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 Design 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 engineering 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 Design 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 engineering 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

Kevin Maxwell

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 Wins 2018 WebAward

September 19, 2018

  VERTEX is proud to be named a Best website by Web Marketing Association in the categories of Environmental and Construction. Since 1997, Web Marketing Association has named the Best website as part of the annual WebAward Competition. The WebAwards are recognized as the premier industry based Website Award program in the world. Best websites…

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VERTEX is at NTCAR's Commercial Real Estate Expo

August 29, 2018

VERTEX will be at the 2018 Commercial Real Estate & Developer Expo at the Sheraton Downtown Dallas on Wednesday, August 29th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Stop by Booth #30 and say hello to Elizabeth Corbell, Randy Hart, Max Elliott, Brad Johnston, David Scates, Jay Cabello and Chase Potter. The 2018 Commercial Real Estate & Developer Expo is the…

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VERTEX Ranked #155 in ENR's Top 200 Environmental Firms

August 13, 2018

VERTEX is proud to be ranked #155 in ENR’s 2018 Top 200 Environmental Firms. Firms are ranked based on the % of their 2017 gross revenue from environmental services. Figures are in $ millions; percents are rounded and may not add up to 100. A company update or clarification is marked by number in red, with a…

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VERTEX DC Metro Office Celebrates 5 Years

August 2, 2018

VERTEX’s office in the DC Metro area has been steadily growing since 2013. Led by Michael Plainte, the team includes experts in Forensics, Engineering Design, Construction, and Environmental services. VERTEX welcomes their newest member, David Berry, Division Manager of Remediation. To learn more about VERTEX’s Services, call 888.298.5162 or submit an inquiry.

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VERTEX is at CDLA'18

July 25, 2018

VERTEX will be exhibiting at CDLA’18 in Telluride, Colorado on July 26th and 27th. If you are attending, be sure to stop by booth #18 and say hello to Ryan Phillips, Zach Bradshaw and Barrett Stephens. This year’s topic is Health + Wellness in The Law. Each summer attorneys, judges and other legal experts alike come together…

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Hurricane Season 2018

September 11, 2018

NOAA’s 2018 hurricane outlook was published in May, just before the official start of the hurricane season. Neil Jacobs, the assistant secretary of commerce for environmental prediction and observation, says that NOAA predicts between 10 and 16 named storms, with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher. The agency expects five to nine hurricanes, which have…

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Hard Coat Stucco vs. EIFS (Synthetic Stucco): Part One

June 29, 2018

If you were to ask a home or building owner whether the exterior of their building was covered with stucco or EIFS, you may get a confused response. Most people would probably tell you it’s stucco. From the outside they may look the same, but structurally, they are two very different types of finishes. In…

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Differential Settlement in Buildings

June 6, 2018

Have you noticed cracks in your interior walls or sticking doors and/or windows? If you have, your house may be a victim of settlement. What is settlement? Settlement is the downward movement of the ground (soil) when a load is applied to it. The load increases the vertical effective stress exerted onto the soil. This…

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HVAC Condenser Coil Hail Damage – Repair or Replace?

May 22, 2018

As spring rolls into summer, hail-producing thunderstorms are more frequent and with them comes the potential damage to outdoor HVAC condenser coils. Although hail occurs in all areas of the United States, hail-producing thunderstorms with hailstones greater than 3/4” in diameter are more prevalent east of the Rocky Mountains. When confronted with the option of…

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Microbial Management Guidelines

April 16, 2018

Molds and mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. When they are present in large quantities, they can potentially present health hazards, allergic reactions and respiratory problems depending on individual susceptibility. Upon discovery of mold, its important to involve someone with the industry knowledge to solve any potential problems. What is…

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