Forensic Engineering

What is a Forensic Engineer?

A civil forensic engineer investigates failures or deficiencies in our built environment.  A structural forensic engineer specifically studies failures in the integrity or serviceability of buildings, bridges, telecommunication towers, and other structures.  A forensic engineer is qualified by education, experience, training, licensure, and examination to apply engineering principles to the complex phenomena involved in issues with our built environment.  His or her expertise plays a key role in investigating, maintaining, and improving that environment.

General Specialties

& Experience

Construction defect evaluation and repair; structural failure analysis; structural retrofits; building codes; fall protection anchorage; project management; wind, hail, fire, snow, earthquake, lightning, flood, tornado, hurricane, volcano, impact, and other natural and man-made disasters damage analysis; water intrusion, electrical transmission line structures.

Years in Practice: 12

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 9

Forensic Engineering
Water Intrusion

Is the unexpected flow of water into any area of a building where it can cause damage and destroy the foundation. For example would be a leaky pipe, at first it shows itself in the wall by making the plaster bubble or by a leak from the ceiling. 

Fire Damage Analysis

Fire damage can be caused from multiple things like cooking appliances, carelessness and electrical malfunction. An analysis would be trying to determine what caused the fire.

Impact Structural Damage

Is any damage that can be done to a building’s core, mainly the roof and supporting walls. For example this type of damage would be leaning windows and door frames and if not fixed it can cause collapsing.

Project Management

Make sure that the projects get done within a timely matter and to make sure that all the phases of the project are completed efficiently.

Fall Protection Anchorage

 

Anchors protect the workers from an unwanted fall. In order for the worker to be safe and supported so they don’t fall, the anchor must be attached to something that is strong and can take the weight.

Electrical Transmission Line Structures

They are the most visible parts of the system and are made up of a few different components like conductors, insulators, cables and more. The transmission lines support the conductors that are used to transport electric power.