Forensic Engineers Florida

Forensic Engineers Florida

Forensic Engineers Florida at EMA Forensic Associates are Structural engineers in Orlando, Tampa & Clearwater, Houston, New Orleans to provide the highest quality of engineering , and investigation for cause and origin, failure and collapse reasons, construction defects and deficiencies, structural design short comings and expert witness services available. Our services includes damage inspections, structural damage assessment, roof damage inspections, fire damage inspections, building structural assessments, structural foundation collapse and assessment.

EMA engineers Florida is the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property. The consequences of failure are dealt with by the law of product liability.

Our engineers in Florida, Texas, Louisiana & North Carolina  provide cause and origin, buildings defects, construction defects, investigations,site investigation, testing, technical research, and analysis of the information to provide our clients with an independent opinion on the cause of failure.

Forensic Engineers Florida
Forensic engineers services in Florida, Texas, Louisiana

Job of Forensic Engineers Investigations

Our team of experienced forensic engineers throughout Florida offer the following areas of expertise:

– Building Defects investigation.
– Collapse & Insurance Claims and Reports
– Structural Condition Assessments
– Discovery Assistance
– Second Opinion Structural & Forensic Inspections for Dispute Resolution
– Expert Witness & Testimonial by Engineers

We provide structural & forensic damage assessment reports to insurance, as well as adjuster clients for building failures, natural disasters and failures due to design or construction deficiencies. We also provide estimates for repairs based on original values and ASV. Whether the collapse is due to a design fault, natural disasters, deficient structural deign or over-stressing. we can provide you good enough reports that can tell u the real problem.

Forensic Engineers Structural Integrity & Damage Assessment.

Forensic investigation to find the cause and origin of a collapse or incidence is an aspect of engineering which deals with the ability of a structure to support a designed load (weight, force) without breaking, and includes the study of past structural failures in order to prevent failures in future designs.

Structural integrity is the ability of an item—either a structural component or a structure consisting of many components—to hold together under a load, including its own weight, without breaking or deforming excessively. The phenominon of breakage or collapse and damage is investigated by engineers who have knowledge and experience of how a structure works.  It assures that the construction will perform its designed function during reasonable use, for as long as its intended life span. Items are constructed with structural integrity to prevent catastrophic failure, which can result in injuries, severe damage, death, and/or monetary losses.

Structural failure refers to the loss of structural integrity, or the loss of load -carrying capacity in either a structural component, or the structure itself. Structural failure is initiated when a material is stressed beyond its strength limit, causing fracture or excessive deformations; one limit state that must be accounted for in structural design is ultimate failure strength. In a well- designed system, a localized failure should not cause immediate or even progressive collapse of the entire structure.

Masonry Inspections

Masonry Inspections Services

Masonry Inspections of older buildings determines that some masonry problems are regional, but many occur nationwide. Here’s an overview of 10 common construction problems that masonry contractors face.

Efflorescence in masonry forensics

When water containing dissolved salts evaporates from a masonry structure it leaves a salt deposit (Figure 1). The stain is called efflorescence. Salts may be present in all types of masonry materials: mortar, brick, concrete block, stucco, and plaster. Or they may be in water that enters the masonry, which can be determined during  masonry inspections.

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masonry inspections of Efflorescence

MASONRY INSPECTIONS with Corroded Masonry

Corrosion in masonry forensics

In the presence of water and oxygen, steel rebars in bond beams, grouted cells, or collar joints will corrode. Horizontal joint reinforcement, ties that hold multi-wythe masonry walls together, or anchors that attach a veneer wall to a support also are susceptible to corrosion and can be found by masonry inspections for corrosion. Rust, the product of corrosion, occupies up to six times the original volume of steel. This volume expansion causes cracks that let in more water and thus cause even more corrosion.

The most common materials used for reinforcing are un-coated steel, zinc-coated steel, and hot-dipped galvanized steel. The coatings and the alkaline mortar provide some corrosion protection. There is, however, no substitute for good tight mortar joints and flashing that minimize the amount of moisture entering and accumulating in the masonry.

Also, avoid adding chloride to mortar or grout; soluble chlorides accelerate corrosion. And don’t install dissimilar metals such as copper and steel in the same wall. When there’s moisture in the wall, dissimilar metals sometimes react and cause corrosion too.

Masonry Inspections of Historic Buildings.

Masonry Inspection of construction will be performed more frequently in the near future due to requirements in the 1999 MSJC (Masonry Standards Joint Committee) Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530/ASCE 5/TMS 402) and Specification for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1/ASCE 6/TMS 602), and the International Building Code (IBC). The need for inspection is increasing in every facet of building construction, as assurance that construction complies with the plans and specifications is being desired by owners, and especially by insurance industries and the federal government who so often have to pay for extensive repairs or replacements when buildings that are not constructed properly fail. More rigorous inspection is due in part because of the drastic difference in performance of well-constructed and poorly constructed buildings of all types. Investigators of buildings after natural disasters commonly report that a significant cause of damage is improper construction. Excessive damage due to such poor construction is unacceptable, and many believe that inspection will help produce higher quality construction, as it has in other industries.

Three levels of quality assurance were developed based on the method of design and the importance of the structure. Structures that must maintain their function immediately after natural disasters (i.e. hospitals and fire stations) are classified as essential structures and must be inspected to a great degree (higher level). Methods of design and construction that are more typical in nature do not require as extensive an inspection program as methods employing more elaborate design and construction methods. Figure 3 shows a simplistic flow chart of how to determine the minimum level of inspection required based on the building’s importance (essential or non-essential) and the design method. MSJC Code Tables, and show the minimum quality assurance requirements for each level.

Forensic Building Engineers

Forensic Building Engineers

Forensic Building Engineers Services are outstandingly provided by EMA Engineering’s expertise in Forensic building Engineering and Building Damage Assessment after, fires, hurricanes and natural disasters and floods.

Highly experienced forensic building engineers with engineering experience and engineering junior staff are available for investigation, diagnosis, assessment and remediation advice covering, buildings and structures for damage of all types. We have experience of providing damage assessment and forensic inspections after major hurricanes including Andrew, Charlie, Katrina & Rita. Our Forensic Building engineers have worked through various hurricanes, storms and natural disasters. Our structural engineers analyse the damages whereas our forensic engineers investigate the cause and origin of the collapse, damage or the issues of concern involved after an incidence.

We are trusted by the architects, property owners, builders, insurers and loss adjusters to establish the root cause of building and structural failures and to determine cost effective remedial works.

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EMA forensic building engineers services in Florida, Texas, Louisiana.
  • Structural / Building Assessments, building forensic engineers, Inspections and Forensic Investigations.
  • Investigation and damage assessment of all types of buildings and structures, retaining walls, pavements, water tanks and swimming pools.
  • Expert Witness and Reporting service for legal proceedings and court hearings.
  • Building and Structural Defects and Damage Causation investigation and reporting.
  • Cause of damage determination and repair specification for the insurance industry.
  • Remediation advice and disaster assessment following fire, storm, earthquake and flood events.
  • Pre-purchase building inspections for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
  • Preventative risk assessments.
  • Building maintenance appraisals and recommendations.
  • Dilapidation surveys prior/post construction.
  • Building movement and underpinning.
  • Infrastructure damage and emergency management plans (buildings, bridges and other structures).
  • General building inspections, providing structural and building advice to property owners.
Forensic Building Engineers Damage Assessment.
Forensic Building damage inspections in Florida, Texas & Louisiana.

Purpose of Building Engineers

The purpose of the Forensic building engineers and Structural Engineers is to perform cause and origin of structural damages due to structural design faults, construction defects and ill maintained buildings, bridges, silos, and other superstructures.  Our engineers have extensive experience with the basics for the investigation of failures and understanding some of the pertinent legal aspects, which has prepared us for the eventual practice of forensic structural engineering.

Engineering investigation and determination of the causes of structural failures of buildings, bridges and other constructed facilities, as well as rendering opinions and giving testimony in judicial proceedings, often referred to as Forensic Building Engineers, where most of the investigation is performed by forensic building engineers in teaming up with structural engineers, has become a field of professional practice of its own in the US. With rapid economic development, increased design sophistication, more-and-more daring construction technology and accelerated project delivery came the proliferation of structural failures throughout the world. Several countries are reviewing and/or streamlining technical, business, and legal procedures modeled on US practices – with both their advantages and faults – which require expert consultants/witnesses in both the forensic investigation and in the ensuing dispute resolution. Our engineers have extensive engineering experience in all facets of damage origin determination.

Our forensic building engineers are well versed in the challenges associated with performing critical investigations and the analysis involved with the determination of cause and origin. We have conducted condition assessments and investigations of commercial and residential buildings, high-rise condominiums, warehouses, industrial facilities, seawalls, piers, boardwalks, vaults, retaining walls, bridges, and box culverts. Our capabilities also include cost estimation and design services for repairs, modifications, and restoration. We work alongside property managers and owners to address necessary maintenance items for existing structures, and offer construction phase services that lead to the quality implementation of repairs.

Our Building Engineers experience includes:

  • Buildings
  • Bridges
  • Warehouses
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Stormwater and Utility Structures
  • Water / Wastewater Plant Facilities
  • Culverts and Other Municipal Structures

Private Provider

Private provider

Effective October 1, 2002, Florida Statute 553.791 allows the owner of a proposed building to use a Private engineer for building code inspections and plans review services for compliance with the Florida Building Code. The Statute allows the private provider to perform these services on the building that are covered by that person’s licensure as to the structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and accessibility components of the building.
EMA can provide licensed engineers and staff, who works with the local jurisdictions as well as on-site structural engineers & forensic engineers to ensure code compliance on each project. Our quick response to jobsite work in progress minimizes expensive construction delays due to inspection scheduling.  Our structural engineers staff provides the highest level of customer service to help deliver a project on time and on budget. We will inspect your project to ensure compliance with the Florida Building Code with the following inspections:

  • Structural Inspections
  • Mechanical Inspections
  • Plumbing Inspections
  • Electrical Inspections’
  • Building Inspections

Private Structural Plan Review
EMA can provide Certified Plans Examiners licensed per Florida Statutes Chapters, 468, 471 or 481. EMA will review the plans for compliance with the Florida Building Code for the Structural engineers and Building Disciplines. Our structrual engineers can work with your design professionals during design development to ensure code compliance of the finished product, thus minimizing the time between design completion and permit issuance.  We will provide the following Plans Review services:

  • Structural Plans Review
  • Mechanical Plans Review
  • Plumbing Plans Review
  • Electrical Plans review
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Structural Inspections

Structural Inspections

EMA can provide structural inspections during construction of different type of building projects for the following cases

Building Foundations, Building Piling, Building Construction.

Inspections of CMU & masonry construction.

Inspections concrete & steel structures

40 Year re-certification inspections in Dade & Broward County

Working building inspections

Project construction inspections.
Hurricane damage Inspections
Special buildings Inspection
Quality Assurance Inspections
Inspections of damages
Fire Damage Inspections
Residential/Commercial Inspections

Structural Inspections of New Structures

Flood Inspections Retaining.
Threshold Buildings Inspections
School  Construction Inspections
Tree Damage Inspections
Framing Inspections
Shoring Inspections

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Structural design and engineering inspection. Concrete building design

Structural INSPECTIONS Process

Quality control monitoring and proper inspection of a roofing system will provide a good water tight roof. It is important to monitor the condition of the roofing system through proper inspection at frequent time intervals to discover damage to the roof. Small imperfections can be corrected with minimal maintenance. No roof system can be expected to give long term performance without some attention and maintenance. Too frequently, roofs are forgotten until a leak develops. Most problems begin in a small way and if left undetected, develop into a more expensive need for repairs, or in the extreme, need replacement of the roof.

Structural Inspections monitoring services
Structural Inspections monitoring services.

Many engineering firms do not offer residential services. At EMA Structural, we understand the residential market and the homeowner. We value their business and our team is proud to service this sector. Most of the work that we perform for residential homeowners begins with an onsite engineering assessment. Our licensed engineers make a site visit to the property. We survey the areas of concern and assess the severity of the structural problems in question.

After a site investigation is conducted, our structural engineers prepare a structural engineering report outlining onsite findings, identifying probable cause of the structural issue and recommendations for remediation of any structural deficiency un-covered. We provide our clients with a photograph log documenting existing conditions at the time of the site visit.

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Structural Engineers

Structural Engineers

EMA Structural engineers are provide all type of engineering, renovations and inspections of  residential, commercial, office and high rise buildings  and our engineers have extensive knowledgeable and experienced engineers in Orlando and Tampa, for your structural design. Our design structural engineers and construction Inspectors for various structures provide including multi-million airport buildings, sport arenas, residential jobs, condominiums, 2- 18 story buildings, and commercial structures. We use state of art engineering software as STAAD, ETABS, RISA FLOOR and else to design the frame for optimal structural loads and structural serviceability.

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EMA structural engineers

EMA provide commercial industrial warehouse building design and restoration services. We provide structural engineering analysis & design of residential, commercial and warehouses design, analysis, and specification writing for any structural project including concrete, precast, steel and misc. metals specifications and also threshold inspections.

Structural Engineers EXPERIENCE

EMA has experience with many residential and commercial projects including: mid/high rise buildings, retail spaces, hotels, churches, multi-family buildings, condominiums, custom homes, townhouses, mixed-use structures, hoist engineering, steel frames, product testing, and various types of inspections. Our structural engineers Orlando, Tampa, Miami can design any structure. Here is a list of our current products and systems allowing you and your clients more choices in design and construction.

Longer spans in design and greater flexibility. Economical design for highrise buildings

Greater precision and efficiency in structural design and analysis of structures.

More freedom in structural design; flexible column placement. Elimination of beam support under floors.

A sometimes viable alternative to high concrete costs and extensive precast concrete waiting times.

An often economical design choice for offices, warehouses etc.

(Such as pre-cast beam/joist systems and hollow core planks), allowing more options for contractors.


Structural Engineering is a specialty within Civil Engineering. Structural Engineers create drawings and specifications, perform calculations, review the work of other engineers, write reports and evaluations, and observe construction sites. A Professional Engineer’s license is required in order to practice Structural Engineering. A license can be obtained only after completing a prescribed amount of education and work experience, and taking a 2-day exam. In California and other states, certain structures, such as hospitals and schools, require a Structural Engineer’s license, which can be obtained after 3 years additional experience and taking another exam.

The basic tasks of structural engineering relate numerical quantities of physical forces to physical configurations of force-resisting elements. Analysis is the process of determining forces in each element in a structure (such as a beam) when the configuration of elements is already defined. Design is the process of configuring elements to resist forces whose values are already known. Analysis and Design are complementary procedures in the overall process of designing new structures. After performing a preliminary design, the designer estimates the final configuration of elements of a structure, but only until an analysis is performed can the forces in those elements be known. After performing an analysis, the element forces are known, and the elements can be designed (their configuration can be chosen) more precisely. The process iterates between analysis and design until convergence is achieved.