Our structural and metallurgical failure analysis capability includes sophisticated finite element analysis for performing structural design analyses, a fully equipped laboratory and machine shop for conducting structural testing and we have access to a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope for detailed examination of fracture surfaces.
We also offer comprehensive fire investigation services including field investigation, fire modeling and testing as well as fire protection evaluation and assessment. We can perform complex computer modeling to predict hazards such as radiant heat flux, fire growth, smoke production, fire plume and ceiling jet temperatures and velocities, toxic species production and depth of the hot upper layer. We can model fire growth, steady-state burning and decay for intact and impaired sprinkler system activation. The computer models can also be used to study the effects of ventilation changes, and thus, changes in interior environment conditions as the interior and exterior fire suppression activities are conducted. One team member has written the explosion chapter in the Fire Protection handbook.
We augment our failure analysis team with top construction expertise from Gannett Fleming – a 2100 person international planning, design and construction firm providing services in site development, transportation, water/wastewater, facilities, environmental resources, geotechnical, dams and construction management. Gannet Fleming has more than 60 offices throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and the UAE, and has completed thousands of assignments in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. For a listing of selected projects by category see featured projects or for a representative project list see project list. Gannett Fleming is ranked in the top twenty firms in the US according to Engineering News-Record’s National Rankings (based on 2009 revenues) in mass transit and rail, bridges, transportation, highways, water, water supply and wastewater treatment plants.