01 February 2022

Rimkus Forensic Services Update

Industry-leading Expertise


Rimkus is a worldwide leader in engineering and technical consulting. Operating from more than 100 offices around the globe, we’re committed to assisting clients with innovative approaches to complex questions.

Our team comprises professional engineers, scientists, and technical consultants, whose real-world expertise spans a broad spectrum of public and private environments. At Rimkus, our clients can count on us for answers to their most complex questions.

Today we’re highlighting some of our key practice areas and services. Read below to learn about property loss and accident reconstruction consulting services our experts provide to Rimkus clients both locally and around the world.

Property Loss Consulting
Residential, Commercial, and Industrial


Major property losses can arise from severe weather events as well as deficiencies in design, construction, and maintenance. When homes, buildings, structures, and infrastructure facilities are damaged, Rimkus has the expertise to isolate the damages, evaluate the cause of loss, and offer solutions for recovery. Our multi-disciplined team of experts offers a comprehensive approach to evaluating property damage.


James "Wes" Jordan, S.E., P.E.
Vice President, Property Practice

James “Wes” Jordan is a licensed professional engineer in 12 states and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois. His more than 35 years of experience with structural design and forensic engineering include work in the commercial, residential, industrial, power/energy, municipal, agricultural, and manufacturing sectors. He has performed hundreds of evaluations of structures affected by construction defects, moisture intrusion, foundation movement, explosions, vibrations, catastrophic storms, earthquakes, vehicle impacts, and fires. As Vice President, Property Practice, Mr. Jordan is responsible for overseeing the technical operations of the largest practice group at Rimkus. View his full profile to learn more.

Accident Reconstruction
Experienced Forensic Analysis Professionals

Rimkus offers significant expertise in all aspects of reconstruction analysis to accurately assess crucial evidence and reconstruct complex accidents. We document site conditions, examine vehicle damage characteristics, inspect mechanical/electrical systems, and preserve hard evidence. Our experts analyze the specifics, such as speed and direction of the vehicles, force of impact, skid-mark lengths, line-of-sight, road conditions, and other pertinent data to determine the facts of the case.


Dirk E. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., ACTAR
Senior Vice President, Transportation Practice

Dirk Smith is a Vehicle Accident Reconstructionist and a licensed professional engineer in 19 states. He is also a Board Certified Forensic Engineer as a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Certified Forklift and Aerial Lift Operator, and member of multiple professional engineering societies. In addition to managing the Rimkus Transportation Practice worldwide, Dr. Smith performs forensic analysis of vehicle accidents, mechanical designs, and component failures. He is experienced in vehicle dynamics, machine design, event data recorder downloads, and accident reconstruction. Visit his full profile to learn more.



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