Engineering Expert Witness Services
Engineering experts provide answers to the root cause of industrial accidents, fire/explosions, product liability and accidents including Forklifts, Machinery, Structures, Equipment, Cranes and Corrosion/Vibration.
We provide these services on a range of applications including energy, chemical, industrial, construction, electrical and transportation. For over 40 years, we’ve supported legal firms in State, Federal & International Courts (on both Plaintiff and Defendant cases) – from simple to complex issues. As an independent forensic engineering firm, we provide unbiased, comprehensive technical results.
Our experience includes:
- Plaintiff award over failed ductwork in an Allegheny County School (PA).
- $98.8 M plaintiff award in a construction contract interference case
- Investigation of an Accident Involving a Forklift
- Served as experts into the cause of a major oil pipeline spill
- $590 M ICC binding arbitration investigation on Coke Oven Battery design/ construction issues.
- Recognized in the American Lawyer Media Top 100 Verdict Awards of 2006 and 2007 (PDFs)
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With a knowledge of materials, metallurgy, fabrication practices, finite element analysis and codes and standards – we determine how materials and products fail, including mechanical integrity of equipment that has deteriorated due to corrosion, fatigue, damage, exposure to fire, abuse, or improper manufacture. A few of the Codes and Standards we work with include: NFPA, ASTM, ASME, OSHA, IBC, NEC and ANSI.
Our experience has proven to be quite successful in court – as we provide comprehensive, quantitative results and effective visuals/ animations.
- Based on accurate engineering models
- Clarify the root cause
- Enables judges and juries to easily understand the technical issues
Materials and engineering principles hold true across many applications – including energy, mining, manufacturing, aerospace and petrochemicals. To see the various types of problems we’ve solved – see our Portfolio.
If you don’t see your application listed in the various industries we’ve supported, please give us a call. We may be able to assist – if not, we may be able to refer you.
Weld/ Materials Expert Witness
Litigation involving welding typically involves product defects/failure or safety-related incidents. Our expert witness services offer a full spectrum of testing in conjunction with engineering analysis tools to evaluate the root cause of failure. These investigations include:
- Weld/ Materials Testing
- Metallurgical Examination & Testing
- Chemical and Mechanical Analyses
- Corrosion Testing
- Electron Beam Microscopy
The right expert can offer a powerful advantage during litigation – what sets us apart is our multi-disciplinary experience in engineering design, analysis, materials and troubleshooting. When performing forensic analysis, we thoroughly investigate the issues – from taking data at the scene, to analyzing drawings, material specifications, and supporting documentation.
Our investigations range from the simple to complex. Quite often Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is used to evaluate design, materials and fabrication/ construction defects. Finite Element Analysis has been qualified for use in the aerospace, marine and defense industries – and has passed the Daubert Challenge. FEA models and animations produce accurate results which are used to help judges and juries understand the technical issues.