Cade R. Caldwell, P.E.

Director of Engineering

Mr. Caldwell has investigated cases involving property damaged by fire, flood, moisture intrusion, inadequate drainage, pipe failure, corrosion, hail, wind, mold, soil subsidence, foundation failure, structural member failure, vehicular collisions, construction defects, and mechanical damage. At Knott Laboratory, Mr. Caldwell conducts structural evaluations and failure analysis on residential and commercial structures, building envelopes and civil systems and has experience in destructive testing, non-destructive testing and simulation of failure modes and scenarios. Mr. Caldwell has experience as an Expert Witness in a variety of legal matters including Construction Defects and repair cost estimations.


Bachelor of Science Degree
University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO, 2004


Registered Professional Engineer in the following states:
Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming.

Record Holder
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying

Engineering and Design

Mr. Caldwell has over 17 years of experience in many facets of civil and structural engineering. Eight years of land surveying experience as a crew chief supervising construction staking and topographical surveys for heavy highway construction, urban and rural roads, residential and commercial buildings, bicycle paths, bridges, hydraulic features and infrastructure, over-lot grading of large land development projects; and legal surveys including research, recovery and re-establishment of property boundaries in compliance with local jurisdictions and standard surveying practices. Seven years of experience as a structural design engineer determining loads and applicable building codes for residential and commercial buildings and the design of structural systems and elements to resist the loads. Design experience with all building materials including masonry, wood and timber, reinforced concrete, structural and light gage steel, and composite building materials. Foundation design including drilled concrete piers, grade beams, spread footings, mat foundations, and Post Tensioned slabs. Two years of experience as a consulting (forensic) engineer conducting engineering investigations and determining the cause of structural failures. Forensic experience includes roof covering evaluations, building collapses, foundation movement, determining structural integrity of damaged buildings, and sources of water intrusion.

Accident Reconstruction

Expert Testimony


Professional Affiliations

Mr. Caldwell is a member of the following professional organizations:


American Society of Civil Engineers


Structural Engineering Institute

Media Appearances

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