Forensic Building Consultants

structure investigation
ATS has investigated the cause of building system and structure failures for insurance companies, manufacturers, as well as both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

Residential, retail, office, industrial and processing facilities utilize a wide variety of building systems for heating and cooling, water distribution and fire suppression. System failures can lead to losses resulting in personal injury, property damage, and equipment failure. Our investigators have extensive knowledge of building systems and their associated equipment including: piping, fittings, sprinklers, and air/water/steam handling components. We perform failure analysis, component testing, and standards guidance for both general industry and the litigation community. An additional asset to the ATS investigators is the wide array of in-house testing including NDT, Metallurgy, Chemistry, and Mechanical and Environmental testing.

Investigation Capabilities:
  • Fire Suppression Systems
    • Sprinkler head failures
    • Wet & Dry systems
    • Pipe & fitting failures
  • Water Distribution
    • Pipe & system failures
    • Heaters/tanks/pumps
    • Waste/drain/venting
    • Fittings & Hardware
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • Furnaces & Heaters
    • Boilers/Condensers/Evaporators
    • Pumps
    • Fans
  • Industrial & Residential Structural Failures
    • Wind, Moisture, Insect & Fire Damage
    • Roof Collapse
    • Deck Collapse
    • Welded & Bolted Connections
    • Flooring
    • Trusses
    • Hand Rails & Guard Rails