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


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Knott Laboratory combines multiple specialties to assist insurance companies in investigating claims. Our team of structural and mechanical forensic engineers have investigated thousands of claims nationwide and are experts in determining validity. Whether your case requires an analysis of a roof or a complex vehicle accident, we are your resource.

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Civil & Structural Engineering Services

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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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…

Mechanical Engineering Services

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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…

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Slip and Fall Investigations

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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Baler Accidents

Balers are machines used to compress solid waste, primary materials or recoverable materials, with or without binding, to a dense form that will support handling and transportation as a material…

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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…

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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…

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Skid Steer Accidents

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

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Crane Accidents

Knott Laboratory’s crane accident experts provide the utmost degree of excellence and integrity in scientifically conducting forensic investigations to determine the cause and origin of crane…

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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…