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Trevor P. McEwen | Fri, 25 May 2012

Earlier this week I received a new forensic investigation assignment.  A toilet had failed over the weekend, releasing thousands of litres of water into a building.  Upon discovery...

L. Robert McEwen | Fri, 25 May 2012

A building sprinkler is either a wet or dry system or a combination of both and is a major component of life safety in a building. In a wet system, water in the sprinkler pipes is released when a...

Andrew G. McEwen | Thu, 17 May 2012

I recently investigated a fire that involved a lawn tractor.  Immediately after starting the vehicle, the owner of the tractor noticed a few small flames coming from the base...

L. Robert McEwen | Wed, 16 May 2012

An interesting aspect of investigating a known cause of an electrical failure or malfunction is defining the resulting damage.  When an electrical element within a dedicated component...

Trevor P. McEwen | Tue, 15 May 2012

A few days ago I attended a residence that faced a sewage leak resulting from a fracture in plumbing that serviced the home.  The spilled sewage spread and saturated an area of soil...

L. Robert McEwen | Wed, 9 May 2012

I attended a fire scene yesterday, the morning after the fire, to find that  critical evidence had been removed from the fire scene such that a forensic investigation could not be carried...

L. Robert McEwen | Wed, 2 May 2012

Several weeks ago I was asked to conduct a forensic investigation of  260 feet of collapsed seawall.  At a cost of $900,000 to replace, I was intrigued at the construction...

L. Robert McEwen | Wed, 2 May 2012

I carried out an interesting structural assessment yesterday of an industrial roof on which a corner had lifted, crashing onto the the adjacent roof (apparently due to high winds).  The...

Trevor P. McEwen | Mon, 30 Apr 2012

Last week I attended a multi-dwelling complex that had been damaged by fire.  To restore the building following the fire, the first step was to meet with the contractor and the building owner...

Ian McEwen | Fri, 27 Apr 2012

I am just finishing my last day at work before my sabbatical begins.

I am taking two years off to go sailing around the world.

Although I am sad to be leaving my practice in...