Structural Failure


The structural components of a home, building, or other facility must adequately support such structure. Examples of structural components include wooden beams, steel I-beams, and wooden and reinforced-concrete walls.

Among the most serious construction defects are those affecting the foundation and basic structural components of a building — the components designed and constructed to withstand tremendous forces that a building may be subjected to, such as earthquakes or high winds. Defects may include missing, improperly designed or constructed shear walls, inadequate nailing of shear walls, and shear walls that exceed height and width specifications.

VMAR engineers analyze an existing structure and determine whether the structural components comply with the requirements of applicable building codes. We also determine if the structural failure was a result of improper design, defective materials, improper construction, or later modifications by the property owner.

When You Need to Know . . .

  • Was the construction defect part of the scope of work?
  • What is the extent of the defect?
  • What are the before and after conditions?
  • What is the capacity of the current structural members?
  • Does the existing condition satisfy applicable building codes?
  • Was the defect inherent in the design?
  • Was the defect caused by the construction?
  • Was the defect caused by the property owner?

Detail of Structural Failure Investigation and Analysis Service

  • Review and evaluate case file
  • Review approved construction plans, construction inspection reports, O&M reports, and scope of work for available architect, engineer, and contractor contracts
  • Determine "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" conditions
  • Research and analyze applicable building codes
  • Determine effects of overloading on structural members
  • Perform finite element analyses of "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" structural system
  • Determine effects of pre-stressing / post-tensioning of slabs and beams on adjacent structural members
  • Analyze soil reports
  • Determine the level of serviceability of the current condition
  • Determine effects of overuse or improper use, along with effects of age, weathering, and environmental conditions
  • Preparation of a fully detailed written report

Our 21 Day

In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.

And we back our promise with this guarantee:

If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.