Arbitech Case Studies 

Where our Construction Claims and Forensic Engineering experts share some of their past investigations and cases … 

FORENSIC ENGINEERING - STRUCTURAL

Some examples of forensic engineering investigations involving structural systems:

    • Collapse of a precast hollow core concrete floor panel during construction of senior’s residence
    • Subsidence in concrete underpinning of foundation for new residential addition
    • Review of roof design following wind damage to large agricultural building
    • Premature corrosion in exposed structural steel framing of residential guest house
    • Review of cast-in-place concrete floor slab design for large transportation terminal following reports of improper reinforcing steel placement
FORENSIC ENGINEERING - BUILDING ENVELOPE

Some examples of forensic engineering investigations involving building envelopes:

  • Moisture problems in curtainwall system of newly constructed hospital
  • Water penetration in window wall system of newly constructed high-rise apartment building
  • Installation defects in air barrier system of newly constructed residence
  • Water leakage through pedestrian deck situated above habitable space in newly constructed custom home
  • Water penetration in crawl space of waterfront house
  • Thermal bridging analysis at exterior concrete deck in newly constructed custom home
FORENSICE ENGINEERING - PAVEMENTS AND EARTHWORKS

Some examples of forensic investigations involving pavements and earthworks:

  • Owner/contractor dispute regarding soil compaction and settlement at a public outdoor recreational facility
  • Inadequate interceptor swale causing overland flow towards new housing project

FORENSIC ENGINEERING - UNIQUE BUILDING SYSTEMS

Some examples of forensic investigations involving unique building systems:

  • Failure of connections on an exterior cladding system constructed of glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) at an institutional facility
  • Condensation and moisture issues in residential roofing assembly utilizing spray foam insulation and Blow-In-Blanket system (BIBS)
  • Failure of exterior glass guard in newly constructed residential guest house
  • Drywall cracking and floor movement in newly constructed residence utilizing insulated concrete formwork (ICF)
  • Cracking in newly installed wall cladding utilizing exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS)
FORENSIC ENGINEERING - HIGH PERFORMANCE ROOFS

Some examples of forensic engineering investigations involving high performance roofs:

  • Water penetration at drainage interceptor throughs in a zinc roof of a medical facility
  • Ice dam and snow buildup on flat roofs tying into slopped roofs resulting in leak into resort residential complex
FORENSIC ENGINEERING - MECHANICAL

Some examples of mechanical equipment related investigations performed by our forensic engineering experts:

  • Jack Elevator, Four-Story – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Residential, Windsor, ON
  • Backflow Preventer – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – High-Rise, Toronto, ON
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Ottawa, ON
  • HVAC Unit – Fire Damage Assessment and Expert Reporting – Recreational Complex, Fort McMurray, AB
  • Tower Crane – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Halifax, NS
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Owen Sound, ON
  • Overhead (Gantry) Crane, Rope – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Lincoln, ON
  • Backflow Preventer – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Brockville, ON
  • Bicycle – Root Cause Analysis and Expert Reporting – Toronto, ON
  • Rollator Walker – Root Cause Analysis and Expert Reporting – Toronto, ON
  • Dry Sprinkler System – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Lively, ON
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Guelph, ON
  • Pressure Sensor – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – St. Catherines, ON
  • Bulk Storage Tank, FeCl3 – Failure Analysis Expert Reporting – St-Thomas, ON
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Vancouver Island, BC
  • Stand-Pipe Valve, Fire Sprinkler System – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – High-Rise, Brampton, ON
  • CNC Milling Machines, 5-Axis – Inspection, Testing and Expert Reporting – Brampton, ON
  • Hex Leach Polish Filter Mixing Tree with Pipe Spool – NDE, Hydrostatic Pressure Testing and Expert Reporting – Calgary, AB
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Yellowknife, NT
  • Victaulic Coupling, Fire Suppression – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Mississauga, ON
  • Tow-Truck Dolly Bar – Root Cause Analysis and Expert Reporting – HWY 401, Pickering, ON
  • Fire Sprinkler Head – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Mississauga, ON
  • Hydraulic Cylinder Pin, Truck Trailer – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Courtice, ON
  • Elbow, Dry Sprinkler System – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Sarnia, ON
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Spencerville, ON
  • Gas Line Leak, Fire and Explosion – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Residential, Mississauga, ON
  • Urinal Sensor Switch – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Concord, ON
  • Aboveground Fuel Oil Storage Tank, Oil Filter – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Gravenhurst, ON
  • Heat Pump – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – High-Rise, Condo, Toronto, ON
  • Jack-Stands, Auto – Root Cause Analysis and Expert Reporting – Residential, Windsor, ON
FORENSIC ENGINEERING - MATERIALS & METALLURGICAL

Some examples of materials and metallurgical related investigations performed by our forensic engineering experts:

  • Oil & Gas Pipe and Pipeline (carbon steel, stainless steel, cement-coated, Flexsteel, Fiberspar, ABS, HDPE, PEX, PSV and FRP polymer pipe) – Failure Analysis’, Metallurgical Assessments and Expert Reporting – Alberta
  • Oil & Gas Extraction, Transport & Processing Equipment Including: valves (relief, check, globe, gate, butterfly, ball, needle, actuator, choke, well-head) etc.), spools, struts, crankshafts, sucker rods, pinion bearings, quills, sinker bars, stators, coiled tubing, compressors, pumps and pump impellers, pig launchers, pump seats and stators, flanges, couplings, pump barrels, bearing mandrels, rotors, bolts, blowout preventers, steel chains, boiler tubes, drill collars, annular packing unit elements, casings, pressure gauges, etc. – Failure Analysis’, Metallurgical Assessments and Expert Reporting – Alberta
  • Bridge Girders, Truss Bridge – Metallurgical Assessment and Expert Reporting – Winnipeg, MB
  • Streetcar Window Frames – Corrosion Damage & Metallurgical Assessment and Expert Reporting – Toronto, ON
  • Pressure Vessels & Piping – Metallurgical Assessments and Expert Reporting – Nitrogen Operation, Carseland, AB
  • Circulation Coins – Metallurgical Assessment and Expert Reporting – Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg, MB
  • Structural Steel Bolts – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg, MB
  • Bottle Caps, Soft Drink – Corrosion Root Cause Analysis and Expert Reporting – Toronto, ON
  • PRV Valve – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Glace Bay, NS
  • Residential Water Heater – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Spencerville, ON
  • PRV Valve – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – New Waterford, NS
  • Propane Tank Explosion – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Novar, ON
  • Sharkbite Fitting – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Residential, Toronto, ON
  • Burst Copper Tubes – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting, Bluffers Park, Scarborough, ON
  • Industrial Pressure Cooker Explosion – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Courtland, ON
  • Cast-Iron Water/Steam Radiators – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Kingston, ON
  • Soldered Copper Tube Joint – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Nobleton, ON
  • Pallet Loop Shaft, Conveyor – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, ON
  • Heat Pump Line – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Mississauga, ON
  • Water Main – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Kingsville, ON
  • Structural Steel, Fire Exposed – Metallurgical Assessment and Expert Reporting – Toronto, ON
  • Copper Tube Joint, Soldered – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Residential, Brampton, ON
  • Clay Sewage Line, 6-inch – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Mississauga, ON
  • Server Chiller Hose – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Toronto, ON
  • Swimming Pool Liner – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting– Residential, Hanover, ON
  • Communication Tower, Bolts – Metallurgical Assessment and Expert Reporting – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Bulk-Storage Pressure Vessel – Metallurgical & Damage Assessment and Expert Reporting – Ford Motor Canada Ltd., Windsor, ON
  • Copper Tube Joint, Soldered – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Merritt, BC
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) Pipe – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Surrey, BC
  • Water Main – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Industrial Building, Brampton, ON
  • Residential Appliances Including: water softeners, water filters, toilets (tanks, bowls, connectors, fill-valves), water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerators, icemakers, water dispensers, humidifiers, washers, steam cleaners, microwave ovens, faucets, shower heads, couplings, fittings, heat pumps, tubing & valves (ABS, HDPE, PEX, FRP, stainless-steel and copper), pressure relief valves, solenoid valves, sewage pumps, electrical switches, oil filters, television brackets, aquariums, flex-hoses, etc. – Failure Analysis and Expert Reporting – Multiple Locations Across Canada
CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS - IMPACT OF ALTERING USE AND OCCUPANCY

Some examples of issues that can arise from altering the use and occupancy of buildings:

  • A dispute arises between a permit applicant and the local building authority involving Part 10 Change of Use requirements of the Ontario Building Code
  • Moisture and brick deterioration suddenly appear at exterior walls soon after a building is converted to a residential condominium
  • Floors show evidence of sagging and walls experience drywall cracking following changes in loading due to use and occupancy
  • A neighbouring building owner converts their office space to a restaurant, putting your building at greater risk of fire spread
CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS - BUILDING CODE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Some examples of how our expert opinion reports can help bring clarity and resolution to matters involving compliance with Building and Fire Codes such as:

  • Identifying particulars of a dispute between parties in the context of the Ontario Building Code. We also have expertise supporting Applicants and Respondents in hearings before the Building Code Commission.
  • Investigating building code compliance of newly constructed buildings to assist parties in resolving lien claims.
  • Investigating existing buildings for compliance with the Ontario Fire Code in response to an Order issued by Fire Officials
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