Knott Laboratory provides forensic engineering and animation, Civil & Structural, and Fire & Explosion Investigation services to reconstruct accidents.


Structural & Civil Engineering

Structural failure analysis, investigation, and reporting.


Our team of structural engineers has worked on more than 18,000 failure analysis cases nationwide for the legal and insurance industries, as well as for local and national businesses. Every Knott Lab structural engineer is a licensed professional ready to assist clients from initial contact through investigation, analysis, and reporting.

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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…

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…

Damaged foundation

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…

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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…

Leaking ceiling

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Man hanging from hundreds of feet up in the air requires a rope access structural assessment.

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…

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…

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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…