Material Science

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Richard Nellis


AVP Director, National Forensic Services

T: +1 905 393-2313

Together, our engineers and scientists observe, analyze and base conclusions on the data available to determine if the failure of a component, fixture or piece of equipment is the result of a fabrication, material or other defect. In order to ensure that the detailed materials testing is conducted with the highest level of confidence and performed in compliance with ASTM, NACE, AWS, SAE and other appropriate standards, it has proven invaluable to have in-house laboratories.

Furthermore, our state-of-the-art laboratory is capable of handling, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Mechanical Testing
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Macroscopic Examination
  • Microscopic Examination
  • Chemical Analysis

Mechanical and Electrical

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Richard Nellis


AVP Director, National Forensic Services

T: +1 905 393-2313

We have the experience to analyze electrical failures associated with fires, explosions, building mechanical system malfunctions, electrocutions, lighting strikes and other perils, and are highly skilled in performing energy audits, power/mechanical equipment inspections, electrical installation reviews, safety appraisals and cost containments.

Our mechanical and electrical engineering services include:

  • Product Failure Analysis
  • HVAC Equipment Evaluation
  • Refinery and Petrochemical Plant Control Systems Assessment
  • Building Energy Audit and NFPA 70E Assessment
  • Computer System, Appliance and Furnace Malfunction
  • Grain Elevators Investigation
  • Petroleum Storage and Distribution Systems Evaluations
  • Agricultural Machinery Inspection and Analysis
  • Sprinkler/Fire Suppression Design and Failure Analys

Property Condition Assessments

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Richard Nellis


AVP Director, National Forensic Services

T: +1 905 393-2313

A property condition assessment is used to determine whether a facility’s current conditions may have a significant detrimental impact on its continued operation, lend to depreciated property value or create an ongoing maintenance issue as a result of materials and/or system defects.

Our typical assessment includes a thorough site evaluation, interviews with personnel and tenants, inquiries to the local building and zoning departments, and a review of available client-provided construction documents such as plans and specifications. Upon request, we will also perform a detailed roof assessment, lead, mold or asbestos consulting, water and air infiltration testing, and a number of qualitative evaluation services such as infrared thermography.

In addition, with forensic investigation as one of our core service lines, we have a unique perspective for design, design review, condition assessments, building management and on-site quality assurance of building systems. This perspective allows us to identify and solve issues during the design and construction phase and ultimately saves all parties time and money.

Furthermore, we will also conduct visual inspections of building system components including:

  • Site Development
  • Building Exterior and Interior
  • Building Structure
  • Roofing and Conveyance Systems
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical and Plumbing Systems
  • Evidence of Termite Infestation
  • Life Safety/Fire Protection
  • Accessibility Compliance

Roofing Services

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Richard Nellis


AVP Director, National Forensic Services

T: +1 905 393-2313

We specialize in roof consulting, roof uplift resistant testing, asset management, construction QA/QC, water and air infiltration testing and a number of qualitative evaluation services such as infrared thermography and moisture mapping for a variety of roofing systems including commercial, residential, warehouses, schools, hospitals and government facilities.

  • Surveys
    • Building Code and Construction Document Review
    • Infrared Moisture Surveys
    • Core Sampling
    • Visual Roof Observation
    • Recommendations Regarding Repair/Replacements
    • Installation and Maintenance Budgeting
  • Due Diligence
    • Condition Assessments
    • Life-cycle Costing
    • Warranty Review
    • Operations and Maintenance
  • Design
    • Drawings and Technical Specification Development
    • Contractor Selection & Bidding Assistance
    • Contract Administration
  • Forensic
    • Storm Assessment
    • Wind Uplift Analysis (ASTM E907-96)
    • Water Infiltration and Moisture Mapping
    • Construction Defect Investigation
    • Expert & Factual Witness Testimony
  • Roof Asset Management
    • Roof Asset Database Development and Management
    • Periodic Condition Assessment and Photo Documentation
    • Preventative Maintenance Schedule Preparation & Monitoring
    • Manufacturer and Warranty Information Updates

Construction Management

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Effective construction management requires the ability to provide and apply a number of concurrent services from pre-through post-construction. Our dedicated professionals will ensure each phase of the project is successfully executed.

Civil and Structural

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Richard Nellis


AVP Director, National Forensic Services

T: +1 905 393-2313

Our experienced civil and structural engineers bring a clear and pragmatic perspective to complex failure related losses that only years of experience in forensics, design and construction can bring. This diverse experience allows us to respond to virtually any type of failure regardless of structure type or location.

Our engineers also have industry specific knowledge in specific systems, components or facility types that ensure the appropriate depth to our services. They possess a sound knowledge of applicable building codes and industry standards.

We offer a multi-disciplinary line of forensic engineering, materials testing and scientific and failure analysis services. Our core services include structural condition assessments, cause of loss, destructive and non-destructive qualitative analysis, retrofit design, construction oversight and coordination and third party review.