FORENSICS & FAILURE INVESTIGATION

Structural distress can be a threat long after a project is complete with a cause that can be difficult to define, ranging from poor workmanship and substandard materials to exposure to the elements and natural disasters. Shield’s Forensic Investigation Division is staffed with licensed engineers, industrial hygienists, geologists, and more to provide our clients with a wide variety of cost-effective forensic failure engineering solutions.

Property Condition Assessments

Property Condition Assessments

Shield’s engineers have ample experience in providing Property Condition Assessments (PCA) for lenders, commercial property owners, purchasers, and real estate investors. PCAs provide important information on the condition of a property to determine if any maintenance is needed before purchase or during the life of the property.

Our team adheres to the ASTM E2018-15 standard for Property Condition Assessments. Shield understands that each client and project are unique, which is why we create customized PCAs to fit each client’s specific needs, expectations, and budgets. From general condition assessments to thorough building inspections, Shield’s team is able to fit each client’s situation.

Our diverse team of structural engineers, building inspectors, and environmental experts allows us to provide clients with comprehensive PCA services in-house, reducing cost and providing a timely turnaround to work with each client’s schedule.

Foundation & Retaining Wall Failures

Foundation & Retaining Wall Failures

Foundations settle and crack for a number of reasons – exposure to the elements, poor design, or poor workmanship. Shield’s Forensic Engineering Team provides geotechnical, structural, and construction expertise to determine a disaster’s cause, identify a solution, and perform long-lasting repairs to provide peace of mind.

Structural Evaluations

Structural Evaluations

Structural distress isn’t always caused by failures related to the foundations. Framing styles, poorly designed loading conditions, or poor placement of load bearing elements can affect the performance of a structure. Additionally, damage to structural elements from fire and moisture alongside material defects may also play a factor. Shield’s experts have extensive experience to understand and evaluate structural failures. Through a wide variety of different analyses, our team will assist you in determining the cause of the failure and developing a cost-effective solution.

Construction Material Defects

Construction Material Defects

From minor cracking to catastrophic collapse, sub-standard construction materials can lead to failure. Shield’s team puts decades of experience to use to determine the origin of damage and perform analysis in our accredited in-house materials laboratory to determine deficiencies, identify risks, and develop a corrective plan of action.

Slope Failures

Slope Failures

Slope failures can be naturally occurring or come as the result of poor subsurface conditions created during site grading, as a result of surface alterations, or changes in loading conditions. No matter the origin, the result can be catastrophic. Shield’s team of experts performs a timely investigation into the cause of the failure, then providing a variety of options for repair.

Sinkholes

Sinkholes

Sinkholes have captured the media’s attention, showcasing their threat to both safety and personal property. Sinkhole dropouts can be geologically natural or caused by the failure of man-made structures such as storm drain pipes, septic tanks, mines, and more. Shield’s team identifies each sinkhole’s cause using a combination geologic mapping, project schematics, geophysical studies, and subsurface drilling to better understand site conditions and determine potential threat.

Dam Failures

Dam Failures

Dam failures can be caused by a variety of favors including poor design, geological instability, improper maintenance, or environmental shifts. The impact of these failures ranges from a minor inconvenience to a major event impacting the lives of those in the surrounding area. Shield’s Forensic Engineering experts work quickly to perform an investigation, documenting failures and providing various options for repair.

Roofing Damage

Roofing Damage

Hurricanes, tornadoes, and violent storms can wreak havoc on a community, causing widespread damage to roofs across the region. Shield’s trained engineers and certified inspectors are roofing experts trained to evaluate damage on every type of structure. Our staff is able to evaluate obvious issues and hidden threats to prevent unnecessary claims or unneeded maintenance.

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