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Engineering Fire Environmental Consultant EFI Global

Heather Suttle
Marketing Manager
8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
Suite 400
Humble TX 77338
USA
phone: 281-358-4441
fax: 281-358-2517
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EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of their 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

Services Offered - Whether your project requires failure analysis, a forensic engineering investigation, event reconstruction, fire cause and origin, or a specialized assessment, EFI Global’s multi-disciplinary engineers and technical professionals can address your project needs.

Engineering:
  • Civil and Structural
  • Mechanical and Electrical
  • Material Science
  • Construction Management
  • Building Envelope Assessments
  • Property Condition Assessments
  • Roofing Evaluations
Fire Investigations:
  • Incendiarism
  • Origin and Cause
  • Failure Analysis/Product Liability
  • Fraud
Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Phase I, II, or III Environmental Site Assessments
  • Training in Emergency Planning & Response
  • Drilling, Sampling, & Monitoring Well Installation
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)
  • LEED and Green Building Support Services
  • Brownfield and Site Development
  • Remediation Oversight and Monitoring
  • Regulatory Compliance Reporting
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)
  • Property Loss & Risk Control Services
  • Energy Audits
  • Storage Tank and Petroleum Management
  • Environmental Permitting Services
  • Occupational and Industrial Health & Safety Training
  • Industrial Hygiene Audits & Risk Assessments
  • Asbestos Surveys & Abatement Design
  • Lead-based Paint Surveys & Abatement Design
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Mold Investigation & Consulting
  • Noise Monitoring
  • Specialty and Consulting Services
    • Analysis for Explosives and Flare Residues
    • Propane & Natural Gas Analysis for Composition & Odorants
    • Flash Point Analysis for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
    • Fuel Identification
    • Contamination of Motor Fuels
    • Wildfires: Testing for Soot, Char and Ash
    • GC/MS Scan of Soil & Water for VOCs
    • Microbiology Laboratory Services
    • Viable and Non-Viable Fungi
    • Wood Degradation Analysis Bacterial
    • Water Quality Testing
  • Transportation Forensic Services
  • Air Sampling Analysis for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Vehicle Failure Analysis
  • Product Failure and Analysis
  • Chemistry Laboratory Services
  • Fire Debris Analysis by GC/MS for All Samples
  • Ignitable Liquids by ASTM E1618
  • Plastics Identification
  • Thermal Properties for Solids and Liquids
  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)
  • TGA (Thermal Gravimetric Analysis)
  • Catastrophe Response
    • Hurricane & Flood Damage Assessment
    • Tornado Damage Assessment
    • Earthquake Damage Assessment
    • Hail Damage Assessment
    • Wind Induced Failure Analysis
    • Storm Surge Determination
    • Indoor Air Quality & Mold Services
    • Water Intrusion Analysis
    • Asbestos Management Services
    • Environmental Assessment & Oversight Management
  • Safety Inspection & Testing
  • Hazardous Material Surveys
  • Structural Evaluations
  • Electrical Concerns
  • Roof Damage Investigations
  • Business Interruption Analysis
  • Seismic Damage Evaluations
  • Moisture Mapping
  • Repair Cost Estimating
  • Reconstruction Monitoring
  • View EFI Global's Expert Witness Profile.
    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (www.efiglobal.com), a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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