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Loss Investigation & Litigation Support
Origin & Cause / System Failure Investigation
loss investigation

When a fire or other incident occurs at your facility, you need to know why it happened and who is responsible. Allen Engineering can conduct fire, explosion and hazardous materials incident investigations alone or as part of the client's incident investigation team. We utilize industry accepted techniques and procedures to develop technically sound and defensible cause and origin determinations. This process is commonly referred to as failure analysis. Failure analysis is defined in NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, as a logical, systematic examination of an item, component, assembly, or structure and its place and function within a system conducted in order to identify and analyze the probability, causes, and consequences of potential and real failures.

Technical Assistance
Allen Engineering provides technical evaluation services to assist its commercial, industrial and legal clientele to evaluate the accuracy and credibility of investigations completed by other parties. We will evaluate incident reports, alarm records, witness and expert witness statements/depositions, photographic and video evidence, process control/instrumentation data and other related documentation. We also develop thorough engineering evaluation reports to be utilized by counsel. We can prepare a preliminary evaluation to assess the technical aspects of an incident so that our clients may better judge the potential for legal action.

Litigation Support

Allen Engineering provides litigation support at all levels of the process. This includes conducting code reviews and other engineering services for legal clientele and/or for restricted distribution. Providing code interpretations and a clear understanding of the application and responsibility of the applicable codes is often an important need for our clients. These services are performed under the direction of an attorney in order to retain privileged communication and document distribution control.


Allen Engineering serves Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Spokane, Olympia as well as all of King, Spokane, Pierce, and Snohomish County


Fire and Building Code Consulting
Code Analysis / Code Compliance
Life Safety Analysis

Hazard Analysis

Hazardous Materials

Design of Fire Protection Systems
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
Clean Agent Extinguishing Systems
Specification Development
Loss Investigation & Litigation Support
Origin & Cause Investigation
System Failure Analysis
Technical Assistance
Litigation Support
Fire Protection Engineering
Performance-Based Design
Water Supply Testing & Analysis
Testing Witness & Coordination
Inspection & Commissioning
Construction Management
Construction Bid Document Development
Special Inspector Services
Commissioning / Acceptance Testing
Third Party Plan Review
Property Loss Prevention
Hazard & Risk Assessment
Fire Safety Audits
Alternative Solutions Development
Risk Improvement Strategy Development

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