Examples of Engineering Expert Witness Cases

Engineering Expert Witness Services

Our forensic engineering experts provide 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). Our forensic engineering services also extend to component damage assessment and Fitness for Service (Run/Repair/Replace) decisions.

As an independent forensic engineering firm, we provide unbiased, comprehensive technical results.

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Coke Oven Battery
Finite Element Model of Coke Oven Battery
Finite Element Results on Coke Oven Battery

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.

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  • Experience Summary

    For over 30 years, we have been performing engineering design & analysis and troubleshooting of equipment in industries including energy, mining and petrochemical.

    We assist in determining if the product failed because it was used improperly (failure to warn), manufactured incorrectly (manufacturing defect), or initially designed improperly (design defect). We are 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 compound bow, or an industrial turbine, we have experience in materials, metallurgy, fabrication practices and finite element analysis – offering comprehensive, accurate results. Our 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

    Not sure what type of expert you need? – give us a call, we may be able to help.

    To see the various types of technical issues we’ve solved, see our Portfolio.

    Examples Include:

    • Consumer
    • Commercial
    • Petrochemical
    • Manufacturing
    • Energy
    • Appliances
    • Sporting Equipment
    • Furnaces
    • Assemblies
    • Conveyors

    EXPERIENCE

    • 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

    Producing Results

    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 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.

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    Give us a call – Let’s talk about your forensic engineering needs.

    Related Links

    >> Fire/ Explosion Investigations
    >> Safety Evaluation Services
    >> Materials/ Metallurgy Consulting
    >> Finite Element Analysis
    >> Description of Finite Element Analysis
    >> Our Engineering Team
    >> Portfolio of Engineering and Legal Cases

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