Following a catastrophic or disastrous event, the focus is often on the origin of the event, investigating the cause and assigning liability. In many cases, this is just the tip of the iceberg with respect to the liability and damages incurred by the responsible parties. The collateral damage associated with an explosion can far exceed the losses at the origin of the event. The timing of determining liability is often measured in months and years; long after the secondary damages have been torn down, repaired or painted over and the opportunity for documenting the actual damages has long passed.

To best understand the true costs associated with the event, a comprehensive damage assessment should follow the event as immediately as possible to determine what damage is truly resulting from the event and to develop a reasonable scope or repair.

Crane Engineering has the resources and professional expertise to deploy a team of professionals capable of assessing the damage to buildings and determining whether the damage is associated with the recent event.

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  • DART – Difficult Access Response Team – Can be used to gain access to or obtain data from difficult to reach locations.
  • Engineers determine the extent of damage incurred as a result of the event vs. pre-existing damage.

Structural Triage

In the event of a large loss, assessment and documentation of structural damage and building related damage to the affected region is often best accomplished immediately following the event to provide the best determination of associated versus unrelated damage claims.

Crane Engineering has experience in successfully managing large loss events involving hundreds of buildings. We have the ability to perform a Structural Triage in which a rapid assessment is performed to determine the best use of resources and timing of damage assessments. A small, quick response team is assembled and deployed to quickly categorize and summarize the damage observed and to develop a list of buildings, initial damage, access equipment needed, and investigative personnel required.

This information will streamline resources and provide an efficient means of documenting the buildings affected and unaffected by a large loss catastrophe.

Structural Shoring to Prevent Collapse

Crane Engineering’s DART Team is trained and equipped to provide structural shoring designs and recommendations tailored for assisting with investigations:

  • The shoring methods have a focus on preservation of critical evidence
  • The DART Team has the ability to access difficult to reach locations
  • We can provide guidance to work with contractors to extract large evidence

Rope Access

Crane Engineering offers Rope Access, a highly effective and safe means to inspect those hard to reach places. Using rope as the primary means of support, our specially trained team of engineers is able to access locations on or in a structure where conventional means are unable. Oftentimes, the team is able to perform a thorough inspection or testing in less time and for less cost than conventional personnel lift or suspended scaffold systems. The Rope Access industry has an impressive safety record, exceeding fall arrest systems and other suspended work platforms.

Our Rope Access team puts a highly qualified forensic engineer on level with the problem, providing an optimal vantage point for producing documentation and solving problems. Rope Access can be used to inspect aging building façades, to document damage from a storm event or construction defect, or to acquire the information required prior to making repairs. Using additional technologies, our engineers can bring this vantage point to the client using live video feeds during the Rope Access inspection.

Rope Access can be used in the following locations: agricultural and industrial facilities, large atriums, building façades, and historic buildings.