Engineering Expert Witness Services
Forensic engineering experts providing answers to the root cause of structural failures, industrial accidents, fire/explosions, and accidents including forklifts, machinery, cranes and other industrial equipment – as well as product liability issues on commercial/ residential equipment.
We support law firms and major insurance companies in State, Federal & International Courts (on both Plaintiff and Defendant cases) – from simple to complex issues. Our work has included interacting with US government agencies such as the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB). As an independent forensic engineering firm, we provide unbiased, comprehensive technical results.
Our experience covers a broad range of industries, materials, and equipment. For a comprehensive list, see Industries Served.
- Forensic Investigation of Forklift Accident
- Plaintiff award over failed ductwork in an Allegheny County School (PA)
- $98.8 M plaintiff award in a construction contract interference case
- $590 M ICC binding arbitration investigation on Coke Oven Battery design/ construction issues.
- Forensic Investigations – Residential Construction/ Remodelling Disputes
- Recognized in the American Lawyer Media Top 100 Verdict Awards of 2006 and 2007 (PDFs)
Images above: Forklift Brake Cable/ Scaffold/ Transmission Shaft/ Hunting Bow
We were asked to provide engineering technical expertise in a ($200 M) construction litigation regarding the structural integrity of a coke oven battery. Finite element analysis was used to calculate temperatures, deflections, strains, and stresses to evaluate the long term integrity of the roof and heating walls. The results showed that the battery oven walls would not deflect enough to induce instability. The construction imperfections had no meaningful effect on the structural integrity, robustness, or longevity of the battery.
We assist in determining whether a component was used improperly (failure to warn), manufactured incorrectly (manufacturing defect), or initially designed improperly (design defect). We’re quite familiar with engineering codes as NFPA, ASTM, AWS, API, ISO, and ASME – as well as AISC and the various Building Codes.
Whether it’s a statue base, a compound bow, a pressure vessel or an industrial turbine – our experience includes materials, metallurgy, fabrication practices and finite element analysis – offering comprehensive, accurate results. These forensic expert witness services range from local cases to high-profile international matters.
Our experience has proven to be quite successful in court, providing 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
- Construction Defect Lawsuits
- Oil & Gas Accidents and Injuries
- Scope of Damage from Catastrophic Events
- Fires and Explosion Origin and Cause
- Extent of Damage/Repairs
- Personal Injury Lawsuits
- Negligence Lawsuits
- Products Liability Cases
- Safety/ Workplace Safety
- OSHA Compliance and Citations
Read more about our Litigation Experience.
The right forensic expert can offer a powerful advantage during litigation – what sets us apart is our multi-disciplinary experience in engineering design, analysis, materials/metallurgy and troubleshooting. When performing forensic analysis, Our Team thoroughly investigates 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.
Give us a call – Let’s talk about your forensic engineering needs.
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