Forensic Engineering

Forensic Engineering is the process of investigating distress or failure of a structure, that includes (but is not limited to) the evaluation of problems caused by distresses that are a direct result of factors that include moisture intrusion, inadequate material thicknesses or poor material preparation/performance.  Forensic investigation strives to diagnose causes of the damage, distress or failure and to develop a plan for repairs.

At Engtec we specialize in conducting forensic investigations to determine the likely cause of distress development in pavement structures.   Our experience and expertise aid in developing a methodical approach, that is helpful for all parties involved in legal cases to bring the facts out.  In our experience whether the issues at hand is legal or just a plain failure of an element due to age or natural causes.  In all cases, we can determine the cause of the distress and recommend a solution.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Distress in hardened concrete – including pavements, floor slabs and foundation elements;
  • Pavement failures (flexible, rigid and composite);
  • Moisture damage;
  • Damage caused by subgrade settlement or heaving; and
  • Expert witness testimony.