Electrical Forensic Engineer; Electrical Infrared Inspection/Thermography; Electrical Design & More


186 Engineering, LLC (186) has a wealth of experience with the evaluation of losses and insurance related loss consulting, as well aselectrical forensic investigations in Atlanta, GA. We know and have 30 years of experience with electrical power and lighting systems.


Chris has worked for and with forensic engineering firms and problem‐solved and provided opinions and reports associated with electrical power and lighting systems in facilities as well electrical components of various products and appliances. Expertise includes a thorough knowledge of electrical building systems including power distribution, interior and exterior lighting, elevators, lightning protection, fire alarm, maintenance and associated construction, design, project management, safety codes and construction codes. Duties include advising clients regarding electrical systems, electrical equipment, cause and origin investigations, forensic engineering, equipment failure, incident investigation, damage assessment, cost recommendations, electrical design and the development of various engineering reports. Chris regularly provides litigation related services for subrogation including consultation, reports, depositions and other services.


The primary geographical focus is the Atlanta metropolitan area. However, we serve all of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. We hold professional engineering licenses in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas and California and can be available to provide services in these states as well.


Typical Project Samples


Previous customers come from all markets and communities. The list of customers includes Travelers, The Hartford, State Farm, Factory Mutual, Sedgwick, Chubb, Lexington, ESIS, Zurich-North America, USAA, Chartis, Iron Shore, Factory Mutual, Liberty Mutual, Farmers Insurance, AIG, EFIGlobal, Halliwell Engineering, McLarens Young, and Halliwell Engineering. Typical projects include:


Mclarens Young – Washington Harbour Flood – Washington, DC ‐ Mr. Fleming provided electrical engineering expertise to evaluate and document the impact of a significant flood of a historic Georgetown commercial complex that included luxury condominiums, office space, boardwalk and restaurants. Scope included evaluation and documentation of existing electrical and elevator systems, rebuild costs, contractor proposal review, and recommendations toward settlement between site owner and insurance companies ($80,000,000). Mr. Fleming provided an Initial Site Inspection Report, Damage Assessment Reports, and all necessary technical data to evaluate the insurance claim.


IFO Group – Marcal Paper Factory – Elmwood Park, NJ ‐ Mr. Fleming worked with the IFO Group and provided electrical engineering expertise and investigated the origin and cause of the fire. The site included over 600,000 square feet and 15 structures.  Approximately half the site was destroyed. Damages are estimated at over $100,000,000. This is still an active file as of October 2019.


American Claims Management – Samsung Refrigerator Fire – Hampton, VA ‐ Mr. Fleming provided engineering expertise to determine the cause and origin of a fire emanating from a refrigerator. Scope included multiple destructive examinations, determining cause and origin, subrogation tasks, and report development. Damages approach $400,000.


The Hartford – Bus Duct Fire – Staten Island, NY ‐ Mr. Fleming provided engineering expertise to investigate the cause and origin of a bus duct related fire on the roof of a mall. Our Insured was named as a potential defendant in a suit. Damages approach $3,000,000. Scope included multiple site inspections and examinations, determining origin and cause and other related tasks. Our investigations cleared our Insured.


McLaren’s Young – Lowe Enterprises – Crystal City, VA – Mr. Fleming performed an electrical forensic investigation of an explosion at a 13‐story commercial office building. The explosion occurred in an exterior transformer vault and resulted in a multiple day outage to the high‐rise. Mr. Fleming provided the Initial Site Inspection Report, Origin and Cause Report, Damage Assessment Report, subrogation details and all necessary technical data to evaluate the insurance claim.


Typical Assignments


  • Damage Assessment for the insurance community
  • Origin and Cause Reports
  • Fire Investigation
  • Litigation/Subrogation Support
  • Contractor Repair Scope and Invoice Review
  • Joint Inspections
  • Evidence Examinations
  • Forensic Engineering (Identifying issues and resolving problems)
  • Evaluation of Water Damaged Equipment
  • Bus Duct (Busway) Failures
  • HVAC Failures with Electrical Impacts
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Appliance Failures
  • Injury Evaluation
  • Emergency Response Consultant
  • Interior & Exterior Lighting design and analysis.
  • Power, lighting and fire alarm system design and evaluation
  • Power and lighting system related studies and reports
  • Computer‐Aided Drafting and Design
  • Third party electrical design/Constructability review
  • Existing or new fire alarm system design and code analysis.
  • Emergency power systems and essential or mission critical electrical systems
  • Electrical service for fire pumps.
  • Development of Electrical system single line diagram of existing systems.
  • Arc Flash Studies

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