Forensic Engineered Reports in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Douglas, & Nearby
What to expect in a complete Forensic Engineered Report
Above is a sample of a Forensic Engineered Report. Click the image to enlarge.
Below are the items that our licensed engineers will look for while completing a Forensic Engineered Report:
- Determine from as many sources as possible what the soil layer compositions and properties are.
- Gather and understand long term precipitation and its effect on soils at that location.
- Use of Aerial photography to understand drainage, landscaping (trees vs grass), sunshine, and how they affect the various areas around the house.
- Understand the original topography and modifications to the soil before the house was built (and after).
- A complete understanding of the structural systems and path loads of a home including truss systems vs non-truss systems, interior load-bearing walls, and post-tension vs conventional vs pier and beam systems and how they interact with various soil conditions.
- Age of the structure and its effect on moisture migration under the foundation.
- Scaled complete floor plan.
- Complete floor level survey with topological mapping and an understanding of topological patterns and their interpretations.
- A complete damage map overlaid with the topological map to understand how the damage relates to the observed elevations. Extensive experience understanding nuanced damages and their varied interpretation with even similar symptoms.
- A complete tilt and deflection analysis with engineering consensus allowable.
- Written observations and recommendations supported by the data gathered.
- Complete repair plan with specifications and placement of various recommended elements.
- Included are guttering and drainage improvement plans, and specifications and placement of those elements.
- Pictures with a photo numbering plan that corresponds to a floor plan numbering.
- A review of all the factors to see how their convergence creates a holistic interpretation.
- Peer review to check assumptions and those conclusions are supported by the data.
- Entire Report sealed by a licensed professional engineer with observations and recommendations, not just pile spacing for the permitting process.
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If all of these items are not included during an inspection, then specific structural issues that may impact the condition of the foundation could be missed, including soil problems, drainage issues, weather issues, and more.
That is why Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson provides our Forensic Engineered Report (FER), which contains all 17 of the items referenced above. We also send licensed, professional engineers to interpret the data that is collected, to diagnose problems, and suggest the appropriate repair plan.