FORENSIC SERVICES

Rigsbee Engineering applies its extensive experience in fire protection engineering in its approach to forensics. The design portion of our business gives us expert understanding of how systems work and how they should be implemented. Our different way of thinking allows us to see and understand topics that other investigators would pass by unknowingly.

We specialize in in taking highly technical principles and processes, and explaining them in a simple way so that non-expert participants can understand what happened and why it happened. 

 

We have been retained on numerous cases supporting our clients. 

FIRE PROTECTION INVESTIGATION

  • Investigation of Fire Losses and Analysis of Events

  • Expert Witness and Litigation Support

Analysis

  • Structural Response to Fire and Explosion

  • Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion (BLEVE)

  • Egress Calculations and Analysis

  • Occupant Behavior 

  • Fire Risk Assessment 

  • Fire Dynamics

  • Detection and Suppression 

  • Dust Hazards

Systems

  • Design, Inspection​, Failures

  • Fire Alarm Analysis

  • Fire Sprinkler Analysis

  • Smoke Control

  • Chemical Agents Suppression

  • Egress

​​Computer Modeling 

  • Human Behavior in Fire​

  • Tenable Environment Studies;

    • Carbon Monoxide

    • Products of Combustion: Heat and Smoke

    • Visibility 

  • Egress (Existing, Path of Travel)

  • Fire Dynamics

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Pressurization Modeling

  • Wind Modeling

Codes and Regulations Compliance​​

  • Building and Fire Codes and Standards

  • California Code of Regulations​
    • California Building Code (CBC)
    • California Fire Code (CFC)
  • International Building Code (IBC)​
  • International Fire Code (IFC)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards

  • NFPA 921

  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Guides and Best Practices

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standards

  • Building Construction and Code Compliance/Deficiencies

STRUCTURAL INVESTIGATION

  • Construction Defects

  • Structural Engineering

  • Structural Evaluation

  • Vertical Systems (Gravity)

  • Horizontal Systems (Lateral)

  • Framing

  • Racking (Storage) Systems

  • Foundations

  • Litigation Support

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RECENT PROJECTS

ADDITIONAL SERVICES