About Forensic Engineering

NOVA Engineering and Environmental’s forensic engineering group is considered among the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable.

Regardless of the structure, new or old, NOVA helps the client with their facility assessment, structural evaluation, and restoration needs at the earliest signs of distress.

Our forensic engineers have multiple capabilities including:

  • Destructive & Non-destructive testing
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Repair Designs
  • Construction Cost Estimates
  • Construction Management
  • Quality Assurance Inspections for both new construction and existing properties

Forensic & Non-Destructive Testing

Using the latest technologies, we develop a project-specific evaluation strategy and perform field and laboratory testing to confidently determine the cause of the distress or when data is needed to support modifications to a structure.

Non-destructive Testing (NDT) can detect surface and subsurface defects without harming your materials and components or affecting performance.

Our forensic engineers have extensive experience and are aided by technology and non-destructive testing equipment, including:

  • Ground Penetrating Radar Testing of Concrete
  • Ultrasonic Testing
  • Impact Echo Testing of Concrete
  • Infra-red and Nuclear Surveys
  • Electronic Leak Detection (Eld) / Electronic Field Vector Mapping
  • Wind Uplift Testing Per ASTM E-907
  • Water Infiltration Testing
  • Ligno-duo Tec Bw Moisture Meter

Industries We Serve

NOVA’s forensic engineering services apply to any and all industries, markets, and facility types. So long as there’s a structure on the property, even below-grade structures, we can help.

While we have a high degree of technical competence, we are most known for our ability to provide clients with affordable and achievable restoration solutions.

Our forensic engineering services are provided primarily during:

  • maintenance of facility and budget planning
  • preconstruction services for additions 
  • during construction 
  • change of use of an existing facility.

The occasions when we are needed during construction include determining why there is distress in a structural member, locating embedded reinforcements, and confirming contact compliance of a new structural element. 

NOVA’s Forensic Engineering Service Highlights

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Client: The Goodman Company

NOVA professionals performed a structural and waterproofing condition survey and materials evaluation services to develop repair recommendations. Final design and bid documents were developed, and NOVA performed a periodic inspection of all repairs for submittal to the local building authority.

Services Provided: Forensic and Non-Destructive Testing

Want to learn more about Forensic Engineering?

NOVA’s forensic engineering services help to increase the life or functionality of all types of structures, which, in the end, saves our clients money. If you’d like to learn more about NOVA’s professional, practical, & proven forensic engineering services, contact us today.