Understanding structures and the issues that can lead to problems and failures.
Storms, lack of maintenance, installation issues and design failures can all affect how a structure performs or when damage occurs. Determining the cause of structural problems requires the understanding of proper design, construction methods, materials utilized and how they all interact in a structure.
Our structural engineers have years of experience with projects ranging from multi-story institutional and commercial structures to large petrochemical farms and chemical containment structures. They have worked on industrial, commercial and residential structures with concrete, steel, masonry and timber construction.
Their experience with structural design and hands-on construction management gives them an exceptional understanding of the issues that can lead to problems and failures in structures. Whether you need assistance before or during construction, after severe weather, or any time damage has been reported, Nederveld is ready to help.
- Basement Evaluation
- Building Crack/Movement
- Building Envelope
- Building/Roof Collapse
- Construction Defects
- Construction Vibration Damage
- Design Review
- Document Review
- Exterior Insulation & Finish System (EIFS)
- Hail Damage
- Ice Dams
- Retaining Wall Failure
- Roof Evaluation
Fire & Explosion
Sifting through a fire loss can get complicated quickly. Knowing that your fire investigator can handle any situation they encounter is invaluable.
Determining the cause of a fire or explosion requires experts analyzing multiple factors and how they interact. Nederveld’s investigators always provide a level of confidence and trust that will exceed your expectations. Their experience detecting the presence or absence of arson and subrogation possibilities allows us to provide a comprehensive investigation in the most cost-efficient manner for all of your fire investigations.
When necessary, our investigators are also supported by in-house examination and testing laboratories for product testing or multi-party meetings as well as a staff of mechanical, electrical and structural engineers to assist in the laboratory or at the loss location. Our experts have been lead investigators in several areas.
- Commercial Properties
- Industrial Properties
- Residential Properties
- Watercraft/Recreational Vehicles
- Explosion Investigations
- Fire Protection/Sprinkler System Evaluation
- Much More!
Complex electrical systems in commercial and residential structures or products can be affected by improper design, faulty workmanship, power surges, lightning strikes and more.
Electrical issues are often blamed for product failures, fire losses and more. Whether you’re looking at a product or an entire structure, our experts have extensive experience examining electrical systems in commercial or residential structures, code concerns, lightning strikes, power surges and more.
- Component Testing
- HVAC & Plumbing Equipment
- Boat / Watercraft
- Industrial Accidents & Explosions
- Investigation of Service Performed
- Review of Repair Cost Estimates
- Personal Injury
- Expert Witness
- Tire Evaluations
- Passenger Vehicle
Determining if the damage was caused by a manufacturer defect, design flaw or accident requires a superior understanding of product mechanics.
Product and mechanical failures can be the source of serious injuries and extensive property damage. Years of experience with a variety of mechanical issues has given our experts a unique perspective on patterns of failure and how they could or could not relate to the loss.
Whether you’re looking at a machine that caused injuries to an employee or a product that is believed to be the source of water loss, our expert mechanical engineers are skilled at conducting initial examinations at the scene and recognizing when further steps could support subrogation. When needed, our engineers can conduct detailed product inspections, set proper protocols for destructive or non-destructive testing, or conduct multi-party inspections at our examination and testing facility.
- Commercial and Industrial Machinery
- Fire Suppression Systems
- Electric Chair Lifts
- Large Electric Garage Doors
- Water Heaters
- Washers and Dryers
- Well Pumps
- Much More!
Engineering experience that fully understands the physics involved with accident reconstruction for crash data retrieval, vehicle inspections or complete accident reconstruction.
Determining the cause of an accident or vehicle malfunction can be difficult. Everyone involved has varying accounts of events, there are multiple site and roadway factors to consider as well as a variety of electrical and mechanical components in a vehicle’s confined space.
Our team of experts includes mechanical and civil engineers and an ASE Master Technician for a combination of practical experience and engineering background. From speed determination and site distances to crush analysis and velocity potential, our team will make sure you get the facts you need.
- Complete Accident Reconstruction
- Crash Data Retrieval Download
- Motorcycle/Recreational Vehicle Evaluation
- Structural Damage Assessments for Damage Caused by Vehicles
- Surveying/Scene Geometry
- Tire Evaluation
- Vehicle Fire Investigation
- Vehicle Evaluation
Indoor Air Quality
Breathe easier with clear answers on mold, asbestos, radon and other air pollutants.
Determining the source of air quality issues and if the damage is from a recent event or a long-term problem is not always obvious. Our team has the engineering background and the experience to dig through the details and bring you solid answers.
- Airborne Contaminant Testing
- Asbestos Sampling and Testing
- Building Envelope Evaluations
- Cause of Water or Mold
- Interior Staining
- Lead Testing
- Mold Sampling/Testing
- Plumbing/Pipes Evaluation
- Repair and Remediation Plans
- Soot Evaluations
- Much More!
Product and Component
Providing a unique perspective on patterns of failure and how they might relate to the loss.
Product defects can be the source of serious injuries and extensive property damage. Determining if these injuries and damage were actually caused by a product defect or if the loss resulted from other factors, such as misuse, improper installation, or age-related considerations, is a key element in determining your recovery potential. The forensic analysis necessary to make this determination requires a superior understanding of product design, manufacturing, and mechanics along with the ability to piece together information from multiple sources. Years of experience with a variety of products and industries provides Nederveld’s experts with a unique perspective on patterns of failure and how they might relate to the loss.
Commercial / Industrial Equipment
- Fire Suppression Systems
- HVAC Systems
- Process Equipment
- Washers & Dryers
- Air Conditioners
- Water Heaters
- Well Pumps
- Water Softeners
Plumbing / Fixtures
- Sump Pumps
- Water Filters
- Solenoid Valves
- Hand Valves
Ship to Our Laboratory or Send Us to the Loss Location – It’s Your Choice!
Whether we’re on-site looking at large machinery or in one of our laboratories inspecting a small component, our expert mechanical and electrical engineers are skilled at both non-destructive initial examinations as well as recognizing when further steps are needed to explore subrogation possibilities.
When a site visit is not feasible or necessary, products and components can easily be shipped to our laboratories for:
- Performance of Detailed Product Inspections
- Establishing Proper Protocols for Destructive or Non-destructive Testing
- Facilitating Multi-party Inspections
- Secured Evidence Retention
Simply notify Nederveld when your product is ready to go and we will email the shipping label and packing slip documents to you. You can then choose to package the items yourself or have FedEx do the printing and/or packaging for you.
Providing Free Consultation
Getting thorough advice up-front will help you in determining your recovery options and minimize baseless subrogation efforts. When faced with a new loss, allow our multi-faceted team of experts to assist you by speaking with our engineers first. Our no-cost phone consultation will help you choose the best course of action to determine the cause of loss, responsible parties, and the potential for recovery. Let one of our project coordinators know you are requesting a free initial consultation.