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

Assistant Vice President

Kevin Maxwell, PE, PMP

Kevin Maxwell, PE, PMP

Mr. Maxwell has over 15 years of experience in engineering, expert witness support, claims management, and risk assessment and is an Assistant Vice President and the Manager of VERTEX’s Forensic Engineering Department. Mr. Maxwell’s wide range of experience and professional engineering registrations enables him to opine on building costs and defects from both a damages and liability perspective for litigation cases utilizing a design and construction approach. Mr. Maxwell is an expert witness providing support to litigation cases and has acted as an Appraiser on several occasions. Mr. Maxwell, is a Certified Cost Engineer and has significant experience in deployment on extended CAT assignments for hurricanes, tornados, and other events.

News

VERTEX Will See You at Brownfields 2017 - Pittsburgh

December 4, 2017

Visit VERTEX at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference. We will be at Booth #537 from December 5-7, 2017   BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT SERVICES Brownfield properties come with a unique set of complex environmental and fiscal redevelopment challenges. A keen focus on environmental liability, finance and contract negotiation, cleanup considerations and reuse planning is crucial to…

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VERTEX Exhibiting at Construction Super Conference

December 4, 2017

VERTEX is excited to attend and exhibit at the Construction Super Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The conference starts December 4th and runs through December 6th. Stop by booth 104 to meet some of VERTEX’s Construction and Litigation experts! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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VERTEX Will be at the RealShare Healthcare Conference

December 3, 2017

VERTEX is pleased to participate on a panel of educators in the upcoming RealShare Healthcare Conference in December. The healthcare industry progresses to transform, as it responds to the two-prong directive of serving a growing patient population while controlling the inflation in the price of the services it delivers. In addition to market pressures, the…

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VERTEX's Dr. Amin Terouhid, PhD, PMP, PSP, DRMP Co-Authors AACE Recommended Practices

December 3, 2017

VERTEX’s Dr. Amin Terouhid, PhD, PMP, PSP, DRMP recently co-authored the the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) Recommended Practices (RPs). The AACE published the following two RPs in October 2017. 89R-16  Management Summary Schedule  http://web.aacei.org/docs/default-source/toc/toc_92r-17.pdf?sfvrsn=6 92R-17  Analyzing Near-Critical Paths  http://web.aacei.org/docs/default-source/toc/toc_89r-16.pdf?sfvrsn=8 Use this link for downloading The AACE International RPs are intended to be the main…

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VERTEX Gives Back - Donations Exceed Expectations

December 2, 2017

As we’ve experienced unprecedented natural disasters in 2017, VERTEX felt a strong need and calling to respond, which was reinforced by the multiple emails received from employee-owners encouraging us to give back and suggesting additional giving options and ideas. It’s heartwarming to feel the culture of giving ingrained in who we are at VERTEX in…

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Blog

Clay & Concrete Roof Tiles: Is It Hail Damage?

October 10, 2017

Background Concrete tiles have only been in use since the 1800s, and clay tiles have been utilized as roof covering much longer. In general, these tiles are more costly to install but are more energy efficient and last longer as compared to composition asphalt shingles, and clay tiles are typically more expensive than concrete. In…

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Roof Claims and Reconstruction in Florida - What You Need to Know

September 14, 2017

Insurance claims will be common in the state of Florida in the coming weeks and the job of repair and reconstruction will begin. The Florida Existing Building Code (FEBC) and the Florida Building Code, Residential (FRC) have some nuances when it comes to reroofing.  If you are involved in the forensics of roofing claims, or…

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The 2017 Hurricane Season - How it Compares

September 6, 2017

It is obvious that we are in the midst of a very active and dangerous hurricane season. The development of consecutive storms: Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, has a lot of people asking questions. Many are also struck by the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season. Harvey had record breaking rainfall with 51.88″ recorded. That’s now…

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Fire - How it Affects Structural Steel Framing

August 24, 2017

Introduction As forensic engineers, it is often our responsibility to assess the structural integrity of a building after a natural disaster or an event from unfortunate circumstances.  It is also our responsibility to determine the necessary repairs that need to be made to the structural framing of the building in order to return it to…

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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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