Forensic Investigation: The investigation of materials, products, structures or components that have failed or did not operate or function as intended. Generally, the purpose of a forensic engineering or building envelope investigation is to determine the cause of failure with the intention of improving the performance or life of the structure or components.
Through impartial analysis, AKM works to address questions of causation and liability through forensic engineering and architectural evaluation. Our qualifications include observing the physical elements, making an objective evaluation, and communicating the significance of the evidence to our client. This may include monitoring structures to provide a more appropriate repair recommendation or course of action.
AKM investigates construction claims to determine and understand the underlying basis of the claim(s) and provide opinions and conclusions regarding causation and the manifestation date of the claim(s).
AKM is experienced at investigating, evaluating, and providing repair recommendations and opinions on causation for numerous structures impacted by construction defect(s) or other causes, such as:
Utilizing our experienced professional team of architects and engineers, AKM can prepare a scope of repair for defective or deficient conditions observed on projects by:
AKM has prepared repair recommendations for thousands of structures with foundation and/or superstructural movement due to expansive/collapsible soils. The repair process has ranged from underpinning an existing structure to temporarily supporting and relocating the superstructure in order to replace the entire foundation system, then re-attaching the superstructure to the new foundation.Back