About Knott Laboratory

Founded in 1982, Knott Laboratory provides forensic engineering and computer animation services to comprehensively reconstruct accidents.


Our experts have worked on more than 16,000 failure analysis cases nationwide for the legal and insurance industries, as well as for local and national businesses. We assist our clients from initial contact through investigation, analysis, animation production and expert witness testimony.

Areas of Expertise

We produce scientifically accurate graphics and animations which support our engineers in expert witness testimony.

Knott Laboratory’s experienced staff of engineers work together with our in-house animators to produce scientifically accurate graphics and animations which support our engineers in expert witness testimony. Our computer animations successfully pass strict criteria and standards the United States Federal Court system imposes on all exhibits. Our physics-based animations and visual material are not only accepted in court but also play a powerful role in clearly presenting critical issues and complex concepts to jurors in mediation and in settlement negotiations.

Mission Statement and Values

Our mission is to be recognized by our customers, the public, competitors and colleagues as premier engineering and animation professionals.

Dedication, experience and professionalism, delivered with the highest level of integrity and passion, is our standard. Our goal is to be our customers’ first and best choice in forensic engineering and animation. We treat each other and our customers with respect and courtesy.

Our customer service is:

  • A Top Priority
  • Consistent
  • Seamless
  • Immediate
  • Flexible

Each of us is accountable for all aspects of the operation. We work as a team, are goal oriented and enjoy engineering, animation, teaching, serving customers and our communities. We embrace a learning culture and encourage our employees to publish and pursue advanced degrees. Our office facility is comfortable for our employees and customers.

Our offices are:

  • Accessible
  • Professional
  • Easily Recognizable
  • Friendly
  • Equipped with Up-to-Date Technology

The employees of Knott Laboratory support the mission of the company. Because of this, our customers’ relationships with our company will be more personal and valuable than what they receive from other engineering and animation firms.

High Profile Cases

We have assisted clients with several high profile cases.

We have assisted with the Air France 447 crash, Firestone tire failures, the Kansas City Power & Light power plant explosion, the Miller Park crane collapse in Milwaukee, the fatal Princess Diana accident and the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse.

High Profile Cases

Milestones

This year, Knott Laboratory celebrates 35 years in the forensic engineering business.

Through the years, we have made a significant imprint in the fabric of forensic engineering in the United States. Our success is due to our talented employees and the application of the newest technologies in forensic engineering, as well as the results we have achieved working in high profile forensic cases.

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Our Facility & Locations

Knott Laboratory’s 14,000 square foot facility has been exclusively designed to meet our client’s needs.

The building features an investigation lab for hands-on analysis and a multimedia room which seats 81 people for client presentations, in-house seminars and news media coverage.

All Locations

Classes and Seminars

We regularly schedule seminars and offer customized continuing education.

Knott Laboratory is also committed to educating insurance and other professionals by offering continuing education seminars through Knott Lab Academy.

Knott Lab Academy