Engineer Tom Destafney

Senior Civil Engineer

Areas of Expertise:
Soils Behavior
Construction Site Safety/OSHA 500
Foundations
Construction Contracting & Management
Falls
Construction Defects
Pavements
Water Intrusion
Highway Construction
Roofing
Airfield Construction
Construction Materials
Residential Inspections
EIFS
Mobile Cranes
Materials Soils
Wind/Water Damage Assessments
Directional Drilling

Thomas Destafney, P.E. is CED’s Senior Civil Engineer. Mr. Destafney has a vast degree of training and experience in the civil engineering field due to his management and oversight of more than $250 million worth of construction in locations all over the world, making him one of CED’s most valued experts. Mr. Destafney holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is a registered professional engineer in several states. During more than 20 years experience with the U.S. Navy, Mr. Destafney oversaw hundreds of construction projects where he was responsible for schedules, quality assurance and safety, including the $50 million construction of an airport in the Palau Islands.

Other projects built under Mr. Destafney’s oversight at locations such as the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland, include water/wastewater systems, roads, highways, waterfront bulkheads, multi-story buildings, power plants, major utility projects and whole house repairs. These multi-faceted projects all gave Mr. Destafney significant experience with reinforced and pre-stressed concrete, concrete batch plants, rock quarry and dredge site operations, timber construction, piles and drilled piers, asphalt batch plant and paving, buried utility systems, environmental restoration and building utility systems. On all of these projects, one of Mr. Destafney’s primary duties was Safety Director. In this role, Mr. Destafney was required to ensure that contractors working under his direction complied with OSHA regulations as they pertain to construction work. Because of this, Mr. Destafney is quite adept with OSHA’s safety standards for construction and general industry. He is OSHA authorized to teach OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 construction safety courses.

As the Director of Engineering at the U.S. Navy Public Works Center on the Island of Guam, Mr. Destafney managed a team of 100 engineers and architects who worked on design for projects built in the Guam region, giving Mr. Destafney an insight into the role and potential liabilities that designers may have with respect to design deficiencies and construction accidents. Mr. Destafney also served for two years as the Operations Officer for one of the Navy’s eight SEABEE battalions. During this time, Mr. Destafney oversaw large construction projects under austere conditions at locations ranging from Adak, Alaska to Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Destafney came to CED in 1998 and since that time has worked on hundreds of cases ranging from construction falls to building code violations. Mr. Destafney has considerable deposition and courtroom experience. This, coupled with his significant construction and safety experience, makes Mr. Destafney one of our premier experts.

Academic Background:
Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering, University of Florida
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Florida
OSHA Authorized Construction Safety Trainer

Societies & Honors:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)