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

Kevin Maxwell

Kevin Maxwell, PE, RRC, PMP

Vice President, Forensic Engineering Manager

Kevin Maxwell has almost 20 years of experience in engineering, expert witness support, claims management, and risk assessment and is a Vice President and the Manager of VERTEX’s Forensic Engineering Department. Mr. Maxwell’s wide range of experience, including estimating, and professional engineering registrations enables him to opine on building costs and defects from both a damages and liability perspective for litigation cases. 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 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 tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, and Hurricane Harvey. 

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VERTEX Celebrates the Grand Opening of Encore Casino

June 19, 2019

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VERTEX Ranked #27 in ENR's Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms

June 17, 2019

VERTEX is proud to be ranked #27 in ENR’s Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms. Companies are ranked based on total 2018 revenue in $ millions for construction-management or project/program-management services performed as a professional service for a fee. As reported by ENR, in the current hot industry market, third-party construction and program management firms also…

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VERTEX Sponsors Bisnow's Denver State of the Market

June 7, 2019

Join VERTEX Engineers, Construction Experts, and Environmental Scientists at Bisnow’s Denver State of the Market on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:30am.  Get 20% off your registration with our discount code: VCSD20LHEO. What you’ll learn: 1. As Denver’s multifamily rents continue to increase, how will developers and the City of Denver approach the need for affordable…

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VERTEX Awarded 2019 Best Firms to Work For & Hot Firm by Zweig Group

June 3, 2019

Zweig Group recently announced their 2019 Best Firms to Work For Award and 2019 Hot Firms List. VERTEX is proud to be ranked on both lists.  The 2019 Hot Firm List honors the fastest growing firms in the AEC, planning, environmental consulting, or related industry firm, based in the U.S. or Canada. Firms are ranked on…

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VERTEX Speaking at Fidelity and Surety Law Spring Conference

May 9, 2019

Several of VERTEX’s team are in Austin, Texas today through Saturday, May 11th, speaking and training as part of the 2019 Fidelity & Surety Law Spring Conference (FSLC). The conference, Complex Construction Issues Facing the Performing Surety, has a heavy construction focus. The speakers include many of FSLC’s most distinguished professionals from companies, law firms,…

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Seismic Effects from Volcanic Activity

July 1, 2019

2018 Hawaii Volcanic Eruption – Kilauea  On April 30, 2018, scientists on the Big Island of Hawaii, along with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), recorded subsurface events indicating an increased likelihood of a volcanic eruption at Kilauea Volcano. Over the next four months, the volcano oozed lava from the tropical soil through fissures that…

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Forensic Investigations - Blasts, Explosions and Vibrations

June 25, 2019

VERTEX’s forensic engineering department investigates a variety of different building conditions. VERTEX often assesses the extent of related damages from an explosion and/or vibratory event. The majority of our forensic assignments are limited to a single building at a time, but depending on the type of incident, an explosive and/or vibratory event could require the…

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New York City’s L Train Repairs - Part 3: The Rise of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers

May 30, 2019

This post is part of a series that looks at the lessons learned from New York City’s restoration of a critical asset in its subway system following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In the first part, we discussed the preparation and scope of the L train tunnel repair plans. The second part explored the critical role of…

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Crystalline Silica Exposure - Regulations and Risks

May 28, 2019

OSHA Standard for Silica Exposure and Controls Did you know that in March of 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica? The previous OSHA standard for silica exposure and controls was published in 1971 and had not been updated or revised since.  What…

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New York City’s L Train Repairs - Part 2: Construction Projects and Stakeholders

May 16, 2019

This post is part of a series that looks at the lessons learned from New York City’s restoration of a critical asset in its subway system following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In the first part, we discussed the preparation and scope of the L train tunnel repair plans. Here, we will look at the critical…

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