David Olmstead PE

Senior Managing Engineer

Contact Info

Department

Engineering

Phone

(615) 828-7061

Email

david.olmstead@yaeservices.com

Locations

Nashville, TN

Biography

Dave specializes in electrical engineering issues and electrical failure analysis. He has performed numerous forensic investigations involving fires reportedly caused by electrical issues. Experience includes evaluation of electrical/electronics products and their failure modes to determine whether products adhered to relevant safety standards, including those established by UL, and CSA. He has evaluated products and components for structural wiring compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Dave has extensive experience involving electrical hazard incidents (shock, electrocution, arc-flash) and product safety failure analysis resulting from design changes, manufacturing variances, and CPSC recalls. He has experience evaluating electrical and mechanical equipment damaged by storms (tornado, hurricane, wind driven rain, straight-line wind) and other unexpected water intrusions.

Education

  • University of Missouri  |  Rolla, MO
    B.S. - Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience

  • 2021 - Current  |  Senior Managing Engineer  |  YA Engineering Services
  • 2019 - 2021  |  Vice President  |  J.S. HeldLLC
  • 2017 - 2019  |  Regional Forensic Engineering Manager  |  GHD Services, LLC
  • 2014 - 2017  |  Senior Project Engineer  |  PT&C Forensic Consulting Services, P.A.
  • 2012 - 2014  |  Forensic Electrical Engineer  |  Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2012  |  Principal Electrical Engineer  |  Wunderlich - Malec Engineering, Inc.
  • 1997 - 2000  |  Engineering Project Manager  |  Techno-Mation, Inc.
  • 1995 - 1997  |  Consulting Professional Engineer  |  Olmstead & Associates, Inc.
  • 1994 - 1995  |  Control Systems Engineer  |  Custom Metal Designs, Inc.
  • 1992 - 1994  |  Electrical Engineer  |  GENCOR Systems, Inc.
  • 1990 - 1992  |  Electrical Engineer  |  Integrated Security Systems, Inc.
  • 1988 - 1990  |  Electrical Engineer  |  FRU-CON, Inc.

Areas of Practice

  • HVAC and Mechanical Systems

Representative Consulting Assignments

  • Solar Inverter Fire
    San Jose, CA  |  Performed field investigation support during multiple laboratory inspections to assist in determining the fire cause of 5.6 MW rooftop solar system failure on a large commercial building.
  • Electrocution
    Waynseboro, TN  |  Performed field investigation and provided deposition testimony of the incident which injured multiple individuals who made contact with their ladder and overhead electrical lines.
  • Construction Defect
    Baton Rouge, LA  |  Performed inspection of electrical and fire caulking repairs at a University apartment complex as part of a litigation matter which resulted in providing expert testimony during deposition and trial.
  • Arc-Flash
    Ft. Meade, MD  |  Performed field investigation of the incident which involved (2) injured contractors from contact with energized electrical equipment at a government facility.
  • Hotel Fire
    Nashville, TN  |  Performed field investigation of the fire incident, caused by an improperly installed electrical distribution system. Services included expert advisory role during defense depositions.
  • Storm (Tornado) Damage
    Nashville, TN  |  Performed Mechanical and Electrical (MEP) equipment inspection and assessment of rooftop HVAC units, elevators, and electrical distribution equipment as part of large-loss insurance claim.

Affiliations

  • Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson (TACA)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
  • Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

Licenses

  • Alabama  |  24613  |  Professional Engineer
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