Gary Colburn PE

Senior Managing Engineer

Contact Info

Department

Engineering

Phone

(206) 795-3985

Email

gary.colburn@yaeservices.com

Locations

Seattle, WA

Biography

Gary Colburn is an expert forensic electrical engineer with over ten years of experience in forensic investigations and failure analysis. He has been an expert witness and led investigations for subrogation and liability losses involving fire and water damage where the electrical system is engaged. Gary is a former power system engineer with 30 years of power utility experience in the design of transmission and distribution systems and additional knowledge in generation and substation design and how the power system affects the customer's electrical and plumbing systems.    

Education

  • Washington State University  |  Pullman, Washington
    Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering - Power Option
  • Class III Asbestos Operations & Maintenance
    - 2014-2022 (Annually)
  • University of Alaska  |  Alaska
    Fundamentals of Arctic Engineering - 2021
  • National Fire Protection Agency 1033
    Session 1 & 2, Fire Science & Dynamics and Thermodynamics & Thermometry - 2017
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
    NFPA 921 and 1033: Important Revisions - 2014
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
    Arc Mapping Basics - 2014
  • International Associate of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
    Basic Electricity - 2014
  • International Associate of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
    Process of Elimination - 2014
  • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Training
    David J. Marne, PE, Marne & Associates - 2009
  • IEEE P&E Society Meeting  |  Dallas, Texas
    Harmonics - 2005
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) Training
    NFPA 70 - 1999
  • Seattle City Light
    Symmetrical Components - 1999
  • Solar Power Part I - Design for Small Structures
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  • Solar Power Part II - Design for Grid-Tie Systems
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  • Solar Power Part III - Design Considerations
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  • Solar Power Part IV - Inspecting and Evaluating Systems
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  • Solar Power Part V - Installing Systems
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  • Water Systems and How They Fail
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  • Design of Hybrid Power Plants
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  • Electrical Storage Guide for Electrical Engineers
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  • Best Practices for O&M of Photovoltaic and Energy Systems
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Professional Experience

  • 2023 - Current  |  Senior Managing Engineer  |  YA Engineering Services
  • 2023 - 2018  |  Principal Forensic Electrical Engineer  |  EFI Global
  • 2014 - 2018  |  Forensic Electrical Engineer  |  Unified Investigations & Sciences
  • 2013 - 2014  |  Electrical Distribution Engineer  |  Snohomish PUD
  • 1984 - 2013  |  Transmission and Distribution System Planning  |  Seattle City Light

Areas of Practice

  • Communications Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Condition Assessment
  • Controls Engineering
  • Damage Assessment
  • Distribution
  • Electrical Engineering Design
  • Expert Witness and Litigation Support
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fire Origin & Cause
  • Forensic Electrical Engineering
  • Infrared Thermography
  • Lithium Battery Investigations
  • NEC & NESC Expertise
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Generation
  • Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • Products Liability
  • Solar Array Inspection
  • Transformer Failure Analysis
  • Transmission

Representative Consulting Assignments

  • Commercial Building Fire
    Seattle, WA  |  Acted as Principal Consulting Engineer in the defense of a $15 million frozen food building fire.
  • Multi-Level Apartment Complex Fire
    Everett, WA  |  Determine cause of a multi-story apartment complex fire.
  • Electrocution
    Provided deposition testimony, citing crucial language from the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), of the incident which injured a painter who made contact with high voltage wires due to proximity to the building resulting in a settlement of the case and a win for the client.
  • Sports Complex
    Seattle, WA  |  Led the design and engineering of 26kV switchgear, electrical vaults, and multiple feeders for Seattle Seahawks and Mariners stadiums.

Affiliations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Power and Energy Society

Credentials

  • PE  |  Professional Engineer

Licenses

  • Washington  |  26471  |  Professional Electrical Engineer
  • Oregon  |  90151PE  |  Professional Electrical Engineer
  • Idaho  |  P-16599  |  Professional Electrical Engineer