Mr. Nichols is a licensed professional engineer with over 17 years of experience in architectural and structural engineering. He has conducted over 2,000 forensic engineering investigations, most of which have involved structural and building envelope (roof coverings and wall cladding) damage and/or failures. His engineering experience includes root cause studies of structural failures and collapses, moisture intrusion and condensation, soil subsidence, foundation settlement and heaving, damage assessment related to earthquake and storm events (hail, wind, hurricane, tornado, snow and ice), wind vs wave damage assessment, water testing and destructive testing of various building assemblies, stucco testing, design of temporary and permanent repairs for damaged structures and building envelope systems, structural framing and foundation design and analysis. Other experience includes expert witness testimony in depositions and mediations, property condition assessment, residential and commercial building inspection for real estate transactions, and engineering firm management. Mr. Nichols has developed and presented instructional courses on residential and commercial roofs and damage assessment for insurance adjusters.