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David Townsend, PE

Senior Forensic Engineer


Seattle, WA Service Center
9316 Lakeview Avenue, Bldg. 21-C
PO Box 98887
Lakewood, WA






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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Townsend is experienced in electrical engineering, with 30-years of experience in utility engineering and operations plus 14 years of experience in the broader field of forensic engineering and failure analysis.  He is located in the Seattle, Washington area.  He is knowledgeable about NFPA 921, the NESC, and the NEC.  He is experienced in depositions, arbitration, and in expert court testimony.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Electrical failure analysis
    • Electrical appliance failures
    • Electrical wiring and connection failures
    • Fires caused by electrical failures
    • Utility transmission and distribution system planning and operations
    • Electric power reliability (or lack thereof!)
    • Power generation interconnection
    • Voltage quality
    • Emergency utility operations and major outage restoration
    • Shock and electrocution
  • Education

    BSEE, Cum Laude, Washington State University, Washington, 1976

  • Certifications

    Professional Engineer, Washington State, License #20015

  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Mechanical
    • Engineering - Electrical
    • Engineering - Electrical Components
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