Forensic Engineering

Some of the world’s best attorneys and insurance providers turn to Clark Engineering when they need trained, experienced professionals to help in the event of a catastrophic loss or property damage case.

The Cause is not Always Obvious

A “primer event” is often not the sole cause of a failure. There may be an underlying problem affecting the structure, generating more damage than would be seen with the primer event alone. When Clark’s team conducts an investigation, we help define the most significant contributor to structural damage or failure.

Clark’s team looks at all possible scenarios and potential contributors to the problem. Count on Clark’s experience in structural engineering, forensic analysis, legal case work, emergency response cases, and insurance cases. We apply the right training and experience to support you.

Experience Matters

Clark is your source for insurance case technical needs, regardless of the scale of loss. Our experts are practicing engineers supported by other engineers and technicians with a wide variety of experience to arrive at sound technical opinions. These team members are not only experienced in their area of expertise but also have provided concise technical reports for a non-professional audience, expert legal opinions, depositions, and testimony. Our emergency response and forensic engineering experience provides a clear understanding of why and how things have failed and the combination of causes that led up to the failure.


Each case is unique – some require simple hand-generated engineering calculations, while others require complex computer modeling techniques to provide appropriate documentation as to how and why something happened. Results can be provided in a range of formats, from a simple written report through graphic displays of the results, to animated presentations of the analysis results.

We tailor our services to meet your unique needs. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Scene damage documentation
  • Concise, easy-to-understand reports
  • Future damage mitigation with temporary shoring/bracing design and other methods
  • Origin and cause investigations
  • Forensic structural engineering analysis to document before and after conditions
  • Building code analysis
  • Creation of opinions of most probable cost for repair/replacement
  • Construction materials
  • Interface with governmental agencies, coordination with emergency operation centers during large damage events, and integration with other technical responders
  • Contribution to discussions of construction approaches and techniques
  • Contribution to discussions of construction safety practices, OSHA requirements