moines, IA, 2/23/04, “Energy Efficiency Programs –Industrial”, 2 hours
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Energy Analyst Workshop, Ankeny, IA, 2/19/04: Building Commissioning and Re-commissioning, 1.5 hours; Technical Review & Updated Analysis Guidelines, 0.75 hour; Energy Modeling Software, 1 hour; ASHRAE Standards update, 0.5 hour; Wind turbine analysis, 1.5 hours
  • MidAmerican Energy, Des Moines, IA, 1/28/04, “Energy Efficiency Programs –Commercial”, 2 hours
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Columbia, MO, 10/01/03, “LEED Green Building Rating System Training Workshop”, 7.5 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 8/15/03, “Immunizing your Building against Airborne Terrorist Threats”, 1.5 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 8/15/03, “Designing for Occupant Acceptance”, 1.5 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 5/13/03, “Ultraviolet Emitters for HVAC”, 1 hour
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 3/11/03, “Bio-Safety Cabinets and Fume-hoods”, 1 hour
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Energy Analyst Workshop, Ankeny, IA, 2/19/03: Geothermal systems and Applications, 3 hours; Technical Requirements and Guidelines, 1.5 hours; Iowa Energy Bank Program, 1.5 hours
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Omaha, NE, 2/11/03, “Green Power”, 1 hour
  • Department of Energy/Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Ames, IA, 11/06-11/07/02, “Photovoltaic Workshop”, 13 hours
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Energy Analyst Workshop, Ankeny, IA, 12/05/01: Wind Feasibility Analyses and Life-cycle cost analyses, 1.25 hours; Energy Analysis and Audits Guidelines, 1.5 hours; Energy Star Training, 2.25 hours
  • Department of Energy/Omaha Public Power Department, Omaha, NE, 8/16/01, “Geothermal Heat Pump System Design Seminar”, 8 hours
  • TRANE, Omaha, NE, 3/28/01, “Trace Load 700 –AC Economics”, 1.5 hours
  • TRANE, Omaha, NE, 2/01/01, Variable Primary Chiller Controls” 1 hour
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources -Energy Analyst Workshop, Ankeny, IA, 12/14/00: Future Improvements to Energy Analysis Program, 1.25 hours; Energy Analysis Guidelines, 1 hour; Economics and Life-cycle costing for Geothermal Systems, 1 hour; Aggregation: Commodity Purchase of natural gas and electricity, 1 hour; Energy analysis reports, 0.75 hours

Organizations

  • Investigative Engineers Association (IENGA)
  • National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)

Prior assignments

  • Property Loss -Storm Damage to Roofs, Siding, Fasia and Gutters
  • Personal Injury -HVAC Design/Construction Defects
  • Property Loss -Fire at Fireplace
  • Property Loss -Frozen Fire Suppression system
  • Property Loss -Wind Damage to Barn
  • Property Loss -Residence Fire
  • Personal Injury -Slip & Fall
  • Property Loss -Frozen Fire Suppression system
  • Property Loss -Residenc Flood
  • Personal Injury -Water Heater Ignited
  • Property Loss -Commercial Roof Storm
  • Property Loss -HVAC Construction Defects

Listed in the Following States

KPE- Investigative Engineers is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin