Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis

Forensic Failure Analysis

With over 30 years’ experience in materials evaluation and advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques, ATTAR’s forensic engineering services are used to ascertain liability, whether the fault lies in the materials used, product design, manufacturing methods or usage in the field.  Our comprehensive investigations will identify both the failure mechanism (the ‘how’) and the root cause (the ‘why’) by means of specialised analysis of the materials involved alongside structural, physical, environmental and mechanical testing.

ATTAR’s experienced expert witness team is a group of qualified engineers conducting independent evaluations providing engineering analysis, accident investigation, litigation support, expert witness testimony and evaluation of conformance to relevant Australian Standards with evidence presented in Court.

Our experience includes the following areas:

- Accident and incident investigations,
- Compliance to relevant codes and standards,
- Materials failure analysis.

The emphasis is always placed on the logical chain of events based on the evaluation, data collection and analysis undertaken by our Engineers.  ATTAR is committed to the highest standard of service delivery with all reports peer reviewed by a second engineer as part of our internal quality system.

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ATTAR specialises in determining the root cause of how materials and products fail, including an assessment of equipment that has been subject to corrosion, fatigue, damage, abuse and improper manufacture. We also evaluate the reliability of systems and components; perform life cycle assessments, as well as legislative review and compliance assessments. 

Our expertise:

- Buidling materials, concrete, motar and plaster failures.
- Ceramic failures, including cracked, lifting, worn and slippery tiles, and damaged glass.
- Polymer materials failures including tyres, plastic components in hospitals and general industry
- Blister, porosity and cracked fibreglass pools.
- Adhesives and sealants for masonary, tiles and other surface finishes on building and pools.
- Corrosion of pipes, stainless steel and structural steel.
- Motor vehicles (cars and trucks) motor, suspension and drive chain components.
- Electrical equipment failures.
- Failure analysis of engineered materials in the aviation and transport industries
- Tiling failures, ceramics or vinyl tiles on floors and walls.
- Motor vehicles and Electrical equipment failures.
- Paint system problems, thickness, peeling and durability.
- Public liability claims regarding gas cylinders, ladders, chairs, racking, scooters etc.
- Personal injuries from slip and trip accidents,
- Structural and industrial equipment such as cranes, machinery and aircraft, and
- Many other engineered materials and structures.

Forensic Engineering

- Qualified and experienced engineers (BSc/BEng/PhD’s) providing independent and expert advice in materials evaluation and mechanical testing.
- Experienced in assessing of all types of materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites)
- Experience in assessing the performance characteristics of materials (corrosion resistance, wear resistance, high temperature creep resistance, high strength, fatigue resistance, etc.)
- Experienced in reviewing other “expert witness reports”, including GAP analysis.

Expert Witness Team
Accident & incident investigations, Compliance to relevant codes & standards and materials failure analysis:

Dr Gary Martin - Chairman and Technical Director (Engineering)
Dr Adrian Grosvenor - General Manager (Engineering Consulting) & Principal Engineer
David Padfield - Senior Materials and Testing Engineer
Dr Margarita Vargas – Senior Consulting Engineer
Dr Darren Cram - Materials and Testing Engineer
Daniel King - Materials and Testing Engineer
Marcus Brache – Senior Engineering Technician

- Forensic Engineering & Failure Analysis (pdf)