Forensic Engineering

The forensic investigation of a non-performing constructed facility can range from the collapse of a roof structure to a leaking window wall of a high-rise building. Mr. O’Kon has over forty years’ experience in the investigation of high profile construction failures, such as the Hyatt Regency walkway in 1981. He is responsible for the development of new methods for implementing failure hypothesis of buildings.

Mr. O’Kon was the Chairman of the Technical Council for Forensic Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers when the book Guidelines for Failure Investigation was first developed and published. He has presented numerous scientific papers dealing with error avoidance and forensic engineering at international symposia around the world.

Mr. O’Kon has carried out forensic investigations throughout the United States on a wide variety of project types ranging from high-rise structures to residential complexes and institutional facilities. He has served as an expert witness in legal venues ranging from alternate dispute resolution organizations to State and Federal Courts, and has been qualified as an expert in engineering and architecture systems at the level of Federal Courts. He has carried out scores of major forensic investigations and his clients have included such organizations as Travelers Insurance, Hertz Corporation, and the United States Navy.

The forensic reports prepared by O’Kon & Company, Inc. are written to include the required scientific basis for a logical engineering hypothesis for the cause of a failure but they are composed in a manner that is understandable to non-engineers. His services include investigation, analysis and preparation of reports for use either by building owner for repairs to improve the performance of the structure or by insurance companies and attorneys in litigation. His forensic investigations include a working knowledge of current and past standards, inspection of construction documents, reverse engineering of the project, and examination of the failed components themselves.