We know Buildings

We provide failure analysis, assessments, evaluations and litigation support for building damage and construction defect investigations including building envelope, structural, HVAC, plumbing components of all varieties, coatings / adhesives, masonry, soils, electrical, fire protection and repair design.

National and international clients come to JENSEN HUGHES for expert investigations for all types of event and failure scenarios. We are respected for our thorough scientific analysis and experience in meeting the investigative requirements of insurance, corporate, legal, manufacturing, and government clients.

With over 70 offices worldwide, JENSEN HUGHES can provide clients timely site attendance by trained staff regardless of the incident location and complexity. We offer extensive, practical experience through countless projects, research, testing, and industry innovation.

Property and building damage assessment services

Whether you require a structural evaluation, damage assessment or repair design, our team of professional civil and structural engineers and licensed architects has the experience you want. Armed with non-destructive equipment such as infrared and borescopic cameras and fiberscope snake-like video equipment for examination of pipes and limited access spaces, our investigators can detect abnormal conditions without removal of materials. Our repair design and drawing services give you exactly the information you need to obtain permits and get your building repaired the right way.


  • Building Envelope
  • Code Compliance
  • Contract Documents
  • Window and Door Failures
  • Premises Liability
  • Repair and Remediation

Civil Engineering

  • Cement, Masonry and Stucco Failures
  • Construction Compliance
  • Earth Movement
  • Geotechnical Consultation
  • Grading / Drainage
  • Roadway Design Evaluation
  • Seismic/Vibration Analysis & Mitigation
  • Water Intrusion & Damage Evaluation
  • Window & Door Failures


  • Remediation Design & Specifications
  • 3D Graphic Modeling


  • Electrical Systems
  • Power Quality Analysis
  • Grounding Systems Design & Testing
  • Heaters & Furnace Failures
  • Residential & Commercial Electrical Systems Analysis
  • Lightning Strikes

Fire Protection

  • Construction Analysis
  • Fire Rating Analysis
  • Suppression Systems

Materials and Metallurgical

  • Defect Identification
  • Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Assessment and Analysis
  • Fractography
  • Yellow Brass, Stress Corrosion Cracking and Dezincification
  • Materials Degradation and Chemical Analysis
  • Design and Manufacturing Defect Analysis
  • Welding Examination


  • Condensation
  • Condition Assessments
  • HVAC Systems
  • Plumbing
  • Repair and Remediation
  • Ventilation
  • Water Losses

Paint & Sealant

  • Application Analysis
  • Coatings
  • Flooring Materials & Collapse
  • Material Identification
  • Sealant Composition
  • Paint Transfer Analysis


  • Cement, Masonry and Stucco Failures
  • Exterior Siding & EIFS Evaluations
  • Foundation Movement
  • Pillar & Footing Failures
  • Probable Maximum Loss Evaluations
  • Roof Damage & Collapse
  • Site & Soil Investigation
  • Soil Resistivity Testing
  • Structural Failure


  • Owners Representative
  • Historic Preservation

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