Forensic investigations and material assessments often require partial destructive testing of engineered structural elements and/or building materials. A sampling of materials for laboratory studies to determine physical properties, chemical composition, and/or behavior under a specific load condition is an important aspect of YAES’ comprehensive investigative approach.
Determining the root cause of distress often involves performing partial on-site destructive testing to expose construction assemblies or extracting material specimens to examine in a laboratory setting. Other times, load testing of in-situ elements is necessary to verify as-built capacities. YAES has developed professional relationships with several accredited; private, governmental, and academic testing laboratories throughout the nation that can facilitate standardized material testing.
YAES professionals routinely perform investigations requiring on-site, partial destructive testing of materials for specific applications including concrete, masonry, stone, wood, and steel structures, anchoring systems, roofing systems, building enclosure systems, etc.