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Fire & Explosion Investigation Reconstruction

DeltaQ Consultants:

Our investigation practice is built on a philosophy of a rapid, adaptable response to assist clients in understanding the reasons a loss occurred as quickly as possible. We provide fire and explosion investigation services globally and can mobilize our team and appropriate resources immediately following an incident loss.

We utilize cutting edge technology while in the field to document, record, and analyze the scene. State-of-the-art analytical tools, computational resources, and laboratory facilities allow us to provide clients with a complete understanding of why an incident occurred, why the loss occurred, assign responsibility, and identify preventative measures to ensure a similar loss does not happen in the future.

Additionally, our team of incident investigation engineers is highly experienced in the use of proper methodologies when investigating a loss. Our engineers utilize the Scientific Method in all aspects of the investigation and are skilled in managing a project from the initial loss through litigation that may develop as a result of the loss.

In many cases, the root cause of an industrial, commercial, or residential fire or other large-scale incident is not the main cause of the loss. Our highly trained team of investigators routinely reconstruct the overall growth and spread of fires, explosions, and secondary fires from explosions to determine the overall factors that allowed for the growth.

The determination of additional factors as being responsible for the majority of the growth of a fire or explosion incident can have a huge impact on ensuring that future losses are mitigated and on potential litigation.

Our team of incident investigators are highly experienced in the use of proper modeling and scene reconstruction methodology; accounting for structural details and environmental conditions often overlooked by others.

Our professionals have investigated some of the largest industrial explosions around the world over the past 15 years. We apply the latest in forensic science and state of the art tools to aid in our investigation and reconstruction of the incident. Whether it is a mine explosion, an offshore platform, or a refinery explosion our staff has the experience to effectively manage the scene and to help operations resume.

We have investigated explosions involving solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels in all different environments. We will conduct experiments, perform computational fluid dynamics modeling, and analytical work as needed in order to gain a better understanding of the incident.

The key to any explosion investigation is answering several key questions:

  • What conditions allowed the explosion to occur?
  • What process or other conditions allowed the fuel to ignite?
  • What role did human factors play?
  • Was the explosion in a confined or congested area?
  • What were the dynamics of the explosion?
  • What was the profile of the pressure wave?
  • What were the impacts of the combustion zone?
  • How did the explosion vent?
  • What information can we gather about the explosion?
  • Extent of blast damage?
  • Extent of thermal damage?
  • PLC data

Most importantly we attempt to identify the underlying causes so that we can help to avoid similar events from occurring in the future. We take our experience in safety consulting and merge it with our accident investigation knowledge so that our clients have an understanding of not just what the code or the regulation requires, but more importantly what risks they truly face.

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