2nd Edition

Forensic Engineering Damage Assessments for Residential and Commercial Structures

Edited By Stephen E. Petty Copyright 2022
    789 Pages 370 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Serving as a comprehensive resource that builds a bridge between engineering disciplines and the building sciences and trades, Forensic Engineering: Damage Assessments for Residential and Commercial Structures, Second Edition provides an extensive look into the world of forensic engineering. Focusing on investigations associated with insurance industry claims, the book describes methodologies for performing insurance-related investigations, including the causation and origin of damage to residential and commercial structures and/or unhealthy interior environments and adverse effects on the occupants of these structures.

    Edited by an industry expert with more than 40 years of experience and contributors with more than 100 years of experience in the field, the book takes the technical aspects of engineering and scientific principles and applies them to real-world issues in a nontechnical manner. The book provides readers with the experiences, investigation methodologies, and investigation protocols used in and derived from thousands of forensic engineering investigations.


    • Covers 24 topics in forensic engineering based on thousands of actual field investigations
    • Provides a proven methodology based on engineering and scientific principles, experience, and common sense to determine the causes of forensic failures pertaining to residential and commercial properties
    • Includes references to many codes, standards, technical literature, and industry best practices
    • Illustrates detailed and informative examples utilizing color photographs and figures for industry best practices as well as to identify improper installations
    • Combines information from a multitude of resources into one succinct, easy-to-use guide

    This book details proven methodologies based on over 10,000 field investigations in which the related strategies can be practically applied and appreciated by both professionals and laymen alike.

    1. Introduction

    Stephen E. Petty

    2. Hail Fundamentals and General Hail-Strike Damage Assessment Methodology

    Stephen E. Petty and Noah Monhemius

    3. Hail Damage Assessments for Residential and Light Commercial Exterior Finished Surfaces and Steep-Slope Roof Systems

    Stephen E. Petty

    4. Hail Damage Assessments to Low-Sloped Roof Systems

    Ronald L. Lucy and Stephen E. Petty

    5. Synthetic Storm Damage (Fraud) to Roof Surfaces

    Stephen E. Petty

    6. Wind Damage Assessments for Residential and Light Commercial Roofing Systems and Finished Surfaces

    Stephen E. Petty and George W. Fels

    7. Wind Damage Assessments for Low-Sloped Roof Systems

    Ronald L. Lucy and Stephen E. Petty

    8. Water Infiltration – Cause and Origin Assessments Steep- and Low-Sloped Roof Systems

    George W. Fels

    9. Water Infiltration – Cause and Origin Assessments Exterior Residential and Light Commercial Building Envelope

    Stephen E. Petty

    10. Water Infiltration into Basements

    Ronald L. Lucy

    11. Indoor Environmental Quality

    Stephen E. Petty

    12. Attic and Crawlspace Ventilation

    Stephen E. Petty

    13. Mold and Bacteria

    Stephen E. Petty and Herbert D. Layman

    14. Forensic Inspection Assessments of Residential Wood Framing Systems

    Bryan E. Knepper and Stephen E. Petty

    15. Forensic Inspection Assessments of Foundation Walls

    Stephen E. Petty

    16. Forensic Inspection Assessments of Brick Masonry Chimneys, Veneer Walls, and Porches/Decks

    Stephen E. Petty

    17. Fire Damage Structural Property Assessments

    Stephen E. Petty

    18. Vehicle Impact Structural Property Assessments

    Stephen E. Petty

    19. Tornado-Related Structural Property Damage Assessments

    Stephen E. Petty

    20. Blast and Explosion Damage Property Assessments

    Stephen E. Petty

    21. Lightning Damage Property Assessments

    Stephen E. Petty

    22. Plumbing/Piping/Tubing Failures

    Stephen E. Petty and Bryan E. Knepper

    23. Equipment Failures and Investigations

    Bryan E. Knepper and Stephen E. Petty

    24. Serving as an Expert Witness

    Thomas E. Schwartz and Stephen E. Petty


    Stephen E. Petty, P.E., C.I.H., C.S.P is president and owner of EES Group, Inc. (www.eesgroup.us), a forensic engineering and environmental health and safety (EHS) corporation. EES Group, Inc. was founded in 1996; since that time, he has conducted or supervised thousands of forensic investigations and served as an expert witness in over 400 legal cases. Most recently, he has served as an exposure, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and warnings expert for the Monsanto Roundup and DuPont C8 cases. He practices in the fields of chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering as well as the field of industrial health and safety. Mr. Petty is also a recognized expert in the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and a holder of nine U.S. Patents, eight of which are in the HVAC field. Mr. Petty is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an associate member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and Sigma Xi.