When the worst happens and there is a failure in the integrity of a structure, it is imperative that the investigation is detailed and thorough. This forensic activity requires both technical insight and an investigative sixth sense as well as meticulous research to analyse the presenting data and identify the root cause of the failure. Very often the analysis encompasses a number of fields – metallurgy, chemistry, coating knowledge, corrosion mechanisms, cathodic protection expertise as well as basic engineering design principles.

Often there is a complex interplay between the service conditions, environmental contributors as well as manufacturing defects or installation difficulties which may also have contributed to the failure. The Principles of Isinyithi have extensive experience in failure investigations – nothing is too simple or too complex for our attention.