Understanding Structural Failures A Complete Investigation
When conducting an investigation, impartiality is our criterion. The evidence discloses the story of what occurred. Our forensic process is multi-faceted. It may include physical examinations, measurements, photos, testing when appropriate, personal interviews, consultations with specialists and sub-consultants, literature research, establishing a chronology of events, and developing a standard of care when required. The resulting documentation may include written reports or repair plan preparation.
Understanding failure improves our designs. And understanding design improves our ability to perform successful failure analyses.
Forensic Projects Include:
Cause and Origin Determination
Structural Assessments of Fire-damaged Buildings
Evaluation of Improperly Constructed Buildings
Moisture Damage Assessment
Determine Extent of Foundation Settlement
Sewer Lift Station & Force Main Failures
Irrigation System Failures (i.e. Pumps, Pipes, Connections)
Slip & Fall Events
Example Projects Providing Community Support Through Engineering
Our clients include contractors, architects/designers, land developers, insurance claim adjusters, attorneys, home and business owners, realtors, steel fabricators and water associations. The projects they bring are diverse and often present unique problems requiring individualized engineering solutions.
“I have worked with Harms Engineering thru-out my career in the building industry and have found them to be responsive to our needs as a contractor. We have never had any kick-backs from the local buildings jurisdictions and their technical drawings are straight forward and easy to understand. They are the team to call when you need quality engineering.”
Project Manager, 1st Choice Restoration