Forensic Engineering
Forensic Engineering
Structural condition assessments

Structural assessments are performed to ensure the structural integrity of a building meets all applicable building codes. UPE looks for signs of possible structural issues or problems with the building in question that could lead to a failure. Methods for condition assessment of existing buildings include:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Guideline for Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings
  • ISO 13822 – Bases for design of structures — Assessment of existing structures
  • ASTM E2018-08 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process

  • UPE has conducted assessments using many of the methods listed above.

    Additionally for building upkeep, UPE assists in development of inspection and maintenance plans for building structures. The ongoing inspection, restoration and upkeep of buildings is essential to their continued useful life and safety.

    Forensic Engineering
    Expert witness services

    Attorneys often contact us to provide Expert Witness Services on structurally related problems. Such problems include construction defects or disputes related to practically every aspect of the support structure of a building: foundations, columns, beams, floor systems, roof systems, etc.

    With our vast amounts of experience with building envelope work, we are also called up to be an expert on stucco, waterproofing and envelope-related topics.

    UPE’s licensing as a General Contractor (Florida) and a Special Inspector (Florida) also adds a significant amount of credibility to the attorney and their client.

    Forensic Engineering
    Building Defect Determination

    As time begins to take its toll on a building, it becomes more likely to require some form of repair or replacement. Building deficiency can mean a range of different things. So how does one measure the condition of buildings? UPE uses a number of metrics to determine areas of deficiency such as:

  • Floor Slab Cracking
  • Impact Damage
  • Missing Bracing
  • Damaged Walls
  • Roof Repairs
  • Construction Defects
  • Deterioration