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  • Patrick O. Shires PE
    President/Principal Geotech. Engr./Principal Geophysicist
    Cotton, Shires and Associates, Inc.

    330 Village Lane
    Los Gatos, CA 95030-7218

    Phone: (408) 354-5542
    Fax: (408) 354-1852
    Email: losgatos@cottonshires.com
    www.cottonshires.com

    Specialties
    Geotechnical (soils) engineering; Earthquake engineering; Hydrology; Flood engineering; Earth Movement; Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Principal Geophysicist, Construction Defects, Grading and Drainage, Landslides, Tunneling, Civil engineering, Foundations, Retaining walls, Excavations, Air Photos.
    Degrees/Licenses
    BS, MS/GE, PE, GPh.
    Formal Education
    BS, Stanford University; MS, Civil Engineering, Stanford University.
    Reg/Lic
    Registered Professional Engineer (CA, CO, OR, WA, ID, HI); Registered Geotechnical Engineer (CA); Registered Geophysicist (CA).
    Previous/Current Position
    Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Geophysicist.
    Honors/Awards
    Industrial Research Associate, USGS; Technical Experts Panel, City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
    Prof. Affil.
    American Society of Civil Engineers; Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; CA Geotechnical Engineers Association; Consulting Engineers of CA; American Society of Testing and Materials; Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
    Publications
    ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and conference papers.
    Prior Expert
    Over 44 years experience, Testimony at 87+ trials (Municipal, Superior and Federal and binding arbitrations); 207+ depositions; 250+ settlement conferences; Northern and Southern California and Hawaii.
  • R. Rexford Upp PhD
    Geotechnical Expert

    P.O. Box 725
    Campbell, CA 95009-0725

    Phone: (408) 590-5587
    Email: rex@rexpertwitness.com
    www.rexpertwitness.com

    Specialties
    Soil Engineering and Engineering Geology; Drainage (including foundation and basement moisture intrusion); earth movement (including Landslides, soil creep, expansive soil, fill settlement, erosion); geologic hazard evaluation (faults, earthquakes, liquifaction); distressed foundations/structures (residential, industrial, commercial).
    Degrees/Licenses
    MSCE, PhD, PG, CEG, HG, PE, GE.
    Formal Education
    BS, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 1966; AB, Geology, Humboldt State Univ., 1975; BS, Environmental Engineering, Humboldt State Univ., 1975; MS, Watershed Management, Humboldt State Univ., 1975; MS, Soil Engineering, Stanford Univ., 1977; PhD, Engineering Geology, Stanford Univ., 1982.
    Reg/Lic
    Registered Geologist; Certified Engineering Geologist; Certified Hydrogeologist; Registered Civil Engineer; Registered Geotechnical Engineer.
    Previous/Current Position
    Geotechnical Expert (2012), Principal Engineer/Geologist at Upp Geotechnology, Inc. (1983-2012); Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (1978-1980); Lecturer in Soil Engineering and rock mechanics, San Jose State University (1985-1987).
    Honors/Awards
    CalGeo 2008 and 2010 Outstanding Project Award.
    Prof. Affil.
    CalGeo - The California Geotechnical Engineering Association (Past President); Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, (Past President and past San Francisco Section Chairman); American Society of Civil Engineers (Life Member); Geologic Society of America (Senior Member); Forensic Expert Witness Association.
    Publications
    Over 30 professional publications and conference papers on landslides (e.g. "Scenic Drive Landslide, San Mateo County, Triggered by El Niño"), erosion (e.g. "Coastal bluff stabilization in Santa Cruz"), active faulting, Loma Prieta earthquake, distressed structures, ground water, and grading (e.g. "Grade a Road: Go to Jail - A Saga of California Criminal Justice").
    Prior Expert
    Testimony at over 20 trials; 75 depositions for both plaintiffs/defense in civil cases relating to wrongful deaths, landslides, foundation settlement, grading, fill compaction, and standard-of-care; and a criminal case relating to grading/erosion.

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