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Structural Engineering

Structural failures can occur in a wide variety of manners. Forensix has experience evaluating structural failures related to overloading, design defects, construction deficiencies, and fires. Common structural overloading events include high wind, such as during hurricanes and tornadoes; excessive foundation movement, including differential soil movement and seismic loading; and ponding water on roofs, such as from inadequate and/or blocked drainage.

  • structural engineering, forensic engineering

Design defects can vary widely, but some examples include improper system selection, undersized members, improper connection design, and improper material selection. Structural damage during fire events range from surface distress to complete section loss, requiring proper assessment to determine the extent of distress related to decomposition and elevated heat that may not be readily apparent.

Structural components vary in material type, and Forensix has extensive experience in the evaluation of concrete (normal, pre-stressed, and posttensioned), steel, light gage metal, wood, and masonry. Structural components also vary in the method of construction based on the region and type of structure. Forensix has evaluated structures in all regions of the United States and Puerto Rico, comprised of residential, commercial, high-rise, historical, industrial, institutional, religious, healthcare, agricultural, marine, and infrastructure.