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Thermal / Combustion Sciences

Forensics & Imaging Sciences

Fire and Explosion Investigation

From the corner office to our labs and out into the field, our level of expertise, experience and track record in fire investigation is unrivaled. Our staff includes professionals who have been investigating fires for decades. In fact, the experts of S-E-A have been intimately involved in leading and guiding acknowledged authorities like NFPA and IAAI with the development of the standards and guidelines commonly accepted in the fire investigation and legal arenas.

Our reputation for ethics and excellence has helped create a client list numbering in the thousands, and in some cases inspired new standards for fire safety procedures and building codes.

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Primary Scene Analysis

The investigation begins with a visual overview, point of origin determination, mapping, interviewing and photographic survey.

Causal Analysis

S-E-A team members begin systematic investigations in their respective specialized areas:

Fire Investigators

Identify the exact point of origin of the fire or explosion, and causal possibilities.

Mechanical Engineers

Determine causal effects of oil, gas, and propane-fueled appliances and systems, including leak detection, and analysis of transmission lines and sprinkler system operation.

Fire Protection Engineers

Analyze sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, suppression systems, codes, and other relevant protection issues as they relate to fire.

Electrical Engineers

Investigate possible electrical malfunctions and lightning strikes.

Civil Engineers

Explore other potential causes (wood-burning fireplaces, stoves, and chimneys.

Laboratory Chemists & Technicians

Conduct chemical analysis of samples for possible accelerants, explosives, and ignition agents; test materials for flame spread and toxic fumes. To ensure sample quality and consistency, and to minimize chances of spoliation, S-E-A maintains an in-house chemical laboratory.

Causal Validation

Causation and conclusions may be corroborated with extensive data collection, analysis, testing, technical searches, simulations and/or in-depth reporting.

The S-E-A report gives the client a clearly written and easily understood document stating conclusively the cause-effect relationships of elements present in a particular fire.

Learn more about our Fire and Explosion Investigation Services.

S-E-A is a Forensic Engineering Firm with corporate headquarters based in Columbus, OH. S-E-A is a true multi-disciplined failure analysis company with fire investigators, civil engineers, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers. Basically, if it fails or breaks we figure out how and why.

With 16 offices and locations and over 300 professionals, S-E-A is able to provide an immediate response to our clients' needs regardless of location. Contact S-E-A at 800-782-6851 or via the website under Contact Us or Submit an Assignment.

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