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.

 

News

VERTEX Acquires Compass Project Management, Inc.

January 18, 2019

The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compass Project Management, Inc. (Compass). “To VERTEX this acquisition is about joining forces with an amazing company whose mission and core values are aligned with ours.” said Jeff Picard, President of VERTEX. “Together we believe we will create more value to our employees and…

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VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, to Present at AGC’s 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management

January 16, 2019

On Monday, January 28th, VERTEX CEO, Bill McConnell, will be presenting on the State of the Construction Industry at AGC’s 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management in Bonita Springs, Florida. AGC’s annual Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management focuses on the thought leaders in the field of construction risk management, including the…

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VERTEX's Mark Degenaars to Speak at 2019 Fidelity & Surety Law Midwinter Conference

January 14, 2019

On January 17th and 18th, VERTEX’s Mark Degenaars, Managing Director of Construction Services, will be speaking on two panels at the Fidelity & Surety Law 2019 Midwinter Conference in San Diego, CA. Thursday, January 17th at 2:00 PM Performance Bond Surety’s Exposure to Damages The obligee’s ultimate goal in pursuing relief under a performance bond is the recovery…

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VERTEX's Henry Stormer Receives Certified Fire Protection Specialist Credential

January 10, 2019

Henry Stormer, National Fire Investigation Division Manager for VERTEX, was recently awarded the Certified Fire Protection Specialist credential. The Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) credential was created in 1971 to recognize, through certification, qualified individuals who are dedicated to curtailing fire loss, both physical and financial, and who have acquired a level of professionalism through applied work…

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Happy Holidays from VERTEX

December 21, 2018

VERTEX would like to thank our clients, vendors, and employee-owners for your continuous support throughout 2018. Take some time during the holidays to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.  Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2019!

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Vinyl Siding: The Evolution of the WRB Requirement

January 10, 2019

When we investigate residential properties for our clients, occasionally we encounter a situation where no Weather-Resistive Barrier (often shortened to “WRB”) was ever installed behind the vinyl siding. WRB is a generic term that covers various types of materials including building paper, felt paper, house wrap, or a proprietary name such as Tyvek®. If our…

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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 Two

July 13, 2018

Previously, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of traditional hard coat stucco. In the second part of this series, we will discuss the structure, installation, advantages, and disadvantages of EIFS; otherwise known as synthetic stucco. Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS) Pronounced “eefis” or “eefs”, both are correct… Just don’t call it stucco! Definition: According to the…

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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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