Structural Engineering

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Structural Damage Assessments

In forensics, our knowledge of structures plays a key role in understanding how weather and environmental events, gravity, and building usage can affect the life of a structure. Experience has also shown us first-hand how construction and installation defects, substandard materials, and deferred maintenance can result in damage or loss. Building defects and deficiencies become more evident after weather and environmental events, such as flooding, tornados, and hurricanes. For example, wood-framing that has been exposed to repeated or long-term moisture may be structurally damaged from rot or microbial growth, potentially resulting in failure during what would otherwise be considered a non-damaging event.

Every region of the United States has its own geographical and climatic distinctions. The expert professionals at Stephens Engineering are well informed of the unique variables in construction and structural stability in your specific region. Our
professionals are knowledgeable in the building practices that create sound construction and can investigate and identify construction defects readily. From years of experience, we understand the complex factors that need to come together to achieve a sound structure. We are uniquely qualified to complete structural-related damage investigations.

Flood Damage Investigations

Flood damage is a serious problem…one that needs to be addressed quickly and accurately. The experts at Stephens Engineering are experienced in investigating various types of structural- and foundation-related damage due to flooding. Flood damage investigations typically involve observation and assessment of the various building components
(foundations, pilings, framing, roofing and claddings, and inundated materials) that may have been removed, displaced or structurally compromised by the flood event.

Whether the damage is solely flood related or we are deciphering between flood vs. wind damage, we are prepared to evaluate the root cause and timeline of the damage.

Structural Collapse Examinations

Whether due to design or construction deficiencies, extreme wind loads from tornados and hurricanes, storm surge, earthquakes, tree or vehicle impacts, soil movement, material defects, decay/corrosion, or maintenance deficiencies, the Stephens Engineering experts can determine the proximate cause of the structural failure or collapse.

We primarily focus on the cause and extent of the damage and provide repair recommendations, if necessary. Each report is illustrated with photographs. Our report will locate and describe the claimed and unclaimed damage on the property and articulate a precise opinion based solely on the discovered evidence and research.

Construction Defects

The International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) defines a construction defect as “a deficiency in the design or construction of a building or structure resulting from a failure to design or construct in a reasonably workmanlike manner, and/or in accordance with a buyer’s reasonable expectation.” Deficiencies can result from design errors and/or omissions, the installation of defective, damaged, and/or inferior products or materials, and/or substandard workmanship.

Construction defects can cause physical damage to people or property or financial losses in the form of loss of use or value and/or increased expenses.

Roofing Damage

Stephens Engineering performs roofing damage assessments on residential and commercial buildings for all types of roofing (asphalt shingles, modified bitumen, roll roofing, metal, clay and concrete tile, EPDM, TPO, built-up roofing, and more).

From low-sloped roofs to elevated high-pitched roofs, our engineers can identify the difference between weather-related damage (hail and wind), installation defects, animal or man-made damage, new vs. old damage, or age-related deterioration.

Real Estate Foundation Inspections

Stephens Engineering Consultants, Inc. provides commercial and residential foundation inspections and assessments. Having a foundation inspection by an experienced structural engineer with help you to understand the real causes behind the damage and provide recommendations for remediation.

We know that a foundation inspection needs to be completed with great care and attention. For this reason, our foundation inspection service goes beyond the common “Level A” offered by home inspectors. In addition to a thorough visual inspection of the structure and foundation, our “Level B” foundation inspection includes:

  • A thorough, detailed foundation assessment that is accompanied by a computer generated sketch of your foundation;
  • Interior observations of your interior floor plan, walls, and other areas;
  • An exterior drainage and damage inspection;
  • Review of the exterior landscaping and vegetative growth as it pertains to foundation performance;
  • A clear conclusion of our findings that is supported by quality photographs;
  • Engineering recommendations, if necessary, to assist with decisions concerning the best course of action.

Stephens Engineering Consultants, Inc. provides a written report of findings all our findings within 24 hours after the inspection has been performed. If you have any question about our foundation inspection service or need clarifications on any part of our inspection process or the report itself, just give us a call. We are here to serve you and solve your foundation problems.

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