HEAD of Engineering staff has provided structural engineering services since 1977 in the design, evaluation and retrofit of structures with some of the world's pre-eminent structural consulting firms.
Technically, Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws. As meanings of words have a habit of doing, they often change as common usage misuses them, In this case it is fairly apt that engaging in forensics often means the evaluation of existing systems with a view to discovering why they are experiencing problems or to understand the existing conditions, to determine if a change of use or loading is appropriate, or would need replacement or additional strengthening. This also requires an extensive knowledge of how individual building elements work as part of the whole structural system of the building.
With both of these definitions in mind, HEAD of Engineering, LLC. has engaged in many Forensic Investigations of distressed buildings and structures over the last 35+ years both with and without the legal aspect being present. Nonetheless, due to such investigations, we have gained increased knowledge in how buildings behave under stress, up to and beyond failure, enabling us to better understand building behavior, gaining insight into better and more cost effective design and identifying problems and solutions to those problems in the GMP, Design/Bid/Build and Design/Build delivery systems..
Working on large and small structural projects we have also frequently been engaged in studying the "forensics" of distressed structures during construction due to contractor sequencing errors, design flaws, low strength materials and building overloads making HEAD of Engineering’s experience relevant for every building type.
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