Forensic & Structural Engineering
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.
Forensic Engineers Available All Over Rural Victoria
Our preventative structural design includes structural engineering design, construction advice, and issue of certificate of compliance for residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
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.
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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.