Services

Testing, Inspection & Consulting: Forensic Engineering & Building Consulting

Forensic engineering requires experts that have a comprehensive understanding of technical and scientific issues.

NV5’s forensic engineering firm and building consulting group provide forensic engineering, scientific investigation, and litigation support services.

Our forensic engineering professionals provide comprehensive solutions for daily claims and catastrophe response services across the eastern U.S. and environmental services throughout North America. Our expert consultants have a range of expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines, including structural, geotechnical, environmental and MEP. We also offer services in building sciences, cost estimating, litigation support services, and fire investigations.

From decades of experience providing quality service to clients in the insurance and legal industries, as well as private companies, NV5 has earned and maintained trust and respect from our clients.

In addition to providing quality services, NV5 has established a research program that has produced more than 30 peer-reviewed articles published by the IICRC, Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Forensic Engineering Congress. These publications have allowed our staff to be recognized as authorities and expert witnesses in the cause, origin, and duration of water-related insurance losses. Additionally, we offer a variety of continuing education courses across a number of disciplines. Learn more about our research program and published articles here.

Submit an assignment at claims@nv5.com.
For more information, contact Kevin Ormsby at Kevin.Ormsby@NV5.com

Expertise

STRUCTURAL FORENSICS
Industrial, commercial, and residential structure investigations | Construction/design defects | Registered roofing consultants
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BUILDING SCIENCES
Cause and origin determinations | Piping and plumbing failure evaluation | Duration of loss
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GEOTECHNICAL & SUBSIDENCE INVESTIGATIONS
Subsidence risk assessment and remediation | Geophysics | Remediation protocol development

BUILDING & COST ESTIMATING
Xactimate estimating and review | Repair damage estimates | Design consistency and constructability analysis | Earthquake damage
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LITIGATION SUPPORT SERVICES
Expert witness testimony | Detailed site investigation | Assist attorney in examination of opposing experts | Prepare exhibits for courtroom testimony
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CATASTROPHE RESPONSE
Flood damage assessments | Earthquake damage assessments | Wind versus surge evaluations
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ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS
PFAS/PFOS consulting | Site assessment | Full-scale remediation and monitoring

FORENSIC ARCHITECTURAL EVALUATIONS
Building envelope evaluation, testing and analysis | Roofing evaluation, testing and analysis | ADA, FHA compliance and accessibility | LEED and sustainability evaluation | Property condition assessments

MECHANICAL, PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL (MEP) FORENSICS
Lightning evaluations | Electrical fire and explosion causation | Mechanical equipment damage assessment | Heavy equipment evaluation

FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATIONS
Origin and cause investigations | Industrial, commercial, and residential structure investigations | Independent fire and safety inspections and consultations
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INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
Safety evaluations | Air quality monitoring | Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing

FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES
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