Octavio J. Oliu

Electrical Division Manager, East and Great Lakes Regions / P.E., CFEI, CVFI, CMI / Fort Lauderdale

Background

Mr. Oliu is a graduate of the University of Miami with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer with 45 years of experience in electrical design, fire alarm, low-voltage systems, and construction administration of residential, commercial, industrial, and health care projects. In addition, he has extensive field experience in actual electrical installations from his early years as a journeyman and master electrician. 

Mr. Oliu is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI); a Certified Marine Electrician through the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC); and a Certified Marine Investigator (CMI) through the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI). He is bilingual (English and Spanish) and is familiar with the National Electric Code, the NFPA 72, 101, and 110 standards, the Florida Building Code, and the International Building Code and design procedures. He is also trained in design and installation of photovoltaic systems.

He has been working in the electrical forensics field since 2008, specializing in the investigation of electrical equipment failures, electrical and structural fires, automotive and marine vessel fires, corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) fires, and electrical shock and electrocutions. He also performs assessments and analysis of lightning damage, power surges, hydraulic and cable-type elevators, building codes issues, engineering design defects, small appliance defects, home appliance failures, cable damage, wiring damage/defects, vandalism to electrical equipment, and water damage to electrical equipment, as well as provides electrical construction estimates. In addition, he provides legal deposition and court testimony in support of technical findings as needed.

Mr. Oliu is an active member of several professional organizations, including NAFI, ABYC, IAMI, the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).  

Education and Certifications

• Industrial and Organizational Psychology, M.S.: Carlos Albizu University-Miami 
• Electrical Engineering, B.S.: University of Miami 
• Registered Professional Engineer: Florida
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI): National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
• Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI): National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
• Certified Marine Electrician: American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
• Certified Marine Investigator (CMI): International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI)