SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. provides Forensic Investigations to attorneys, arbitrators, insurance companies, and others in the evaluation and causation analysis of soil related distress to structures, earth movement, seismicity, and other matters related to adverse soil, geologic, or hydrologic conditions. Our expertise includes investigation and assessment of distress, extent of damages, and determination of causes of distress.
Foundation Damage Investigation
SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. is knowledgeable of various types of foundation systems. Our knowledge of design criteria from both a geotechnical and structural standpoint allows us to assess damage to critical areas of the foundation system that affect the structural integrity of the structure. When evaluating the structural integrity of the foundation system, it is important to understand the loads applied to the system, failure type, and soil conditions in the area. Certain types of failures will progressively get worse with time, where others may not. SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. utilizes our licensed geotechnical, civil, and structural engineers evaluate the foundation system, assess the distress and/or damage, and identify the type of failure. By developing an understanding of the type of failure, associated impacts to the structural system, and underlying engineering criteria, recommendations for repairing the damage and stopping the progression of the failure can be made. SALEM Engineering Group, Inc. strives to present the repairs in clear and understandable recommendations for ease of communication to the owner and contractor.
Construction Defect Investigation
SALEM Engineering Group, Inc.’s team of civil, geotechnical, and structural engineers provide comprehensive consulting and forensic engineering related to construction defect evaluation.
Our forensic experts specialize in failure analysis, assessments, evaluations and litigation support for building damage assessment and construction defect investigations including building envelope, HVAC, plumbing components, concrete structural steel, masonry, soils, and repair design and remediation.
Soil Settlement / Sinkhole Assessment
Soils as a whole are difficult to understand and in the engineering world, require some of the largest factors of safety during design. Selecting a forensic consultant that understands geotechnical soil related damage is critical in properly assessing the root cause of settlement issues and developing remedial measures to repair damage, while preventing future occurrences.
Poor soil and environmental conditions, inadequate foundation design, and/or improper foundation construction techniques, can all lead to differential foundation settlement, which can ultimately lead to varying degrees of damage to any overlying structures. The key to the proper design and repair of any foundation system which has experienced differential settlement is to adequately evaluate the cause of the observed settlements. The settlement evaluation process can take many forms ranging from visual foundation inspection to subsurface exploration programs aimed at characterizing the foundation subgrade. Once the cause of foundation settlement has been identified, then a corrective solution can be engineered to help repair the damaged foundation and help prevent any future foundation settlements from occurring.
Fire and Water Intrusion Assessments
A thorough evaluation is essential in all fire and water damaged structures including residential, commercial, or industrial buildings to assess key components of the building’s structural framing system.
SALEM Engineering Group, Inc.’s forensic engineers inspect columns, beams, joists, lintels, and floor and wall systems that have been damaged by fire and/or water to determine the extent of damage and provide comprehensive repair recommendations for affected structural systems. SALEM Engineering Group, Inc.’s engineers evaluate the structural elements for indications that the load-carrying capabilities are sound and have not been seriously compromised by the fire and/or water damage. Once the damage has been identified, a corrective solution can be engineered to help repair the damaged structural system.
Heaving and Depressed Slab Investigations
Expansive and collapsible soils are difficult to understand and in the engineering world, require some of the largest factors of safety during design. Selecting a forensic consultant that understands geotechnical soil related damage is critical in properly assessing the root cause of soil heaving and slab depression issues and developing remedial measures to repair damage, while preventing future occurrences.
Poor soil and environmental conditions and inadequate foundation design can lead to severe soil heave and collapse which can ultimately lead to varying degrees of damage to any overlying structures. Soil heave evaluation and investigation can take many forms ranging from non-destructive slab and footing inspections to subsurface exploration programs aimed at characterizing the underlying soil. Once the cause of slab and footing movement has been identified, then a corrective solution can be engineered