Forensic Engineering

A forensic engineering expert witness service for legal and insurance companies whereby outcomes of circumstances have been caused by engineering problems.

Bralsford Brown and Associates Limited have extensive experience in the fields of forensic electrical, electronic and control engineering as well as considerable understanding in determining the causation of events by malfunction of heating, plumbing, gas and ventilation systems. For example…

  • Senior Partner at Bralsford Brown, Dr Robert Brown has recently studied a case on behalf of a major southern water company, where a standby pumping station located on the south coast, ‘failed’ during a period of heavy rainfall. Consequently, a claim was brought against the water company by a leading insurance firm since raw sewage found its way into properties in the area of the pumping station. Using historical physical evidence and statements gained from intimate questioning of eye witnesses, Dr Brown was able to determine, to a most certain degree, the causation of the failure of the pumping station.
  • Mr Russell Bralsford, Senior Partner at Bralsford Brown was called as a single joint expert by the court to solve a dispute between a bathroom appliance distribution company and a customer who had purchased from the company a wooden, laminate covered wash basin unit or ‘vanity unit’. The customer complained that the vanity unit had started to ‘de-laminate’ and the distribution company cited the cause to be excessive heat and moisture emitted by a new steam/shower unit installed by the customer. Mr Bralsford on studying the case indicated that the unit was/had de-laminated in all likelihood because of the ingress of water and in conclusion that the unit was not adequately designed to be used within a bathroom environment.
  • A further case, also recently studied by Dr Brown, involved the identification of the source of a fire with a domestic electrical wiring system. The system was thought, by the insurance company covering payment for damage by the fire, to have suffered damage by the installation of a faulty circuit breaker which had a product recall notice issued by its manufacturers. However, Dr Brown proved with sound reasoning and with reference to historical evidence that the fire had actually started due to the installation of cables of insufficient size and therefore energy carrying capacity.

For further information, please contact us: info@bralsfordbrown.com or +44 (0) 1709 540348 to discuss your requirements in greater detail.

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Bralsford Brown and Associates
Technology Centre
Advanced Manufacturing Park
Brunel Way
Catcliffe
Rotherham
South Yorkshire
S60 5WG

T: +44 (0) 1709 540348
F: +44 (0) 1709 540047

E: info@bralsfordbrown.com
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Dr Robert Brown, Chartered Electrical Engineer & Expert Witness

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Bralsford Brown are members of Expert Witness Institute. Affiliations and memberships include the Institute of Electrical Engineers, Gas Safe Register, FEANI, and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.