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Re: Forensic Engineer in the Midwest

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Bruce,
Your instinct to remove the coverings over the damaged structure is correct, and a forensic engineer will do the same. His expertise is in recognizing the damage and its source, and devising schemes to repair or replace the damage elements and correct the cause, but some extensive demolition of the coverings should be anticipated. He should also be able to recognize if there is a collapse potential and design shoring as necessary. Call someone in ASAP and consider limiting access to this area until help arrives: be conservative especially in assembly areas. Sorry I can't give a good local referece. Good luck.
 
Charles O. Laines, S.E.
Laines Associates
Consulting Structural Engineers
Long Beach, CA