Habitat Engineering & Forensics

Habitat Engineering & Forensics

Fari Barzegar, Ph.D., P.E., CPEng

446 - 17th Street, Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94612

About the Expert

Over 28 years of experience; Structural/Civil Engineering; Construction Defects/Accidents & Disputes; Buildings, Bridges, Silos, Public Works; Vibration, Explosion, Earthquake, Wind, Fire, Flood & Demolition-Related Damage; Failure Investigations/Analysis, Errors/Omissions, Code Compliance, Standard of Care; Slip, Trip & Fall Injuries; Inspection & Report; Expert Consultant/Witness in Over 60 Cases; Testimony & Trial Experience

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Claims
  • Engineering Forensic Disciplines
  • Failure Analysis
  • Slips and Falls
  • Structural Engineering

Expert's Profile


● Civil/Structural Engineering & Construction Forensics — Expert Consulting/Witness; Insurance Claims (Analysis/Preparation); Peer Reviews

● Condition/Vulnerability/Damage Assessment & Failure Analysis — Buildings, Bridges, Industrial Installations, Towers & Chimneys, Containment/Pressure Vessels, Offshore Platforms, Grain & Granular Material Silos, Elevated Equipment, Cranes, Conduits & Pipelines, Underground Tunneling/Mining Operations, Seals/Stoppings in Coal Mines, Earth-Retaining Structures, Foundations, Slabs & Pavements; Instrumentation & Monitoring

● Construction/Installation Defects/Accidents — Effect of Demolition, Pile Driving, and Trenching on Existing Facilities; Cracking and Settlement Damage; Water Intrusion; Contract Disputes

● Code Compliance; Errors and Omissions; Standards of Care; OSHA Standards

● Personal Injury Matters; Slip-Trip-Fall Accidents; Testing for Coefficient of Friction

● Engineering Mechanics — Linear/Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis for Extreme/Accidental Events (Seismic, Wind, Explosion, Vibrations, Thermal Effects); Concrete & Composite Materials; Destructive and Nondestructive Testing

● Product/Component Design/Liability Investigations; Failure Simulation and Reconstruction

● Building/Construction Product Evaluation — Structural Components/Materials, Cementitious Products (Concrete, Terrazzo, Repair Materials); Testing/Analysis

● Intellectual Property and Patent Infringement Issues

● Building & Support-Structure Analysis/Design/Construction — Residential, Commercial and Industrial, Blast & Fire-Resistant Installations, Equipment/Piping Support Structures, Fall Protection Systems, Vibration/Earthquake Hazard Evaluation & Retrofit Design; Steel, Concrete, Wood, Brick, Masonry, and Adobe Construction; Remediation & Construction Management

Personal Achievements


  • Ph.D. (Civil/Structural Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. (Civil/Structural Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. (Civil Engineering, High Honors), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981


  • Professional Civil Engineer (PE)- California
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)- Texas
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)- Australia
  • California General Contractor

Special Training

  • “Construction Management” course, Cal State East Bay SBDC, Oakland, CA
  • Fall-Protection Competency Certificate (Industrial/Commercial, OSSA# 20110705-26)


  • Forensic Expert Witness Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE
  • Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • The American Concrete Institute
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • International Code Council
  • California Preservation Foundation
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
  • The Institution of Engineers- Australia


  • Alfred Noble Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Cited in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • Interviewed by NPR (National Public Radio), Pacifica Radio, Bloomberg & CNN News, Chicago Tribune, The Star Ledger, Press & Sun-Bulletin, The Sacramento Bee, KPIX-CBS Bay Area Local TV Channel
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE (Commit¬tee on Concrete and Masonry Structures)


  • 43 publications (included in C.V.)

Prior assignments

  • Expert consultant/witness on several cases involving engineering, construction, and personal injury matters. Legal-support consulting in over 50 cases, including testimony and trial experience.

Listed in the Following States

Habitat Engineering & Forensics is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).