Forensic & Structural Engineering

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Engineering Inspection To Investigate All Causes Of Building And Structural Damage

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Engineering Analyze of Site Data With Latest Technology To Find Accurate Causes

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Engineering Solutions For Long Lasting Cosmetic Or Structural Rectifications

Forensic Structural Engineers Experienced in Optimum Structural Design, Root Causes of Damage and Building Failure investigations and Expert Witnesses in Courts of Law.

Forensic structural engineering is the last stage of an engineering career, after engineer has gained extensive experience in design, building materials, construction processes, geotechnical and soil science etc. Simply a good designer or geotechnical engineer is not necessarily a forensic expert whereas a forensic expert is in fact a competent design engineer.

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Forensic Engineers Available All Over Rural Victoria

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Our preventative structural design includes structural engineering design, construction advice, and issue of certificate of compliance for residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

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This comprehensive investigation allows engineers to provide definitive answers regarding the root cause of structural damage done to a building based on evidence.

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If a legal dispute occurs over structural issues, our forensic structural engineers have the experience to act as expert witnesses in court.

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We provide expert advice to homeowners, investors and building consultants who need a second, unbiased opinion regarding their insurance claim assessment.

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A dilapidation report assesses a building’s initial condition prior to the commencement of neighbouring property’s construction in order to protect the owners.

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We use high-quality tools to conduct comprehensive floor level surveys and uncover the reason why the footings of a home is moving.

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Our qualified senior structural engineers assess the structural integrity of your property to save you money, time and annoyances in the future.

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We hire only the most experienced forensic structural engineers in the country to provide expert advice on all structural issues.

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As experts in Australian building damage investigations, we are able to create a list of building Structural defects to help property managers in their case.

OUR Solutions

Expert advice and engineering investigation identifying causes of any damage to your property and recommending long term and effective repair methods.

As experts in our field, we are familiar with all insurance requirements surrounding building damage and can assist insurance and loss adjusters in claim assessments.

Our expertise in engineering solutions helps builders and developers determine how best to fix structural issues and prevent them in the future.

We share our expert knowledge of structural engineering with builders and developers so they can best assist their clients.

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Forensic Structural Investigation By MFS Engineering

We are often asked whether ‘soil testing’ is part of our forensic investigation. Well, it is not, and we have a very good reason for that. After several years of successful practice in Forensic Engineering field, we have found out that geotechnical investigations usually do not provide additional information and are considered unnecessary in the majority of cases. With our survey analysis, we can identify how the footing and foundation soil is actually behaving, either shrinking (i.e. losing moisture) and settling or expanding (i.e. absorbing moisture) and heaving. The moisture content testing done through geotechnical investigation provides the same information, however, unlike survey analysis, this test can be destructive. It is also do not determine how structure as a whole is behaving due to foundation movements. Having said that, in some cases the forensic engineer may decide that a geotechnical investigation and certain tests are required for a more conclusive outcomes. In that case, geotechnical investigation with specific and well-defined procedures (e.g. moisture content tests, footing probe, site classification, soil suction, number and depth of samples etc.) can be arranged by MFS Engineering.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our Forensic Investigation reports are VCAT compliant and can be presented in the court of law as evidence. Read More About VCAT Expert Witness.

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It usually takes 10 business days after the inspection to issue the report given that all necessary information is provided.

Depending on the complexity of the site and structure, the inspections usually takes up to 2.5 hours.

Our Forensic Structural Investigation is similar to Building Inspections but it is more detailed. Also, our Forensic Investigation is done by Structural Engineers (not Builders) who are familiar with geotechnical engineering, construction and building process and material engineering. So, if you need to present an evidence to your client or solicitor for example, you will need to have a full forensic investigation done for the property by competent Forensic engineers.  Forensic investigation includes a comprehensive and detailed report on causes of damage and repair recommendations.  

We do not disappear on you after the investigation is done and the report is issued. You can always reach your Engineer via email or phone and ask as many questions as you want. Also, our CRM portal, which you securely have access to, makes the communications between you and your engineer much easier.

If you have the structural drawings of your house, then yes; The type of slab can be confirmed. Otherwise an educated guess will be made based on our engineering knowledge and experience.

Our Engineers have at least bachelor degree of Civil Engineering with many years of experience in structural design of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. With vast knowledge in geotechnical and material science, our engineers are highly trained to be well respected forensic engineers in industry. The engineers are all active members of Institute of Engineers Australia and Forensic Engineering Society of Australia and have passed company’s compulsory police check.

No, unfortunately the fees for our services are not refundable.

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