June 25, 2018
William Godfrey, a Senior Project Engineer for DeSimone’s Forensics Practice, spoke at this year’s Forensic Forum organized by The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). The annual conference provides an opportunity for structural engineers to share best practices, lessons learned, and new techniques related to the investigation of failures or other performance related problems.
DeSimone responded to the collapse of a precast façade panel at an East Coast Resort in 2017 and assisted the building owner with emergency stabilization services, scope of damage assessment, cause and origin determination, repair design, and construction observation. Mr. Godfrey’s presentation recalled the team’s technical and logistical challenges, notable aspects of the investigation, technologies used during the investigation, and lessons learned that can be applied to the practice of both forensic and new design work.
About William Godfrey:
As a Senior Project Engineer of DeSimone’s Property Loss Consulting and Forensic Practice in the Midwest Region, William Godfrey provides initial response, condition assessment, cause and origin determination, and repair/retrofit design services for buildings damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes, collapses, fires, building envelope failures, and other large losses. Additionally, Mr. Godfrey has extensive experience providing force protection analysis, non-linear, dynamic modeling and analysis, and structural design for safety related nuclear structures. Mr. Godfrey earned Masters’ Degrees in both Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois.
About DeSimone’s Forensics Practice:
With offices working collaboratively across the US, Latin America, and the Middle East, DeSimone has designed some of the world’s most recognizable structures, while integrating a forensics practice of structural, architectural, and MEP professionals, who have handled some of the most notable investigations of the last two decades. From the complex to the routine, DeSimone’s Forensic and Property Loss Consulting practice is driven by personalized service determined by the unique nature of each assignment. At the heart of our work is the investigation of damage to structures, building systems, and equipment. In many instances, the firm provides expert reports and testimony.