Experience – Knowledge – Commitment

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.

Property Claims

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.

Fire/Explosion

Fire/Explosion


Pipe Failures

Pipe Failures


Freeze Losses

Freeze Losses


HVAC

HVAC


Large Loss Investigations

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.

Industrial Fires & Explosions

Industrial Fires & Explosions


Oil & Gas Exploration and Production

Oil & Gas Exploration and Production


Electrical Power Generation

Electrical Power Generation


Construction Accidents

Construction Accidents


Failure Analysis

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.

Automotive

Automotive


Medical Devices

Medical Devices


Plumbing Systems

Plumbing Systems


Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods


Pipelines

Pipelines


Thermal Injuries

Thermal Injuries


Firearms

Firearms


Compressors

Compressors


Laboratory Services

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.

Metallurgical Analysis

Metallurgical Analysis


Electron Microscopy

Electron Microscopy


Digital Microscopy

Digital Microscopy


Real-time X-ray

Real-time X-ray


Principal Engineers & Consultants

Carl Finocchiaro, M.S., P.E., CFI / CFEI / CVF

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.

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Bastiaan Cornelissen, Ph.D., P.E.

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.

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Dustin A. Turnquist, M.S., P.E., CFEI

Mr. Turnquist is a metallurgist and mechanical engineer, with nineteen years of technical experience, including engineering investigations and failure analysis, mechanical testing, and the design of specialized test equipment. Mr. Turnquist’s expertise encompasses fatigue and fracture characterization of alloys, including understanding the relationships between microstructural development, and residual and applied stresses. He is skilled in metallographic and fractographic techniques, embracing the use of light optical and scanning electron microscopy for the characterization of microstructure development.

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Mark Burns, PE, CFEI

Mr. Burns has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (with a Structural Engineering focus) from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He earned his Professional Engineer licenses in Michigan in 2001, Colorado in 2005 & Wyoming in 2009, and continues to hold licensure in those states. Since 2009, Mr. Burns has applied his expertise to various construction, building component damage, structural & civil engineering related issues, including damage assessment and litigation support. His previous experience includes structural & civil engineering design and construction management. Mr. Burns has qualified as an expert in civil & structural engineering in numerous jurisdictions in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Reed (Kim) Bezzant

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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