David Donovan, JR., P.E., CFEI


Harleysville, PA

David Donovan, JR., P.E., CFEI


Harleysville, PA

GET TO KNOW David Donovan, JR., P.E., CFEI

Mr. David V. Donovan Jr., P.E., CFEI, provides forensic and consulting engineering and expert witness litigation services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Lafayette College and Professional Engineering licensure from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, followed by eight additional states or districts. Mr. Donovan conducts residential, commercial, and industrial civil/structural examination of soils, foundations, walls, flooring, structural supports, roofs, interior and exterior finishes, means of access, building envelope, utilities (i.e., storm sewer, sanitary sewer, potable water, natural gas), highways, bridges, dams, wastewater treatment plants, horizontal directional drilling (HDD), and site features.  In addition, he examines and evaluates public and private property roadway features, in conjunction with vehicular accident cases. Further, Mr. Donovan performs root cause analysis, scope of damage assessment, and value estimation, relative to construction defects, site conditions, environmental impacts, repair and maintenance, and/or property damage, due to forces and mechanisms associated with wind, floods, fire, freeze, hailstorms, moisture, groundwater, settlement, subsidence, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados. Furthermore, he has provided expert witness litigation testimony in cases involving premises liability (i.e., trip or slip and fall), construction defects, hurricanes, fire origin and cause, utilities, building envelope, and structural damage.

Prior to joining Haag, Mr. Donovan was involved in the design, consultation, analysis, and inspection of commercial, residential, and industrial land development projects, which included geotechnical and environmental engineering services. He worked to ensure code compliance with municipal, county, state, and federal governing and regulatory agencies, relative to stormwater management, sanitary sewer, domestic water, utility, erosion and sedimentation controls, bridge modeling, earthwork, and floodplain studies. In addition, Mr. Donovan provided design, project, and construction management services, relative to civil engineering drawing layouts, specifications, and details, and unforeseen site conditions, such as sinkholes, sediment-laden water, grading and earthwork dilemmas, and utility conflicts.

Primary Areas of Consulting

  • Structural Evaluations
    • Commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural building examinations
    • Specialized structure inspections (i.e., chimneys, bridges, tunnels, towers, clarifiers, silos, sports fields, courts, stadiums, and arenas, parking garages)
    • Above or inground swimming pool assessments
    • Subsurface, or subwater structure examinations (i.e., septic tanks, caissons, inlets, cisterns, vaults)
    • Roofing, wall, and building envelope system inspections
    • Construction monitoring and analysis
    • Building condition assessment, including framing and finish materials
  • Site Feature Assessments
    • Roadway, walkway, curbing, stairway, ramp, and trail examinations
    • Storm sewer, sanitary sewer, potable water, and natural gas pipeline inspections
    • Utility structure assessments (i.e., detention basins, outlets, culverts)
  • Origin and Cause of Fire or Explosion Determinations
    • Residential, commercial, and industrial building, or structure, determinations
    • Examination and documentation of evidence
  • Construction Defect Evaluations
    • Manufacture, application, and construction analysis
    • Municipal, county, state, and federal code compliance review
    • Engineering, architectural, and building standards and codes review
  • Premises Liability Assessments 
    • Slip or trip and fall analysis
    • Means of access assessment (i.e., walkways, curbing, stairways, flooring, roadways, ramps, trails)
    • Building or site surface material evaluation
    • Engineering, architectural, and building standards and codes review
  • Moisture Intrusion Source and Cause Determinations
    • Roofing, wall, and foundation system analysis and testing
    • Fenestration and building envelope evaluation
    • Interior and exterior finish system analysis and examination
    • Repair analysis and methodology
  • Geotechnical Engineering Evaluations
    • Foundation and retaining wall construction and failure assessment
    • Soil, geological, and subsurface aggregate research, study, and analysis
    • Earthwork and earth movement assessment
    • Erosion, scour, and slope stability evaluation
    • Subsidence, cavity, and sinkhole examination
  • General Civil Engineering Services
    • Cost/value estimation and scope of damage assessment
    • Remediation analysis
    • Desk review of case files
    • Contractor repair or replacement invoice review
    • Fire damage assessment of building materials
  • Wind and Storm-Related Effect Assessments
    • Building materials design and construction evaluation
    • Wind, tree strike, and hailstone impact damage analysis
    • Wind vs. storm surge/wave damage evaluation
    • Hurricane and tornado damage assessment
  • Environmental Engineering Services
    • Environmental impacts from horizontal directional drilling (HDD) (i.e., inadvertent returns, wetlands encroachment)
    • Subsurface void, cavity, and sinkhole examination
    • Erosion and sedimentation control analysis
  • Land Development Engineering Reviews
    • Residential, commercial, and industrial design and construction plan drawing review
    • Municipal, county, state, and federal code compliance research, review, and analysis
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Evaluations
    • Sanitary sewer flow capacity and fluid dynamics review
    • Sewer pipeline damage and corrosion inspection
  • Water Resources Engineering Evaluations
    • Stormwater management and hydrological analysis
    • Flood damage assessment
    • Groundwater and surface water design and construction evaluation
    • Analysis of dam, reservoir, and associated features (i.e., towers, valves, walls)
    • Floodplain studies and research
    • Storm sewer flow capacity and fluid dynamics review


  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (#16728-9000)
  • Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer (Level I #8854)
  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (#45919)


  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE)
  • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
    Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 2003

Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of:

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia

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