Mechanical Systems Experts
The mechanical engineers at Robson Forensic are Licensed Professional Engineers who have extensive hands on experience in the design, operation, manufacture, installation and maintenance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and equipment.
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Electrical Systems Experts
Our electrical experts specialize in electrical engineering or electronic engineering. Our expertise includes electricity, electronics, electromagnetism, power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications to name a few.
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Plumbing & Fire Protection Systems Experts
Our plumbing engineers overlap their expertise with civil, mechanical, chemical, process, and fire protection engineering. Our plumbing experts investigate plumbing design, equipment, standards, and code compliance.
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Our Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing group has experience working with safety agencies and the standards they enforce.
- Hot Water Scalds - Expert Introduction to Building Systems
Since 1987 Robson Forensic has investigated numerous scalding cases; as a result of these investigations, we have determined that a majority of these incidents were caused by either 1) an improperly installed or set tempering/mixing valve, or 2) an excessively high temperature setting on a water heater. Either of these conditions can result in dangerously hot water and an increased risk of scalds. In some cases a lack of proper maintenance of the water heating equipment, an improperly installed or adjusted shower valve, and/or the actions of the injured person (or the entity charged with supervising the injured person) were also factors in the incidents.
Scalding burns are a function of the temperature of the water and the length of time of exposure to the water. For more information on Water Heaters, Shower Valves, and Mixing Valves, download the linked PDF.
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- CSST - Experts Investigate Fire in Upscale Home
A fire broke out in a recently constructed upscale home during a heavy thunderstorm. Robson Forensic fire investigators were retained to investigate the fire and determine the origin and cause. Our investigator concluded that the origin of the fire was under the first floor where a hole was discovered in the flexible gas tubing. He determined that the hole had been created by a lightning strike. Based on these findings, additional Robson experts were engaged to determine if the work performed by the electrical contractor during the home’s construction was a cause of the hole in the gas tubing.
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- Scald - Biomechanics Expert Investigates Ability of Users to Avoid Injury
A security guard was badly scalded by hot water from an outdoor hose bibb. She had been patrolling a public housing complex when she saw water running and tried to shut off the valve. As soon as the hot water hit her skin, she was scalded. We measured the water temperature at over 185 degrees F. Tracing the lines back through the system showed ,how in the course of repairs, maintenance workers had piped the bibb from a tap into the nearby hot water piping instead of the cold.
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- Architectural & HVAC Professional Liability - Expert Investigates Cause of Mold
A couple hired a construction contractor and his newly-licensed architect son to design and build a high-end modern house. The design included large expanses of glass wall panels. The massive heating system (four air handlers and a boiler) was provided as a design/build effort by an HVAC subcontractor. Even so, during a relatively mild heating season the owners were unable to maintain comfort near the windows. In fact, so much water ran off the inside of the glass that it saturated adjacent surfaces and caused mold.
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Robson Forensic has been providing high quality and professional forensic engineering, architectural, scientific and
investigative services throughout the United States since 1987. Robson Forensic provides expertise in a broad range of forensic and technical disciplines.
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