Peter W. Dickson, NCARB MBA

"The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention."
Francis Bacon

Consultant for the Forensic analysis of building systems

Forensic Architecture is the investigation of materials,
products, structures, or components of a building system
that fail [catastrophically, systemically, or structurally],
do not operate/function as intended, and/or 
were inappropriately selected.
Forensic Architecture, as I practice it, is a Three step process 
[note that each step builds on the previous work and that the process does not necessarily involve step 2, 3, or 4]
1.  Initial on-site, non-destructive, review of the building systems and, where available, original design and construction documentation, and maintenance records.  Conclusions are presented in the form of a document outlining  observations, assumptions, and if possible and appropriate, recommendations.

2.  In depth review of the affected components that may involve limited destructive analysis of selected components or assemblies.  Detailed  consultations with manufacturers, engineers, specialty contractors and  laboratories.  Providing a document outlining forensic conclusions and their supporting documentation along with general remediation recommendations. 

3.  Supplemental reports, where available, from the consulting resources [including; manufacturers, engineers, specialty contractors, and laboratories] are a part of the documentation.

4.  Detailed design of the remediation recommendations.

    *Phone: 713.691.0836
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