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Douglas Bernthal, PE, CFEI

Forensic Electrical Engineer


Orlando Service Center
11602 Lake Underhill Road, Ste. 140



Telephone 2




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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Bernthal has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of electrical fires and failures, Origin and Cause investigations, electrical design and troubleshooting, and project management. He also has over 10 years’ experience as a licensed Master and Journeyman Electrician in the electrical construction industry. His forensic experience involves onsite and joint examinations, expert forensic reports, litigation and electrical accident investigation. His engineering experience includes the design and installation of distributed generation projects, power distribution equipment, automated control systems, indoor and outdoor lighting systems and power quality systems. His project management experience includes creating job specifications, management of multiple subcontractors and interaction with owners, developers, architects and equipment manufacturers. Mr. Bernthal’s electrician experience includes industrial and commercial renovation projects, troubleshooting electrical outages at local businesses, and managing apprentice electricians on new industrial and commercial construction projects. Knowledge consists of: power distribution systems, motors and controls, electric services, transformers, bus duct systems, lighting systems and the National Electric Code.  

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Electrical Fire and Explosions
    • Electrical Accidents/Fatalities
    • Lightning/Power Surge Damage
    • Wetted Electrical Equipment
    • Automated Control Systems
    • Transformer/Generator Failure Analysis
    • Power Generation and Distribution Systems
    • Manufacturing Plant and Assembly-Line Equipment
    • Industrial, Commercial and Residential Construction Projects
    • Industrial, Commercial and Residential Buildings
    • Construction Claims
    • Safe Work Practices
    • OSHA Compliance
  • Education

    Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1993

    Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1990

    Certificate, Electrical Technology, Michigan State University, 1979

  • Certifications

    Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI, 9359-4039

    Private Investigator, Florida, C 1200260

    Registered Professional Engineer, Florida, 60011

  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Electrical
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Subrogation
    • Engineering - Power Generation and Distribution
    • Engineering - Electrical Components
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