What is "forensic engineering"? It is defined as "the application of engineering principals and methodologies to answer questions of fact... usually associated with accidents, crimes, catastrophic events, degradation of property and various types of failures. (It) is the application of engineering principles, knowledge, skills and methodologies to answer questions of fact that may have legal ramifications.” (From Stephen E. Petty (PE & CIH), in Forensic Engineering: Damage Assessments for Residential and Commercial Structures, CRC Press, 2013.)
During the assessment of the structural condition of an existing building, Kerotech performs widely recognized material evaluation best practices and procedures. We cover every aspect when evaluating structures and structural material condition. We provide information by using visual inspections and state-of-the-art destructive and nondestructive testing (NDT), including evaluations of concrete, masonry, wood and metal structures. Kerotech also conducts condition surveys, planning and construction material evaluation as well as test data evaluation and interpretation and use of test results. We emphasize the use of NDT techniques─ such as penetrant testing, ultrasonic testing and radiographic testing─ whenever possible when establishing in-place material properties for concrete, masonry, wood and metals.
When conducting structural assessment through forensic engineering, we search for the “root cause” of a building's structural failure. In the pursuit of truth in fact, Kiro Engineering performs a variety of practical services—those that go beyond the scope of academia and instead rely on knowledge and skills gleaned from building trades and codes—for our clients. These include: