Structural Investigation & Forensics

Structural Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, and Expert Witness


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FDR’s team of veteran engineers and scientists provides a collective wealth of over 200 years of hands-on experience in engineering research, analysis, and design. FDR is committed to providing its clients with the most advanced tools and cost-effective solutions for structural investigative support.

FDR has teamed up with Applied Science International, LLC (ASI) to take advantage of its proprietary Extreme Loading® Technology (ELT) to provide superior 3D analysis and visuals to current practices which typically rely on hand calculations, simplified analysis, or artistic renditions of the suspected causes of failure. Using the advanced capabilities of ELT, structures can be model and simulated with the original structural design and as-built construction to verify proper design and construction, identify deficiencies, and reproduce complete failure scenarios if they occur. Team can analyze failure scenarios more accurately, in a shorter amount of time, and with more detail than conventional analysis methods. Results from the analysis can effectively display and communicate technical events through video of the scenario to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Structural Investigation & Forensic Services:

    • 3D Structural Analysis
    • Blast Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Damage Assessment
    • Expert Witness Testimony
    • Facility Condition Assessment
    • Field Investigation
    • Forensic Studies
  • Historic Structure Evaluation
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Laser Scanning
  • Litigation Support
  • Load Studies
  • Peer Review
  • Structural Assessment

Types of Forensic Engineering Cases:

    • Agricultural
    • Blast / Explosion
    • Construction Accident
    • Construction / Design Defect
    • Corrosion / Deterioration
    • Demolition Failure
    • Earthquake & Vibration
    • Fire / Flood
    • Foundation Settlement / Failure

  • Hail / Storm
  • Machine / Vehicle Accident
  • Moisture / Water Damage
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Roof Condition Assessment
  • Structural Collapse
  • Product Defect / Failure
  • Wind Damage

Industries Served:

  • Insurance: First Party Property & Casualty Insurance, Third Party Liability Insurance, Subrogation, Special Investigation Units, and Workman’s Compensation.
  • Law Firms: Construction Defect, Construction Accident, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Vehicle Accident, and Workman’s Compensation.
  • Corporations: Cargo & Logistics, Contractors, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Transportation, and Utilities.