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L. Robert McEwen | Mon, 13 Aug 2012

The Oxford Dictionary defines forensic science as relating to, or denoting, the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime.  Forensic engineering involves...

Trevor P. McEwen | Thu, 5 Jul 2012

How to properly install ceramic floor tiles is a question that I have been asked on many occasions.  There have been numerous methods practiced by tile installers over the years and they can...

L. Robert McEwen | Fri, 22 Jun 2012

The gathering of evidence as part of a forensic investigation is often a challenge due to post loss alterations which have occurred before you attend the loss scene.  Such alterations can be...

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...