Forensic Engineering

Since 1989, Twenty First Century Engineering has provided comprehensive services in the analysis of accidents, natural disasters, fires, structural failures and water damage.

The firm has extensive experience in responding to storms and natural disasters, having provided forensic engineering consulting for certain disasters, including, but not limited to: Hurricanes Andrew, Charlie, Frances, Jeanne, Katrina, Wilma and Tropical Storms Faye and Isaac.

Twenty First Century Engineering is uniquely positioned to provide forensic engineering consultations, inspections, litigation support, peer review and expert witness testimony for construction companies, property owners, developers, insurance companies and legal firms across the Southeastern United States, Texas and the Caribbean.

Storm and Natural Disaster

Following any disaster—wind, earthquake, fire, hail, hurricane, tropical, storm, or flood—Twenty First Century Engineering delivers expert assessments of underlying cause of failure, origin of damaged components that led to failure, time frame of destruction, and extent of structural damage. We recommend best practices and methodologies to repair structures in accordance with current Florida Building Codes.

The firm’s storm response services include structural investigation of building failures, environmental assessments, mold and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing. A general scope of typical services performed following a storm may include:

  • Analyze Storm Surge Height Versus Elevation
  • Assess Impact Damage to Property Condition, including Foundation, Roof, Siding, Wall Framing, Mechanical and Electrical Systems
  • Conduct Moisture Mapping of Interior
  • Conduct Review of Fire Damage
  • Detect and Assess Water Intrusion and Air Quality
  • Determine Type of Damage (i.e. Wind, Flood, Fire, Hail)
  • Develop Remediation Protocol
  • Due Diligence
  • Evaluate Wind Damage to Roof, Windows, Doors and Wall Elements
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Inspect Property and Prepare Structural and Safety Assessment, including Documentation of Building History, Design Specifications and Photographs
  • Peer Review
  • Provide Certified Laboratory Analysis and Recommendations
  • Retest Air Quality After Remediation Completed

Twenty First Century Engineering staff are licensed to provide multi-disciplined engineering inspections for commercial, residential, multi-family, industrial and governmental properties as follows:

  • American’s With Disabilities Act (A.D.A.)
  • Building Envelope
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Mechanical
  • Special
  • Structural
  • Threshold

Structural Failure

Twenty First Century Engineering professionals possess the knowledge and range of expertise to investigate the root causes of accidents and structural failures. System failures can be caused by many factors, including design flaws, construction or extreme inclement weather. Staff conducts comprehensive analysis and provides cost effective remediation solutions.

Its team of engineers and construction professionals bring over 120 years of combined design and construction expertise to each forensic investigation. Staff is familiar with local building departments and personnel, they know the codes in effect at the time of loss and how local officials may interpret the building code “gray” areas. Our personal and professional relationships save clients time and money during the dispute resolution process.

The company is retained as investigative experts to determine causes of structural failure and provide expert witness services to a diverse portfolio of clients, including, building owners, contractors, developers, manufacturers, insurance carriers and legal firms.

Water Loss

Twenty First Century Engineering has over 120 years of experience and specializes in water loss analysis and claims for industrial, commercial and residential properties. The firm conducts comprehensive reviews to determine root causes of water system failures. Services include:

  • Failure and Mechanical Testing
  • Infrared Testing
  • Leak Detection and Repair
  • Meter Testing
  • Moisture Testing
  • Pressure Testing
  • Water Audits

Construction Defects

Twenty First Century Engineering is retained as consultants to assess properties for defects related to design and construction. The company provides expert witness testimony for owners, developers, contractors, manufacturers, insurance companies and attorneys.

Cost Estimating

Twenty First Century Engineering provides accurate construction cost estimates — from initial design through to construction. The firm’s cost estimating procedures assure projects are well defined, planned and completed within budget.

Coupled with 45 years of combined construction experience, professional staff employs best practices and industry standards to develop and achieve valid budget targets. Services include:

  • Bid Reviews
  • Budget Management
  • Change Order Monitoring
  • Conceptual Estimates
  • Contingency Planning
  • Cost Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Peer Review
  • Project Forecasting and Reporting
  • Project Schedule Development
  • Value Engineering

Litigation Support

Twenty First Century Engineering provides highly-specialized, investigative expertise in claims involving defects, accidents and failure analysis. Since 1989, the firm has been retained as “subject experts” and provided litigation support for a wide variety of clients including but not limited to: attorneys, construction companies, developers, engineers, property owners and insurance carriers. Services include:

  • Administrative Hearing Support
  • Depositions
  • Evidence Storage and Chain of Custody
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Field Investigations
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Peer Review
  • Trial Exhibits