Fire & Explosion Investigation

From small residential fires to high-order industrial explosions, WHA has the experience and expertise needed to determine what factors led to the event. WHA engineers and scientists are able to provide expert assistance in these important areas, and are recognized as among the world's leading experts in oxygen fire investigations. From initial investigation to project completion, WHA engineers and scientists will provide cutting edge, state-of-the-art professional services to meet the client's needs.

WHA engineers arrive at findings and conclusions through exhaustive scientific method-based investigation, evidence collection, testing and analysis. We identify the causes and contributing factors and integrate the expertise of our mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, to provide our clients with the critical information they need to determine the root cause of an accident.

Our technical services cover on-site fire and explosion investigations in addition to a full range of litigation support services, evidence collection, analysis, testing, report preparation, deposition and trial testimony. An important part of the services available at WHA is our ability to conduct both full- and reduced-scale testing at the state-of-the-art WHA Test Facility. Our ability to identify and document the evidence associated with the development and propagation of a fire or explosion incident, using the latest scientific data analysis equipment, provides WHA with the opportunity to fully test under scientific conditions the range of hypotheses formulated in connection with a particular loss. Recent case law (Daubert and Kumho) has reinforced the critical importance of investigation, analysis and testing conducted for the purpose of substantiating an expert's opinion. WHA addresses this challenge through use of peer-reviewed and industry-accepted standardized techniques and procedures.

In addition, the engineers of WHA have the expertise to perform heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamic testing and analysis associated with an incident environment. When necessary, spectral analysis examination of individual components, assemblies and construction materials can be performed to determine the products that are released during the critical combustion reaction during a fire or explosion event.