Forensic Consulting Services

VERTEX provides forensic engineering services for insurance companies, law firms, adjusters and sureties.  We have extensive experience in all building types, and have worked on claims involving storm damage, fire and explosion claims, construction deficiencies, and design deficiencies.

Structural Engineering Investigations

VERTEX’s national team of forensic structural engineers are licensed in the lower 48 states and DC.  VERTEX’s forensic structural engineers specialize in building structures, retaining walls, bulkheads and other miscellaneous structures.  VERTEX also provides full service structural design services.  Our design arm assures VERTEX has up-to-date knowledge of building code changes and advancements in research and design applications.  Our forensic structural engineers are proficient with both current and historic building codes.

Civil Engineering Investigations

VERTEX’s national team of civil forensic engineers are licensed in the lower 48 states and DC. Our civil engineers specialize in grading, drainage, paving, site concrete, and other miscellaneous structures. VERTEX also provides full service civil design services. Our design arm assures VERTEX has up-to-date knowledge of building code changes and advancements in research and design applications.  Our forensic civil engineers are proficient with both current and historic building codes.

Mechanical Failure Investigations

When a building’s automation and control systems are not operating as efficiently as possible or are malfunctioning, VERTEX can assist by offering on-site assessment and review by licensed professional engineers and other technical professionals. Our team of professionals can offer professional consulting for various automation and control systems including: chillers, boilers, air handling units, roof top units, fan coil units, heat pumps, elevators/escalators, generators as well as plumbing and water monitoring systems.

Engineering Standard of Care Assessments

Many construction-related disputes involve assessing the quality of work performed by an engineer. Our engineering experts analyze project documentation and field conditions to opine on whether an engineer of record met the professional standard of care.

Expert Services

VERTEX’s pool of experts have individually testified up to 150+ times in state courts, federal courts, traditional arbitration (AAA, JAG, etc.), and ICC arbitration. Our experts are qualified in construction claims, engineering issues, cost estimating, allocation, construction means and methods, surety completion contracting, and surety claims administration.

Rope Access Engineering

VERTEX’s Engineering team of professionally certified inspectors perform hands-on assessments and nondestructive testing. The Rope Access Engineering Team inspects structures not accessible by traditional methods such as aerial work platforms and scaffolding. This unique method provides our clients with a safe and efficient solution while being able to assess the conditions close-up.

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Key Personnel

Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Engineer

William Dery, PE

William Dery, PE

Mr. Dery has over 26 years of experience in structural engineering design and forensic investigations. Forensic investigations have been associated with residential and commercial building structures. Mr. Dery has provided workshops to engineering groups, building officials, and university students. Mr. Dery has developed in-house proprietary software for the analysis and design of hurricane force winds, seismic loads and snow load effects on buildings.

News

Koch Environmental team joins VERTEX to expand its Industrial Hygiene & Building Sciences division to meet client demands

July 27, 2017

The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce that Thomas D. Koch, CIH MSEPM, a leader in industrial hygiene and environmental safety in the Denver marketplace, has joined the VERTEX team. Mr. Koch, founded Koch Environmental, Inc. in 1995 to provide comprehensive industrial hygiene, asbestos-management, and EHS services to clients in business, industry, and…

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VERTEX Celebrates Boston Children's Hospital at the Corporate Cup 2017

July 26, 2017

For the second year in a row, VERTEX participated in The Corporate Cup, a fundraising and team building event put on by Boston Children’s Hospital in Harvard Yard. The pressure was on; as champions of the inaugural event in 2016, this mix of veterans and newbies had high expectations for the day. VERTEX’s team of 20…

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Join VERTEX at the CDLA Conference in Santa Fe

July 26, 2017

Want to win a flight tour over Denver & the foothills of the Rockies? Stop by VERTEX’s booth at the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Conference on July 28th, 29th and 30th to speak with Ryan Phillips, Sam McGlamery, Lance VanDemark, Elizabeth Brogan, Zach Bradshaw and Brenna Stuhlman to join the raffle for a chance to win a…

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VERTEX Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony at Union Point, Weymouth Naval Air Station

July 11, 2017

On Monday, July 10th, VERTEX, along with several city officials and stakeholders such as  LStar, Boston Rugby, GP Soccer and LAXachusetts Lacrosse, met at Union Point to officially break ground for the latest development, the Recreation Complex at Union Point. This project will give the residents of Weymouth and the South Shore access to a number of…

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VERTEX Wishes You a Safe and Happy Independence Day Holiday

July 3, 2017

VERTEX would like to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. To keep safety at the top of your mind this holiday, please review the recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.   Recommended Safety Tips Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels…

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Test Your Claims Knowledge: Hail Damage to Roofing Membranes

August 8, 2017

Single-ply roofing membranes are the fastest growing new and re-roofing products in the industry. Insurance carriers and law firms are faced with hail damage claims every day and need forensic engineers and structural/building materials experts to assess the facts. So here is a quick overview of what hail damage looks like in two of the…

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The State of the Economy - Where Are We Headed?

June 2, 2017

Over the first two quarters of 2017, we have witnessed some interesting trends. Year to date, the NASDAQ is up by 15.36% and the S&P500 is up by 8.81%. The NASDAQ growth has largely been fueled by high tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Despite the robust equities market, the US gross domestic product…

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Structural Inspections Get Help from Rope Access

May 10, 2017

Structural inspections benefit from rope access as an alternative to traditional inspection methods in terms of cost effectiveness and convenience. The advantages of rope access are especially apparent to those in charge of commercial buildings and infrastructure system components. Cost Efficient Rope access requires less equipment, personnel, time, scheduling, and logistics than traditional structural inspections….

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Is Snow Load the Cause of 'Bumpy Roof' Claims?

February 22, 2017

Oftentimes homeowners become aware of bumps in their roof after a significant snow event and they contact their insurance company about a roof claim. When a review of the trusses or rafters does not indicate recent deflection of the framing members, contractors will often suggest a deficient plywood decking thickness or missing plywood clips as…

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What does Higher Inflation, Interest Rates, and the Value of the US Dollar Mean to the Construction Industry Into 2017?

January 20, 2017

The construction industry booms in a growth economy with low inflation. This phenomenon is often short lived save for the past five years where the US has realized a perfect storm of low unemployment and low inflation. As a consequence of this rare economic backdrop, the construction industry expanded by 48% between 2012 and 2016…

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