Engineering

We assist our clients from initial contact through investigation, analysis, animation production and expert witness testimony.


Our expertise includes vehicle accident reconstruction, product liability, mechanical engineering, civil and structural engineering, electrical engineering, fire and explosion investigations, patents and trade secrets, and forensic animation.

Civil & Structural Engineering


Fiber Cement Shingle Damage


Knott Laboratory’s structural engineers are experts in inspecting fiber cement shingles, also known as masonite, Woodruf, Cemwood and Permatec, for hail and wind damage. Our forensic engineers have…

Fire and Explosion Investigations


Knott Laboratory’s expert investigators complement “standard” investigations carried out by insurance adjusters, first responders and other forensic experts. Knott Laboratory’s intention at each and…

Foundation Inspections


Knott Laboratory inspects foundations for damage as a result of expansive soils, soil settlement, ground water, domestic water, and construction defects. We are well familiar with the different…

Frozen Pipe Investigations


Knott Laboratory can be onsite quickly and typically provide a written investigation report within a week. In addition to investigating the freeze loss, we can provide repair plans to restore…

Hail Damage Investigations


Each hail damage investigation is unique and our engineers approach all cases with complete objectivity. Knott Laboratory provides the quickest hail damage report turn-around in the business. Contact…

Interactive Community Mapping (ICM)


At Knott Laboratory, we have developed Interactive Community Mapping (ICM) to relay repair information, pictures, scheduling and construction details to home owners, property managers and…

Moisture Intrusion


Moisture intrusion into the building envelope, also known as building envelope failure, can go undetected for years resulting in the major decay of structural elements. Moisture intrusion can occur…

Origin and Cause


Determining a cause and origin of the damage plays an important role in solving the problem. In order to actually repair the damage that occurred, it is important to know where the origin of damage…

Roof Investigations


The functionality of a building can be compromised if the roofing membrane is subject to weather related damage, mechanical damage, improper installation, manufacturer’s defects, lack of proper…

Rope Access Structural Assessments


Knott Laboratory utilizes mountaineering techniques to perform structural condition assessments of high-rise buildings, bridges, towers and steep roofs which are difficult to access via other…

Slip and Fall Investigations


Knott Laboratory’s slip, trip and fall experts provide the experience and integrity you require to scientifically conduct a forensic investigation into slip, trip and fall accidents. Our experts have…

Structural Analysis


From a single broken rafter to a collapsed structure Knott Laboratory can perform a structural analysis in order to determine the cause and origin of the failure. Our engineers have inspected…

Structural Research and Testing


Knott Lab is constantly performing the cutting edge research and testing on a variety of standards, materials, and industries. Since 1982, Knott Lab has published various reports and research data…

Mechanical Engineering


Accident Reconstruction


Knott Laboratory provides expert accident reconstruction and analysis for attorneys and insurance professionals on a nationwide basis. Our forensic engineers have investigated and reconstructed…

Automobile Accidents


Knott Laboratory has investigated thousands of motor vehicle accidents; from single vehicle roll-overs to multiple car pile-ups. While we have extensive experience with all types of motor vehicle…

Bus Accidents


Knott Laboratory performs vehicle accident reconstruction of commercial vehicle multi-passenger buses. When accidents occur, Knott Laboratory analyzes aspects of the accident, such as perception…

Commercial Vehicle Accidents


Reconstruction of an accident involving a commercial motor vehicle, or tractor-trailer, can quickly become a very complex matter. The motion of a commercial motor vehicle can be affected by a number…

Forklift Accidents


Forklifts are indispensible pieces of material handling equipment that facilitate the movement of goods in warehouses, retail and industrial environments. Forklifts routinely move goods safely and…

Motorcycle Accidents


The motorcycle accident reconstructionists at Knott Laboratory are avid motorcycle enthusiasts with extensive motorcycling experience. From cross-country touring to off-road riding our engineers…

Patent & Trade Secret Investigations


Through detailed evaluation and analysis of product designs and trade secrets, Knott Laboratory’s Electrical, Fire and Explosion, Civil, and Mechanical engineers successfully convey complex issues in…

Pedestrian Accidents


Night-time and day-time visibility studies carried out by Knott Laboratory help to determine accurate driver visibility of pedestrians at accident scenes. Night-time visibility studies consist of…

Product Liability


Knott Laboratory conducts in-depth reviews of current designs on the consumer market for specific issues pertaining to product design, safety, and designer responsibility. Other issues, such as…

Shooting Incidents


With the use of modern technology, Knott Laboratory reconstructed a shooting incident to assess whether reported observations were consistent with physical evidence.

Skid Steer Accidents


Knott Laboratory engineers have investigated accidents involving stability, hydraulic failures, attachment failures and other accidents modes.

Trailer Jack Accidents


Trailer jacks are designed to withstand extreme vertical loading but are often subjected to unforeseen lateral loading conditions as the user attempts to maneuver the trailer onto or off of a trailer…

Vehicle Black Box Analysis


Knott Laboratory has the expertise to retrieve/analyze data stored on Event Data Recorders (EDR), or “black boxes”, installed on many heavy trucks and passenger vehicles. EDR technology improved…

Wood Chipper Accidents


Wood chippers present a unique issue in safety guarding. With operators just seconds away from potentially fatal circumstances, safety devices must be in place to allow the user to stop or reverse…

Animation


3D Scanning and Point Clouds


The use of 3D laser scanning technology and point clouds greatly aids the process of creating photo realistic 3D environments, vehicles and other objects, which can improve the overall quality of the…

Drone Investigations


Knott Laboratory uses UAV investigations for accident reconstruction, building exteriors/roofs inspection, aerial imagery, 3D modeling of a site and indoor warehouse surveys. Our staff are certified…

Interactive Animations


Knott Laboratory offers Interactive Animations with interactive 3D at its core, these Interactive Animations grant the presenter full control over important elements of a case, and in real-time.…

Photogrammetry


Photogrammetry is the science of obtaining accurate 3D measurements from multiple photos. “Photogram” is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a…

Real-Time Simulation


Knott Laboratory’s forensic animators and engineers combine their skills to reconstruct vehicular motion during accidents using a physics-based crash simulation software program. Based on the…

Workplace Safety


Knott Laboratory investigates many cases regarding safety in the workplace each year. We have worked on cases involving a variety of equipment, such as forklifts, concrete pumpers, woodchippers,…

Virtual Reality


An immersive experience for both analysis and visualization, Virtual Reality (VR) offers a range of capabilities, from virtual site visits and detailed inspection to interaction with a customized…

Video Analysis


Our forensic experts use a methodology called matchmoving for analyzing objects (vehicles, pedestrians, etc.) visible in video captured by moving and/or zooming cameras. Matchmoving (also referred…

Motion Capture


Motion Capture (MoCap) is the process of recording the movement of people and is used in a variety of fields including forensic engineering and animation. Here is a demonstration of Knott Lab’s…


Product Liability


Knott Laboratory conducts in-depth reviews of current designs on the consumer market for specific issues pertaining to product design, safety, and designer responsibility. Other issues, such as…

Shooting Incidents


With the use of modern technology, Knott Laboratory reconstructed a shooting incident to assess whether reported observations were consistent with physical evidence.

Wood Chipper Accidents


Wood chippers present a unique issue in safety guarding. With operators just seconds away from potentially fatal circumstances, safety devices must be in place to allow the user to stop or reverse…

Trailer Jack Accidents


Trailer jacks are designed to withstand extreme vertical loading but are often subjected to unforeseen lateral loading conditions as the user attempts to maneuver the trailer onto or off of a trailer…

Forklift Accidents


Forklifts are indispensible pieces of material handling equipment that facilitate the movement of goods in warehouses, retail and industrial environments. Forklifts routinely move goods safely and…

Patent & Trade Secret Investigations


Through detailed evaluation and analysis of product designs and trade secrets, Knott Laboratory’s Electrical, Fire and Explosion, Civil, and Mechanical engineers successfully convey complex issues in…

Vehicle Black Box Analysis


Knott Laboratory has the expertise to retrieve/analyze data stored on Event Data Recorders (EDR), or “black boxes”, installed on many heavy trucks and passenger vehicles. EDR technology improved…

Skid Steer Accidents


Knott Laboratory engineers have investigated accidents involving stability, hydraulic failures, attachment failures and other accidents modes.

Pedestrian Accidents


Night-time and day-time visibility studies carried out by Knott Laboratory help to determine accurate driver visibility of pedestrians at accident scenes. Night-time visibility studies consist of…

Motorcycle Accidents


The motorcycle accident reconstructionists at Knott Laboratory are avid motorcycle enthusiasts with extensive motorcycling experience. From cross-country touring to off-road riding our engineers…


Service Group


Structural Analysis


From a single broken rafter to a collapsed structure Knott Laboratory can perform a structural analysis in order to determine the cause and origin of the failure. Our engineers have inspected…

Slip and Fall Investigations


Knott Laboratory’s slip, trip and fall experts provide the experience and integrity you require to scientifically conduct a forensic investigation into slip, trip and fall accidents. Our experts have…

Rope Access Structural Assessments


Knott Laboratory utilizes mountaineering techniques to perform structural condition assessments of high-rise buildings, bridges, towers and steep roofs which are difficult to access via other…

Roof Investigations


The functionality of a building can be compromised if the roofing membrane is subject to weather related damage, mechanical damage, improper installation, manufacturer’s defects, lack of proper…

Structural Research and Testing


Knott Lab is constantly performing the cutting edge research and testing on a variety of standards, materials, and industries. Since 1982, Knott Lab has published various reports and research data…

Origin and Cause


Determining a cause and origin of the damage plays an important role in solving the problem. In order to actually repair the damage that occurred, it is important to know where the origin of damage…

Moisture Intrusion


Moisture intrusion into the building envelope, also known as building envelope failure, can go undetected for years resulting in the major decay of structural elements. Moisture intrusion can occur…

Interactive Community Mapping (ICM)


At Knott Laboratory, we have developed Interactive Community Mapping (ICM) to relay repair information, pictures, scheduling and construction details to home owners, property managers and…

Hail Damage Investigations


Each hail damage investigation is unique and our engineers approach all cases with complete objectivity. Knott Laboratory provides the quickest hail damage report turn-around in the business. Contact…

Frozen Pipe Investigations


Knott Laboratory can be onsite quickly and typically provide a written investigation report within a week. In addition to investigating the freeze loss, we can provide repair plans to restore…