Structural Engineering Expert in Wind Damage

Case Description:

A structural engineering expert with applied knowledge of wind damage was needed to provide forensic analysis for a case alleging professional malpractice. The plaintiff, a consumer goods manufacturer, experienced extensive economic damages. A hurricane resulted in a loss of inventory from wind damage to the roof of a warehouse. Plaintiff claimed the roof's collapse was a result of malpractice in the structural engineering of the building's design.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to locate a structural engineer with experience in wind load analysis, wind damage analysis, structural design analysis, and computational flow dynamics. The client required a structural engineering expert who could assess wind damage caused by straight line winds versus uplift down pressure on a flat roof building.

Experts Presented:

  • Forensic Engineering

    This structural engineering expert has over 30 years of experience in the field of building design and construction. With more than ten years of experience with wind engineering, his research includes studying the damage that straight line winds can cause to engineered structures, as well as building performance during severe storm events. He is a registered Professional Engineer and registered architect in the state of Texas and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE. His expertise includes forensic engineering and forensic analysis of building and structural failures resulting from causes including design, construction, and loading. IMS Reference #5028963

  • Civil Engineering

    This civil engineering expert has more than 25 years of experience in computational wind engineering and wind load dynamics. He has wide-ranging expertise in the modeling of wind behavior, structural analysis, and structural loading. His research work focuses on the computational modeling of fluid flow dynamics and interactions with deforming or vibrating structures. A professor of civil engineering, this expert is a member of the American Association for Wind Engineering, or AAWE. He holds Ph.D and master’s degrees in structural engineering and civil engineering. IMS Reference #5029252

  • Structural Engineering

    This structural engineering expert has a background in wind damage, wind engineering and the performance of low rise building construction. He directs the wind load test facility at a university, where he performs computational analysis of how winds damage and weaken low rise structures such as homes and small businesses. A member of the American Association for Wind Engineering, this expert has 14 years of professional engineering experience. IMS Reference #5007768

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