The Forensic Engineering Report

The Forensic Engineering Report

The Forensic Engineering Report

The Forensic Engineering Report’, is a publication that presents forensic engineering topics of interest to the engineering, adjusting, insurance, legal and construction industries. Members may view and download newsletters for their use by logging into the I-ENG-A member community website at

2015 Topics

Vol. 19 No. 4

  • A $3 Item….A $90,000 Loss by TRNKA Engineers, Co., Zdenek Trnka, PE
  • How Forensic Engineering Help Settle Insurance Claims and Lawsuits by Benjamin D. Tice, PE

Vol. 19 No. 3

  • I-ENG-A Technical Bulletin: Hail Damage Claims
  • Risk of Lightening-Based Fires with CSST Gas Lines
  • I-ENG-A 2015 Convention Slated
Vol. 19 No. 2
  • Water Leaks from Tile Finished Show Enclosures
  • Looking for Expertise
  • PLRB Claims Conference
  • “Classic” Motor Claims
  • I-ENG-A Investigative Engineering Training
Vol. 19 No. 1
  • Ethical Challenges by Babar Khan, PE and
    Ken Discenza, PE
  • Properly Identifying Ice Dams by I-ENG-A of the Inland Northwest
  • Edgar K. Riddick, III, PE, I-ENG-A Adviser to Instruct Investigative Engineers Association Orientation and Training this Month
2014 Topics
Vol. 18 No. 6
  • Chimney Fire, Cause and Prevention, By Babar Khan, PE
  • The Automotive Event Recorder, “The Black Box”
  • Map of Member Firms
Vol. 18 No. 5
  • Investigating Slip, Trip, and Fall Incidents
  • The Automotive Event Data Recorder, “The Black Box”
  • Drones and Forensic Engineering
  • Hail Damage Claims
  • Map of Member Firms
Vol. 18 No. 4
  • The Role of the Investigative Engineer in Flood Damage Assessment
  • Assessing Wind Versus Surge Damage–Reflecting on What We Learned from Hurricane Katrina
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2014
  • The Sharknado Returns?
  • Looking for Expertise? Case Closed!
  • America’s Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles of 2013
Vol. 18 No. 3
  • Hail Damage Causing Billions in Claims
  • PEX Plumbing Failures
  • US Storms to Cost Insurers 1 Billion+
  • The Hail Damaged Car–Comedy Relief Corner
  • Looking For Expertise?
  • Hurricane Predictions 2014
Vol. 18 No. 2
  • What to Look for in a Bicycle Engineer During Litigation
  • General Motors Fined While Federal Judge Could Force GM to Park All Vehicles Involved in “Switchgate” Recall
  • Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Cars Worldwide
  • Comedy Relief Corner
  • Incident Reconstruction with Biomechanical Support
Vol. 18 No. 1
  • Snow and Ice Damage Causing Big Problems for Buildings
  • Winter of 2014…One of the Costliest Since 1980
  • Winter Storm Statistics from the I.I.I.
  • Removing Ice Dams from Roofs and Gutters
  • US Winter Storm Loss Trends
2013 Topics
Vol. 17 No. 6
  • Properly Identifying Ice Dams
  • Workplace Safety: Eliminating Hazards Before they Become Liabilities
  • Risk Avoidance Analysis: Protect Customers from Injury…Protect Your Company From Liability
Vol. 17 No. 5
  • Fire Sprinkler System Failure Investigation
  • The Investigative Engineers Association and Crash Reconstruction
  • When Should Thermal Imaging Be Utilized?
  • 2013 Annual I-ENG-A Convention held in San Antonio, Texas
Vol. 17 No. 4
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Hail Damage to Shingle Roof Systems, By Jackie Diaz APCS- Forensic Scientist
  • Why Light Pole Fatalities Continue to Happen
Vol. 17 No. 3
  • Investigative Engineers: Solving Problems by RJR Engineering, I-ENG-A of Western NY
  • Arc Flash Hazards by I-ENG-A Omaha, Des Moines, Davenport/ Quad Cities, KPE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2013, San Antonio, October 27-29, 2013
Vol. 17 No. 2
  • Investigative Engineers: Solving Problems
  • Arc Flash Hazards by I-ENG-A Omaha, Des Moines, Davenport/ Quad Cities, KPE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2013, San Antonio, October 27-29, 2013
Vol. 17 No. 1
  • Is That Distress New or a Pre-Existing Condition?
  • Sinkholes Formed by Captured Surface Damage
  • About the I-ENG-A Educational Video Library
2012 Topics
Vol. 16 No. 6
  • Superstorm Sandy, Documenting the Damage
  • I-ENG-A CAT Response Underway
  • Superstorm Sandy, Member Offices to Serve
Vol. 16 No. 5
  • Flooring Damage Claims
  • Vehicular Crash Reconstruction and the Qualifications of an Engineer
  • How to Motivate Yourself for Difficult Assignments
  • 2012 I-ENG-A Convention Convenes in November
Vol. 16 No. 4
  • Construction/ Temporary Bracing– Post Frame Construction
  • Litigation Support: Validated Scientific Models Can Assess Bodily Motion and Injury Profiles in Nearly Any Situation, Criminal or Civil Cases.
  • National Expert Services, What Are The Benefits?
  • Complimentary Claims Routing Services
Vol. 16 No. 3
  • The Life and Death of a Building, By Jason Teetaert, P. Eng., Structural Monitoring Technology
  • Water, Water Everywhere
  • The Purpose of the Green Wire in Power Circuits for the Non-Engineer, I-ENG-A Convention 2012
  • High-Tech Management Skills, Comedy Relief Corner
Vol. 16 No. 2
  • Mold In Our Buildings
  • The Necessity of Third-Party Validation and Inalterable Results, By Pat Gamido, EagleView Technologies
  • Fire Investigations…Well Done
  • A Secret About Engineers from California Investigative Engineers
  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Claims
Vol. 16 No. 1
  • How to Handle an Angry Insured 
  • Frozen Pipes by Kevin Power, PE,
    I-ENG-A Member Nebraska, KPE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Ice Damming Conditions by Jim Skaret, PE, I-ENG-A of North Dakota
    by EngTech, Inc.
  • Comedy Relief Corner
Vol. 15 No. 6
  • Chimney Fire Cause And Prevention
  • Deer Vehicle Collisions (DVC’s) On The Decline
  • Comedy Relief Corner
    (Holiday Dinner Jokes)
  • Looking For Expertise?
  • Residential Structural Fire Loss Statistics
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2011… Be A Part of It at Bally’s
Vol. 15 No. 5
  • Structural Settlement
  • Earthquake Investigations
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2011 Topics
  • Looking For Expertise?  A Potpourri Of Claims
  • Investigating Engineer — It’s The Method, Not The Man!
  • I-ENG-A Cat Team Response
 Vol. 15 No. 4
  • Retaining Wall Failures
  • I Roof, Therefore I Must Vent?
  • NFPA 921 – The Scientific Approach
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2011
  • Comedy Relief Corner, The Cone of Silence – A True Story
  • I-ENG-A CAT Team Response
Vol. 15 No. 3
  • Nature’s Fury Again Unleashed
  • Pole Structures Prone To Wind Damage
  • Fire On The Wind
  • Comedy Relief Corner, You Might Be An Engineer If…
  • I-ENG-A CAT Team Response
  • How To Locate Member Firms
Vol. 15 No. 2
  • Vehicle Theft: Steering Column Analysis (Forensic Lock Investigations)
  • Natural Gas and Plenty of It!
  • Transformers…Not the Movie
  • Stressed about Wood?
  • Only a facade… Your insured claims water infiltration on exterior facade of building.
  • Electrical—No Way!
  • Don’t Steer Me Wrong: Circumstances surrounding your insured’s auto fire seem unusual, but there isn’t much left of the car.
  • Piping…pinholes? Your apartment complex has been suffering from a rash of piping failures, and you can’t seem to get to the bottom of it. Not sure if it is faulty installation, or a design flaw. Is it the pipe? The pump? Or the water?
  • Comedy Relief Corner
Vol. 15 No. 1
  • Fire Cause Determination: The Process of Elimination
  • Traffic Crash Reconstruction
  • Ice Dams—Winter Nemesis
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Looking for Expertise
Vol. 14 No. 6
  • Boilers and Furnaces of Yesterday and Today
  • The Hazard of Puff Backs in Oil Burners
  • Oil Burner Run-Outs and Freeze-ups
  • Comedy Relief Corner
Vol. 14 No 5.
  • I-ENG-A Convention 2010
  • Ghostly Waves
  • Looking for Expertise
  • Engineering Professionalism
  • Comedy Relief Corner
Vol. 14 No. 4
  • Fire Investigations: Experience or Science
  • The Electric Squirrel
  • Up on a Hot Plastic Roof? TPO Roofing Membrane Help
  • Failed Generator – Did the Rat Do It?
Vol. 14 No. 3
  • Pyrolysis-New Verdict on Testimony
  • To Crack the Code: The Finer Points of the National Electrical Code
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
Vol. 14 No. 2
  • Claims: Stress Reduction Checklists for Investigators and Adjusters
  • Fires and Explosions: Meat and Potatoes of Insurance Investigations
  • Structural Failure?
  • Traffic Incident Reconstruction: A Crash Course
  • New Expert Search
Vol. 14 No. 1
  • Contaminated Drywall: Growth and Risk for Inspectors and Restorers
  • When you Just Want the Truth
  • Why should a Professional Engineer be used for Claims Investigations?
  • I-ENG-A Assignment Routing Service
Vol. 13 No. 3
  • In-Depth Metallurgical Investigations
  • Affirmative Risk Management
  • I-ENG-A Member Case Sharing
  • Chinese Drywall Claims
  • Hail, Wind and the I-ENG-A CAT Response Team
Vol. 13 No. 2
  • Tire Failure Investigations
  • Ethics and the Engineer
  • Hail Damage Claims Investigations
Vol. 13 No. 1
  • Sample “Every-day” Cases
    by I-ENG-A

    • Hot-tub Pop-out
    • Waterline Failure
    • Mold Origin & Cause
    • HVAC Lightning Damage
    • Vehicle Fire Investigation
    • Stone Masonry Chimney Missing Stones
    • School Sprinkler Head System 
    • Washing Machine / Water Damage Claim
Vol. 12 No.6
  • Barry Zalma on Bad Faith: Time to Put a Stake Through the Heart of the Tort of Bad Faith
  • Rotary Blade Brush Cutters – Inadequate Safety Shields, Zdenek “Denny” Trnka, PE, TRNKA Engineering (I-ENG-A Member Seattle)
Vol. 12 No. 5
  • Forensic Hydrology by Elvin Aycock, PE,
    I-ENG-A Advisor, Atlanta, GA
  • I-ENG-A CAT Response Team Formation
Vol. 12 No. 4
  • Equipment Hazards: How Extreme Can it Get? (A heavy equipment forensic investigation involving a brush-cutter.)
  • June NHSTA Defect Investigations
  • I-ENG-A Convention – Annual C.E. Event
    Dallas, TX
    , November 12-14, 2008
  • Training and Mentoring Saves the Insurance Industry Travel Costs

Vol. 12 No. 3


  • Ventilation: Simple Concept Often Forgotten
  • A Word About Wordiness
  • Comedy Relief
  • The NHTSA Defect Investigation Report

Vol. 12 No. 2


  • Leaks…Why now after all this time?
  • “Classic Prophetic” Quotes
  • A Potpourri of Auto Recalls from February 2008

Vol. 12 No. 1


  • Why Hire Professional Engineers?
  • Member Firm Feature: TRNKA Engineers
  • Forensic Evidence Recovery Services
  • The Future of Hail Detection
Vol. 11 No.3
  • A $3 Item……A $90,000 Loss, Dezincification
  • The Automotive EDR: Opening Pandora’s Black Box (Continued from Vol.11 No.2)
  • Recent USPC Product Recalls
Vol. 11 No. 2
  • The Automotive Event Data Recorder
  • How Safe Are Our Nation’s Bridges?
  • I-ENG-A Member Firms
Vol. 11 No. 1
  • Hurricane Update, Egg Farm Collapse, Tire Recalls, Product Recalls, Member Firm of the Month: Riddick Engineering
Vol. 10 No. 3
Expert Witnesses
Vol. 10 No. 2
Ignitable Fuels As Possible Causes for Vehicle Fires
Vol. 10 No. 1
On the Lighter Side…Client Engineer Accidents
Vol. 9 No. 6
Determination of Hurricane Related Structural Damage and Review of the Code Requirements
Vol. 9 No. 5
Auto Theft and Recovered Vehicles -The Investigative Engineers Role
Vol. 9 No. 4
Building Science, “Connecting the Dots Between Design and Investigative Engineering”
Vol. 9 No. 3
Propane Grill Fire: Burning down the house!
Vol. 9 No. 2
Grading and Drainage Problems in Residential Construction
Vol. 9 No. 1
Seat Belt Forensics
Vol. 8 No. 6
Steps Leading to a Successful Fire Investigation
Vol. 8 No. 5
Lightning Claims and Fraud:
What can be done?
Vol. 8 No. 4
Hail Resistant Roofs: Fact or Fiction
Vol. 8 No. 3
Improving Vehicle Accident Reconstruction Results
Vol. 8 No. 2
Possible Concerns with Aluminum Wiring
Vol. 8 No. 1
Insulated Glass (IG) Seal Failure:
Sudden and Accidental or Inevitable?


Vol. 7 No. 9
EIFS: History and Review of the Failure Mechanisms
Vol. 7 No. 8
Fireplaces and Chimneys:
Operation of Masonry Fireplaces
Vol. 7 No. 7
Grain Bin Collapse: Wind or Other Phenomena?
Vol. 7 No. 6
Before or After? The Decision is Yours.
Vol. 7 No. 5
Is it “Really” Hail Damage?
Vol. 7 No. 4
Environmental: Sick Building Syndrome in Residential Occupancies
Vol.7 No. 3
An Adjusters Guide to Subrogation Recoveries
Vol. 7 No. 2
Fireplaces and Chimneys: Pre-fab, Maintenance & Sweeps
Vol. 7 No. 1
Fireplaces and Chimneys: Are you Proactive or Over-reactive?


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