2nd Edition

Forensic Engineering
Damage Assessments for Residential and Commercial Structures

Edited By

Stephen E. Petty

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after August 9, 2021
ISBN 9780367758134
August 9, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
600 Pages 370 Color Illustrations

USD $180.00

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Book Description

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 authors 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 non-technical manner. It provides readers with the experiences, investigation methodologies, and investigation protocols used in and derived from completing 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 7,000 field investigations, in which the related strategies can be practically applied and appreciated by both professionals and laymen alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Hail Fundamentals and General Hail-Strike Damage Inspection Methodology. Hail Damage Assessments for Residential and Light Commercial Exterior Finished Surfaces and Steep-Slope Roof Systems. Hail Damage Assessments to Low-Slope Roof Systems. Synthetic Storm Damage (Fraud) To Roof Surfaces. Wind Damage Assessments for Residential and Light Commercial Roofing Systems and Finished Surfaces. Wind Damage Assessments for Low-Sloped Roof Systems. Wind Damage Assessments for Low-Sloped Roof Systems. Water Infiltration – Cause and Origin Assessments Exterior Residential and Light Commercial. Water Infiltration – Cause and Origin Assessments Exterior Residential and Light Commercial. Water Infiltration into Basements. Indoor Environmental Quality. Attic and Crawlspace Ventilation. Mold and Bacteria. Forensic Inspection Assessments of Residential Wood Framing Systems. Forensic Inspection Assessments of Foundation Walls. Forensic Inspection Assessments of Brick Masonry Chimneys, Veneer Walls, And Porches/Decks. Fire Damage Structural Property Assessments, Vehicle Impact Structural Property Assessments. Tornado-Related Structural Property Damage Assessments. Blast and Explosion Damage Property Assessments. Lightning Damage Property Assessments.Plumbing / Piping / Tubing Failures. Equipment Failures and Investigations. Serving as An Expert Witness.

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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.