Origin and Cause

All damage, whether it is large or small, has a cause and an origin. We can help.


There are many different origins of damage, for example: mechanical damage, improper installation, manufacturer defect, age and general wear, and exposure to the elements. However, some of these origins can also be causes; for instance, heavy winds caused the improper roofing installation to be discovered.

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 was. Once the origin has been found and the cause has been determined it is possible to facilitate repairs.

All of Knott Laboratory’s structural engineers are qualified to enter and conduct investigations in structures known to have asbestos spills.

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Since 1982, Knott Laboratory has been providing comprehensive forensic engineering and computer animation services to reconstruct accidents.

High Profile Cases

Knott Laboratory has become the leader in forensic engineering and computer animation by investigating high profile cases and conveying our analysis effectively during litigation.

Experts in the Field

Our forensic engineers are experts in accident reconstruction, failure analysis and cause & origin. Our forensic engineers work directly with our in-house animation department to create state-of-the-art forensic animations for use in court, arbitration, mediation or settlement negotiations.mediation or settlement negotiations.

Stanley C. Stoll, M.Eng., P.E., CFEI, CVFI

Director of Structural Engineering

(970) 640-5928
sstoll@knottlab.com

Cade R. Caldwell, P.E.

Senior Engineer

(303) 925-1900
ccaldwell@knottlab.com

Kyle T. Wieghaus, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Engineer, Northern Colorado Office

(970) 631-5290
kwieghaus@knottlab.com

Amy I. Patrick, M.S., P.E.

Forensic Engineer

(832) 493-4817
apatrick@knottlab.com

Tim R. Phelan, M.S., P.E., S.E, M.L.S.E.

Senior Engineer

(303) 925-1900
tphelan@knottlab.com

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