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Skilled in a diverse range of technical disciplines, McLaren’s forensic engineering experts are renowned for investigating, analyzing, reporting, and presenting evidence nationwide. Our firm has been at the center of some of the most well-known collapses, failures, accidents, disputes, and deficiencies.

Headed by CEO and founder Malcolm McLaren, PE, our forensic engineering division is focused on investigating the root cause of an incident, analyzing who or what is responsible, and identifying what can be done to mitigate reoccurrence.

In addition to our standard forensic investigation services, our firm offers full litigation support. Our services include detailed analyses using in-house high-tech capabilities, development of narrative reports, demonstrative evidence support, and expert witness testimony.


Litigation Support

McLaren’s technical expertise, cutting-edge capabilities, and trustworthy reputation has enabled us to provide unparalleled litigation support services. Our in-house expert engineers range in technical disciplines, allowing us to provide high-quality investigation, analysis, litigation support, reports, demonstrative evidence, and expert testimony. Using cutting-edge investigative capabilities and graphic modeling applications, McLaren finds the cause of an incident, analyzes who/what is responsible, and identifies what can be done to mitigate reoccurrence.

  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • In-House Graphic Modeling
  • Digital Pre-Visualizations

Structural Investigation

Conducting investigations to determine the cause and origin of structural collapses, failures, damages, and defects, our expert forensic engineers are experienced in all structure types. From residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial structures to bridges, railways, and infrastructure, we prepare clear, concise, cohesive, and accurate reports.

  • Stress & Failure Analysis
  • Structural Analysis
  • Forensic Metallurgy
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Material Failure Analysis
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Crane Collapse Investigation
  • Facade Investigation
  • Site Collapses

Geotechnical Investigation

Our geotechnical engineers specialize in analyzing the behavior of earthen materials and how they interact with man-made elements such as foundations, flatwork, and pipelines. Forensic geotechnical investigations involve the analysis of a claim through site condition observation, inspections, analysis, and testing. Geotechnical investigations serve to provide a scientific root-cause analysis to support litigation claims.

  • Failure Analysis
  • Site Runoff & Drainage
  • Soils Testing Analysis
  • Slope Stability Analysis
  • Foundation Analysis
  • Pavement Analysis
  • Geophysical Exploration
  • Underground Pipeline Failure Analysis
  • Site Condition Disputes
  • Site Quantity Analysis

Geomatic Investigation

Whether by land, water or air, our team can examine any failure, accident scene or collapse with the most advanced capabilities to find the cause of an incident. McLaren’s Geomatics team offers state-of-the-art technology that ranges from traditional land surveys to high tech 3D scanning (LiDAR), aerial drone surveys, geohazard surveys, hydrographic surveys, reality capture, and multibeam mapping.

  • 3D Scanning / Lidar
  • Core System Surveys
  • Facility Surveys
  • Hydrographic Surveys
  • Multibeam Survey Mapping
  • Title ROW Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Condition Surveys
  • Aerial Drone Surveys

Construction Investigation

From crane collapses to connection failures, site accidents to materials failure, we determine the root cause of any construction accident. With a team of specialized construction engineers who understand the intricacies of large infrastructure projects to buildings and specialty structures, providing unsurpassed forensic support.

  • Crane Collapses
  • Construction Site Investigation
  • Connection Failures
  • Site Collapses
  • Code Compliance
  • Slip & Fall Inspections
  • Machinery Failure
  • Steel, Concrete & Timber Analysis
  • Reality Capture Surveys

Maritime Investigation

With a robust reputation in the maritime industry, McLaren’s distinctive forensic offerings include a team of PE divers, a fleet of inspection boats, and marine engineers that can provide responsive investigation services. With the latest equipment and inspection capabilities, we provide innovative analysis whether it be a maritime forensic consultation or complex litigation.

  • Underwater PE Diver Inspections
  • Marinas & Marine Facilities
  • Piers, Wharfs & Docks
  • Industrial Ports
  • Pile & Bulkhead Inspections
  • Ship Allisions
  • Boating Accident Reconstruction

Civil Investigation

With a unique understanding of roads, sidewalks, underground utilities, foundations, and stormwater systems, our forensic engineers provide clients with top-notch civil analysis. From slip and falls to traffic accidents, McLaren can provide detailed narrative reports, code compliance analysis, easy to understand demonstrative exhibits, and export testimony.

  • Sidewalks & Walkways
  • Code Compliance
  • Drainage & Stormwater
  • Foundations & Building Settlement
  • Underground Utilities
  • Traffic Studies
  • Roadway Investigations
  • Floodplain Impact Studies
  • Site Planning & Layout


Litigation Support

Structural Investigation

Geotechnical Investigation

Geomatic Investigation

Construction Investigation

Maritime Investigation

Civil Investigation

Team Contact

Malcolm G. McLaren, PE, SECB - Forensic Engineering

Malcolm G. McLaren, PE
Forensic Engineering Lead & Chairman of the Board

With over 40 years of engineering and inspection experience, Malcolm McLaren has been imperative in investigating some of the most prominent forensics cases nationwide. Responsible for over 15,000+ engineering projects of varying scopes and complexities, his proven expertise is widely respected.

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Litigation Forensic Case Studies

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