Structural Engineering and Analysis

By definition, structural analysis is the determination of the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. Pie’s forensic engineering consultants routinely investigate and determine the cause of structural failures. Our structural engineering failure investigations have included a variety of occupied structures ranging from single-family residences to commercial buildings of all sizes.

Pie’s structural engineering and analysis services also include many different types of non-building structures ranging from maritime docks to wind turbines and other infrastructure. Structural analysis is used to assist in determining the cause of damage, which is typically a result of one or more of the following:

  • Construction Defects
  • Design Defects
  • Manufacturing Defects
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Vehicle Impact
  • Adjacent Construction Vibrations
  • Expansive Soils
  • Long-term Deterioration
  • Significant Weather Events (Wind, Hail, Water, Hurricane, Tornado, Flooding, Weight of Ice and Snow, Wildfire, Earthquake)

Pie is uniquely qualified to design structural repairs due to our vast experience performing structural engineering and failure analysis investigations. This experience provides Pie engineers with a unique perspective to accurately investigate and design appropriate corrective repairs. As a result, Pie is routinely hired to design structural repairs for a broad range of project types. Pie’s staff also provides bid-phase and construction administration services to assist the owner during construction.

“Pie always does an excellent job for Mortenson. Their team is consistently accessible and supportive in our pursuit of projects by providing a high level of proven technical experience from systems and constructability review through design progression. Pie’s discipline and rigor in performing their services has delivered certainty of outcome of systems to ensure their overall, long-term performance. Pie’s responsiveness is always immediate and they are consistently available when we need them. Pie also collaborates very well with our team and provides reasonable recommendations, which illustrates their keen understanding of construction. It is always a pleasure to work with Pie.”

— Rob Riness – Mortenson Construction