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 has 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, Forensic Engineering Manager

Kevin Maxwell, PE, PMP

Kevin Maxwell, PE, PMP

Kevin 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’s past expertise includes managing the engineering and construction division of a large roofing contractor in the Southeast. This experience enabled him to familiarize himself with insurance policy language, the claims process, and proper construction methods. He has worked on a wide range of claims projects throughout the country including but not limited to the investigation of structural defects, structural collapses, water intrusion, building envelope deficiencies, roof damage (hail), wind vs. surge, building settlement, retaining wall collapses, and utility pipe collapses for both residential and commercial buildings. Mr. Maxwell was deployed on extended CAT assignments for Hurricane Irene, Alabama tornados, and Hurricane Sandy.

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VERTEX Exhibiting at The Florida Bar Construction Law Institute

March 8, 2018

VERTEX’s Kevin Maxwell and Dan Mondo will be attending and exhibiting at the 11th Annual Florida Bar Construction Law Institute in Orlando, Florida on March 9th and 10th. The purpose of the Institute is to gather leading, experienced and establish construction law practitioners, contractors and other industry professionals for a two-day seminar focused on in-depth, leading…

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VERTEX Sponsors 4th Annual Risk Control Event at Coors Field

March 7, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be the drink sponsor at the 4th Annual Risk Control for Architects, Engineers and Environmental Professionals event at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on April 11th. This year’s topic will be Trends and Strategies for Improved Performance and Profitability. Presentations will be given by legal, insurance and risk control professionals in connection with…

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VERTEX Exhibiting at Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium

March 6, 2018

VERTEX’s Cliff Cooper, Erik Borgesen and Michael Plainte will be attending and exhibiting at the Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium in Alexandria, VA on March 5th and 6th. They will be showcasing our new Air Tracer technology that enables clients to measure an air parcel as it moves through a building. The 6th Annual Joint Civil & DoD…

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Denver Business Journal Awards VERTEX as a Top Engineering Firm

March 2, 2018

Denver Business Journal recently awarded VERTEX as a Top Engineering Firm. Announced on February 16th, VERTEX was ranked in the Top 25. Rankings were based on the number of licensed engineers in Colorado since November of 2017.  Learn more about VERTEX’s work in the mountain west.  

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VERTEX Exhibiting at the Texas Construction Law Conference

March 1, 2018

VERTEX is excited to be attending and exhibiting at the 31st Annual Construction Law Conference at The La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will take place on March 1st and 2nd. Stop by our table and say hello to Alan Barnes, Aaren Benson and Lance VanDemark. Looking forward to seeing you there! For…

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Window Flashing 101 - The Proper Way to Flash a Residential Finned Window

January 30, 2018

The most prevalent of all window types is the residential grade window with a nailing fin. While the most prevalent, many engineers, architects, and general contractors lack an understanding of how to properly flash this type of window. Here are some tips and industry standards to watch for in your next residential finned window flashing installation. Window Flashing Basics…

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Hydraulics & Stormwater - What We've Seen from the Trenches

December 23, 2017

Every day, VERTEX’s Forensics team assists insurance carriers and their counsel with numerous claims on various building and property issues. Two recent homeowners’ insurance claim investigations have concerned drainage from adjacent neighboring houses and developments. These claims serve as excellent reminders to be mindful of the effects of hydraulics, water flow, and stormwater management at…

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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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Surprising Construction Defect on New Builds - Blocked Plumbing

September 25, 2017

The above images show PVC pipe partially filled with concrete and construction debris. This was photographed on-site at a new construction development. VERTEX served as an expert for this construction defect claim, filed by the property owner claiming faulty plumbing/drainage. Investigation of the plumbing revealed major blockage by construction debris, plaster and dried paint. Plumbing…

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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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