Brian Thompson, MS, PE Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties:

Fire and Engineering

Specialty Focus:

Fire Protection Engineering, Building Inspection, Construction Defects, Elevators, Failure Analysis, Fire Alarm Systems, Firestopping, Life Safety Code, Fire Cause and Origin, Smoke Control, Sprinkler Systems, Stairway Shaft Pressurization


Civil Engineering, Marquette University; Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Call Brian for matters involving building codes, life safety, and fire protection engineering. He has experience as an expert in a variety of cases including construction defects, origin and cause, trip and fall, and wrongful death. Brian is founder and principal of AEGIS Engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer throughout the Western U.S., from Alaska to Hawaii (AK, CA, HI, ID, OR, WA). He is a practicing consulting engineer, knowledgeable in building and fire codes and standards, and regularly involved in performance-based design, third party peer review, and special inspection services with public- and private-sector clients. Areas of practice include code consulting, fire rated construction, fire alarm and fire suppression systems (including foam, hydrants, kitchen hood, manual hose, sprinklers, standpipes, and water supply), means of egress and exits, smoke control, as well as hazardous materials and wastes. His experience encompasses assembly, commercial, educational, health care, hospitality, industrial, institutional, jail, residential, retail, storage, and transportation (parking garages as well as air, land, and sea terminals) buildings and facilities. Brian entered the field over 25 years ago as a volunteer firefighter, including participation in fire investigations, before earning a BS in civil engineering and MS in fire protection engineering. He began consulting in fire protection engineering over 20 years ago, including work in failure analysis, and became a licensed Professional Engineer in 2004. Brian is a 40 under 40 award recipient, has spoken at multiple international technical conferences, contributed to a published paper, served appointments to state building and fire code committees, and is active in professional societies with membership in NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), ICC (International Code Council), and SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers).