Questions abound after an accident. What caused the explosion? Why did the axle break? What caused the piping to fail? Oftentimes, there will be conflicting statements and opinions from witnesses, police and fire departments, insurance adjusters and professional investigators. Separating facts from speculation is critical to determining the essential details that led to a failure.
Spectrum Forensics is dedicated to bringing clarity to the analysis of complex incidents. By tailoring a range of investigative specialties to the specific problem at hand, we ensure that the team working on your project has the experience, training, and education to get the facts and convey them in a logical and understandable manner that can withstand challenges. An advanced evidence tracking system, state-of-the-art laboratory and inspection facilities, and a wide range of analytical services and resources back our commitment.
Knowing key details of code violations, material deficiencies, operator error, abnormal service environments, and other factors that may have caused or contributed to an accident can make an enormous difference in your assessment of a case. Spectrum Forensics will get you what you need to know in an unbiased, timely, and cost-effective manner.
Our engineers understand the pressures on insurance professionals. Spectrum engineers aim to provide an immediate, cost-effective assessment of your claim. Once on the case, we’ll contact your insured immediately and schedule an inspection to assess the situation. We’ll provide you with frequent updates to keep you apprised of the status of the investigation and to assure a cost-effective solution.
Large, complicated losses require the expertise and training of seasoned investigators. Spectrum engineers have the training and experience to manage the complex logistics, documentation, and evidence preservation critical to a successful resolution. Our large loss experience includes factory fires and explosions, industrial accidents and power generation incidents. If you are tasked with managing a large scale incident, let Spectrum help you get the job done.
Losses can occur in many forms. Hail can have a devastating impact on properties. Roofs, HVAC, windows, and siding are only a few of the many elements that can be impacted by hail storms. Whether it’s residential or commercial, we have the knowledge and experience to accurately assess the conditions of a property and develop a scope and cost of repair. With the ever-changing influence of local building codes, scope and costs can change dramatically when making repairs. Water can have both short- and long-term effects structures, and those impacts can be immediately apparent or take years to surface. Different building materials also vary in their response to water over time, and knowing these differences can be critical to understanding what is necessary to repair the damage. Our team understands these variances and works closely with our clients to clearly define causation and resultant damage. Fire and smoke damage are some of the most devastating events that can occur to a structure. Partial damage as opposed to a total loss can provide many complexities that can be difficult to solve. Proper evaluation of a fire event is critical to the accurate assessment of repair scope and cost. Even partial fire damage can lead to incorrect repair approaches. Code challenges and environmental concerns can drive costs up significantly. Spectrum Forensics can help manage the evaluation of losses of all sizes by getting involved early in the process.
The outward appearance of a failed device may obscure the root cause of the failure. A product may have been defectively designed or manufactured, but other factors such as unanticipated service environments, user abuse, or improper component selection may have played a critical role. Spectrum engineers have the experience and tools to identify the full and complete circumstances that led to the failure.
Experience and training must be complemented by state-of-the-art analytical tools. Spectrum engineers have on-site access to cutting edge equipment for documentation and analysis. Our laboratory facilities can host large group inspections with representatives for manufacturers, installers, service personnel, and users. Powerful analytical tools combined with high-definition documentation vividly illustrate failure mechanisms and provide a convincing basis for our engineering analysis. Spectrum also has “Virtual Laboratory” capabilities with state-of-the-art telecommunication equipment and a high-speed data link to allow remote participants anywhere in the world to participate in a laboratory examination.
Carl Finocchiaro has more than 30 years of experience in the design, testing, and analysis of mechanical systems including motor vehicle systems, consumer products, industrial machinery, safety devices, and amusement devices. He has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and California. Mr. Finocchiaro is an expert in fire and explosion, carbon monoxide incidents, thermal / scalding accidents, mechanical systems evaluation, water losses, and amusement rides and attractions.
Bastiaan Cornelissen has provided metallurgical consulting services to legal, industrial, and government clients since 1987. He has a doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, California, New Mexico, and Arizona. Failure investigations led by Dr. Cornelissen have covered pipelines, automotive components, lifting equipment, plumbing fixtures, firearms, and fastening systems. Dr. Cornelissen’s expertise includes corrosion behavior, mechanical properties, heat treating, casting, forming, bolting, and welding of a wide range of engineering materials.
Mark Russell holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical engineering. He is a professional engineer and is registered in 23 states. Dr. Russell has over 30 years engineering experience in the analysis and modeling of simple and complex mechanical systems and phenomena. His experience includes work in manufacturing, product development, and engineering research. His work has included investigation of industrial fatalities, personal injuries, and property damage incidents with losses up to $100,000,000. Further, he has developed and taught improved methods for forensic engineering investigations and report writing. He has presented at numerous engineering, insurance, and legal conferences on various aspects of forensic engineering including the Russell-Jur Method for determining the cause of failure. Has also presented webinars on, “How to Ask for and Get What You Need From a Forensic Engineer” and “What Should be In a Forensic Engineering Report.”
Mr. Skaggs conducts materials failure analysis involving overloading, fractures, fatigue, corrosion, and related failure mechanisms. He has casework experience involving pipes and pipe fitting failures, fire protection system components, and construction materials. Additional product failure analysis includes mechanical equipment, electrical controls, weld failures, household appliances and a variety of automotive components. He is experienced with various types of materials including metals, plastics, composites, ceramics, concrete and asphalt. He investigates fires, water damage, personal injury, industrial accidents, vehicle accidents, aircraft failures, structural failures, and electrical failures. He conducts a wide range of product tests and consults to industry on product design and materials selection. He is experienced with welding and joining processes, materials selection and usage, light and electron microscopy, materials characterization, internal ballistics and mathematical modeling.
Brian has experience in cost estimating for property loss claims and his background in construction has allowed him to work on a wide variety of projects. He has been involved in the evaluation of disasters caused by fire, flood, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, hail/snowstorms, structural failures, and work in construction defects. He has evaluated multiple structure types, single/multi‐family residential properties, manufacturing warehouses, parking garages, hotels, office complexes, high-rise structures, and government buildings.
Reed (Kim) Bezzant provides our clients with specialized expertise in welding engineering, weld failure analysis, and welding safety. Mr. Bezzant has a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology (Welding Technology) from Utah State University and has held ASME Section IX Welder Certifications and AWS Certified Welding Inspector Certification. He has more than 35 years of practical experience in weld design, condition assessment, and repair in nuclear and fossil power plants, refineries, and other industrial facilities. Non-destructive inspection of welded high-energy piping and welding job site safety analysis (including fire prevention) are among his areas of expertise. Mr. Bezzant has published on weld repair and inspection procedures, and has qualified as a welding expert in several jurisdictions.
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