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The Construction Vibration Damage Guide for Homeowners

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Dr. John M. Zeigler has an earned Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois, a highly-ranked chemistry graduate program, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is co-editor and co-author of an ACS Advances in Chemistry reference volume on silicon-based polymers, Silicon-Based Polymer Science - A Comprehensive Resource, shown at right, and has been a long-time member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers.
Dr. Zeigler developed considerable scientific and litigation expertise in construction vibration damage, arising from extensive damage done to his home and many others during a road reconstruction project. He was the primary scientific consultant throughout that case. The consulting included damage and scientific documentation, testimony, expert and attorney scientific preparation, vibration monitoring data analysis, and case assembly all the way through trial. Although not a retelling of his case, the CVDG, in both the free Homeowners version and the extended Professional Edition, is founded on what he learned in that nearly 4 year litigation experience and the years subsequent to it. Dr. Zeigler has provided consulting help on numerous vibration damage cases worldwide. He also maintains a Vibrationdamage.com Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vibrationdamage/. There, visitors can find vibration damage content not available on Vibrationdamage.com or in the downloadable PDF, as well as leave their own comments and questions.
As a researcher at a U.S. national laboratory, Dr. Zeigler was a co-recipient of an international IR-100 (R&D-100) award for the development of polysilane self-developing photoresists; he is also the inventor or co-inventor on over 30 U.S. and foreign patents. He has published over 70 papers in the scientific literature and been an invited speaker at scientific meetings and universities over 100 times, as well as serving as an organizer of several international scientific meetings. Dr. Zeigler has also worked in silicones, polysilanes and other silicon-based polymers, conductive polymers, electronic properties of polymers, super-acid and transition metal catalysis, polymer photodegradation, and organic chemistry research.
As a scientific consultant, he has provided expertise on polymeric materials and applications to both Fortune 500 and smaller companies. He has been involved in litigation support work for nearly 20 years, primarily in various aspects of medical devices materials, manufacturing, and quality control, in addition to scientific consulting and other activities. A curriculum vitae, listing publications, invited presentations, patents, testimony and other relevant materials is available. A separate business website, http://silchemy.com, has more information on his background and work.

Vibration-Related Services

We will:

  • Help you understand vibration monitoring, both how it should be done and what results from it really mean, either in the context of vibration damage claims or in helping to avoid them.
  • Independently analyze vibration data sets (see partial example at right) and give you an unbiased view of what they really show and whether the studies were carried out properly
  • Serve as a scientific consultant and peer reviewer of reports for vibration monitoring firms
  • Provide instruction on the science of vibration damage for attorneys, construction firms, governmental entities and others with an interest in or responsibility for construction projects.
  • Serve as an expert witness in vibration damage cases
  • Assist attorneys in the technical aspects of preparing discovery requests
  • Help attorneys in such cases prepare scientifically for deposition of opposing expert witnesses
  • We do not currently perform vibration monitoring at construction sites. Our current consulting rates are $300 per hour of work, with a required retainer of $3000 which covers initial work. Reasonable and customary travel expenses are also billed to the client for any necessary travel. We do not bill for time spent in travel. Full terms are shown in our consulting agreement. The terms in the agreement are the governing ones.

    You can contact Dr. Zeigler through our Contact Us page or by e-mail to drzeigler@vibrationdamage.com. Initial consultations are free and without obligation for either party. The Construction Vibration Damage Guide for Homeowners (CVDG) and the more technical and extensive CVDG Professional Edition provide a good introduction to our capabilities and knowledge.

    See if We Can Help You!
    If you're interested in exploring whether we can help in your construction vibration damage issues, as a homeowner, an attorney or as a responsible contractor, contact us now. Initial consultations are free and confidential, without obligation. You can reach us by e-mail to drzeigler@vibrationdamage.com or visit Dr. Zeigler's company site at http://silchemy.com.

    This is a chapter from the Construction Vibration Damage Guide for Homeowners (CVDG), a 100+ page free document with over 200 color photos, diagrams and other illustrations. It is available at http://vibrationdamage.com as a series of web pages or in full, web navigation and ad-free, as a downloadable PDF document, with additional content not available on the web. The free version of the CVDG is licensed to homeowners and others for personal, at-home use only. A Professional Edition (CVDG Pro), licensed for business use and with over three times as much content, can be ordered from our Order the CVDG Pro page, usually with same-day delivery. You can comment about this page or ask questions of Dr. Zeigler by using our Visitor Comment form. If you would like to discuss vibration damage issues and view additional content not found in the CVDG, Join us on Facebook. Please Like us while you're there.


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