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Wall Condensation Construction Claims

By Anthony Fenton, AIA, RRC, REWC, ASCA-C, CXLT
Expert Overview

When water damage is found in a wall, an exterior leak is often assumed; however, condensation should also be considered. This article explores the design standards for mitigating wall condensation…

Excavation Engineering: Building Damage Claims

By Anthony Volonnino, P.E.
Expert Article

In this article, Structural Engineer Anthony Volonnino, P.E., discusses excavation engineering, the common issues that arise with excavations in urban settings, and some of the failure points that we…

Think Like a Raindrop - Primer on Water Intrusion Construction Defects

By Thomas Pienciak, AIA
Expert Article

“Think like a raindrop” is an old adage used by designers and builders of low rise residential buildings – think single family homes, townhouses, and two and three story apartment buildings.…

Investigating Owner-Architect Disputes in the Project Design Phase

By Scott Klimek, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Expert Article

Architects are tasked with providing a solution to their client’s unique building requirements. This demands an open and transparent interaction between the client and architect, particularly given…

Hydrology and Flooding

By Michael J. Tuttman, P.E.
Expert Overview

Residential and commercial development can permanently affect the flow of stormwater, potentially negatively impacting local waterways and neighboring properties. Activities during the construction of…

Construction Administration and the Submittal Process

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

This article discusses the purpose and importance of the submittal process. The construction experts at Robson Forensic are frequently retained to provide expert witness investigations relevant to a…

Transitions in Construction Claims

By William E. J. Martin, AIA, NCARB
Expert Article

In this article, architect and construction expert, Will Martin discusses the role of “transitions” in the investigation of construction claims. Will explains how shortcomings at the…

Architect Error and Omission Change Orders

By Catherine Peterman, AIA, NCARB
Expert Article

In this article, experts from the architectural practice at Robson Forensic provide an overview of error and omissions change orders. The discussion includes an explanation of change orders, the…

Structural Damage from Adjacent Construction Projects

By Anthony Volonnino, P.E.
Expert Article

Construction projects in urban and other congested environments frequently require deep excavations and/or the use of heavy vibrating equipment in close proximity to existing structures. These…

Document Authentication in Construction Disputes

By Mark Songer
Expert Article

In this article, Forensic Document Examiner, Mark Songer discusses the role of document examiners within the context of construction disputes. The article highlights examples of “cut and…

Building Enclosure Defects

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

This article provides an introductory lesson on building enclosures, including the components of the enclosure, common defects, and how forensic experts investigate these issues. Building Enclosure…

Preventing Construction Defects through Effective Quality Control

By Gregory H. Pestine, P.E.
Expert Presentation

This presentation, developed by civil engineer, Gregory Pestine, P.E. discusses the importance of deploying a well-defined quality control program on construction projects of all sizes. Greg provides…

Building Information Modeling (BIM): Construction Disputes

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

This article provides an introduction to BIM and discusses how this relatively new technology is likely to affect the landscape of construction litigation in years to come. Construction Disputes and…

The Importance of the Construction Submittal Process

By Robson Forensic
Expert Article

In this article, the Architecture and Construction Experts at Robson Forensic provide an introduction to submittals and their importance in the construction process. The Importance of the Construction…

Rainscreen Systems

By William E. J. Martin, AIA, NCARB
Expert Article

Conceptually, rainscreen systems are an evolution of long tested techniques like shingles and lap siding, but with the addition of a drainage plane between the siding and an inner waterproof membrane.…