Forensic structural engineers know how a structure behaves better than anyone. While building consultants have their own specialised skills related to structures, forensic structural engineers are trained to identify the source of structural failure through reverse engineering. These engineers can then identify evidence of structural failure in court. The National Academy of Forensic Engineers defines forensic structural engineering as the “application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” Our senior forensic structural engineers are able to identify the root cause of damage to buildings and structures to help building consultants make the important decisions.
Builders are highly skilled in their profession, but oftentimes require the services of forensic structural engineers to determine the cause of structural defects even on structures they may have built themselves. In most cases, builders tend to go back to the original structural designer or another design engineer for advice. However, a design engineer is ill-equipped to determine causation, despite their structural experience. If a design engineer attempts to determine the cause of damage, building consultants can be met with incorrect investigation methodology, inaccurate diagnosis, subsequent inappropriate repairs and significant financial loss. However, at MFS Engineering, we have seen it all. With our years of experience in design combined with geotechnical and material science, we have fully developed our investigation skills and forensic structural engineering knowledge.
MFS Engineering is different from other forensic structural engineering companies because we are the first ever cloud-based business, which enables us to cut down on overhead costs and provide affordable services that can radically transform the forensic engineering industry. We only employ the highest qualified engineers so you can feel confident about working with us. We draw on our many years of experience to provide high-quality assistance to the insurance industry in claims handling. We know the right questions to ask and we obtain information thoroughly to ensure the most accurate answers are found. When working with us, you never need to worry about price fluctuations, delayed turnaround times and confusing technical reports. Instead, we offer fixed, affordable rates for our services, short turnaround times and simple yet conclusive reports.
Whether your client is a homeowner, property manager, body corporate or insurance company, we at MFS Engineering have a process specifically tailored to their needs. We have experience working with every kind of client and are trained to assist them in making fully informed decisions regarding their property by accurately identifying building defects, causes and required remedial works. With a full understanding of the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) and related Australian standards, we can accurately assess building compliance against all current Australian codes and regulations.
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