Civil & Structural Engineering

Garrett offers its Clients a wide variety of engineering experts covering a vast number of different engineering disciplines, including, but not limited to: Civil/Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Geotechnical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering.

Among this pool of well-qualified engineering experts are Garrett’s Civil/Structural available for investigations of complex structural failures. Garrett’s experts examine whether proper construction techniques were used in compliance with all the applicable Building & Safety Codes, and also conduct Standards of Industry research to assist in resolving conflicts.

Water Intrusion

When examining water intrusions, our experts focus on pinpointing the origin of the damage by determining if a water intrusion was caused by a possible plumbing failure, improper drainage, an irrigation problem, and/or a weather event. Calling Garrett’s experts immediately after a loss will help insure you can promptly determine the origin of a water intrusion and remedy the problem quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

Foundation Cracking and Flooring Issues

Garrett’s experts are often asked to investigate and diagnose many foundation type issues and the causes of property damage (such as tenting or cracking of the tile floor and/or movement/cracking of the foundation). Utilizing professional investigative techniques and years of expertise, Our experts can help you understand and address these foundation issues.


When evaluating property damage, Garrett’s experts are often times asked whether the earth’s movement giving rise to the property damage was the result of a seismic event or was it settlement issues.


Garrett’s Elevator Experts, often working in conjunction with a Human Factors Expert, can review documents and perform site and equipment inspections to determine what led to an injury on an elevator or escalator.  They also can determine if proper service and maintenance had been performed and whether there the costs involved in any repairs of the elevator or escalator were in-line with industry standards.

Plumbing Issues

Garrett’s Engineers determine if the plumbing issue/water leak were caused by failure resulting from such things as improper installation, lack of proper maintenance and/or wear-and-tear issues.  Our experts even look at as such issues as irregular water pressure and whether chemicals may have been stored in close proximity to the pipes/hoses that could have resulted in their failure?

Roofing Failure

Roofing issues may arise due to a host of reasons i.e. poor construction, inadequate maintenance, weather, earth movement, etc.) When a roof fails, Garrett’s experts work to determine if the major contributor was improper construction or attachment of the roof may have been a factor. Another factor considered is whether heavy shingles, which the roof was not designed to support, contributed to the failure. In areas prone to a snow overload, hail and/or wind damage, our experts examine how these weather events contributed to the failures.

Construction Defects

Garrett’s experts can identify construction defect issues that have led to property claims which may have been caused by one or more defects, including but not limited to: an improper concrete pour on the slab, failure to install moisture barriers, drainage systems, Flexural or shear cracking, etc. Garrett’s experts can also determine why a failure occurred.  In other words, our experts can tell you such things as whether an improper grade of material was used, improper construction techniques, or was an improper design causing the failure?


Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials. It uses the principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics for the solution of its respective engineering problems. It also relies on knowledge of geology, hydrology, geophysics, and other related sciences. Geotechnical (rock) engineering is a subdiscipline of geological engineering. A geotechnical investigation will include surface exploration and subsurface exploration of a site.


Metallurgy Experts examine evidence of metal/plastic failures, down to a microscopic levels, to determine the cause of the failure. Their investigations include examining metal/plastic itself and its properties, as well as the metal/plastic processing and use which can often reveal if long-term cracking/damage or single-event failure was the primary contributor to the failure.

Safety and Code Compliance

Building codes set the standards for the design and construction of buildings. The main purpose of building codes is to protect the public from the health and safety risks posed by improperly constructed buildings. Safety and Code Compliance Experts are often asked to assist in researching, interpreting, and determining code compliance and safety issues. Among the various areas where their services may be helpful include: inspections of staircases, retaining walls, handrails, and construction sites where understanding what procedures should have been followed to prevent accidents is a frequently requested area of expertise.

Corrosion Analysis

Garrett’s Corrosion Analysis Experts can determine if corrosion was an element that led to the damage and what chemical reactions led to the formation of the corrosion.

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