Engineering & Forensic Services

Expert Witness Services
O'Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc. performs investigations in fire/explosions, industrial accidents, structural failures, and product liability issues. We have over thirty years experience solving design, mechanical and materials/ metallurgical problems in operating plants and facilities worldwide.

Our experience includes supporting litigation in State, Federal and International court. We analyze the root cause, quantifying the relative contribution of design errors, which include material and fabrication defects, and extreme operating conditions. We help our clients understand the technical issues, and provide comprehensive engineering support services.

Providing Expertise
We perform forensic engineering services for clients in a range of applications:

  • Industrial: facilities, pressure vessels, structures, bearings
  • Transportation: braking & steering systems, wheels
  • Marine: control equipment, moorings, electrical
  • Petrochemical: turbomachinery, tanks, valves
  • Consumer: recreation equipment, appliances
fire investigation

Car Fire InvestigationMetallurgical InvestigationScaffold Investigation

Producing Results
When we perform forensic engineering, we thoroughly investigate the accident - analyzing drawings, material specifications, and supporting documentation. Finite element analysis and metallurgical investigations are often used to evaluate materials and fabrication/ construction defects.

We issue results with in-depth, comprehensive Expert Reports - our conclusions and testimony are based on quantified results which are easily understood by judges and juries. We prepare professional exhibits, graphics and animations which effectively demonstrate engineering principles and analyses results. What sets us apart is our experience. We perform simple to complex engineering investigations - three recent cases in excess of $85 million.

Our Experience Includes:
  • Nail gun accident
  • Stove fire accident
  • Forklift accident
  • Boiler failure investigation
  • Dust explosion investigation
  • Explosion investigation at steel processing facility
  • Compressor failure investigation
  • Ductwork failure investigation
  • Materials/ metallurgical/ weld investigation of industrial equipment
  • Explosion investigation at petrochemical plant
  • Dam gate accident investigation
  • Industrial pollution control failure investigation
  • Investigation of damages of components during a power plant outage
  • Blast furnace failure investigation
  • Investigation of Coke Oven Battery construction issues in Brazil
  • Recent $7.8 M plaintiff award in Allegheny County (PA). See News.
  • We have been recognized in the American Lawyer Media Top 100 Verdicts of 2006 and 2007.

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2940 South Park Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15102
Ph: 412.835.5007 Fx: 412.835.5017