Ben Desclouds B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng.

Senior Associate, Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Direct: 647-738-5618

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.


expert summary

Mr. Desclouds is a Senior Associate in the Materials Failure Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Materials Engineering, from McMaster University. Ben specializes in analysis of the structure, properties, mechanics and production of materials, as well as project management. He has participated in a diversity of investigations during his time at 30 Forensic Engineering, including product and glass failures, cases involving residential and commercial sprinkler and plumbing systems, and the characterization and/or identification of materials. Ben is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.


  • Structure, Properties, Mechanics, and Production of Materials
  • Project Management
  • Specification Writing and Bid Evaluations
  • Scope Development
  • Cost and Schedule Estimating
  • Procurement and Materials Management
  • Technical Writing

academic background

Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Materials Engineering, McMaster University, 2012

additional Courses

PMI Certified Training in Project Management, 2012

Materials Selection at Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble, France, 2010

employment background

30 Forensic Engineering
Senior Associate — Materials Failure
2020 – Present, Toronto, ON

Associate — Materials Failure
2015 – 2020, Toronto, ON

  • Forensic Investigations in the following fields:
    • Product Liability Investigations
    • Mechanical Failure Analysis
    • Plastic and Polymer Failure (e.g. tubing degradation, freezing events, over pressurization)
    • Coating Failures (e.g. roof panel coating failures, paint coating systems)
    • Glass Failures (e.g. Assessments of impact vs spontaneous breaks of tempered glass panes, sheet glass window injuries , window scratching from cleaning)
    • Piping and Plumbing Analysis (e.g. underground service mains, filters, toilets, faucets, flex hoses, pumps, bidets, dishwashers, washing machines, valves, hot water tanks)
    • Analysis of Welded, Brazed, or Soldered Joints
    • HVAC and Fan coil failures
    • Sprinkler and fire protection system failures (e.g. piping, sprinkler heads, standpipes)
    • Metallurgical Analysis of the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Materials
    • Fractorgraphy and Fracture Surface Analysis
    • Automotive component failures
    • Sporting equipment failures (e.g. bikes)
    • Building stone degradation assessments

Mechanical Project Engineer, Procurement and Materials Project Lead—Continuous Caster Relocation and Replacement Project

February 2014 – October 2015, Baltimore, MD/Pittsburgh, PA/Granite City, IL

  • Phase 1—Site Construction Engineer for one month during the deconstruction and relocation phase of the Continuous Caster in Baltimore, MD. Duties included creation of a tagging system for efficient reassembly of equipment at the new site, safety assessments, deconstruction schedule bottleneck analysis, and tracking of equipment for shipments.
  • Phase 2—Managed and executed mechanical procurement packages (>$7 million total) for new and refurbished equipment out of the Pittsburgh Engineering Office. Tasks included: scope development, specification writing, bid analysis and evaluations, contract negotiations, and scheduling.
  • Phase 3—Coordinated construction activities as Technical Lead and Procurement/Materials Management Lead on site in Granite City, IL for 8 months. Supported contractors in the execution of the engineered designs for the Caster reinstallation. Expedited deliveries with vendors to meet schedule demands and directed the movement and handover of equipment throughout the site and into the installation areas.

Project Manager
August 2012 – February 2014, Hamilton, ON

  • Managed teams of multidisciplinary professional engineers to complete feasibility studies, detailed engineering, and/or construction for multiple capital improvement projects at both the U.S. Steel Hamilton Works and Lake Erie Works facilities including the following:
    • Conversion of a steam boiler from fuel oil and natural gas to the available by-product fuel, coke oven gas
    • Theoretical greenfield and site obsolescence study for property tax appeal
    • Backflow prevention installation for premise isolation
    • Wastewater treatment plant laboratory
    • Waste shelter
    • Stack opacity monitors

Process Engineer, Iron & Steel Group
May 2011 – September 2011, Mississauga, ON

  • Used mass transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics principles to develop process design criteria and flowsheets for a new iron ore refinement technology.
  • Statistically analyzed operational delays in order to propose solutions to improve efficiency and reliability of the client’s production facility.

Ontario Power Generation
Assistant Operations Specialist in Nuclear Operator Training
May 2011 – September 2011, Pickering, ON

  • Streamlined simulator training material for Authorized Nuclear Operator Training as required by industry standards.

ArcelorMittal Research Centre
Research Scientist
May 2010 – September 2010, Maizières-les-Metz, France

  • Researched and mined data for relationships and links between the mechanical properties and the microstructure of a high strength low carbon steel at different points in its preparation.

McMaster University
Teaching Assistant – Materials Science and Engineering 1M03
January 2009 – January 2011, Hamilton, ON

  • Taught first year engineering students about the fundamentals of Material Science.

General Motors of Canada, Truck Plant
Assistant Process Control Manger – Quality Department
May 2005 – September 2006, Oshawa, ON

  • Performed audits, data collection, and failure analysis of various problems with the trucks as they came off the assembly line.

Professional societies and Associations

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Member
  • Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), Member

awards and achievements

  • Ontario Centre’s of Excellence Student Connections Competition – Best University Project
  • Shell Canada Prize in Engineering and Management
  • MARS Apprentice Contestant – Marketing, Advertising, Retail, and Sales Case Challenge Competition
  • Xerox Leadership Award (MARS Apprentice)
  • AIST FeMET Scholarship
  • Mark John Stojcic Scholarship
  • Crispin Calvo Scholarship
  • INCO Scholarship
  • McMaster President’s Scholarship

publications and Speaking engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • “My Leadership Challenge” Guest Speaker/Workshop Facilitator at McMaster University SELECT course, McMaster University, January 2014
  • Keynote Speaker at McMaster University Academic Achievement Ceremony for Prospective Students, McMaster University, June 2013