To find definitive answers backed by evidence, our experts relay on specialized equipment. Whether it is an accident reconstruction, moisture intrusion evaluation, or laboratory analysis, our engineers are equipped with tools that will assist them in finding the cause and origin of a failure.
U.S. Forensic’s laboratory is equipped with x-ray machines that can be used for non-destructive testing of failed components and tires. This equipment can also be used by our engineers and experts to identify hidden evidence in melted debris after a fire. For more information about our laboratory services, please visit our engineering lab page.
Infrared Technology & EIFS Moisture Meters
When warranted, U.S. Forensic can provide a non-destructive inspection to determine the source of moisture. An infrared camera is used to photograph walls, roofs, and other hidden areas within a structure with the purpose of identifying moisture, electrical, or temperature problems.
EIFS or “synthetic stucco” became widely used in the 1980’s. It was first used in commercial construction, and became popular in residential structures as well. The use of an EIFS moisture meter allows our engineers to easily identify the source of moisture and to locate areas in the building that have been affected by moisture. Most moisture intrusion occurs around the building openings such as windows or doors, and around flashing. We can determine the source of the moisture and whether or not it is associated with a weather event or construction defect.
English XL VIT – Slip Resistance Testing
We have Certified Tribometrists on staff that can operate the English XL VIT. These are articulated strut devices that are preferred over other types of tribometers because they measure wet slip resistance, are portable, and include a variety of features that simulate human ambulatory mechanics including heel contact of the leading leg when walking. The biofidelity of the English XL VIT tribometer allows a forensic engineer certified in its proper use (“CXLT” certification) to obtain meaningful slip resistance values of walkway surfaces to help property owners ensure the safety of visitors and provide walkway surfaces with sufficient slip resistance to reduce the likelihood of slip and fall injuries. For more information, you may access the U.S. Forensic Article on Slip Resistance.
HVE 2D and 3D and Accident Reconstruction Software
Unlike animation, HVE software utilizes physics to simulate an accident. This technology allows our experts to simulate real-world crashes and identify potential sources of occupant injury resulting from those same crashes. This is a great tool that illustrates to clients or jurors what occurred in an accident.
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In addition to the accident reconstruction software, our engineers use a total station to digitally map the accident site. It can also be used to map the damages to a structure. Fore more information, visit our accident reconstruction page or out Tire Expert website.
A megohmmeter is used by our experts to measure the electrical resistance of insulators. This can be used to test electrical equipment and wiring after an electrical surge, lightning strike, or flood. To learn more, visit our HVAC Systems & Lightning or Electrical pages.
Our engineers also utilize non-invasive roof scanners that are designed for precise and non-destructive evaluation of moisture conditions and leak tracing in roofing and wall systems of a structure.