What is Forensic Engineering?
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) defines forensic engineering as “the application of engineering principles to the investigation of failures or other performance problems. Forensic engineering also involves testimony on the findings of these investigations before a court of law or other judicial forum, when required.” In other words, forensic engineering is using engineering knowledge to determine cause and extent of damage, and to testify on that information in a legal forum, if necessary.
Forensic engineering can be a subset of many engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, and electrical. These different types of forensic engineering focus on different portions of a structure, with professional engineers of various disciplines using their knowledge to assess damage related to systems within a building. At this time, Valor FES is focused on civil forensic engineering solutions, using our knowledge of engineering principles to determine the cause and extent of physical damage to buildings. This damage may include components such as the exterior facade, roof, interior walls, flooring, beams, and other structural elements.
About Valor Forensic Engineering Services
Valor Forensic Engineering Services, LLC, was founded in 2019 by Chad T. Williams, P.E.. Mr. Williams has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, with primary areas of study in civil, geotechnical, and structural engineering. After graduation he spent six years working in civil engineering design. In 2008, Mr. Williams began working in the field of operations and maintenance engineering for the Department of Defense, which included a portion of forensic engineering.
This subset of civil engineering focuses on determining the cause and extent of damage to structures. In 2019, after eleven years in the field of delivering forensic engineering solutions, Mr. Williams founded Valor FES. His goal was to provide independent and objective evaluations of building components. This includes determining the presence of damage to various types of commercial, residential, industrial, agricultural, and institutional buildings, and other facilities such as boat docks and airfields.
Damage to buildings and other facilities can have many causes, including earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning, hail, fire, wind, floods, and other weather related causes. Damage can also occur due to design and/or construction defects, vehicle or debris impacts, and other non-weather related issues. As an impartial third party, the engineers of Valor FES work to determine the cause of damage and potential repairability of a structure through visual and tactile observation, the review of weather and other data, diagnostic testing when necessary, and other means involved in finding forensic engineering solutions for you. Valor Forensic Engineering Services will use observation, tactile assessment, and other techniques to determine the cause of damage and present it in a factual and unbiased manner.
Our engineers are licensed individually in Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
Valor FES (as a firm) is presently licensed to provide forensic engineering solutions in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas and is actively pursuing firm licensure in other states Valor Forensic Engineering Services, LLC, is based just outside of Tulsa, OK, in Jenks.