Dr. Mor
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Avi Mor

Doctor of Civil Engineering (RETIRED)
Concrete expert, standards & codes, testing & evaluation

 Doctor Avi Mor, cement and concrete expert witnessDoctor Mor is an acknowledged expert in the areas of concrete technology, construction materials and construction methods with over 28 years' experience in the industry. His expertise includes problem solving, testing and evaluation, quality assurance, nondestructive evaluation, and research. He is an expert consultant, lecturer and author with numerous articles and presentations to his credit. His background as a scientist, lecturer and builder provides a solid basis of technical and practical knowledge for evaluation of complex construction failure and personal injury cases.

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Education

  • Doctor of Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1987
  • M.Eng. in Construction Management, University of California Berkeley, 1984
  • M.Sc. in Construction Materials, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 1982
  • B.Sc. in Civil Eng., Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 1980

Expertise

  • Concrete Construction problems:
    • Deterioration (chemical and/or physical)
    • ASR/ACR reactions
    • Sulfate attack
    • Cracking of slabs, walls, & structural members
    • Embedded steel corrosion
    • Low strength
    • Spalling and surface defects
    • Uneven finish
    • Moisture intrusion
    • Soil/concrete interactions
  • Personal Injury related to:
    • Construction defects
    • Code requirements
    • Improper use of materials.
  • ASTM testing
  • Load tests on structural members and full structures
  • Materials testing and evaluation
  • Measurement of flatness & levelness of super-flat floors
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Construction quality control
  • General Civil Engineering Construction issues
  • Research and development
  • State-of-the-art reports on construction related subjects

Other

  • Member of technical committees of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), developing codes of practice for the construction industry, and state-of-the-art reports.
  • Member of technical committee of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
  • Guest editor and contributing author for the international magazine Concrete Construction.
  • Authored numerous articles and technical presentations.
  • Lectured on concrete construction at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Technion.

Memberships

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    • ASTM Technical committee C09 -- Concrete
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
    • ACI Technical committee 201 - Durability of Concrete
    • ACI Technical committee 213 - Lightweight Aggregate and Concrete
    • ACI Technical committee 228 - Nondestructive Testing of Concrete
    • ACI Technical committee 304 - Mixing, Transporting, and Placing Concrete
  • International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)
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Examples of Recent Expert Witness Projects

Cracking/Delamination at Nuclear Plant

Investigate delamination in containment building at Crystal River 3 Nuclear plant in Florida .  Prepared comprehensive analysis of "Root Cause" for client and NRC.

Deterioration of Concrete

Investigation of the internal reactions between reactive aggregates and cement (ASR/ACR).  Evaluation of the resultant damage and potential for future damage. Investigate and recommend remedial actions.

Failure to Achieve Strength

Investigation of concrete that was rejected due to failure to reach design strength.  Determine causes and assign liabilities.  Recommend remedial work when applicable.  Present results in mediation and trial.

Moisture Intrusion

Investigation of allegation regarding excessive moisture intrusion through concrete slabs (as per SB800).  Review tests by others and determine extent of damage (if any). Identification of causes and proposals for remedial action.

Durability

Investigate allegations of Sulfate attack on concrete in residential structures.  Determine the type of reaction and extent of damage (if any). Evaluate compliance with codes and specifications. Review and analyze existing knowledge, research and standard-of-care.

Cracking

Cracking of concrete and stucco in residential and commercial applications. Identification of possible causes and damages.  Determine compliance with codes, specifications and Standard-of-Care.  Review and recommend remedial action.

Structural Failure

Investigation of cracking of structural elements in residential and commercial buildings. Determination of the type and extent of problem. Identification of causes and proposals for remedial action. Assign liability as per codes and plans.

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