Forensic ENGINEERING

Archetype Engineering & Architecture has solid capabilities in the field of forensic engineering for building issues. Common issues include: 

  • Water intrusion
  • Failure of cladding
  • Failure of finishes and sealant system 
  • Building movement
  • Corrosion of reinforcing steel
  • Deterioration of concrete and connection of structural components 


These problems or defects fall outside the typical design realm of structural engineers, 

but are fundamental architectural design responsibilities. 


Archetype investigates both the Architectural and Structural concerns simultaneously utilizing:

  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Surgical investigations of existing conditions
  • Verification of construction conformance with plans & specs
  • Water intrusion testing and evaluation
  • Product and practice research
  • Coordination of other engineering specialists
  • Expert reporting with microscopic, infrared thermography, magnetic field sensors, sound analysis, and laboratory sampling coordination.