Forensic Engineering involves the evaluation, investigation, or analysis of a construction defect, automobile accident, wind damage, hail damage, construction failure, mechanical failure, water damage/leaks, fires, or electrical problems.
Daniel C. Smith, PE Consulting Engineers (DCSPE) has been involved in the investigation of water problems, construction failures, construction defects, wind and hail damage, and mechanical failures. All of these involve examination of the structure or the parts, then analyses are performed of the structure or part based on the assumed loads placed on the structure.
DCSPE also acts as expert witnesses in our field of expertise on cases that cannot be solved without going to court. In most cases, the engineering report clearly explains the reason for failure and the responsible party. Most cases are closed during negotiations after the report is provided by both sides.