Mr. Joshua Brighton holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering with a structures emphasis and is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Mr. Brighton also has a civil engineering design background and has provided analysis and design of various public works and infrastructure projects, including bridges, culverts, and retaining walls. He has taught undergraduate courses in structural analysis and engineering design and communication at the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he has taught seminars to the National Insurance Crime Bureau and various insurance groups on shingle damage caused by hail, wind, and vandalism. Mr. Brighton’s teaching experience has also included a review course for the Professional Engineering exam.
He has over 24 years of experience in the investigation of structural failures and structural condition assessments, including damage repair. Mr. Brighton has inspected and evaluated thousands of structural failures, including single and multiple-family dwellings, commercial buildings, office buildings, warehouse facilities, agricultural buildings, schools, churches, bridges, culverts, and retaining walls. Over the course of his forensic career, he has inspected structures comprised of wood, steel, concrete, masonry, cold-formed steel, and precast concrete. Assignments have involved building code compliance; compliance with industry standards; construction defects; structural failures; vibration effects resulting from blasting, earthquakes, construction equipment, and nearby explosions; vehicle and tree impacts to buildings; hail damage; damage from high winds including tornados and hurricanes; foundation movement; water intrusion; and plumbing leaks. He has provided expert witness testimony.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS:
• Civil Engineering, M.S.: The Pennsylvania State University (1996)
• Civil Engineering, B.S.: The Pennsylvania State University, (1994)
• Licensed Professional Engineer: Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia