Many forensic cases involve objects that fell from an elevated position and were affected, in some part, by the wind. Whether the end result was injury or property damage, there is frequently some dispute over the direction, force, and path of the falling object.
In this article, structural engineer Mark Duckett provides insight on the process of reconstructing these incidents through the lens of a particular incident.
In this article, structural engineer, Mark Duckett discusses building demolition and the concept of “reverse” construction.
In this article, Structural Engineer and Special Inspector, Mark Duckett describes the role of the special inspector within the context of construction claims investigations. The article leverages text directly from Florida Statutes to provide a reliable point of reference.
In this article, structural engineer, Mark Duckett provides an introduction to building guardrail failures from the perspective of a structural engineer.
In this article, structural engineer, Mark Duckett, P.E. discusses roof failures associated with snow loads. Topics of discussion include reasonable loads that roofs are designed to support and the role of a forensic expert in determining the cause of failure.
In this article we explore the engineering issues associated with the load requirements of atypical structures, referred to in building codes as other structures.
In this webinar video, structural engineer Mark Duckett, P.E., S.I., SECB provides an overview of wind dynamics, focusing on the way wind interacts with buildings and various structures and products. He discusses the design methodologies employed by structural engineers to ensure that systems are safe and resilient against expected wind forces.
Using case examples, Mark demonstrates the broad range of investigations where wind engineering is relevant and provides tips for recognizing wind damage.
In this article, Structural Engineer, Mark Duckett, P.E., S.I., S.E.C.B. discusses the topic of construction guardrail failures. Through video, he introduces a properly designed and constructed guardrail, and performs testing on that system to demonstrate the inherent and robust safety of a properly engineered system.
In this article, the civil and structural engineers at Robson Forensic provide an introductory lesson on concrete spalling. They address the common causes and why spalling is a problem.
In this webinar video, a cross functional team of construction experts will discuss processes, procedures, and pitfalls associated with the shop drawing process. Framed within the context of construction claims investigations, the discussion covers the importance of shop drawings and the responsibilities of the various parties throughout the construction process. The impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the shop drawing process is also explored.