Forensic Engineering

If concrete fails, we investigate what went wrong, who’s responsible, and what to do next.

If your concrete structure has failed, it’s important to find out what went wrong. Can it be repaired, or does it need to be replaced? Who is responsible for what? Construction is complex, and failures nearly always have more than one contributing factor. That’s where forensic engineering comes in.

We like to start with the big picture—the project background, history, and any documentation available. We’ll visit your site to examine the overall patterns, perhaps conduct nondestructive testing, and then zero in on the details. That way we keep them in context. We may take samples for petrographic examination or chemical analysis. Once we have a complete, coherent, and non-contradictory picture of what happened, we can prepare a report to suit your needs.

Because we’re experienced in engineering practice as well as forensic engineering, we understand how things work in the field. We’ll come up with practical solutions for remedial action.

Lastly, we know how to communicate technical information to non-technical people without over-simplifying. Most often, our reports lead to settlement of the case. But if not, we can provide clear expert witness testimony that juries can understand.

Email Rachel Detwiler, principal engineer, to tell her about your project.

Collapse of parking garage atop Algo Centre Mall, Elliot Lake, Ontario
The collapse of the parking garage atop Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, was the result of corrosion-related deterioration. Image: Ontario Provincial Police.