Property Loss Consulting
Rimkus property loss consulting experts can provide answers and solutions to our clients’ questions and problems pertaining to buildings and structures.
Problems with buildings, structures, and related infrastructure systems occur on a daily basis. Some can be attributed to natural causes like storms, fires, or earthquakes.
Others may result from improper construction methods, design errors, or inferior materials, resulting in design or construction defects that lead to the failure of building envelopes and structural, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems.
From one-story houses to high-rise office buildings, roadway pavement to multi-span highway bridges, signposts to grain bins, and all forms of residential, commercial, manufacturing, industrial, municipal, and agricultural facilities, Rimkus engineers, architects, and building experts have the expertise essential to diagnosing and solving problems in the built environment.
From causation to recovery, Rimkus can determine the cause of the damage, develop a scope and cost of repair, provide design services to restore a property to its pre-damaged condition, and oversee the restoration of a property.
We continually invest in arming our consultants with the latest investigative capabilities including data collection using drones (UAV), 3-D scanning equipment, accessing difficult areas with track-mounted robotic equipment, examination/testing using laboratory equipment within our Materials Science Practice, and ARC-GIS software utilized by our Meteorology Practice experts.
Learn more about our property loss consulting services below.
Our Property Loss Consulting Services
When there is property damage from fire, flood, weather, and other events, time is of the essence for the property owner. Because damage can set in quickly, property owners swiftly hire emergency restoration contractors to mitigate the damage. Our team’s extensive restoration background allows us to return chaos back to normalcy as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Structural Engineering Evaluations
Property loss events often elicit concerns over the integrity of a building’s structural system. Rimkus experts have the expertise to answer questions surrounding the structural integrity of a building, whether a building is safe to occupy, and to propose solutions to repair the damaged building.
Geotechnical Engineering Investigations
Some property loss events require geotechnical engineering expertise to fully understand the cause and extent of failure for a particular structure. Rimkus geotechnical engineers and consultants provide this expertise and can recommend remedial steps to address such concerns.
Storm Damage and Catastrophe Services
Natural disasters can leave a path of destruction ranging from minor damage to total devastation. At Rimkus, our catastrophe teams are comprised of civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, and electrical engineers who are ready to provide the crucial and timely analyses that are vital in the evaluation of the damage.
Building Envelope Evaluations
The physical barrier between the interior and exterior of a building is commonly referred to as the “building envelope”. It serves not only to shelter the interior from inclement weather (rain, hail, snow, wind, etc.), but to also delineate the controlled indoor environment from the unconditioned outdoor surroundings. Rimkus consultants have extensive experience evaluating a wide range of problems with building envelopes.
Moisture Source Investigations
Unwanted moisture in a building comes in many forms: roof leaks, wall/window/door leaks, plumbing leaks, condensation, groundwater infiltration, surface water infiltration, flooding, elevated humidity, and more. Rimkus has extensive experience determining the source of unwanted moisture and its effects on the building.
Building and Bridge Impact Evaluations
The evaluation of structures that have sustained impact forces from vehicle accidents, fallen tree strikes, and similar sources can be a complex undertaking. Our team of engineers and building experts can analyze the effects of such impact events, determine the extent of damage, offer repair recommendations, and provide restoration cost estimates and remediation design services.
Structure Fire Damage Evaluations
In addition to providing investigative services to determine the origin and cause of structure fires, Rimkus has extensive expertise in assessing the severity and extent of damage caused by a fire event. Our team of engineers, scientists, and building experts are experienced in all facets of structure fire damage evaluations.
Floor and Ceiling Investigations
Problems with floors and ceilings can range from cosmetic issues to serious structural safety concerns. Rimkus experts can identify a wide range of these conditions.
Explosion and Vibration Damage Investigations
Although buildings and structures are designed to withstand code-required loads (dead, live, wind, seismic, rain, snow, etc.), they may sustain damage from unanticipated forces generated by explosions and vibration sources. Our team has the expertise to evaluate all aspects of explosions and vibrations.
Non-Building Structure Failures
Non-building structures include grain bins, material storage silos, transmission and broadcast towers, retaining walls, underground and above-ground storage tanks, equipment supports, and similar non-occupied forms of construction commonly found in agricultural, utility, and industrial facilities. Our engineers and consultants have a wide range of expertise in a variety of settings.