Category Archives: Forensics
Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads economically. Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering, but it can also be studied in its own right.
People believe that cracks in concrete slabs such as basement floors and driveways are construction defects. Most cracks in residential concrete slabs are cosmetic and are best left alone. This article tells you why cracks happen and how to determine if a crack needs attention.
So you have seen a few foundation cracks here and there. Your interior walls are showing some distress. Your floor seems out of level. Your roof line is not plumb. Your exterior walls are bowed. Your brick or rock walls have mortar cracks. But do you really have a problem?
A building collapses. People are injured. Property is damaged. After the dust settles, the legal system kicks into gear and the courts seek to determine the cause of the collapse so the injured party can be made whole. In doing so, the courts require the assistance of an expert to sort through the facts to determine the cause and origin of the failure. By definition, that expert engages if the practice of forensic engineering.