Expert Witness

We are practicing engineers functioning as the structural engineer of record for many projects. We have hands-on experience providing structural engineering services for real-world projects. We participate in the permitting, bidding and construction phases of projects and understand the realities of the design and construction environment. We apply this experience and years of lessons learned to our forensics and expert witness practice. As practicing engineers who also provide consultation services for those involved in construction and design-related claims, we provide honest, useful information, including feedback on the technical strengths and weaknesses of a claim.
Structural Forensics
Erickson Structural offers extensive experience assessing and identifying the underlying cause(s) of a building’s structural damage or failure. Our investigative methods may entail independent engineering analysis, the development of testing procedures, including material property analysis, simulations and testing of structural components, and review of original structural design documents, shop drawings, correspondence, construction techniques and installed construction. Often the key to a successful investigation is detailed and thorough visits to the building. When important pieces of information lie in attics, crawl spaces or wall cavities – hidden from view and generally in dirty, inconvenient locations, we roll up our sleeves and get to work. We have experience recognizing important clues and signs that allow us to arrive at reliable and defendable opinions.
Construction Defect and Design Error Assessments
Erickson Structural is well-versed in conducting in-depth investigations of alleged structural design errors or construction defects. Our experience spans multiple building types, construction materials and practices, as well as a variety of techniques for investigation and building analysis. Because we are involved daily in the structural design and construction of buildings, we have the experience and perspective to identify, confirm or refute alleged structural defects or errors.
Remedial Design
After the cause(s) of a structural defect has/have been identified, we can develop the appropriate structural remediation. Often, we begin by providing a schematic repair design that is suitable for project scoping and cost estimation. Later, we can evolve the initial design into a final design, suitable for bidding, permitting and directing construction activities. We can remain active in the construction process, working with the contractor, owner and other interested parties, including other design professionals to ensure a successful project.
Assistance with Preparation of Defense Claims
Erickson Structural can provide support to the construction claim process. We offer comprehensive expert investigations, research, forensic testing and analysis. We then summarize our findings in a well-documented, clear and defendable report. We can likewise assist with mediation or arbitration, and provide expert testimony at deposition, mediation or trial.
  • "Efficient, articulate and technically adept."

    Kevin Herring, Attorney at Law Ashford & Wriston, LLP
  • "The expert services have been consistently outstanding."

    J. Kevin Jenkins, Attorney at Law Jenkins & Jenkins, LLP
  • "One of the best expert depositions I have participated in."

    Jason M. Rosen, Attorney at Law Christie Law Group, PLLC
  • "Made complex engineering issues easy for me to understand."

    Todd Renda Attorney at Law